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Matthias Spillmann Trio: Live at the Bird’s Eye Jazz Club

Read "Live at the Bird’s Eye Jazz Club" reviewed by Don Phipps

Matthias Spillmann's Live at the Bird's Eye Jazz Club is a trumpet trio tour de force. Recorded live in Basel, Switzerland, Spillmann, bassist Andreas Lang and drummer Moritz Baumgärtner add a fascinating spin to five classics and one original number. The trio's simple format gives Spillmann plenty of room to energize the music, and his tone ...

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Walt Weiskopf European Quartet: Worldwide

Read "Worldwide" reviewed by Jakob Baekgaard

These days a lot of jazz records seem to require a musical concept or an idea that unites the compositions on the album, but it doesn't have to be so complicated. After a tour in January 2019 with his European Quartet, tenor saxophonist Walt Weiskopf went into a studio in Copenhagen with the band, and a ...

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Jeremy Rose: Within and Without

Read "Within and Without" reviewed by Luca Casarotti

Within and Without è il terzo disco pubblicato a proprio nome dal sassofonista e compositore australiano Jeremy Rose. Per l'occasione il suo quartetto internazionale, composto dal pianista Jackson Harrison (come Rose originario di Sydney), dal bassista Andreas Lang e dal batterista Tobias Backhaus (entrambi berlinesi), ospita Kurt Rosenwinkel: il grande chitarrista è presente in tutte le ...

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I nuovi percorsi del Polish Jazz

Read "I nuovi percorsi del Polish Jazz" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

Una nuova generazione si fa avanti con determinazione sulla scena del Jazz polacco e molti trovano accoglienza nel catalogo della For-Tune. L'etichetta si propone ambiziosamente di “salvare dall'oblio i fenomeni musicali di natura eterna." Non si rivolge esclusivamente al jazz o agli artisti polacchi e il suo catalogo ospita anche lavori di William Parker, Mary Halvorson, ...

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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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Alice Zawadzki: China Lane

Read "China Lane" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

Singer, songwriter and violinist Alice Zawadzki spent five years creating her first album, China Lane. A group of the UK's most respected young musicians joins her to bring her compositions to life--the result is a strong debut, the arrival of a musician with a distinctive voice and songwriting style.

As a writer, Zawadzki doesn't ...

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Peter Ehwald: Double Trouble

Read "Double Trouble" reviewed by Ian Patterson

It doesn't always follow that the teacher channels the direction a student takes. In separate stints in London and New York, German saxophonist Peter Ehwald has studied with bassist John Patitucci, saxophonists Julian Argüelles, Stan Sulzmann and Rich Perry, yet his style is not nearly as based in the tradition as might be expected. Ehwald displayed ...

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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, ...