Vanaf vandaag publiceren wij maandelijks de Europe Jazz Media Chart, een lijst van de belangrijkste jazzalbums van dit moment volgens toonaangevende Europese journalisten binnen de jazz. Journalisten die voor Europese magazines, zowel print als online, hun artikelen en recensies schrijven.
Jan Granlie, salt peanuts* (Pan-Scandinavian):
Eric Dolphy – Musical Prophet (Galileo)
Christine Stephan, JAZZTHETIK (Germany):
Sunna Gunnlaugs Trio With Verneri Pohjola – Ancestry
Henning Bolte, Written in Music (Netherlands):
Aviva Endean – cinder : ember : ashes (Sofa Music)
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Astonishing solo-album of Melbourne musician Aviva Endean for clarinet, bass clarinet, contrabass clarinet, whistle, timpani, voice and effects. Operating on the edge of instrumental sound and breathing, Endean’s rich and mesmerizing music is a transcending affair all through of beautiful musical engravings morphing into and in open space. The music has a rare quality of concrete abstractness full of shimmering, dazzling tonalities, sub-melodic traces and vocal qualities. Endean’s music provides unusual as natural sounds. It speaks directly to listeners’ imagination and feelings, can even evoke trance effects.
Lars Mossefinn, Dag og tid (Norway):
Building Instrument – Mangelen Min (Hubro Music)
Axel Stinshoff, Jazz thing & Blue Rhythm (Germany):
Makaya McCraven – Universal Beings (International Anthem)
Madli-Liis Parts, Eesti Muusika Päevad (Estonia):
Shai Maestro – The Dream Thief (ECM)
Paweł Brodowski, Jazz Forum (Poland):
Aga Zaryan – What Christmas Means to Me (Centrala)
A collection of jazzed-up Christmas songs from the top Polish jazz singer Aga Zaryan, who is joined on three of the eleven pieces by the husky voice of special guest Freddy Cole. Tasteful arrangements by pianist Michał Tokaj for Aga’s European Jazz Sextet and the Prague Philharmonic Orchestra (except Bob Dorough’s “Blue Xmas (To Whom It May Concern” arranged by Gil Evans).
Mike Flynn, Jazzwise Magazine (UK):
Chris Potter – Circuits (Edition)
Anna Filipieva, Jazz.Ru (Russia):
Oleg Grymov Quintet – Masala Life (Fancy Music)
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Never too late to start one’s career as a leader, even if you are 42, an esteemed soloist in Oleg Lundstrem Orchestra (arguably the Earth oldest existing big band,) and an in-demand instrumentalist on alto and soprano saxes, clarinet, bass clarinet, and flute. It turns out Oleg Grymov is all that, plus has at least one album’s worth of delightful, tricky, and adventurous originals, brilliantly performed by his Moscow-based quintet.