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Marc Jufer: Trip To The Center

Read "Trip To The Center" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic

Swiss saxophonist Mark Jufer's Trip to the Center comes at you in a flurry of sharp, biting angles, presenting a free-form trio with a flair for twisting and turning on the whim and intuition of any of its three venturous inhabitants.

An excited tangle of themes and ideas recorded in two days, Jufer, elastic ...

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Marc Jufer Trio: Trip To The Center

Read "Trip To The Center" reviewed by Jerome Wilson

Marc Jufer is a Swiss saxophonist who has worked in a variety of formats. Here he leads a trio with a fire-breathing rhythm section of bassist Lisa Hoppe and drummer Devin Gray.

Without a piano or other harmony instrument to support him, Jufer's sax playing comes off slinky and malleable. He subtly threads his ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...