CD review

Moskus – Mestertyven

(Hubro HUBROCD2535; HUBROLP3535) For every jazz group the relationship between pre-conceived elements and ones created on the fly is a complex one, and each group tackles it in their own way. The Norwegian trio of pianist Anja Lauvdal, bassist Fredrik… Read More ›

Black Top – #One

(Babel Label BDV14128) Black Top is a duo of marimba player Orphy Robinson and pianist/keyboards/electronics player Pat Thomas. They have developed a free improvisation style which incorporates their acoustic instruments with some basic electronic manipulation, and they like to have… Read More ›

Joshua Redman – Trios Live

(Nonesuch 541805) In recent years Joshua Redman has favoured the freedom and exposure in equal measure that the simple saxophone/bass/drums trio format gives him, certainly when playing live. Now he gives us the chance to enjoy the excitement of those… Read More ›

Andrew McCormack – First Light

(Edition Records EDN1052) The British pianist made his first album, Telescope, in 2007 and since then has grown in musical stature, especially in duo with alto saxophonist Jason Yarde (the pair recently recorded and performed with the Elysian String Quartet –… Read More ›

Noel Langley – Edentide

(Suntara Records SUN7422002) There’s something strikingly elemental about this album. It’s filled with metal tubes with breath forced through them – all kinds, from piccolo and flute through trumpet and flugelhorn, trombone, French horn and mellophone, down to tuba and… Read More ›

Dylan Howe – Subterranean

(Motorik Recordings MR1004) It might not seem obvious material for jazz treatment but, from the moment the insistent ascending four-note riff comes in to underpin the dark wash of synth sounds on the opening title track, drummer Dylan Howe’s choice… Read More ›

Recent Danish recordings

Bergur Nielsen Trio – West Of Somewhere (Gateway Music) Klökkeblömst – Romantiker (ILK ILK224CD) Peter Rosendal/Old Man’s Kitchen – Love For Snail (Stunt Records STUCD14062) Penumbra Ensemble – Penumbra Ensemble (penumbra ensemble vinyl and download) As I was a few… Read More ›

Albare – The Road Ahead

(Enja Records ENJ95982) Guitarist Albert Dadon lives in Australia where he also directs the Melbourne Jazz Festival, but he was born in Morocco and grew up in Israel and France so the eclecticism in his electric fusion jazz is built… Read More ›

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