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Jasper Blom

The Jasper Blom Quartet adds a lot of weight to the scales of the Dutch jazz world. Take tenor saxophonist Blom himself, for example: for twenty years, he has been a household name in the Dutch and European jazz scenes. And not only because of his two European Jazz Awards, or the various scholarships and composition assignments he's received, but also because of his participation in a dozen other jazz groups, and his countless studio sessions and live performances--around the world, and sometimes with the world greats, including Chet Baker, Nat Adderley, and George Duke. Or take, for example, guitarist Jesse van Ruller, who was the first European winner of the American Monk Award, and who is at least as active as Jasper

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Human First

Label: Nobel Music / PIAS
Released: 2023
Track listing: Human First; When Riku Saw the Colors Dancing, Part I; When Riku Saw the Colors Dancing, Part II

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Article: Album Review

Teus Nobel & Liberty Group: Human First

Read "Human First" reviewed by Phillip Woolever


Highly respected Dutch trumpeter Teus Nobel has forged a distinguished, modern jazz-based discography which includes expertise ranging from small bands to orchestras, and mainstream pop to theatrical show tunes. The third project released by Nobel's Liberty Group progresses along traditional quartet-type experimentation which proves to be some of his most extraordinary work yet; it sounds like ...

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Article: Catching Up With

Denis Gäbel: A Deeper Meaning

Read "Denis Gäbel: A Deeper Meaning" reviewed by Matty Bannond


This year, the hr-Bigband welcomes star guests including Nils Landgren, Camille Thurman and John Beasley. It also welcomes a new lead tenor saxophonist: Denis Gäbel. In an interview with All About Jazz, he shares his thoughts about playing with this historic and highly-regarded German big band. Denis Gäbel grew up in a showbiz family. ...

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Article: Interview

Whirlwind Recordings: Celebrating 10 years

Read "Whirlwind Recordings: Celebrating 10 years" reviewed by Friedrich Kunzmann


This year London-based label Whirlwind Recordings is celebrating its 10th anniversary and looking back at a decade, during the course of which the label has grown to become an important brand in the jazz scene and beyond, with over 140 top-tier albums released under its name so far. The distinguished mark, which Whirlwind has established over ...

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Polyphony

Label: Whirlwind Recordings
Released: 2019
Track listing: CD 1: Waltz for Magnus; Guidonean Hand; Virelai; Fontayne; The Lady And The Unicorn; Homme Armé; Beatus Vir; Ciconia. CD 2: Decidophobia; Running Gag; Nancy In The Sky; Macedonian Candidate; Least Of Your Worries; Monk Fish Cleopatra; Whirl; Antidote.

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Article: Year in Review

John Kelman's Best Releases of 2019

Read "John Kelman's Best Releases of 2019" reviewed by John Kelman


Well, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome continues to be a challenge, as it has been since mid-2014. 2019 represents, in fact, the worst year when it comes to the actual number of articles written. Still, I've been finding an increasingly satisfying niche in the arena of in-depth, detailed and extensive/exhaustive (exhausting, for you as much as I!!) articles. ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Ben Monder, Ingrid Laubrock and More

Read "Ben Monder, Ingrid Laubrock and More" reviewed by Maurice Hogue


The Dutch powerhouse quintet Spinifex included a pair of tracks imbued with Sufi traditional music of Kurdish/Iranian origin, and a Qawali traditional from Pakistan on their last recording, Amphibian Ardour; they loved the challenge of fusing those styles into their irregular structures and free jazz so much that they decided to go all in on their ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

An Embarrassment of Riches

Read "An Embarrassment of Riches" reviewed by Jennifer DeMeritt


It's a great time to be a jazz lover, with so many fantastic new releases that it's almost overwhelming. To quote Shakespeare, it's an embarrassment of riches! This week we have handpicked some of the most exciting new music, from giants like Bill Frisell and Chris Potter to indie upstarts and international artists like Theon Cross ...

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Article: Album Review

Jasper Blom Quartet: Polyphony

Read "Polyphony" reviewed by Roger Farbey


Saxophonist Jasper Blom's double album Polyphony, released on Whirlwind, centres around two key elements. Firstly, his long- standing penchant for adding a guest soloist to his quartet, reflected in each disc having its own additional musician. On the first CD there is trumpeter Bert Joris, with whom Blom and his quartet have played for several years, ...


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