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Alex Koo

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Belgian-Japanese pianist and composer Alex Koo is currently paving his way as a promising young talent in the European jazz scene. Recently, his CD ‘Appleblueseagreen‘, with American icons Ralph Alessi and Mark Turner, was praised by Downbeat Jazz Magazine and included in their list of ‘Best Albums of 2019‘, with 4 stars and the mention ” Stunningly original “ (Clever Tree Records, March 2019). Jazzism also praised his album with no less than four and a half stars: “Beautiful, touching, elevating“. In his home country, the young pianist has been quoted by many as a rising star, backed by first prizes in the Prinses Christina Competition (NL), the SABAM B-Jazz Composition Award (BE), a Fulbright Award-Music Fellowship (USA- BE) and a Prins Bernhard Culture Prize (NL). He has been complimented by some of the scene’s biggest icons, such as Kurt Elling, Kenny Werner and Brad Mehldau and has studied with masters of the trade, such as Kris Goessens, Kenny Werner, Craig Taborn, Barry Harris and Jakob Bro. Alex also performed all over the world, from Europe to the U.S

Album

Identified Flying Object

Label: W.E.R.F. Records
Released: 2021
Track listing: Nebula; Levitate!; Ready, Set Go; Aurora; Maenads; Underwater Star Based Society; Toy Pianos; Source Of The Ten Thousand Things.

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Article: Album Review

Alex Koo / Attila Gyárfas / Ralph Alessi: Identified Flying Object

Read "Identified Flying Object" reviewed by Mark Corroto


Belgian-Japanese pianist Alex Koo and Hungarian drummer Attila Gyárfás formed the duo Identified Flying Object to explore fully improvised music that has one foot in jazz, one in chamber music, another in minimalism, and a fourth in electronic manipulations. Their initial release Galactic Liturgy (2017) is followed up here with the addition of Ralph Alessi's trumpet ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Joel Ross, Wayne Shorter & Sonny Stitt

Read "Joel Ross, Wayne Shorter & Sonny Stitt" reviewed by Joe Dimino


The 687th Episode of Neon Jazz begins with vibes star Joel Ross off his latest 2020 CD Who Are You? We spend a good portion of this hour looking into a wealth of music released in 2020 from artists including Ian Hendrickson-Smith, Linda Purl, Joanna Berkebile and Alex Koo. Enjoy the jazz. Playlist Joel ...

Album

Appleblueseagreen

Label: Clever Tree Records
Released: 2019
Track listing: enuD; Dune; Funeral March; Ghost Parade; Etude No. 1 Mirror, Mirror, On The Wall; Dormilon; Bodily Fluids; Etude No. 2 The Gaze; The Lone Wanderer; Etude No. 3; Apples Are Blue But the Sea Is Green; Freedom Pilot.

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Dave Holland, Louis Moholo, Ben Van Gelder, Emma Frank & Other New Releases

Read "Dave Holland, Louis Moholo, Ben Van Gelder, Emma Frank & Other New Releases" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu


After three weeks of thematic episodes, we have to get back to checking what's new and what's coming up... The piles of new and upcoming releases have been building up and we could not wait any longer. So here's to a great episode with new, upcoming and reissued gems, featuring the music of Dave Holland, Zakir ...

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Article: Album Review

Alex Koo: Appleblueseagreen

Read "Appleblueseagreen" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan


The Belgian/Japanese pianist/composer Alex Koo enlisted a pair of first call allstars, saxophonist Mark Turner and trumpeter Ralph Alessi, forming an acoustic chamber trio that brings his vision to life on Appleblueseagreen. The title is taken from the literal translation of the Flemish word “appelblauwzeegroen," to describe a color of ambiguous personality. The music is cinematic, ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

New albums focus with Koo, Baron, Ramu, Lund and Cornelius

Read "New albums focus with Koo, Baron, Ramu, Lund and Cornelius" reviewed by Bob Osborne


This week a focus on five brand new albums from across the wide world of jazz including the exciting new release from Patrick Cornelius. Playlist Alex Koo, Mark Turner, Ralph Alessi “Ghost Parade" from Appleblueseagreen (Alex Koo) 00:00 Joey Baron, Bram de Looze, Robin Verheyen “Boo Boo's Birthday" from Mix Monk (Universal Music) 08:01 ...


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