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Europe Jazz Media Chart Mai

Så kan vi bare fastslå at sommeren er på vei, også her oppe i nord, selv om det stadig faller «hvite himmellegemer» nedover oss. Men vi ser framover, og foran oss står jazzfestivalene i kø, og det er bare å forsøke å få logistikken til å gå opp. Og mens vi planlegger, kan de beste, europeiske jazzmagasinene og redaksjonene friste med en lang rekke, gode plateutgivelser. Og her er hva som blir foreslått for oss for mai måned:

Jacek Brun, www.jazz-fun.de:
OLIVIER LE GOAS Sunland (Challenge Records)

Madli-Liis Parts, Muusika:
KRISTJAN RANDALU Schumann Dichterliebe (Berlin Classics)

Bega Villalobos, In&OutJazz:
MARIO COSTA Chromosome (Clean Feed)

Mike Flynn, Jazzwise:
TIM GARLAND Moment Of Departure (Ubuntu Music)

Mery Zimny Meloport/Poland:
ZIEMIA FEAT. IREK WOJTCZAK Warming / Melting (Audio Cave)

Krzysztof Komorek, Donos kulturalny:

Jan Granlie, salt-peanuts.eu:
ANNA ROEMER Blåregn (Self-released)

Christine Stephan, Jazzthetik:
LOUIS MATUTE Small Variations Of The Previous Day (Neuklang)

Dick Hovenga, Written in Music:
SHABAKA Perceive Its Beauty Acknowledge Its Grace (Impulse)

Viktor Bensusan, jazzdergisi.com:
JASPER HØIBY’S 3 ELEMENTS Like Water (Edition Records)

Nuno Catarino, jazz.pt:
INES CONDECO Lacuna (Self-released)

Henning Bolte, freelance:
CHRISTIAN MARIEN QUARTET How Long Is Now (MarMade Records)

Sebastian Scotney, UK Jazz News:
CUAREIM QUARTET A Jazz Story (Art Melodies)

Patrik Sandberg, Jazz:

Cim Meyer, All That …:
ALBAN DARCHE / DANDYDANDIE Hypnos & Morphee (Yolk Records)

Lars Mossefinn, Dag og tid:
I LIKE TO SLEEP Bedmonster’s Groove (All Good Clean Records)

Matthieu Jouan, citizenjazz.com:
JONAS CAMBIEN Maca Conu (Clean Feed)

Axel Stinshoff, Jazz thing:
CHARLES LLOYD The Sky Will Still Be There Tomorrow (Blue Note)

Luca Vitali, Giornale della Musica:

Yves Tassin, JazzMania:
DE BEREN GIEREN What Eludes Us (Sdban)

Jos Demol, jazzhalo.be:
CARLOS BARRETTO Lonely Dog (self-released)

Christof Thurnherr, Jazz’n’More:
KAMASI WASHINGTON Fearless Movement (Young)

Kaspars Zavileiskis, jazzin.lv:
THE JAZZ DEFENDERS Memory in Motion (Haggis Records)

Why did I choose –

Cim Meyer:
Cultivating finesse and originality, Dandy Dandie focuses on language, sound and poetry, and explores the more magnetic side of Alban Darche’s music. Chloé Cailleton (voc) illuminates poets Baudelaire and Roethke, Nathalie Darche (p) lifts the soundscapes to another level, Geoffroy Tamisier (tp) and Alban Darche (ts) breathe as one in a resplendent and unique song. Dandy Dandie shines, blazes, and touches the heart. (Liner notes are to the point.)

Krzysztof Komorek:
It was very good, but now it is indeed ‘Better’. The strengths of The Individual Beings’ first release have definitely been enhanced, developed. And one can only hope that this artistic journey will continue. An excellent album should be considered an extremely significant event.

Jacek Brun:
The power of this album lies not only in the great compositions of the bandleader and his unconventional band leadership, but also in the interplay of all the musicians. Kristjan Randalu’s wonderful improvisations, embedded in the rhythmic swirls of the composer, create a constant arc of tension.

Bega Villalobos:
Mario Costa returns with Chromosome (Clean Feed, 2023); a refreshing, innovative, exuberant and avant-garde work in equal parts, full of moments of pure brilliance and that captures the sweet creative moment of one of the most interesting artists of modern jazz.

Mery Zimny:
This music was recorded live during the concert at Teatr Boto in Sopot. That’s why is spontaneous, you can feel emotions and liberty in it, a certain intensity that accompanies stage performances. At the same time, it sounds like a coherent, well-thought-out concept and certainly a common vision and moving in one direction. ZIEMIA (eng. Earth) is a band composed of (still) young but well known Polish musicians (Oskar Tomala – guitar, Mateusz Żydek – trumpet, Alan Kapołka – drums, Jakub Wosik – double bass) with special guest Irek Wojtczak – soprano saxophone, bass clarinet. The younger musicians invited a master and mentor to explore the space of improvised and open music, free from limitations and expectations. They wrote a few themes, but mostly they took the risk of creating with an amazing artist – Wojtczak – and showed that going with the flow, but full of listening to each other and reacting to their colleagues’ playing, is their natural environment. This music is a real adventure. Vibrant, strong, but at times muted, engaging, full of details. And what is important, this music doesn’t sound like it would be played by jazz musicians. Of course, each of them graduated from university with a jazz degree but some of them are definitely more related to the freely improvised scene and contemporary music hence their thinking about music is slightly different. “Warming / Melting” is their second album, after “Ziemia dniem”, both worth recommending.

