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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

Read "A Six-String Travelogue" reviewed by Geno Thackara

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 ...

Dalia Faitelson: Powered by Life

Read "Powered by Life" reviewed by Geno Thackara

"I believe that life is stronger than death," Dalia Faitelson declares with affecting simplicity midway through Powered by Life. The weighty thoughts come out hopeful in the end ("I believe that smiling is contagious ... I believe in starting a new chapter"), though it's often bittersweet in musing about the big mystery of existence. The affair ...

CMC Ensemble: Contra Puncta

Read "Contra Puncta" reviewed by Alberto Bazzurro

CMC, jazzisticamente parlando, stava un tempo per Centro Musica Creativa e rimandava all'avanguardia torinese anni Settanta e successivi. Il CMC Ensemble, protagonista di questo album, è invece tutt'altra cosa (anche se in fondo molti dei postulati-chiave combaciano): è una formazione (nel caso specifico un ottetto) nata in seno al Dipartimento Jazz del Conservatorio di Cosenza, coinvolgendo ...

Luca Aquino: Aqustico vol 2

Read "Aqustico vol 2" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

Il secondo volume di Aqustico conferma l'appassionante ricerca documentata nel precedente album, con qualche diversità: a quattro anni dal quintetto di fine 2012 il trombettista beneventano compie nuove esplorazioni, privilegiando la relazione col fisarmonicista Carmine Ioanna (a cui si aggiunge in un paio di brani Giampiero Franco alle percussioni) e concedendo qualche spazio all'elettronica.

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URO: OR

Read "OR" reviewed by Geno Thackara

It's always nice to discover a meeting of new or unfamiliar bedfellows in the music world. However figuratively or geographically removed some things may seem to be--such as Scandinavia's fjords and the American heartland, let's just say for instance--you can probably count on a crew of good and willing players to find some common ground. Okay, ...

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Audun Trio: Rondane

Read "Rondane" reviewed by Geno Thackara

Rondane is the kind of debut that sounds almost too accomplished and self-assured to be a debut. Its theme certainly doesn't hurt: the album is named after a Norwegian national park, and the picturesque quality can't help but enhance such an endeavor in anyone's hands. Credit where credit's due, though--this young trio sounds sharp and versatile ...

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Old, Borrowed and Just a Little Blue

Read "Old, Borrowed and Just a Little Blue" reviewed by Geno Thackara

How many collections of standards does the jazz world really need? The answer, of course, is that there's always room for more as long as the players and listeners can find something relevant and fresh. Every piece on offer in this batch has been around for several decades at least, but these old things never fail ...

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Olga Konkova & Jens Thoresen: Old Songs

Read "Old Songs" reviewed by Geno Thackara

Olga Konkova and Jens Thoresen seemingly can't sit down for a chat without something beautiful coming out. Each has a mellifluous touch on their instrument, but their eloquent back-and-forth chemistry is the bigger part of what makes their duo recordings special. Following on from the holiday collection December Songs (Losen, 2016), the pair sticks to the ...

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Alf Häggkvist: Blue Serge

Read "Blue Serge" reviewed by Neri Pollastri

Originario del nord della Svezia, Alf Häggkvist vive da venticinque anni a Stoccolma ove ha avuto l'opportunità di collaborare con molti musicisti del suo paese e non solo. Apprezzato compositore e autore di canzoni, è anche un ottimo pianista, sensibile, espressivo e dalle notevoli capacità improvvisative. In questo Blue Serge è impegnato in un pregevole piano ...