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Klaus Gesing: Heartluggage

Read "Heartluggage" reviewed by John Kelman

Sometimes a musician's associations are so high profile that it's easy to overlook his own work as a leader. Seeming to appear out of nowhere on British vocal legend Norma Winstone's sublime Distances (ECM, 2008) and Tunisian oudist Anouar Brahem's equally chamber-centric The Astounding Eyes of Rita (ECM, 2009), Klaus Gesing is, in fact, an established ...

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Gina Schwarz / Richard Oesterreicher: AirBass

Read "AirBass" reviewed by Raul d'Gama Rose

There could be many a slip between coming up with an unusual concept for a record and actually having the gumption to pull it off. Austrian bassist Gina Schwarz and harmonica maestro Richard Oesterreicher have indeed pulled it off on AirBass, a wonderful record where the two musicians share principal credits, although Schwarz is the main ...

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Sigi Finkel: Scenes & Places

Read "Scenes & Places" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

Realizzato in completa solitudine, questo album vede il sassofonista tedesco Sigi Finkel impegnato anche con strumenti etnici e percussioni in quindici brani che, come suggerisce il titolo dell'album, ci portano attraverso vari luoghi e paesaggi sonori. Ci si muove tra occidente ed oriente, tra nord e sud del mondo. L'Eurpoa ed il jazz, ovviamente, ma anche il Medio ...

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Robert Bachner Quintet: Traveling Hard

Read "Traveling Hard" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Yes, Austrians also speak the universal language of jazz, and without any discernible accent, as trombonist Robert Bacher and his quintet prove on Traveling Hard, Bachner's second recording as leader of this group. Bachner, a world-class player, composed and arranged each of the album's seven selections, and it would be difficult to find fault with any ...

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Robert Bachner Big Band: Moments of Noise

Read "Moments of Noise" reviewed by Jack Bowers

As the title suggests, there are Moments of Noise on Austrian trombonist Robert Bachner's debut album as leader of his own big band, but they are always purposeful, never arbitrary, and are staunchly tempered by moments of beauty, awareness and sensitivity. And as noise is one of the requisite components of any big band, neither are ...

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Klaus Gesing: Heart Luggage

Read "Heart Luggage" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

Musicista ben noto nel nostro paese per le frequenti collaborazioni con il pianista friulano Glauco Venier, il sassofonista e clarinettista tedesco Klaus Gesing ha allestito un eccellente quartetto multinazionale, con il quale propone questo disco ricco di tensione ritmica e suggestioni tematico-melodiche. La cifra del quartetto è quella di un eclettico jazz moderno, che include suggestioni cameristiche (si ode ...

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Mg3: 2nd Move

Read "2nd Move" reviewed by John Kelman

It had to happen: the popularity of the Swedish piano trio E.S.T. is making its presence felt on both sides of the Atlantic. Canadian bassist Simon Fisk's latest disc, Intent, demonstrates the same kind of pop sensibility, albeit with a freer complexion. Similarly, Austrian pianist Martin Gasselsberger and his group mg3's new release, 2nd Move, can ...

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Robert Bachner Quintet: Heart Disc

Read "Heart Disc" reviewed by Dave Wayne

Austrian low brass expert Robert Bachner is best known for his contributions to Matthias Ruegg's Vienna Art Orchestra, the similarly inclined (but less well-known) Upper Austrian Jazz Orchestra, and bassist Achim Tang's quintet. In each of these settings, the consistent and inspired excellence of Bachner's trombone and euphonium improvisations have clearly marked him as a player ...