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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

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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

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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

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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 ...

Dalia Faitelson: Powered by Life

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"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

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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

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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

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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

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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 ...