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Liudas Mockūnas

Liudas Mockunas Lithuanian reed player (born in 1976) during the last years has become an important figure on Lithuanian jazz scene, is a representative of a young Lithuanian jazz generation, he is a mature and experienced musician who has played in many parts of Europe, USA, Israel, Turkey and China. Mockunas graduated from Lithuanian Musical academy in 2002 MA degree and Rhythmic Music Conservatory in Copenhagen in Denmark in 2005, MA degree. He has won several classical competitions in Lithuania and Latvia. Together with trio M.A.P: Jacob Anderskov (piano) and Stefan music in Poirtiers, France

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Ambrose Akinmusire, Omri Zeigele, Adam Caine & More

Read "Ambrose Akinmusire, Omri Zeigele, Adam Caine & More" reviewed by Maurice Hogue

When a highly respected saxophonist like David Binney recommends a young up-and-coming musician, I tend to pay attention. Los Angeles trombonist Logan Kane and his Nonet live up to the tip on his new Nope, Science, one of the featured new releases hitting this week. Also of great interest are albums from the much-admired trumpeter Ambrose ...

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Jan Maksimowicz / Dmitrij Golovanov: Thousand Seconds Of Our Lives

Read "Thousand Seconds Of Our Lives" reviewed by John Sharpe

Saxophonist Jan Maksimowicz and pianist Dmitrij Golovanov, two of the Lithuanian jazz scene's younger generation, combine on Thousand Seconds Of Our Life, which seems to be the name of their project as well as this album. While they may not have high profiles outside of their home country, both have a number of domestic releases under ...

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Liudas Mockūnas: Hydro 2

Read "Hydro 2" reviewed by Mark Corroto

Hydro 2 is water music, but it's not to be confused with the orchestral pieces composed by George Frideric Handel back in the early 18th century. Lithuanian saxophonist Liudas Mockūnas is headed even further back in time, back to some Darwinian vision of evolution from the murky primordial seas, forward to our bipedal momentum. Note: If ...

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Liudas Mockūnas: Hydro 2

Read "Hydro 2" reviewed by Vitalijus Gailius

Liudas Mockūnas, an iconic Lithuanian improvisation and jazz figure, still continues his exploration of water. By combining water and reeds he steps into an unpredictable and unique sonic meadow. His first attempt to put the bridle on water, Hydro, was released in 2017 by NoBusiness Records. At the end of 2018 the same label presented the ...

Hydro 2

Label: NoBusiness Records
Released: 2018
Track listing: Hydro 2

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Liudas Mockūnas / Arnas Mikalkenas / Håkon Berre: Plunged

Read "Plunged" reviewed by John Sharpe

Recorded at the 2014 Vilnius Jazz Festival by a band comprising two Lithuanians and a Norwegian, which was one of the standouts of the 2017 Vilnius Mama Jazz Festival, Plunged proves an unexpected delight. Of the three participants, reedman Liudas Mockūnas is likely best known, having recorded with bassist Barry Guy, drummer William Hooker and saxophonist ...

Plunged

Label: Barefoot Records
Released: 2017
Track listing: Study No.1; Study No.2; Study No.3; Stress; Study No.4; Study No.5; Pels.

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Vilnius Mama Jazz Festival 2017

Read "Vilnius Mama Jazz  Festival 2017" reviewed by John Sharpe

Vilnius Mama Jazz Festival Vilnius, Lithuania November 15-19, 2017 Introduction Although a going concern since 2002, Vilnius Mama Jazz Festival doesn't possess the high profile internationally that its longevity might suggest. Set amid the baroque beauty of the Lithuanian capital, in an assortment of venues, the festival has brought together ...

Five New From Konvoj Records

Read "Five New From Konvoj Records" reviewed by Mark Corroto

If you are a free jazz fanatic, you probably look for those out-of-print vinyl offerings from labels like Hat Hut, FMP, Sonet, and El Saturn Records. Sadly, you would have to be either independently wealthy or Mats Gustafsson to acquire the rarest of the rare music. But take heart, there are small labels producing the free ...


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