CD review

Paragon – Cerca

(Jellymould Jazz JM-JJ014) This is the third album – and the first on Jellymould – by the Anglo-German quartet of Peter Ehwald (saxophones), Arthur Lea (Fender Rhodes), Matthias Akeo Nowak (double bass) and Jon Scott (drums). All the tunes are by… Read More ›

James Farm – City Folk

(Nonesuch Records 545186) James Farm is something of a jazz supergroup, bringing together saxophonist Joshua Redman, pianist Aaron Parks, bassist Matt Penman and drummer Eric Harland, all leaders in their own right. I must confess I found the band’s first… Read More ›

Partisans – Swamp

(Whirlwind Recordings WR4657) Excellent as the albums are that saxophonist/clarinettist Julian Siegel and guitarist Phil Robson make individually, there is the sense that they feel under more pressure to deliver on those ones. When they get together with electric bassist… Read More ›

Kahiba – The Sixth Sense

(Natango Music NAT47612-2) The band is a trio of tenor saxophonist (and co-leader of Jazz Bigband Graz) Henrich von Kalnein, drummer Gregor Hilbe and pianist Christian Bakanic – hence the portmanteau name. Crucially, von Kalnein also plays alto flute, Hilbe… Read More ›

Lars Danielsson – Liberetto II

(ACT 9571-2) Well, here’s some perfect Sunday morning jazz. The Swedish bassist and cellist makes music that combines shimmering surface beauty with an easily-worn depth of thought and emotion that satisfies. His core quartet has former E.S.T. drummer Magnus Öström… Read More ›