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Joel Grip, as a bassist and producer, plays a great role in the new generation of improvisers in Europe. Umlaut Records opened up for new forms of organizing collectives of musicians internationally. Hagenfesten in Dala-Floda is a stand-alone festival, making people meet. Besides touring with groups like Peeping Tom, Eve Risser Trio or SNUS, Joel Grip's intense improvisation is heard in solo, duos or larger improvising groups in greater Europe, USA and Asia.

As an energetic double bassist and producer, Joel Grip plays a great role for the new scenes of improvised music in Europe. By founding the label Umlaut Records, he opened up for creative forms of organizing collectives of musicians and promoting their music internationally

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

[Ahmed]: Super Majnoon (East Meets West)

Read "Super Majnoon (East Meets West)" reviewed by John Sharpe

It's well known that artistic constraints can in fact aid creativity, but few have put the theory into such good practice as [Ahmed]. The international co-operative of improvisers, comprising the British pair of pianist Pat Thomas and saxophonist Seymour Wright, Berlin-based Swedish bassist Joel Grip and French drummer Antonin Gerbal, takes as its unlikely premise the ...

Super Majnoon (East Meets West)

Label: Otoroku
Released: 2019
Track listing: E-Lail (The Night) East; Farah ‘Alaiyna (Joy Upon Us); E-Lail (The Night) West Part I; E-Lail (The Night) West Part II.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Ahmed: Super Majnoon (East Meets West)

Read "Super Majnoon (East Meets West)" reviewed by Mark Corroto

There are discoveries in jazz waiting (patiently) to be unearthed. Most of them are hidden in plain sight, like the music of Ahmed Abdul-Malik. Born in Brooklyn in 1927, the bassist performed and recorded with, among others Art Blakey, John Coltrane, Thelonious Monk, and Randy Weston. Besides double bass, he pioneered the oud in jazz and ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

سم [ISM]: Metaphor

Read "Metaphor" reviewed by Mark Corroto

We are all becoming. Not “becoming" as in pretty or handsome, but, as in we are coming to be. You can relate this to the Dharma path, or maturity, maybe even the act of learning how to juggle. Becoming is also the theme of the trio سم [ISM]. Its follow up to Nature In Its Inscrutability ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Neuköllner Modelle: Zyklus 1

Read "Zyklus 1" reviewed by Mark Corroto

The third release by the trio Neuköllner Modelle, saxophonist Bertrand Denzler, bassist Joel Grip, and drummer Sven-Åke Johansson, Zyklus 1 might be considered a zen chronicle. The four lengthy tracks reveal the true nature of improvised sound, group interaction, and thus, the essence of meditation. Like meditation, their music is very simple, yet extremely hard to ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

Eve Risser: 88 tasti e magia

Read "Eve Risser: 88 tasti e magia" reviewed by Enrico Bettinello

Pianista, compositrice, improvvisatrice tra le più originali e interessanti attualmente sulla scena europea, la francese Eve Risser sta ottenendo un sempre più crescente successo e affetto. Merito della sua musica, complessa e particolare, ma sempre dotata di uno speciale calore comunicativo, anche nei suoi frangenti più astratti. Merito della sua capacità di ...

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Sven-Åke Johansson's Blue For A Moment

Read "Sven-Åke Johansson's Blue For A Moment" reviewed by Mark Corroto

Sven-Åke Johansson Blue for a Moment NI VU NI CONNU 2017 In conjunction with the film of the same name, the LP boxset Blue for a Moment was prepared as a limited release (250 signed copies) of Swedish musician Sven-Åke Johansson's music. It is in no way a complete retrospective. ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEW

Moers Festival: Moers, Germany, May 17-20, 2013

Read "Moers Festival: Moers, Germany, May 17-20, 2013" reviewed by Henning Bolte

Moers Festival 2013Moers, GermanyMay 17-19, 2013The internationally renowned Moers Festival again arrived at a turning point, with its 42nd edition. It was the last edition with the famous blue marquee in the vast Castle-park of the city of Moers. Next year, the festival will continue in a reconstructed solid hall, an old covered ...

Pickelhaube

Label: Ayler Records
Released: 2012


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