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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 ...

Filip Augustson: Viva Black

Read "Viva Black" reviewed by Eyal Hareuveni

Swedish double bassist Filip Augustson leads a reasonable personal life and career. He recorded his debut album as a leader about ten years ago, Ich Bin Filip Augustson (Moserobie, 2004) and has collaborated with vibes player Mattias Ståhl's Ståhls Blå, sax players Fredrik Ljungkvist and Fredrik Nordström and keyboard player Mats Öberg. Augustson is a happily ...

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Jonas Kullhammar: Gentlemen

Read "Gentlemen" reviewed by Mark Corroto

Swedish saxophonist Jonas Kullhammar continues to capture the late-fifties and early-sixties Blue Note sound. That magic golden age of jazz, when legends roamed roamed the earth, and recorded their music at Rudy Van Gelder's studio. His music conjures names like Joe Henderson, Sonny Rollins, and John Coltrane.

The twelve compositions recorded here are the ...

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RED Trio and Mattias Ståhl: North And The Red Stream

Read "North And The Red Stream" reviewed by John Sharpe

On their fifth album, Swedish vibraphonist Mattias Ståhl joins the Portuguese Red Trio as a guest. He's the latest in a sequence which includes alliances with saxophonist John Butcher and trumpeter Nate Wooley on disc, and reedman Ken Vandermark in performance. The product, North And The Red Stream, comprises three collective improvisations recorded at the VDU ...

Mattias Ståhl Trio: Jag Skulle Bara Gå Ut

Read "Jag Skulle Bara Gå Ut" reviewed by Mark Corroto

The rebirth of the vibraphone as a tool for creative music making has been a long time coming. Like the clarinet, it had to lose its nerdishness to gain acceptance. Artists like Jason Adasiewicz, Matt Moran and the Swedish-born Matthais Ståhl are making the vibes as relevant today as the mid-sixties and 1970s work of Khan ...

IPA: Bubble

Read "Bubble" reviewed by Eyal Hareuveni

The third album of the Norwegian-Swedish band IPA feature it as a quintet with the addition of Swedish vibes master Mattias Ståhl. The former quartet--Norwegian saxophonist Atle Nymo; drummer Håkon Mjåset Johansen, both playing in the modern jazz quintet Motif; double bassist Ingebrigt Håker Flaten, who collaborated with Nymo and Johansen for a reworking of Don ...

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Ståhls Trio: Jag Skulle Bara Gå Ut

Read "Jag Skulle Bara Gå Ut" reviewed by Eyal Hareuveni

Swedish vibes player Mattias Ståhl is the prominent Scandinavian mallet explorer in recent years. He is a wise composer and articulate improviser, well versed in jazz history on both sides of the Atlantic with a distinct melodic and rhythmic approach and sound. The sounds of Ståhl's vibes are integral to some of the most exciting bands ...