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Eyolf Dale: Return To Mind

Read "Return To Mind" reviewed by Roger Farbey

The follow-up to Eyolf Dale's Wolf Valley released on Edition Records in 2016 is no less impressive than its predecessor. Dale employs exactly the same line-up here so there are no major surprises except that Kristoffer Kompen now doubles on euphonium, Hayden Powell doubles on flugelhorn and Per Zanussi has dropped the saw. Dale himself is ...

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Verneri Pohjola Mika Kallio: Animal Image

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Animal Image is the remarkable soundtrack for the documentary film of the same name by the Finnish visual artist Perttu Saksa. Although the movie's duration is twenty eight minutes, the score composed and recorded by fellow Finns Verneri Pohjola and Mika Kallio actually runs to just north of thirty seven minutes, but any shorter would have ...

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Snowpoet: Thought You Knew

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Thought You Knew follows in the wake of Laura Kinsella's critically acclaimed 2014 recording with Blue Eyed Hawk, the highly imaginative Under The Moon (Edition Records) and Snowpoet's eponymous debut album released in 2016 on Two Rivers Records. Kinsella's mellifluous voice is like a cross between the late Sandy Denny and the Cocteau Twins' Liz Fraser, ...

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Elliot Galvin: The Influencing Machine

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The Influencing Machine is a concept album based on the book of the same name by Mike Jay. This true account tells the story of James Tilley-Matthews, a tea merchant and double agent, architect and political thinker. Born in 1770, Tilley- Matthews was renowned not just for his various and varied professional activities, but more because ...

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

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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

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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 ...