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Beauty In Chaos (Jazz thing Next Generation vol. 99)

Label: Double Moon / Challenge Records International
Released: 2023
Track listing: Nostalgia; Enta Omri; Awakening; Beauty In Chaos; Ay Isiginda; Krummavisur; Free.


Chet Remembered

Label: Challenge Records
Released: 2023
Track listing: From E. To C.; Lost And Found; Chet; Soft Journey; Fairy Flowers; Night Bird; Echoes; Brown Cat Dance; The Real You.


Blues & Bach: The Music Of John Lewis

Label: Challenge Records
Released: 2023
Track listing: Skating In Central Park; Spanish Steps; Vendome; Autumn In New York; Django; Concorde; Milano; Jasmine Tree.


Debut In The Netherlands 1958: The Lost Recordings

Label: The Lost Recordings
Released: 2023
Track listing: Two Part Contention; Someday My Prince Will Come; These Foolish Things; One Moment Worth Years; For All We Know; Watusi Drums; The Wright Groove; The Duke; Take The A Train.


Article: Album Review

Alexandra Ivanova: Beauty In Chaos

Read "Beauty In Chaos" reviewed by Neil Duggan

Classically trained pianist and composer Alexandra Ivanova discovered her passion for jazz in her teens, and was mentored by Lebanese-American jazz pianist, Tarek Yamani. Perhaps as a result of having lived on three continents and speaking six languages fluently, she has experienced a range of cultural influences, giving her an unorthodox approach to her compositions. Those ...


Article: Album Review

Enrico Pieranunzi & Bert Joris: Chet Remembered

Read "Chet Remembered" reviewed by Chris May

Chet Remembered is the second disc the pianist Enrico Pieranunzi has recorded with a big band in as many years. Both are what used to be called “concept albums." 2022's offering, Blues & Bach (Challenge), was made with the Orchestra Filarmonica Italiana, and celebrated the compositions of John Lewis, mainly those Lewis recorded with the Modern ...


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Dave Brubeck Quartet: Debut In The Netherlands 1958: The Lost Recordings

Read "Debut In The Netherlands 1958: The Lost Recordings" reviewed by Chris May

For some people, the Dave Brubeck Quartet's catalogue starts with 1959's Time Out (Columbia) and ends with Time Further Out (Columbia) two years later. Verily, they know not what they are missing. The band was burning from 1951, when Brubeck and alto saxophonist Paul Desmond founded it, until 1967 and the breakup of the “classic" lineup. ...

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Jussi Reijonen: Three Seconds | Kolme Toista

Read "Three Seconds | Kolme Toista" reviewed by Neri Pollastri

Disco tanto sorprendente, quanto interessante, questo Three Seconds | Kolme Toista è la narrazione musicale di un vero e proprio viaggio interiore fatto dal suo autore, il chitarrista Jussi Reijonen. Nato a Rovaniemi, nel nord della Finlandia, Reijonen è però cresciuto prima ad Amman (Giordania), poi a Dar es Salaam (Tanzania), Muscat (Oman) e ...


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Enrico Pieranunzi Trio & Orchestra: Blues & Bach: The Music Of John Lewis

Read "Blues & Bach: The Music Of John Lewis" reviewed by Chris May

If the work of any jazz composer lends itself to elegant reframing, as opposed to crass sweetening, by a chamber orchestra, it is that of John Lewis, co-founder of the Modern Jazz Quartet. Lewis' ambition, most often metaphorically realised but sometimes literally so, was to achieve a synthesis of blues and Bach. His blends were mostly ...


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Gilles Grethen Quartet & Strings: State of Mind

Read "State of Mind" reviewed by Jerome Wilson

The concept of a jazz group backed by a string ensemble is nothing new. However, this set from the pan-European Gilles Grethen quartet is a particularly lovely example of the combination. Guitarist Grethen, from Luxembourg, leads a group which features trumpet, bass, and drums, and is accompanied on this album by an eleven-piece string ...


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