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Marcin Wasilewski

The trio is one of the brightest stars of the Polish jazz scene, recognised for their unique talent in blending tradition with contemporary sound. Marcin Wasilewski Trio is: Marcin Wasilewski, piano, (born 1975), Sławomir Kurkiewicz, double- bass, (born 1975) and Michał Miśkiewicz (born 1977) playing drums. The band combines the grand tradition of the challenging piano trio tenet and creates their own distinct sound in doing so. It is also one of the most consistently developing bands of the Polish music scene, and one that is very open to inspiration from the surrounding environment. The Marcin Wasilewski Trio is considered one of the most acclaimed and unique jazz formations of its generation, and it has garnered recognition in its native Poland as well as abroad. In 2019, the band will celebrates 25 years of playing in an unwavering squad

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Piano Trios: 3x3

Read "Piano Trios: 3x3" reviewed by Geno Thackara

Immortal Onion
Ocelot of Salvation
Requiem Records
2017

This Polish trio seems out to confuse from the start. If you're pinning your metaphysical hopes on a jungle cat, your spiritual leanings probably lean toward ideas of oneness and harmony more than salvation from evil. Vegetables aren't exactly things we think of ...

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Sungjae Son: Near East Quartet

Read "Near East Quartet" reviewed by Mark Sullivan

Korean saxophonist Sungjae Son founded the Near East Quartet with the goal to form a bridge between traditional Korean music and American jazz. Korean music's traditional slow rhythmic feel is not immediately compatible with the regular rhythms of jazz--so it was up to the quartet's members to find a common ground. They followed different paths individually: ...

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Open Land: Meeting John Abercrombie

Read "Open Land: Meeting John Abercrombie" reviewed by John Kelman

John Abercrombie
Open Land: Meeting John Abercrombie
Music Heritage Productions / ECM Records
2018

It's almost a year to the day since the world lost John Abercrombie and, for many of his fans, that loss remains something still deeply and palpably felt. A guitarist who managed to be instantly recognizable without relying on ...

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Open Land: Meeting John Abercrombie

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John Abercrombie
Open Land: Meeting John Abercrombie
Music Heritage Productions / ECM Records
2018

Named after John Abercrombie's 1999 ECM album of the same name (by his trio with organist Dan Wall and drummer Adam Nussbaum, plus guests trumpeter Kenny Wheeler, violinist Mark Feldman and saxophonist Joe Lovano), Open Land finds ...

Bobo Stenson: Contra la indecision

Read "Contra la indecision" reviewed by Giuseppe Segala

Con Bobo Stenson siamo di fronte a uno dei volti caratteristici scaturiti dalla scena musicale del Nord Europa: quello segnato dalla raffinatezza timbrica, dallo scandaglio armonico, dalla ricerca melodica ricca di sfumature e digressioni che per certi versi fa riferimento a Bill Evans, ma ne anestetizza la forza dinamica, la nettezza tagliente, i bagliori di fulmine. ...

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Tord Gustavsen: The Other Side

Read "The Other Side" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic

Like a dusty, Southern gothic novel, Norwegian pianist Tord Gustavsen opens his return to the trio format with the moody, enigmatic “The Tunnel." All his compositions on The Other Side bare their secrets slowly and play out their methodically expressionistic hauntings with a gospel-influenced left hand seemingly rooted thousands of miles away in the muddy Louisiana ...

Andy Sheppard: Romaria

Read "Romaria" reviewed by Luca Casarotti

ECM rappresenta quasi per antonomasia un'estetica della sottrazione, fatta di tempi dilatati, atmosfere rarefatte e poche, a volte pochissime, note: solo le note necessarie, come vuole la massima di João Gilberto da cui prende il titolo l'autobiografia di Enrico Rava, un artista che non a caso ha legato il suo nome a quello dell'etichetta di Manfred ...

Mathias Eick: Ravensburg

Read "Ravensburg" reviewed by Neri Pollastri

Dopo il viaggio in una memoria immaginaria del precedente Midwest, ritratto di un Canada che gli ricordava la natia Norvegia, Mathias Eick passa a una memoria vissuta, legata all'infanzia e ai legami affettivi, raccolta in un lavoro che doveva chiamarsi Family come la traccia che lo apre e che poi ha preso il nome dalla città ...

Thomas Strønen: Lucus

Read "Lucus" reviewed by Neri Pollastri

A due anni di distanza dall'omonimo disco, torna Time Is a Blid Guide, la singolare formazione del batterista norvegese Thomas Strønen.

Rispetto a quel primo lavoro c'è qualche variazione nell'organico, frutto del lavoro fatto assieme dal vivo: mancano i due percussionisti che affiancavano la batteria del leader e al pianoforte ha preso posto la ...