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Troy Dostert's Best Releases of 2017

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Looking over the vast quantity of fine music released in 2017, it is reassuring to know that even in these troubled times, the spirit of creativity and endurance that jazz has always embodied continues to hold strong, especially as the music continually finds new forms of expression that move beyond stylistic boundaries. It was a particularly ...


Trespass Trio: The Spirit Of Piteşti

Read "The Spirit Of Piteşti" reviewed by John Sharpe

Swedish reedman Martin Küchen ploughs a rich variety of furrows, from explorative improvised summits to his rambunctious Angles aggregations, but one of the most enduring has been his Trespass Trio. On The Spirit Of Pitești, the fourth entry in the band's discography, he is joined by the same crew there since the inception, bassist Per Zanussi ...

Forget Old Europe: 15 European Jazz Musicians You Need To Know About

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Since the first half of the 20th century, the Old Continent has played a pivotal role both in welcoming and supporting jazz artists from the United States. Over the following decades it has expressed generations of passionate musicians with increasingly original languages and ever greater improvisatory skills.

In the 21st century there are countless ...

Martin Küchen: The Spirit Of Piteşti

Read "The Spirit Of Piteşti" reviewed by Mark Corroto

Sometimes a scene in a movie or a book persists in the mind long after being viewed or read. Sometimes an aroma can conjure a feeling from the past. Memory is often connected to emotion in an unconscious manner. Substitute sound for scent and the passions can be equally strong. The Swedish/Norwegian trio of saxophonist Martin ...


Vossajazz 2017

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Vossajazz 2017
Various Venues
Voss, Norway
April 7-9, 2017

Some places punch above their weight. Voss is one. With just 14,000 inhabitants, this small Norwegian town in the county of Hordaland, can boast a world-renowned sky-diving training centre, the country's foremost folk music academy, one of the best wine cellars in ...

Five New From Konvoj Records

Read "Five New From Konvoj Records" reviewed by Mark Corroto

If you are a free jazz fanatic, you probably look for those out-of-print vinyl offerings from labels like Hat Hut, FMP, Sonet, and El Saturn Records. Sadly, you would have to be either independently wealthy or Mats Gustafsson to acquire the rarest of the rare music. But take heart, there are small labels producing the free ...


Barry Guy: Back to the Drawing-Board (Part 3)

Read "Barry Guy: Back to the Drawing-Board (Part 3)" reviewed by Duncan Heining

Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3

One of the things which may strike the listener on hearing the London Jazz Composers' Orchestra for the first time is just how much volume Guy is able to draw from just seventeen to twenty players. Some other big bands sound almost insipid in comparison. There ...


Jan Granlie: My Favorite Things - Jazz Photos 2004-2014

Read "Jan Granlie: My Favorite Things - Jazz Photos 2004-2014" reviewed by Eyal Hareuveni

My Favorite Things--Jazz Photos 2004 -2014
Jan Granlie
Jazz og Sånn

Norwegian photographer, writer and editor Jan Granilie has an intimate and through knowledge of the history and almost everyone that is involved in the Nordic and European jazz scenes. He edited the Norwegian jazz magazine ...


The Ägg: The Ägg

Read "The Ägg" reviewed by Eyal Hareuveni

Put three electric guitarists, three electric bassists and four drummers in one room all coming from the vibrant Stockholm scene of free improvisation, free jazz and art rock. Let them jam freely, lock in hypnotic grooves that loosely sound like Fela Kuti's Afro-beat bands or worse, like North Korean marching bands on acid, sketch noisy textures ...


Trespass Trio + Joe McPhee: Human Encore

Read "Human Encore" reviewed by Florence Wetzel

Portugal is one of the most free-jazz friendly countries on the planet, and the innovative Clean Feed label is one of the reasons why. With over two hundred releases thus far, Clean Feed has been documenting the next wave(s) of avant-free music. This includes the mighty Trespass Trio, a powerhouse group of improvisers consisting of Swedish ...