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Ilmiliekki Quartet: Land Of Real Men

Read "Land Of Real Men" reviewed by Friedrich Kunzmann

Finnish all-star combo Ilmiliekki Quartet creates its very own sonic landscape on the first recording in 13 years. Between minimalist percussive crescendi and nostalgic melodies led by Verneri Pohjola on trumpet, Land Of Real Men demonstrates an organic gathering of musicians at the top of their game.

Six of the eight tunes are originals ...

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Terkel Nørgaard: With Ralph Alessi

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Danish drummer and composer Terkel Nørgaard had American trumpeter Ralph Alessi in mind for this project even while writing and developing the 21 sketches, of which seven ultimately made it onto the rumbling and rolling of positive energy that is the accordingly-titled With Ralph Alessi. The ECM aesthetic, which Ralph Alessi is known for, is omnipresent ...

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Jonah Parzen-Johnson: Helsinki 8.12.18

Read "Helsinki 8.12.18" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

Chicago native Jonah Parzen-Johnson has music degrees from NYU and Manhattan School of Music, and the tutelage of the AACM in his background, but he keeps all that at arms-length. The Brooklyn resident continues to pursue his inimitable experimental music on Helsinki 8.12.18, his fourth solo album to feature baritone saxophone and electronics. The session was ...

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Mopo: Mopocalypse

Read "Mopocalypse" reviewed by Anthony Shaw

Mopo, the Finnish trio from Helsinki, have now been on the scene since 2009, and since 2011 winning their selection round for the Young Nordic Comets competition, have been performing their brand of quirky and frequently funky jazz around Europe. Their fourth full length album continues their punk inspired attitude to music making with eight tracks ...

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Olli Ahvenlahti: Thinking, Whistling

Read "Thinking, Whistling" reviewed by Anthony Shaw

When Mose Allison wrote in 1958 that 'a young man ain't got nothing in the world these days' he was probably not intending to make a philosophical statement--more a question of power politics. But now(adays) the line now suggests something else to me. I think neither Roger Daltrey nor I thought about it this way, at ...

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3TM: Form

Read "Form" reviewed by Anthony Shaw

Teppo Mäkynen has been playing the Scandinavian jazz circuit for well over 20 years, typically as the drummer in the company of the Five Corners Quintet (which itself grew out of Nuspirit Helsinki), where he also partnered the featured bassist here, Antti Lötjönen. In this line up he was playing a type of post-bop acoustic jazz, ...