Europe Jazz Media Chart May 2018

A selection of the hot new music surfacing across the continent this month by the top European jazz magazines and websites.
Axel Stinshoff, Jazz thing (Germany):

Dave Holland «Uncharted Territories» (Dare 2 Records)

album in iTunes | album in GooglePlay | buy on Amazon


Luca Vitali, Giornale della Musica (Italy):

Cosmo Sheldrake «The Much Much How How & I» (Transgressive Records)

album in iTunes | album in GooglePlay | listen on Genius | album in BandCamp | one track on YouTube | listen on Dezeer (registration required)


Madli-Liis Parts, Muusika (Estonia):

Kristjan Randalu «Absence» (ECM 2018)

album in iTunes | trailer on YouTube | album in GooglePlay | listen on Spotify (registration required) | album on label website


Paweł Brodowski, Jazz Forum (Poland):

Oleś Brothers & Christopher Dell «Górecki Ahead» (Audio Cave ACD-005)

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

This is the trio’s follow up to their previous collaboration „Komeda Ahead”. An inspired re-interpetation of Henryk Mikołaj Górecki, one of the greatest Polish composers of contemporary music. Bassist Marcin Oleś and drummer Bartłomiej Oleś are always ready for experiment, as is their German guest, vibraphonist Christopher Dell. They have worked together successfully for seven years now.


Mike Flynn , Jazzwise (UK):

Enemy «Enemy» (Edition)

album trailer on BandCamp | album on label website


Anna Filipieva, Jazz.Ru (Russia):

Sasha Mashin «Outsidethebox» (Rainy Days Records)

album in iTunes | trailer on YouTube | buy/listen on BandCamp | album in GooglePlay | listen on Yandex.Music

By 41, drummer Sasha Mashin was one of the most internationally exposed Russian jazz instrumentalists. Then he made a tattoo of a wide open box on his arm, decided that he wanted something more than a busy sideman’s life, and came “outside the box” by starting his solo career with this bold statement of an album. It has enough fiery drumming on it, but also a lot of fine modern ensemble playing with the likes of Alex Sipiagin on trumpet, Zhenya Strigalev and Rosario Giuliani on alto sax, plus sixteen other worthy musicians.


Jan Granlie, Salt Peanuts (Norway-Denmark):

Anthony Braxton «Sextet (Parker) 1993» (New Braxton House Records)

album trailer on BandCamp | buy on Amazon

In March, the Tri-Centric Foundation and New Braxton House Records released Braxton’s «Sextet (Parker) 1993» – a violent 11-CDer box with thorough documentation of Braxton’s now legendary European tour that made music composed by and associated with Charlie Parker. One of the most original composers and conceptualists in the jazz in the last fifty years, Anthony Braxton followed his own musical landscape throughout his career – from the 1974 recording “What’s New in the Tradition” to his seven album of tribute to Lennie Tristano, «Quintet (Tristano) 2014». This Charlie Parker project is a centrepiece of the “journey”, a collection of music that recognizes, extends and renews the bebop tradition, where he also re-radicalizes Parker’s musical revolution with a brilliant band that is well versed in the jazz tradition and with very creative music performance: Dutch piano player Misha Mengelberg, trumpeter Paul Smoker, tenor saxophonist Ari Brown from Chicago, bassist Joe Fonda, and drummer Pheeroan akLaff (another Dutch jazz innovator, drummer Han Bennink, replaces akLaff on one CD). One of the best live recordings I have ever heard!


Christine Stephan, JAZZTHETIK (Germany):

Lucas Niggli «Alchemia Garden» (Intakt Records / Harmonia Mundi)

album in GooglePlay | trailer on YouTube | album trailer on BandCamp | listen on Yandex.Music


Henning Bolte, Jazzism (Netherlands):

Sonar with David Torn «Vortex» (Rare Noise Records)

album in iTunes | trailer on YouTube | listen on SoundCloud | listen on Yandex.Music | album on label website


Patrick Sandberg, Orkester Journalen (Sweden):

Lars Färnlöf «Att Angöra En Brygga: Soundtracks & Rehearsals» (Mellotronen)

buy on Discogs

Four soundtracks from one of Sweden’s absolutely strongest and memorable composers, cornetist and trumpetist Lars Färnlöf (1942-1994,) recorded 1965-1971. Featuring a who’s who of the Swedish jazz scene around the time – Monica Zetterlund, Sabu Martinez, Bernt Rosengren, Bobo Stenson, Palle Danielson and Staffan Abeleen, to name a few. Most of the music is previously unreleased. Comes with 12 page booklet including biography, rare photos and session details.


Cim Meyer, Jazz Special (Denmark):

Anat Cohen And Trio Brasileiro «Rosa Dos Ventos» (Anzic Records)

album in iTunes | trailer on YouTube | album on label website

An almost chamber-musical approach from some excellent musicians. Title track is a clarinet-percussion duo and everything is acoustic and intimate.


Lars Mossefinn, Dag & Tid (Norway):

Gunhild Seim/Marilyn Crispell/David Rothenberg «Grenseland » (Drollehålå Records)

album in iTunes | buy on Amazon | listen on Spotify (registration required) | listen on Dezeer (registration required)