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Samo Salamon & Stefano Battaglia: Pure Magic

Read "Pure Magic" reviewed by Mark Sullivan

Slovenian guitarist Samo Salamon and Italian pianist Stefano Battaglia present a sequel to their first live collaboration WindS (Klopotec Records, 2016). That album included a couple of Salamon compositions along with several collaborative tracks--this time the duo have gone all in with a fully collaborative program, recorded in the studio.

“The Beauty of Kei" ...

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Niogi: Landing

Read "Landing" reviewed by Mark Sullivan

Israeli group Niogi describes themselves as an “instrumental band," leaving the question of musical genre open. But their sound is firmly placed in the ECM contemporary jazz world: “Jan's Balloon" opens with a sound like whistling from Omri Abramov's EWI (electronic wind instrument), playing a tuneful theme reminiscent of the Americana of the Pat Metheny Group. ...

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Acuna/Hoff/Mathisen: Jungle City

Read "Jungle City" reviewed by John Kelman

While some accuse the musical innovations taking place in Scandinavia as diluting “America's art form," there's plenty of evidence to the contrary. Many of the artists regularly stretching jazz's boundaries by introducing outside references can play in the tradition; they just choose not to. With Finding Nymo (ACT, 2009), Norwegian trombonist Helge Sunde and his Ensemble ...