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Tobias Meinhart: The Painter

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During the past decade of working the jazz clubs of New York, German tenor saxophonist Tobias Meinhart has soaked up every inch of the musical tradition he started pursuing as a drummer in Bavaria in his early teens. A keen ear for melodic development, a gift for harmonic oversight and the whims for rhythmic intricacy already ...

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Johannes Wallmann: Elegy For An Undiscovered Species

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Supported by the Artemis supergroup members drummer Allison Miller and trumpeter Ingrid Jensen as well as by long-time collaborator Dayna Stephens and bassist Nick Moran, Johannes Wallmann can count himself lucky to have a celebrity packed core band behind him to present six new cuts fresh off the pianist's pen. In addition to the celebrity lineup, ...

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Christoph Irniger's Open City: Retracing The Tenor's Evolution On Intakt Records

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A sound poet of sorts, Swiss tenor saxophonist Christoph Irniger has gained quite a reputation for his lyrical tone and creative penmanship, more often than not responsible for the majority of the memorable repertoire he records and performs. The poetic nature of his music is owed not only to the artists that have influenced him over ...

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Trøen Arnesen Quartet: Tread Lightly

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The line that separates borrowing from stealing can be quite narrow in music, and even after judges rule on the matter, one may remain torn between the one and the other. It continues to be a very common issue in the mainstream pop world as the recent ruling against pop stars Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams ...

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Nikol Bókóva: Prometheus

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The quintet which pianist Nikol Bóková rounded up for her third album as a leader can be regarded as a showpiece of the young and dynamic talents stirring up the Czech jazz scene. Featuring the crafty skills of contemporary guitarist David Doruzka, French-horn player Radek Baborak's exceptional lyricism, and a versatile rhythm section made up of ...

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Ingi Bjarni: Lessons

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In the very brief liner notes accompanying this solo debut record, the Icelandic pianist-composer Ingi Bjarni Skúlason talks about the difficult challenge it proved, to record and produce his piano music all by himself. With regard to the timing of the recording, he admits he does not believe there is ever a “right time" for doing ...

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Article: Live Review

Brad Mehldau Trio Live At The Konzerthaus

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Brad Mehldau Trio Konzerthaus Vienna May 26, 2021 After the prolonged dry spell of concert-less months owing to the Covid Pandemic, pretty much any live music was likely to attract an audience to the Konzerthaus in Vienna to experience the magic of space and sound in person, and in real-time ...

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Michel Benita: Looking At Sounds

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Michel Benita's leader-debut with his Ethics band for ECM, 2016's River Silver, came as a welcome addition to his oeuvre and the label's catalogue, following the French bassist's earlier characteristic contributions in saxophonist Andy Sheppard's Trio Libero on Trio Libero (ECM, 2012) and Surrounded By Sea (ECM, 2015). As on the first Ethics album, 2010's self-titled ...

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2 Debuts = 2 Quartets

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Bebop idioms prove far from extinct on these debut albums from two hungry cats, leading vigorous quartets with the mission to carry the bop torch of a young jazz generation. Nathan Francis Nathan Francis Quartet Ajabu! Records 2021 American bassist Nathan Francis has been based out of Helsinki, ...

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Suomi Morishita: Ein.

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If Johannes Brahms and Karlheinz Stockhausen had shared the same creative period and Miles Davis had been inspired by their collaboration, one might end up with something close to what Suomi Morishita offers in his calm elaborations on Ein.. But that still wouldn't reveal the whole picture. On his debut album the Japanese guitarist paints balanced ...


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