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Content by tag "Edition Records"

Django Bates / Frankfurt Radio Big Band: Saluting Sgt. Pepper

Read "Saluting Sgt. Pepper" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

Django Bates stellar career has been far less celebrated than it deserves to be, at least on this, somewhat myopic, side of the Atlantic. Born in Kent, on the outskirts of London, he has achieved prominence as a multi-instrumentalist, band leader and composer. In the early part of his career he created Human Chain and the ...

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Hess Is More: 80 Years

Read "80 Years" reviewed by Roger Farbey

In truth, 80 Years may not be everyone's cup of tea, at least, not all of it. However in the midst of this marriage of Kraftwerk-esque synth pop and Carl Orff-like cantata there are some moments of exquisite jazz. Following the two initial synth- plus-singing tracks of the “80 Years" suite, the first intimation that there ...

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Verneri Pohjola: Pekka

Read "Pekka" reviewed by Friedrich Kunzmann

On this sophomore release with Edition Records Verneri Pohjola reinterprets the music of his late father, Pekka Pohjola. Pekka was an internationally acclaimed jazz- fusion/progressive-rock multi-instrumentalist, best known for his chops on the bass during his ventures in the 70s and 80s, collaborating, among others, with Mike Oldfield. Due to his father having been educated primarily ...

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Aki Rissanen: Another North

Read "Another North" reviewed by Roger Farbey

Following on from 2016's Amorandom, Finnish pianist Aki Rissanen has produced yet another satisfying album. Born in 1980 he has already released nine albums as leader or co-leader. Rissanen studied classical piano at Finland's Kuopio Conservatory from 1990-2000 and then jazz music at Helsinki Polytechnic School and in 2009 gained a Master's degree in jazz piano ...

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Laginha Argüelles Norbakken: Setembro

Read "Setembro" reviewed by Roger Farbey

Portugese pianist Mário Laginha has teamed up with British saxophonist and ex-Loose Tuber Julian Argüelles and Norwegian percussionist Helge Andreas Norbakken to record an album of captivating tunes, recorded in Porto, Portugal in July 2014.

The first few plaintively wistful minutes of “Mãos na Parede" undergo a sudden and unexpected step change into a playfully ...

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Gary Husband: A Meeting Of Spirits

Read "A Meeting Of Spirits" reviewed by Roger Farbey

Pianist and percussionist Gary Husband is one of the world's most gifted musicians. It would be more accurate to say that he is not merely supremely talented but also a true virtuoso of both drums and keyboards. He played on John McLaughlin's Industrial Zen, released in 2006 and with the guitarist's 4th Dimension since its 2010 ...

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Girls in Airports: Live

Read "Live" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

Thanks in large part to labels like ECM, Odin Records and Rune Grammofon, jazz fans in the US have become familiar with a many Norwegian and Scandinavian jazz artists. Copenhagen based Girls in Airports has not been one of those groups but it's about time the quintet broke into this market. The group debuted with a ...

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Girls in Airports: Live

Read "Live" reviewed by Roger Farbey

The fifth album by the Danish crossover band Girls In Airports was recorded during three live shows in Germany in April 2017. The audience applause (and cheering) is included at the conclusion of some tracks. The album opens with “Kantine" a slow-burner which inexorably builds tension and gravitas, releasing a crescendo of energy midway and ultimately ...

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Malija - Mark Lockheart Jasper Høiby Liam Noble: Instinct

Read "Instinct" reviewed by Roger Farbey

This is Malija's successor to their 2015 debut album The Day I Had Everything. The trio first played together on Mark Lockheart's album but that was in a quintet configuration with trumpet and drums. The three protagonists in this affair are now very well-known on the European jazz scene. Mark Lockheart, an alumnus of Loose Tubes, ...

Rob Luft: Riser

Read "Riser" reviewed by Roger Farbey

London-based guitarist Rob Luft, an alumnus of the National Youth Jazz Orchestra, reveals on tracks like the opener “Night Songs" a lightness and deftness of touch. There's also a trace of highlife West African influence too. But notably, Luft veers away from the more well-worn modern jazz guitar style, steadfastly avoiding the usual plethora of blues ...


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