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Oùat

Label: Umlaut Records
Released: 2022
Track listing: Shall We; Mother and Son; Sommer; Dala-Floda Departure; Height of Nothingness; Tibia Of The Mole; Weihnachten; Topsi Dance; Borghini Ballade.

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Vitesses Approchantes

Label: Umlaut Records
Released: 2022
Track listing: Impacts; Vitesses Approchantes; Déphasage Circulaire; Minimal; Continuum.

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Article: Six Picks

November 2022

Read "November 2022" reviewed by Pat Youngspiel


Ayanda Sikade Umakhulu Afrosynth Records 2022 There's both a satisfying sense of ease and a certain expressive urgency to the catchy melodies that South African drummer Ayanda Sikade spins around the minimally designed, extensively repeating structures on Umakhulu. Take the bluesy gospel concept behind opener “Medantsane" for example: Simon ...

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Elastic Bricks: Oùat

Read "Oùat" reviewed by Mark Corroto


The Berlin-based piano trio Oùat releases their first album with the seemingly paradoxical title Elastic Bricks. If you listen closely, there is nothing incongruent nor oxymoronic about the music. The studio recording from 2021 by pianist Simon Sieger, bassist Joel Grip, and drummer Michael Griener is an all acoustic instrumental affair with a twist. The vinyl ...

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Cartographie de rythmes #1: Vitesses Approchantes

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Composer Karl Naegelen has in effect rewritten the lyrics to the Jerome Kern jazz standard “I Won't Dance," changing the last line from “I won't dance, don't ask me/I won't dance, don't ask me/I won't dance, madame with you/My heart won't let my feet do things that they want to do," to the more relevant “The ...

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Mary's Ideas

Label: Umlaut Records
Released: 2021
Track listing: CD1: History of Jazz for Wind Symphony: Introduction – Suffering; VARIATIONS IN THE BLUES: Chunka Lunk; New Musical Express; Just an Idea (Mary’s Idea); Medi No.2; Truth; Aries; KAYCEE: The Count; Harmony Blues; Mary’s Idea (1930); After You’ve Gone; Body and Soul; Mary Steps Out; PRELUDE TO DUKE – Pt. 1: Gjon Mili’s Jam Session; Sweet Georgia Brown; Stardust (big band version); Lonely Moments (1943); Sleepy Valley HAMILTON TERRACE: Kool; Conversation; Scorpio; Untitled Incidental Music (excerpts). CD2: PRELUDE TO DUKE – Pt. 2: Fill the Cup; Blue Skies; Joe; O.W.; NEW BOTTLE, OLD WINE: Mary’s Idea (1938); Stardust (trio); Lonely Moments (1946); Ghost of Love; BOOGIES: Fifth Dimension; Earl’s Boogie; Roll ‘Em; ZODIAC SUITE: Taurus; Aquarius; Virgo; ETERNAL YOUTH: History of Jazz for Wind Symphony: Spiritual #1 – Spiritual #2; Fandangle; Zoning Fungus II; Chief Natoma From Tacoma; Shafi; Rosa Mae.

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Japanese Flower

Label: Umlaut Records
Released: 2021
Track listing: Dahlia; Tomato.

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Article: Six Picks

December 2021

Read "December 2021" reviewed by Pat Youngspiel


Johannes Luley Follow Your Heart My Sonic Temple 2021 The likes of of Eberhard Weber, Ralph Towner, John Abercrombie and Kenny Wheeler are closely linked, not only musically but most of all because a majority of their recordings was released on ECM Records. They're also quite the musicians to look up ...

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Umlaut Big band: Mary's Ideas

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In the liner notes of Embraced (Pablo Live, 1978), Mary Lou Williams defends the late music of John Coltrane thus ..."the healing power comes from the deep feeling that is in jazz--the feeling of the Blues which is characteristic of all good jazz no matter what form it takes. Even John Coltrane's music was never without ...

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اسم [Ism]: Japanese Flower

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The trio اسم [Ism] is comprised of pianist Pat Thomas, bassist Joel Grip and drummer Antonin Gerbal. Japanese Flower by the trio is the second release from a 2018 recording session from Knuttal House in Tokyo, Japan. It is the trio's third release and it follows Metaphor (2019) and إنتقام الطبيعة اسبب تعقدها = Nature In ...


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