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AP6C: Layers

Read "Layers" reviewed by Mark Corroto

Have you been wondering lately, where all the thoughtful music has gone? Today we have universities teaming with technical wunderkinds who can flawlessly navigate “Giant Steps" or “Cherokee," and recordings that are showcases of dexterity and complexity, but much of it is devoid of the essence of meaning, in other words, soul. That is, until you ...

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Angles 9: Beyond Us

Read "Beyond Us" reviewed by John Sharpe

Swedish saxophonist Martin Küchen's versatile Angles agglomeration has appeared in assorted sizes from a trio up to a nonet. But whatever the dimensions, it possesses the familiar virtues of driving riffs, explosive soloing, and elemental yet affecting melodies. Beyond Us, recorded live during Groningen's splendid Summer Jazz Cycling Tour is no different. It's the fourth release ...

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Ståhls Trio: Källtorp Sessions Volume One

Read "Källtorp Sessions Volume One" reviewed by Alberto Bazzurro

I trii con un vibrafono al posto di pianoforte o chitarra non sono mai stati tutta questa gran consuetudine, nel jazz. Per il semplice motivo che non sono mai stati troppo consueti i vibrafonisti, spesso, oltre tutto, impiegati come voce, come timbro, in organici più ampi.

Il quarantottenne svedese Mattias Ståhl, accompagnandosi a ...

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Ståhls trio: Källtorp Sessions, Volume One

Read "Källtorp Sessions, Volume One" reviewed by Mark Corroto

In a more perfect world, jazz would be found on jukeboxes. Better still, how about adventurist jazz on jukeboxes? Mattias Ståhl's trio brings this thought to mind. His Källtorp Sessions, Volume One is comprised of nine tracks averaging 3¾ minutes, perfect for those 45 rpm singles.

The Stähls Trio of Mattias Ståhl (vibraphone), Joe ...

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The Way Ahead: Bells, Ghosts and other Saints

Read "Bells, Ghosts and other Saints" reviewed by Mark Corroto

Perry Farrell, of the rock band Jane's Addiction, might have said/sung it best in 1988, on the track “Ted, Just Admit it..." when he whispered “Nothing's Shocking." Indeed, nothing is in the 21st century. Marcel Duchamp's painting “Nude Descending a Staircase, No. 2" (1912) is mostly admired today, and certainly not the trigger for a riot. ...

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Lina Nyberg: Terrestrial

Read "Terrestrial" reviewed by Troy Dostert

Idiosyncratic to the core, ambitious beyond measure, and knowing no idiomatic limitations, since the early 1990s Swedish vocalist and composer Lina Nyberg has captivated and surprised listeners with the astonishing range of her unique artistic vision. She has performed with a “who's who" list of Swedish musicians, from iconic figures like Esbjörn Svensson and Palle Danielsson ...

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Angles 9: Disappeared Behind the Sun

Read "Disappeared Behind the Sun" reviewed by John Sharpe

On the sixth release from reedman Martin Küchen's mid-sized Angles ensemble, all the winning traits so evident on previous outings are still present and correct: heart wrenching melodies, huge foot-tapping riffs, sweeping chorales and adventurous raw soloing, not least by the leader himself. Many of the same top notch players remain on board, notably trombonist Mats ...

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Jazz Jantar 2017

Read "Jazz Jantar 2017" reviewed by Martin Longley

Jazz Jantar
Klub Zak
Gdańsk, Poland
November 9-12, 2017

Jazz Jantar is one of the less well-known Polish festivals (outside of Poland), but it has been running in the northern port of Gdańsk for two decades, and is housed by Klub Zak, an arts centre that has roots ...

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

Read "Forget Old Europe: 15 European Jazz Musicians You Need To Know About" reviewed by Enrico Bettinello

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 ...

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RED Trio & John Butcher: Summer Skyshift

Read "Summer Skyshift" reviewed by John Sharpe

It was the release of Empire (No Business, 2011) that constituted the point at which many people first began to pay attention to the Portuguese Red Trio. That collaboration with English saxophonist John Butcher featured on several year end lists. It paved the way for a series of further alliances, documented on disc with trumpeter Nate ...