Sometimes a recording catches you by surprise. Such is the case with Swedish bassist Thomas Markusson's Open. Only one of the musicians was familiar, the pianist Naoko Sakata who moved from Japan to Sweden where she could play the kind of music that wasn't popular in Japan. Sakata definitely found the right company. Markusson is a very strong bassist who writes music that took me back to those ECM recordings of Kenny Wheeler and Tomasz Stanko, thanks to the playing of trumpeter Staffan Svensson and drummer Cornelia Nilsson who brings a familiar Nordic style of playing to mind. The recording on Footprint Records is definitely worth tracking down.
No surprise, however, with pianist Russ Lossing's new Motian Music with his trio of bassist Masa Kamaguchi and drummer Billy Mintz . Lossing is one of the finest out there working today (and deserving of further recognition I would say). He and Kamaguchi both worked with the much-revered Paul Motian so they know his music. Mintz fits like a glove. Get this one if you like great piano trios and/or Motian's tunes.
As always, there's a lot more terrific music for you in this episode of One Man's Jazz. Enjoy!
Jasper Blom "Decidophobia" from Polyphony (Whirlwind) 00:00
Peter Hess "Follower" from Falling (Diskoknife) 08:47
Host speaks 15:52
Quantum Trio "And If Salfate Was Right" from Quality Music Studio (Self-released) 18:09
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