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Philipp Gropper's Philm: Consequences

Read "Consequences" reviewed by Jerome Wilson

According to the press release for this CD, saxophonist and bandleader Philipp Gropper's concerns in this music are the place of the individual in society and the responsibilities Western societies bear in their dealings with the rest of the world. It's not easy to discern all that from listening to the disc but what you can ...

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Mads la Cour Quartet: Hule

Read "Hule" reviewed by Mark Corroto

Danish cornetist (who doubles on flugelhorn) Mads la Cour maintains a fluid conception of his band Almugi. Almugi has been large, as in his eight piece Almugi Large Ensemble (WhyPlayJazz, 2015) and small as in Duo (WhyPlayJazz, 2015) with drummer Anders Mogensen. With Hule, he settles on a quartet line-up featuring saxophonist/clarinetist Lars Greve (August Rosenbaum, ...

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Peuker8: Influx

Read "Influx" reviewed by Friedrich Kunzmann

The attempt at blending western classical music with jazz surely is no new concept; at the same time the possibilities and various approaches are far from exhausted and in desperate need of attention. German Guitarist Paul Peuker has been exploring different jazz realms with various formations for many years now and eventually founded the Peuker8 octet ...

Søren Gemmer: The Lark

Read "Søren Gemmer: The Lark" reviewed by Phil Barnes

Danish pianist Søren Gemmer returns with an augmented line up for this his second album and follow up to the aptly named At First from 2013. Key addition is trumpet and flugelhorn player Mads La Cour, who appears on 4 compositions and two of the group improvisations, and is particularly effective on the title track “The ...

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Mads la Cour's Almugi: Quartet

Read "Quartet" reviewed by Eyal Hareuveni

Almugi is an ancient Scandinavian word that describes free men of the Kingdom who are gifted with exceptional goodness. It is also the name of an ongoing musical project of Danish cornet and trumpet player Mads la Cour, member of the Danish Radio Big Band. The first recording of this project featured la Cour in a ...

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FUSK: Super Kasper

Read "Super Kasper" reviewed by Eyal Hareuveni

How does a band introduce freedom to its music? Does the band play free jazz or, to paraphrase saxophonist Joe Lovano, does it play its jazz free? Danish Drummer and leader of the Danish-German quartet FUSK, Kasper Tom Christiansen's, answer to this question is simple: “Who cares?" FUSK defines its own freedom, between contrapuntal springboard melodies, ...