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Paykuna: Raíces

Read "Raíces" reviewed by Geno Thackara

Looking at a title that means “Roots," one naturally thinks of an artist paying homage to their place of origin. It's not quite that simple in the case of Paykuna; the group's well-traveled leader Demian Coca has roots in both the folk of South America and the classy modern jazz of Europe, specifically his home of ...

AERIE: Sonic

Read "Sonic" reviewed by Ian Patterson

It is a little over two years since Ingo Hipp's pan-European quintet AERIE launched its impressive 2016 debut, Hatch & Host (Neuklang Records). Hipp's adventurous writing coupled with strong solo voices were the hallmarks of that outing, and, by and large, remain the guiding forces of SONIC. If anything, there's perhaps more emphasis on the compositional ...

Esche: Der Dichter Spricht

Read "Der Dichter Spricht" reviewed by Jerome Wilson

A trio of piano, violin and bass seems like it could be limiting in an improvisational context but the German group Esche does just fine with that lineup. They create a bright style of lively chamber music that teems with emotion and romance.

This is not one of those European groups that relies on ...

Laura Schuler: Der Dichter Spricht

Read "Der Dichter Spricht" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic

Der Dichter Spricht (translation: The Poet Speaks is a graceful, romantic affair, conjuring moments of restfulness and playfulness, very often within the framework of the same composition.

Produced like a hushed yet invigorating ECM session, this second album from the German trio Esche, comprised of violinist Laura Schuler, double bassist Lisa Hoppe and pianist ...

Lee Konitz: Prisma

Read "Prisma" reviewed by Ian Patterson

Though Lee Konitz has played in a wide variety of settings and styles since his first professional engagement with Teddy Powell in 1945, recordings with full-blown orchestras have been few and far between. Recorded in Frankfurt in 2000, with the Brandenburg State Orchestra conducted by Christoph Campestrini, Prisma captures Konitz interpreting Gunter Buhles' concerto for alto ...

Esche: Der Dichter Spricht

Read "Der Dichter Spricht" reviewed by Troy Dostert

On its sophomore release, Swiss trio Esche continues its search for ways to fuse classical chamber music with possibilities for improvisation, and even swing, that stem from the jazz tradition. The title of the record, Der Dichter Spricht ("The Poet Speaks"), does not seem an intentional reference to the Schumann piece of the same name, although ...

Quentin Bryan Angus: In Stride

Read "In Stride" reviewed by Friedrich Kunzmann

In Stride sees Australian guitarist/composer Quentin Angus following up his two critically acclaimed outings, Retrieval Structure (Self Produced, 2012) and Perception (Self Produced, 2014) in a stripped back trio-setting, featuring Ari Hoenig (dr) and Sam Anning (b). Not only does Angus cut back on the instrumentation when compared to his previous efforts, but the youthful urgency, ...

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Quentin Angus: In Stride

Read "In Stride" reviewed by Mark Sullivan

Australian jazz guitarist Quentin Angus has a more complicated back story than most. Based in New York City since 2010 (where he is Associate Professor of Music for the City University of New York), he appears here on a German record label. He leads an empathetic trio with bassist Sam Anning and busy drummer Ari Hoenig. ...

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Quentin Bryan Angus: In Stride

Read "In Stride" reviewed by Barry O'Sullivan

Keeping 'in stride' on his journey from Eden Valley, South Australia, guitarist/composer Quentin Angus hasn't batted an eyelid since arriving in the world's Mecca for jazz in 2010. Angus is an Associate Professor of Music for the City University of New York, teaches several courses at the Borough of Manhattan Community College and holds a PhD (Phrasing ...

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Quentin Angus: In Stride

Read "In Stride" reviewed by Geno Thackara

Quentin Angus comes across as the kind of player who's seemingly absorbed everything in developing a repertoire--one whose extensive study lets him draw on any style and throw out familiar licks on a whim. Here we have soft electric tones worthy of Grant Green crossed with the expansive compositional smarts of Pat Metheny. Fleet lines and ...