Sebastian Scotney:
A truly remarkable album of insanely high quality string quartet playing. The way the four players are able to find balance, happiness empathetic note-bending so easily is completely addictive, their sense of adventure and fun irresistible. Can a pizzicato viola and cello combine to imitate one rhythm guitar? Yes, and wow. France-Musique’s flagship «Open Jazz» programme made the album their featured disc of the day back in February when the album was released. «A Jazz Story» is not only pure joy, it is also a very fine piece of work.

Yves Tassin:
One of Europe’s best piano / bass / drums trios.What Eludes Us, their new album produced by Jørgen Træen (Jaga Jazzist assosiate), is the finest demonstration of this.

Jos Demol:
More than twenty years after «Solo Pictórico», released in 2002 by CBTM, double bassist Carlos Barretto is releasing a new solo album, entitled «Lonely Dog», with the support of GDA and Antena 2. It will not be distributed in shops, so those interested should contact the musician via a personal message on his social networks – barretto.loko@gmail.com.

Kaspars Zavileiskis:
The perfect soundtrack for a spring mood! Bristol quintet The Jazz Defenders know how to protect our rights to feel good at all times, as long as we are ready to let ourselves be conjured by the funky groove and catchy horn lines of keyboardist George Cooper and the rest of his colleagues. The group maintains this line in its third album already, emphasizing timeless acoustic jazz. The Jazz Defenders act as a time machine, allowing you to move deftly between the swinging fifties, the funky seventies and the finely produced present days. UK rapper Doc Brown also joins the gentlemen, making the sound cocktail even more unusual.

Matthieu Jouan:
This writing assignment may be the beginning of a new group, it may even be desirable. Sometimes, when things fit together perfectly, it’s better not to change anything. This quartet, assembled by Belgian pianist Jonas Cambien, has all the Scandinavian fervor and incandescent sparkle in it. With the immense Signe Emmeluth on alto and now tenor, the fantastic Ingebrigt Håker Flaten on double bass and Andreas Wildhagen, a sparkling drummer, the music of the pianist and organist is sublimated. It’s an orgy of textures and sounds, a feast of Rabelaisian delights. Signe Emmeluth’s performance, prominently featured on the recording, is pure genius. Jonas Cambien has a real feel for shaping and arranging sounds, a quality that allows him to offer this kind of jewel. And it also proves that the Clean Feed label is still on the ball.

Jan Granlie:
Danish guitarist Anna Roemer is well known in Denmark, from the duo Kaleiido with saxophonist Cecilie Strange. But here she stands out all alone with 12 compositions (or improvisations) that follow each other well, in that they fit together well and naturally in terms of theme and mood. How much is composed and how much is improvised is difficult to say. For Roemer is an improvising artist, who uses all her sources of inspiration to bring beautiful music out to the people. Here you get elements of Americana in the direction of Ry Cooder, with a touch of Angelo Badalamenti’s music for Twin Peaks, where we only miss Julee Cruise’s vocals, melodic new jazz and some ambient music, preferably in the same song. This combination means that this has become a lovely solo release, where young Roemer has really found peace in Millfactory Studios together with sound engineer Rasmus Juncker. She takes us on a journey into her love relationship with her father who left our world a few years ago, which never becomes too private, but which becomes universally human and occasionally unspeakably beautiful. And not once during the album does this become uninteresting. She constantly has new stories to tell, and she does it with deep respect and love, both for her father and for her idols in guitar music.

Patrik Sandberg:
The Swedish quartet Tropiques quartet consists of Goran Kajfeš, Alexander Zethson, Johan Berthling and Johan Holmegard, each a key member in the Swedish creative music scene, with experience from groups such as Fire!, Gard Nilssen’s Supersonic Orchestra, Oddjob, Goran Kajfeš’s own Suptropic Arkestra. Their music on the We Jazz-release Tell Us is groove based and connected to the tradition of «minimalism» has at times been called «hypno-jazz». This time the quartet is expanded with strings (Josefin Runsteen (violin) and Leo Svensson Sander – cello). Release 3 may.

Viktor Bensusan:
This is a dynamic contemporary piano trio album. While bassist Jasper Høiby takes the leader seat with compositions reminiscent of relatively Shorter tunes, in reality pianist Chaerin Im leads the music and drummer Jamie Peet shoulders the whole musical load.

Nuno Catarino:
Inês Condeço creates exploratory music that combines electronic, ambient and experimental. Between misty whispers, rhythmic patterns, dripping piano notes, glitch, and many other surprise elements, we swing between hazy dreams and nervous trepidation, in a process of continuous discovery and surprise.

Dick Hovenga:
After having delivered a fine EP with Afrikan Culture almost two years ago, we were of course waiting for the first full-fledged solo album by the British Shabaka Hutchings. With his sax, the instrument on which he has repeatedly made such an impression, equally fixed in the standard, he now surprises in the best possible way with Perceive Its Beauty, Acknowledge Its Grace.
Perceive Its Beauty, Acknowledge Its Grace is clearly in line with the Afrikan Culture EP and at the same time a giant step away from the albums he made with his bands in recent years. Precisely because clarinet (which he also actually calls his «first» instrument) and flute are the basis of each composition and the other musicians and instruments are co-creators of atmosphere.
Shabaka has created an album like no other. The basis of all the pieces may be spiritual jazz just like his albums with his bands and we know what they sounded like. He cites not only his (famous) jazz heroes as examples but, on the contrary, Björk’s Vespertine, Antony and the Johnsons The Crying Light and Joanna Newson’s Ys as influences for the new pieces he wrote.
The atmosphere of the pieces on the record is very special and genre-transcending, stronger, genre-changing. Jazz as we like to hear it: challenging, constantly surprising and extremely intriguing. Precisely because the often extroverted nature of his playing was so evident in his «previous musical» life and this shows a completely different and «more subdued» side of Shabaka.