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Peter Hedrich: New Hope

Read "New Hope" reviewed by Jack Bowers

In a blindfold test, one would be hard-pressed to name the leader on the album New Hope. According to the jacket, young German-born trombonist Peter Hedrich leads the way but while he does solo on eight of eleven numbers he's basically one of the group, laying claim to no more blowing space than his colleagues, especially ...

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Paul Heller: Paul Heller Meets Roman Schwaller

Read "Paul Heller Meets Roman Schwaller" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Granted, Paul Heller meeting Roman Schwaller isn't such a big deal here in the States. It is, however, quite a big deal in Germany and western Europe as a whole where Heller and Schwaller are among the reigning monarchs of the tenor saxophone, akin to such American twosomes as Ammons / Gordon, Sims / Cohn or, ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Miriam Ast & Victor Gutierrez Release "Secret Songs" on Mons Records

Miriam Ast & Victor Gutierrez Release "Secret Songs" on Mons Records

2nd July 2018 marks the release of Secret Songs, the new album from German vocalist Miriam Ast and Spanish pianist Victor Gutierrez, released on Thilo Berg’s esteemed label Mons Records. Recently winning the Best Vocalist award at the Bucharest International Jazz Competition 2017 and reaching the semi-final of the Shure Montreux Jazz Voice Competition in the ...

Steffen Schorn & Zurich Jazz Orchestra: Three Pictures

Read "Three Pictures" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

The 2004 album Triosphere (Jazz & Arts Records), featuring reedist Steffen Schorn, saxophonist Roger Hanschel and guitarist Dirk Mudelien, points in the direction of the large ensemble work, Three Pictures. Schorn took over the reins of the Zurich Jazz Orchestra in 2014, and for the ensemble he has written and arranged the “Three Pictures Suite," “Africa ...

Marc Doffey Quintet: Taking Direction

Read "Taking Direction" reviewed by Marithe Van der Aa

Over the course of 17 tracks, the Berlin based Marc Doffey Quintet sets out to create a suite filled with lyrical and dynamic soundscapes... and succeeds. Their debut album, Taking Direction, consists of compositions written by each individual band member and brief, improvised interludes.

By including compositions of each member, the Marc Doffey Quintet ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Swiss Jazz Orchestra: Pools: Live at Jazzfestival Bern

Read "Pools: Live at Jazzfestival Bern" reviewed by Jack Bowers

As if a new CD by the superlative Swiss Jazz Orchestra weren't enough to start New Year 2016 on a high note, Pools presses home the considerable talents of the orchestra's special guests, vibraphonist Mike Mainieri and drummer Peter Erskine, in a dynamic performance taped live at the Hotel Innere Enge on April 10-11, 2015, as ...

Daniel Cacija: Lifeline

Read "Lifeline" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

Vocalist Daniel Čačija is a snappy, if somewhat retro, dresser--the cover images on Lifeline show him sporting, variously, a dinner suit and a cravat. A quick glance at the track list reveals jazz standards such as “Detour Ahead," “Lush Life" and “Exactly Like You." The band is the classic piano trio, with added trumpet. It looks ...

Lars Seniuk / New German Art Orchestra: Pendulum

Read "Pendulum" reviewed by Jack Bowers

German-born composer / arranger / trumpeter Lars Seniuk, who formed his first big band at age sixteen and has played with and written for many others since then, was barely twenty-six when Pendulum was recorded in Hamburg with the splendid New German Art Orchestra, an up-to-date version of the late Bob Brookmeyer's New Art Orchestra, established ...

Swiss Jazz Orchestra: Live at Jazzfestival Bern

Read "Live at Jazzfestival Bern" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Live at Jazzfestival Bern (Mons)

Some big-band albums are heated and brassy, others cool and understated, while a precious few simply cast a mesmerizing spell. “Live at Jazzfestival Bern," recorded in May 2013 by the unerring Swiss Jazz Orchestra, drops anchor squarely in the last of those realms, thanks in part to the ensemble's ...

Marco Santilli - Paolo Alderighi: Godiva Soleva

Read "Godiva Soleva" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

Del clarinettista ticinese Marco Santilli ci eravamo già occupati cinque anni orsono, in occasione di un suo interessante duo di ance con Giordano Muto, Belli in zona, apprezzando, accanto alla musica, l'humor che permeava il lavoro. Giudizio che possiamo confermare dopo l'ascolto di questo suo ben diverso duo con il pianista milanese Paolo Alderighi. Le composizioni sono tutte di ...