Europe Jazz Media Chart - April 2020

A selection of the hot new music surfacing across the continent this month by the top European jazz magazines and websites

Mike Flynn, Jazzwise (UK)

ROB LUFT: Life Is A Dancer (Edition)

Anna Filipieva, (Russia)

ANNA KOROLEVA: Ocean Inside (ArtBeat Music)

"For 20 years, the Russian jazz community knew Anna Koroleva as an inspired alto sax player who also liked to sing. This double album reveals her in a totally new capacity: not a single sax note - she plays piano (in a trio setting with bassist Daria Chernakova and drummer Vartan Babayan,) and does so with a lot of pep and vigor, producing lengthy polyrhythmic, polystylistic grooves. On disc one, she is marrying Latin rhythms with European harmony; on disc two, she is researching ancient folk tunes from the Northern regions of Russia."

Jan Granlie, (Pan-Scandinavian)

KUZU: Purle Dark Opal (Aerophonic)

"The saxophone player Dave Rempis with Tashi Dorji on guitar and Tyler Damon on drums. Their third recording, and this time, live from The Sugar Maple in Milwaukee. One long song, with a lot of energy and power. I love it!"

Christine Stephan, JAZZTHETIK (Germany)


Viktor Bensusan, (Turkey)

ERROLL GARNER: That is My Kick (Mack Avenue)

Henning Bolte, Written in Music (Netherlands)

REIJSEGER / FRAANJE / SYLLA: We Were There (Just Listen Records)

"The music completely speaks for itself, just listen and immerse!"

Patrik Sandberg, Orkester Journalen (Sweden)

THUNDERCAT: It Is What It Is (Brainfeeder)

"Once again six-string bassvirtuoso, singer and songwriter Stephen Bruner aka Thundercat invites listeners into his eccentric musical world with a hybrid of jazzfusion, neo-soul, r&b and electronica on this fourth album as a leader. Kamasi Washington and Flying Lotus are tight collaborators again, also Steve Arrington, Louis Cole and BadBadNotGood gild this album. It Is What It Is, is a portrait of living with uncertainty and grief."

Cim Meyer, Jazz Special (Denmark)

NILS JANSON: Longitude (Stockholm Jazz Records)

Lars Mossefinn, Dag og tid (Norway)

PER ODDVAR JOHANSEN: The Quiet Cormorant (Losen Records)

Matthieu Jouan, (France)

LINA ALLEMANO OHRENSCHMAUS: Rats and Mice (Lumo Records)

"The combination of electric-bass, drums and trumpet leaves a lot of space and air in this music, lead by the very geniune musician and smart improviser, trumpetist Lina Allemano and her colourfull, bright, smooth and also bold sound. Check her solo Glimmer Glammer on the same record label!"

Axel Stinshoff, Jazz Thing (Germany)


Luca Vitali, Giornale della Musica (Italy)

SHABAKA AND THE ANCESTORS: We Are Sent Here By History (Impulse! Records)

Madli-Liis Parts, Muusika (Estonia)


Paweł Brodowski, Jazz Forum (Poland)

ŁUKASZ OJDANA: Kurpian Songs and Meditations (Audio Cave)

"Pianist Łukasz Ojdana is at 29 one of the most interesting young jazz musicians to have emerged on the Polish jazz scene in the last few years. He has already recorded several albums with the revered RGG Trio, but this is his first outing as a leader. A solo piano effort, “Kurpian Songs & Meditations” is his imaginary excursion into the land of Kurpie, a north-eastern region of Poland noted for its unique traditional customs, dances, and slow, wistful melodies. It features ten „Songs” as well as ten loose „Meditations.” Ojdana is enriching and expanding the original folk motifs with his improvisations, daring harmonies, changing rhythms and tempos. A standout piece is „Song IV,” an expressive piano-vocal duet."