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Masha Art & LRK Trio: Anesthesia

Read "Anesthesia" reviewed by Geno Thackara

The fresh musical voice more formally known as Maria Artemenko seems ready to seize her saxophone and make a splash. Building on some solid study and orchestra performance, she offers a solid and eclectic surprise, for the first time stepping out internationally on her own. Equal credit must go to LRK Trio as well and, here, ...

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Thomas Dahl & Court: Quilter

Read "Quilter" reviewed by Friedrich Kunzmann

Liner notes very elaborately explain the main musical concept that defines guitarist Thomas Dahl's first release with his own band, Quilter. Layers. Phrases are introduced by one instrument, then picked up and turned around by another while soaring guitar cries enter and find accompaniment by polyrhythmic percussion on drums. Though, here, accompanying doesn't only go in ...

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Anders Jormin: Poems For Orchestra

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Swedish bassist and composer Anders Jormin has been recording since the mid 1980s, playing with greats such as his countryman Bobo Stenson, American saxophonist Charles Lloyd and Polish trumpeter Tomasz Stanko among others. Since his debut as a leader for ECM in 2001, he has kept close to the label. But the concept on Poems for ...

Losen Records in for a strong 2019

Read "Losen Records in for a strong 2019" reviewed by Friedrich Kunzmann

There's a new stirring in Norway's current jazz scene. At the center of this new orbit lies Losen Records, a label established in 2010 by Odd Gjelsnes--the man who's also in charge of the 1997 founded jazz and classical music distribution company MusikkLosen . Contrary to the cinematically and atmospherically textured sound one has come to ...

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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
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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 ...