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Ivan Mazuze: Moya

Read "Moya" reviewed by Anya Wassenberg

Contemporary Western jazz idioms blend seamlessly with influences that span the globe on Moya by Mozambican-Norwegian multi-instrumentalist and composer Ivan Mazuze. With a cast of collaborators specialized in a range of musical traditions, the results are multi-layered--offering both the familiar and the unfamiliar.

Mazuze's playing is expressive; tone is given as much importance as ...

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Nypan: Big City

Read "Big City" reviewed by Friedrich Kunzmann

Norwegian guitarist and composer Øyvind Nypan had a special project and, accordingly, special musicians in mind when conceptualizing his newest and third record for Losen Records, Big City. After contacting pianist Taylor Eigsti and receiving his positive response, Nypan was able to rally together the rest of the cast and shortly afterwards ended up recording this ...

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Dino Massa Quartet: Suite pour le piano for Jazz Quartet

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Italian pianist/composer Dino Massa leads his acoustic jazz quartet through an ambitious four-part suite. The suite format is more established in classical music than jazz, but the compositional unity of this set more than justifies the title.

Massa begins “Suite No. 1" unaccompanied, appropriate for the title “pour le piano"--but Nicola Pisani's soprano saxophone ...

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Krupka Trio: Hymns in a Jazz Mood Vol. 2

Read "Hymns in a Jazz Mood Vol. 2" reviewed by Geno Thackara

Whether it's meant deliberately or not, the cover image for Hymns in a Jazz Mood, vol. 2 is a pretty apt illustration: the simple church building is central, but doesn't need to be at the front and center of attention. The pastoral feel of the forestscape covers everything more prominently, though half the tree shapes somehow ...

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Lorenzo De Finti: Love Unknown

Read "Love Unknown" reviewed by Geno Thackara

There are as many kinds of love songs as there are kinds of love itself--which sometimes makes it disappointing how often those songs fit into the same mold. As this mysterious title implies, interestingly enough, Lorenzo de Finti approaches the theme in some non-obvious ways with his Quartet's second outing. As impressive as its sophisticated predecessor ...

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3x3: Piano Trios, vol. II

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Tubis Trio
Flashback
AudioCave
2018

Sophisticated chops? Check. Solid chemistry? Definitely. Knowledge of jazz tradition combined with determination to avoid sitting still? Of course. Maciej Tubis and his cohorts in the Tubis Trio certainly check all the proper boxes expected of a professional combo. Beyond that, though, they distinguish themselves with ...

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All Over the Map with Losen Records

Read "All Over the Map with Losen Records" reviewed by Geno Thackara

Here's a quick trivia tidbit for the day: Losen is the Norwegian word for 'pilot.' See, you never know what you're going to learn clicking around the web. This jny: Oslo-based label is so named for its forward-thinking dedication to exploration, and the stream of offerings only seems to get more wide-ranging and inventive every year. ...

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Scheen Jazzorkester & Jon Oystein Rosland: Tamanoar

Read "Tamanoar" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

Scheen Jazzorkester è un organico norvegese di 12 elementi fondato e diretto nel 2010 dal sassofonista Jon Øystein Rosland. Ha già inciso cinque album ed è una delle poche orchestre stabili del Paese, accanto alle più famose Trondheim Jazz Orchestra ed Ensemble Denada.

Jon Øystein Rosland è il principale compositore e arrangiatore della ...

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Per Mathisen/Jan Gunnar Hoff/Horacio Hernandez: Barxeta II

Read "Barxeta II" reviewed by Geno Thackara

Per Mathisen and Jan Gunnar Hoff understandably look forward to their jaunts to Barxeta, Spain, as much as anyone else might look forward to favorite summer holidays. For them it's really a working vacation: of course the sunny surroundings are beautiful and the home cooking is doubtlessly excellent, but they're also there to play hard and ...

A Six-String Travelogue

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Leni Stern
3
Leni Stern Recordings
2018

If it's an exaggeration to say that Leni Stern's gone native after her life-shaping time in Senegal, it's probably not by much. 3 isn't the result of merely studying and and learning a few new forms, but an unrestrained immersion in the life and ...