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Article: Year in Review

Mike Jurkovic's Best Releases of 2017: Pianos Lead the Way

Read "Mike Jurkovic's Best Releases of 2017: Pianos Lead the Way" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic

There are some years when certain artists and their instrument stand tallest among the tall. This year it was piano players. Established names, exciting discoveries. Creation music for repeated listening, relentless invention, insight, humor, new equations. Each with a particular turn, a defining touch, that takes you past the chaos of our harshest days.


Article: Album Review

Benedikt Jahnel Trio: The Invariant

Read "The Invariant" reviewed by David Rocheleau-Houle

The Invariant is the third album from the Benedikt Jahnel Trio and its second album on ECM Records. The Invariant follows Modular Concepts, released in 2008 on Material Records, and Equilibrium, released in 2012 on ECM. The trio remains intact with German pianist Benedikt Jahnel, Spanish double bassist Antonio Miguel, and Canadian drummer Owen Howard.


Article: Album Review

Anouar Brahem: Blue Maqams

Read "Blue Maqams" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic

Oud-master Anouar Brahem's instantly intoxicating, Blue Maqams, caps off a truly remarkable year for ECM Records. Just think, the label's release schedule this year included essential recordings by Benedikt Jahnel Trio's The Invariant, Django Bates' breakthrough The Study of Touch, Colin Vallon Trio's Danse, Vijay Iyer Sextet's Far From Over, and Gary Peacock's Tangents, all of ...

Article: Album Review

Benedikt Jahnel Trio: The Invariant

Read "The Invariant" reviewed by Niccolò Lucarelli

Il jazz di scuola europea si caratterizza per una maggior vicinanza alla musica classica e per certe atmosfere placide e riflessive, dove la melodia sembra attaccarsi alla pelle dell'ascoltatore come vento del deserto, e aprire una finestra sull'indagine della propria interiorità. Non fa eccezione The Invariant, ultima fatica del pianista tedesco Benedikt Jahnel, autore degli otto ...


Article: Album Review

Benedikt Jahnel Trio: The Invariant

Read "The Invariant" reviewed by Mark Sullivan

Sometimes there's no substitute for experience, as demonstrated by this trio as it celebrates its tenth anniversary as a working unit. Last heard on Equilibrium (ECM, 2012), it's an international group that met through a series of lucky coincidences: Berlin-based pianist/composer Benedikt Jahnel is joined by Spanish bassist Antonio Miguel and Canadian drummer Owen Howard. Jahnel ...


Article: Album Review

Benedikt Jahnel Trio: The Invariant

Read "The Invariant" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

The Invariant, as in a “constant," is a fitting title for Benedikt Jahnel Trio who have recorded as a unit since their debut Modular Concepts (Material label, 2008) and later moving on to the ECM label with Equilibrium (2012). Jahnel, a musician and mathematician in Berlin, has a deep appreciation for complex similarities between the two ...

Article: Album Review

Benedikt Jahnel Trio: Equilibrium

Read "Equilibrium" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

Un tedesco, uno spagnolo e un canadese compongono questo bel trio, che si muove su terreni magari già ampiamente sondati, ma lo fa con estremo buon gusto e assoluta padronanza della materia. La rotta di navigazione è in effetti quella classica (da una trentina d'anni in qua, almeno), un procedere - ed espandersi, e lievitare - ...


Article: Live Review

Enjoy Jazz 2012, Days 1-14, October 2-15, 2012

Read "Enjoy Jazz 2012, Days 1-14, October 2-15, 2012" reviewed by Adriana Carcu

Enjoy Jazz 2012Heidelberg / Mannheim / Ludwigshafen, GermanyOctober 2-November 10, 2012Expressed in numbers, the 14th edition of Enjoy Jazz, advertized as a “Festival for Jazz and Other Things," brings up an impressive count: 59 concerts performed in 32 locations, with 265 musicians from 24 countries. Put into words the numbers reveal a most ...


News: Performance / Tour

Benedikt Jahnel Trio in New York

Benedikt Jahnel Trio in New York

Benedikt Jahnels Modular Concepts shines with crystal clarity and pure unsentimental emotion, from the first tone the music presents itself in such a natural way that one never questions but simply enjoys and follows along with it. Jahnel is a virtuoso whose harmonies and rhythmically ingenious playing radiate both intensity and transparency. First and foremost he ...


Article: Album Review

Benedikt Jahnel Trio: Modular Concepts

Read "Modular Concepts" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

Le note di copertina dell'album sono scritte da Wolfgang Muthspiel. Sul sito di Jahnel, si possono invece leggere lusinghieri commenti espressi nei suoi confronti da musicisti come Richie Beirach, John Taylor, David Friedman. Certo il jazz non è più quello degli anni '60, ed il vecchio adagio “dimmi con chi suoni e ti dirò chi sei" ...


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