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Ian Patterson's Best Releases of 2017

Read "Ian Patterson's Best Releases of 2017" reviewed by Ian Patterson

I'm always conscious of the fact that no matter how much new music you listen to in a given year it represents but a handful of stars in a teeming galaxy. These are a few of the brightest stars to have illuminated my 2017.

The Firebirds
Aladdin's Dream
ILK Music

Bruno Råberg: Triloka: Music for Strings and Soloists

Read "Triloka: Music for Strings and Soloists" reviewed by Marithe Van der Aa

The number three has always had a symbolic and spiritual significance in many different religions and cultures--and, in his latest album Triloka (literally translated as 'Three Realms'), Swedish bassist Bruno Råberg pays his own personal homage to the trinity of...well, everything.

Inspired by South Indian carnatic music, the album immediately cuts to the chase ...

Bruno Raberg: Triloka: Music for Strings and Soloists

Read "Triloka: Music for Strings and Soloists" reviewed by Ian Patterson

Sweden boasts a long tradition of producing notable double bassists--Georg Riedel, Palle Danielsson, Anders Jormin, Lars Danielsson, Dan Berglund and Petter Eldh all spring to mind. Bruno Råberg is another whose virtuosity and lyricism have propelled him to international renown, as a collaborator with some of jazz's most eminent names, and, since 1986, as a Professor ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Tarun Balani Collective: Dharma

Read "Dharma" reviewed by Dave Wayne

Drummer / composer Tarun Balani's previous album, Sacred World (Self Produced, 2013), offered audiences a fresh look at the synthesis and Indian music and jazz. On Dharma, Balani steps back a bit from the music of his homeland. The result is still an invigorating listen. Balani's composing here makes extensive use of hypnotic, propulsive ostinati. Conceptually, ...

Bruno Råberg/Phil Grenadier/Allan Chase: For The Unknown

Read "For The Unknown" reviewed by Mark Sullivan

Bassist Bruno Raberg returns with three-quarters of the quartet from last year's acclaimed Hot Box (Orbis Music, 2015). This outing was based on free improvisations (with extensive electronic sound design by Råberg)--it could be seen as an extension of the two collective improvisations on the previous album. No drums this time, just trumpeter Phil Grenadier, saxophonist ...

Bruno Raberg: For The Unknown

Read "For The Unknown" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Bassist Bruno Raberg's artistry sounds as if it would be a good fit for ECM Records. His music has a drifting elasticity; space is an important component; and his muse has introduced him to electronic sound design--an approach that the Swedish-born, and now Boston-based, performer has embraced.

Raberg's sound is unique. Over the course ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Bruno Råberg Quartet with Phil Grenadier, Allan Chase and Austin McMahon: Hot Box

Read "Hot Box" reviewed by Budd Kopman

With Hot Box, bassist/composer Bruno Råberg and his quartet (Phil Grenadier on trumpet and flugelhorn, Allan Chase on saxophones and drummer Austin McMahon) have created a very, very cool and quite attractive modern jazz album that will stay in the ear for a long time.

“Cool" here means burning on a low heat, with ...

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Bruno Råberg Quartet: Hot Box

Read "Hot Box" reviewed by Mark Sullivan

Bassist-composer Bruno Råberg leads an adventurous, empathetic pianoless quartet on Hot Box, his seventh recording as a leader. Born in Sweden, he has been living in the U.S. since 1981, and is a professor at the Berklee College of Music in Boston. His collaborations with trumpeter Phil Grenadier and saxophonist Allan Chase go back over 10 ...

Bruno Råberg Quartet with Phil Grenadier, Allan Chase and Austin McMahon: Hot Box

Read "Hot Box" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

Bassist Bruno Råberg and trumpeter Phil Grenadier had previously offered a brilliant duo collection with the 2012 Plunge (Orbis Music) and here--under Råberg's leadership--expand to a quartet formation for the equally imaginative Hot Box. The collection features compositions both by the Swedish born Råberg and group improvised pieces. Unlike the Råberg/Grenadier duo outing, the leader's electronic ...

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Tarun Balani: Sacred World

Read "Tarun Balani: Sacred World" reviewed by Dave Wayne

Jazz fans of a certain age were most likely introduced to the world of Indian music via the recordings of John McLaughlin who, with the group Shakti, introduced American listeners to the dazzling virtuosity of musicians such as violinist L. Shankar, and percussionist Zakir Hussain. Shakti's music extended the compositional style that characterized his previous group, ...