Europe Jazz Media Chart June 2018

A selection of the hot new music surfacing across the continent this month by the top European jazz magazines and websites.
Lars Mossefinn, Dag & Tid (Norway):

Needlepoint «The Diary of Robert Reverie» (Bjk Music)

album in iTunes | album in GooglePlay | listen on Spotify (registration required) | listen on Tidal (registration required) | buy online in CDON


Axel Stinshoff, Jazz thing (Germany):

Joshua Redman «Still Dreaming» (Nonesuch)

album in Apple Music | trailer on YouTube | listen on Yandex. Music | listen on Spotify (registration required) | buy on artist's website | album on label's website


Luca Vitali, Giornale della Musica (Italy):

Ceramic Dog - Marc Ribot, Shahzad Ismaily, Ches Smith «YRU Still Here?» (Northern Spy)

album in iTunes | one track on YouTube | album trailer on BandCamp | buy on Amazon | listen on Spotify (registration required) | album on label's website


Madli-Liis Parts, Muusika (Estonia):

Tormis Quartet «Tormisele» (AVA muusika 2018)

trailer on YouTube | album info on Estonian Folklore Center website | buy online on Apollo


Paweł Brodowski, Jazz Forum (Poland):

Andrzej Trzaskowski Sextet feat. Ted Curson «Seant – Polish Jazz vol. 11» (Polskie Nagrania)

one track on YouTube | listen on Spotify (registration required)

Remastered and now rereleased by Warner Music, “Seant” is one of the gems of the Polish Jazz series. Back in the 60s. pianist and composer Andrzej Trzaskowski was perceived, along with Krzysztof Komeda, as one of the most important figures of the Polish jazz scene. In comparison with his earlier album („Andrzej Trzaskowski Quintet”), this recording features his group expanded into a sextet with two saxophonists, Janusz Muniak on tenor and Włodek Nahorny on alto, and the American trumpeter Ted Curson replacing Tomasz Stanko. Trzaskowski’s original compositions echoing Horace Silver and veering into avant garde, and a heart-renching jazz rendition of a Polish folk tune.

Mike Flynn, Jazzwise (U.K.):

Roller Trio «New Devices» (Edition)

Release scheduled for June 22 | pre-order on iTunes | pre-order on GooglePlay | album trailer on BandCamp


Anna Filipieva, Jazz.Ru (Russia):

Grant Green «Funk in France: From Paris to Antibes (1969-1970)» (Resonance Records)

album in iTunes | trailer on YouTube | one track on SoundCloud | buy on Amazon | album on label's website

New effort from producer Zev Feldman who specializes in finding and publishing the forgotten or semiforgotten gems from the Golden Age of jazz: a two-CD eidition of three live recordings from the legendary American jazz guitarist, Grant Green, made in France in 1969 and 1970. There is the word funk in the title, but don't expect fierce monotonous grooves on the tracks: it's not funk per se, but rather soul jazz full of bluesy feeling. Produced by the greatest specialist in historical releases , Michael Cuscuna. 

Jan Granlie, Salt Peanuts (Norway/Denmark):

Der Lange Schatten «Concurrences» (Trouble In East Records)

album in iTunes | album trailer on BandCamp | album on label's website


Christine Stephan, JAZZTHETIK (Germany):

Achim Kirchmait Trio «Going To Ladakh» (O-Tone)

album in iTunes | trailer on YouTube | listen on Yandex. Music | listen on Deezer (registration required)


Henning Bolte, Jazzism (Netherlands):

Kari Ikonen Trio «Wind, Frost & Radiation» (Ozella Music)

album in iTunes | trailer on YouTube | buy on Amazon | listen on Yandex. Music


Magnus Nygren, Orkester Journalen (Sweden):

Gilbert Holmström «Konfrontation» (Moserobie)

Prevviously unreleased recording by saxophonist Gilbert Holmström, now in limited pressing on color vinyl | album info on label's website


Cim Meyer, Jazz Special (Denmark):

Alex Goodman «Border Crossing» (OA2 Records)

album in iTunes | listen on Yandex. Music | listen on Spotify (registration required) | buy on Discogs | buy on artist's website | album on label's website

A slightly cool but still atmospheric, acoustic and melodious universe. The sophisticated compositions and arrangements by Canadian-born guitarist Alex Goodman are accommodating. All six band members are strong players and Felicity Williams nails the intricate charts – her charming voice being the only ”wind instrument”.