Vi er inne i en ny måned, men ingen av de europeiske jazzmagasiner lar stereoanlegget hvile i redaksjonslokalene. Og her er hva som surrer og går mest på anleggene i de forskjellige redaksjonene:
Axel Stinshoff, Jazz thing:
DAVE HOLLAND «Uncharted Territiories» (Dare 2 Records)
Luca Vitali, Giornale della Musica:
COSMO SHELDRAKE «The Much Much How How & I» (Transgressive Records)
Madli-Liis Parts , Muusika:
KRISTJAN RANDALU «Absence» (ECM 2018)
Paweł Brodowski, Jazz Forum:
OLES BROTHERS & CHRISTOPHE DELL «Górecki Ahead» (Audio Cave ACD-005)
Mike Flynn, Jazzwise:
ENEMY «Enemy» (Edition)
Anna Filipieva, Jazz.Ru:
SASHA MASHIN «OUTSIDETHEBOX» (Rainy Days Records)
Jan Granlie, salt-peanuts.eu:
ANTHONY BRAXTON «Sextet (Parker) 1993» (New Braxton House Records)
Christine Stephan, JAZZTHETIK:
LUCAS NIGGLI «Alchemia Garden» (Intakt Records)
Henning Bolte, Jazzism:
SONAR W/DAVID TORN «Vortex» (Rare Noise Records)
Patrick Sandberg, OrkesterJournalen:
LARS FÄRNLÖF «Att Angöra En Brygga: Soundtracks & Rehearsals» (Mellotronen)
Cim Meyer, Jazz Special:
ANAT COHEN AND TRIO BRASILEIRO «Rosa Dos Ventos» (Anzic Records)
Lars Mossefinn, Dag og tid:
GUNHILD SEIM/MARILYN CRISPELL/DAVID ROTHENBERG «Grenseland» (Drollehålå Records)
Why did I choose:
This is the trio’s follow up to their previous collaboration „Komeda Ahead”. An inspired re-intrerpetation of Henryk Mikołaj Górecki, one of the greatest Polish composers of contemporary music. Bassist Marcin Oleś and drummer Bartłomiej Oleś are always ready for experiment, as is their German guest, vibraphonist Christopher Dell. They have worked together successfully for seven years now.
An almost chamber-musical approach from some excellent musicians. Title track is a clarinet-percussion duo and everything is acoustic and intimate.
By 41, drummer Sasha Mashin was one of the most internationally
exposed Russian jazz instrumentalists. Then he made a tattoo of a wide
open box on his arm, decided that he wanted something more than a busy
sideman’s life, and came «outside the box» by starting his solo career
with this bold statement of an album. It has enough fiery drumming on
it, but also a lot of fine modern ensemble playing with the likes of
Alex Sipiagin on trumpet, Zhenya Strigalev on alto, and Rosario
Giuliani on tenor (plus sixteen other worthy musicians.)
The drummer, Max Roach, once said about the Saxophonist Anthony Braxton’s relationship with colleague Charlie Parker that «I think he exemplifies the spirit of Charlie Parker, and the fact that he dares to do something different to try another direction»
In March, the Tri-Centric Foundation and New Braxton House Records released Braxton’s «Sextet (Parker) 1993» – a violent 11-CDer box with thorough documentation of Braxton’s now legendary European tour that made music composed by and associated with Charlie Parker.
Anthony Braxton is known as one of the most original composers and conceptualists in the jazz in the last fifty years, and has also followed his own musical landscape throughout his career – from the 1974 recording «What’s New in the Tradition» to his seven album of tribute to Lennie Tristano, «Quintet (Tristano) 2014». And this Charlie Parker project is a centrepiece of the «journey», a collection of music that recognizes, extends and renews the bebop tradition, where he also re-radicalizes Parker’s musical revolution.
On this 11 CD Box we meet Braxton together with a brilliant band that is well versed in the jazz tradition and with very creative music performance. Our favourite, the Dutch piano player Misha Mengelberg, the trumpeter Paul Smoker, which we do not know so well, but which is a real eye opener on these recordings, tenor saxophonist Ari Brown from Chicago, bassist Joe Fonda, and drummer Pheeroan akLaff, while one other Dutch jazz innovator, drummer Han Bennink, replaces akLaff on one of the recordings). These represent several styles and generations, and the interaction between them is absolute fantastic. Every musician is pushed to the edge of what they are capable of and grow at the challenge of this encounter. And this is a project you will never hear again since both Smoker and Mengelberg have left this world. Therefore, this box can also be seen as a tribute to these two.
One of the best live recordings I have ever heard!
Four soundtracks from one of Sweden’s absolutely strongest and memorable composers, cornetist and trumpetist Lars Färnlöf (1942-1994) recorded 1965-1971. Featuring a who’s who of the Swedish jazz scene around the time – Monica Zetterlund, Sabu Martinez, Bernt Rosengren, Bobo Stenson, Palle Danielson and Staffan Abeleen to name a few. Most of the music is previously unreleased. Comes with 12 page booklet including biography, rare photos and session details.