Og så er sommeren endelig over oss, men mens kontinentalistene svetter i ekstremvarmen, ser vi her oppe i Skandinavia fram til det som kan bli den kaldeste juli-åpningen på lenge.
Men vi kan varme oss, vi her i nordligere strøk med mange gode jazzplater som har ankommet de forskjellige jazzredaksjonene rundt om i Europa siden sist. Her følger listen over hva europeerne har lyttet til i sine enkelte lønnkammer den siste tiden, med mange varme-elementer.
Matthieu Jouan, citizenjazz.com:
Oli Steidle & The Killing Popes Ego Pills (Shhpuma / Trem Azul)
Axel Stinshoff, Jazz thing:
Shalosh Onwards And Upwards (Act)
Luca Vitali, Giornale della Musica:
Exoterm (K.B. Alberts, N. Cline, R. Nergaard, J.Black) Exits Into A Corrido (HUBRO)
Madli-Liis Parts , Muusika:
Kadri Voorand In Duo with Mihkel Mälgand (Avarus)
Paweł Brodowski, Jazz Forum:
Eryk Kulm Quintessence Private Things (Polskie Radio)
Mike Flynn, Jazzwise:
Partisans Nit De Nit (Whirlwind Recordings)
Anna Filipieva, Jazz.Ru:
Zhenya Strigalev, Federico Dannemann The Change (Rainy Days Records)
Jan Granlie, salt-peanuts.eu:
SAM RIVERS TRIO Emanation (Nobusiness)
Henning Bolte, Written in Music:
Gabriel Ferrandini feat. Hernâni Faustino, Pedro Sousa Volúpias (Clean Feed)
Patrik Sandberg, OrkesterJournalen:
WEATHER REPORT Live in Offenbach 1978 (MIG)
Cim Meyer, Jazz Special:
Jon Irabagon Quartet Dr. Quixotic’s Travelling Exotics (Irabbagast Records)
Lars Mossefinn, Dag og tid:
Exoterm Exits Into A Corrido (HUBRO)
Why did I choose –
Why did I choose –
Jon Irabagon is based in New York City and manages to be a composer, bandleader and saxophonist as well as a record label-owner. DR. QUIXOTIC’S TRAVELING EXOTICS is recorded while his quartet was on a lengthy tour in South America. Irabagon’s well-established group teams up with trumpeter Tim Hagans and they bop, weave, dance and fly through six of Irabagon’s tangled creations. The group move back and forth within jazz history in a daredevil adventure tempered only by a dose of macabre freak-show. The compositions are distinguished by cyclical, interwoven lines, strange meters and intense motivic developments. Irabagon, Luis Perdomo (p), Yasushi Nakamura (b), Rudy Royston (d) and the guest Tim Hagans (tp) blow over these abnormal forms and draw from post-bop, free improvisation and progressive rock. The contagious humor is manifested in delightful, stunning lunacy.
This album is a sort of comeback for veteran drummer Eryk Kulm, who has led a group called Quintessence since the early ’90s with a varying lineup, bringing together some of the best young musicians on the Polish scene. This newest CD features a very special guest – the legendary expatriate American trumpeter Rasul Siddik, who has remarkable partners in saxophonist Marcin Kaletka and pianist Marcin Szkil, supported by Michał Jaros on bass and Kulm on drums. With the exception of the opening tune (“Prashana,” by Dolph Castellano), all the remaining pieces are originals, penned by the leader – basic, modal sketches, inviting a conversational approach to free improvisation, premeated by the yearning, melancholy mood reminiscent of early ’60s Coltrane.
German drummer and composer Oliver Steidle offers a very energetic, electric music with numerous and quality guests. An important group in the dynamic German scene.