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Aki Rissanen: Amorandom (CD: Edition)Aki Rissanen: Amorandom (CD: Edition)
Over the last few years Aki has quietly been building a name in the international jazz world both as a leader and as a sideman. With Amorandom, he delivers his most authoritative work to date. There’s a fluidity in his playing and a boldness in his composing that deserves widespread praise and real recognition for one of the finest young European pianists. Described by Downbeat as a ‘rising star around Europe, Amorandom is the work that will introduce Aki Rissanen’s startling new talent to a global audience. (Edition Records) 


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Aki Rissanen: Another North (CD: Edition)
Aki Rissanen delivers an all-encompassing, powerful new album with Another North, an album that explores new heights of rhythmic intensity, pulsating grooves and hypnotic loops. Aki Rissanen has reset his compass. This is their Another North. (Edition Records) 


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Aki Rissanen: Another North (CD: Edition)


Nils Landgren with Janis Siegel: Some Other Time (CD: ACT)Nils Landgren with Janis Siegel: Some Other Time (CD: ACT)
Of all the great classical maestros of his generation, Leonard Bernstein was the key advocate of jazz. He was not only a profound authority on jazz music, he could also play it on the piano and used its elements when he composed. All the stranger that jazz musicians have practically never adapted Bernstein. These were the exact thoughts of ACT boss Siggi Loch who suggested to Nils Landgren that he create a tribute to the great 20th century composer. And Landgren didn t have to think twice about it: 'I have always been a fan of Bernstein...'. He put together an 'absolute dream team': the Bochum Symphony Orchestra, an exquisite jazz band, the world-class arranger Vince Mendoza and an authentic New Yorker: Janis Siegel from the legendary Manhattan Transfer. (Harmonia Mundi) 


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Thomas Strønen: Time Is A Blind Guide (CD: ECM)
'Time Is A Blind Guide' is both the title of Thomas Strønen's album and the name of his new Norwegian-British ensemble. In contrast to Food (his band with English saxophonist Iain Ballamy and guests) and its electronic soundscapes, this is an all-acoustic group which plays what its drummer-leader-composer calls "melodic music with a twist". (Proper Music) 


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Thomas Strønen: Time Is A Blind Guide (CD: ECM)


Anders Jormin: Trees Of Light (CD: ECM)Anders Jormin: Trees Of Light (CD: ECM)
Anders Jormin’s new Swedish-Japanese project returns the highly distinctive voice and fiddle of Lena Willemark to ECM (her first appearance on the label in more than a decade), and introduces koto player Karin Nakagawa. In their collaborative music the Japanese classical tradition and the stark, archaic sounds of the koto, allied to Jormin’s muscular bass improvisations, form a unique context for Lena’s sung poems, delivered in her native Älvdals-dialect. Traditions and non-idiomatic improvising are cross-referenced, and new paths are opened up. (ECM Records) 


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Jakob Bro: Gefion (CD: ECM)
Gefion is Danish guitarist Jakob Bro’s first ECM album as leader, following recordings for the label as sideman with Paul Motian and Tomasz Stanko. Like the work of those masters Bro’s balladeering distils a sense of jazz history in its specific and highly personal atmospheres. The open forms of Bro’s compositions leave plenty of space for his companions – drum legend Jon Christensen and creative bassist-of-the-moment Thomas Morgan - to make their statements, interactively and in parallel. And there is space too for the listener’s imagination to follow the flow and the delicate melodic tracery of Bro’s electric guitar in this thoughtful and poetic album. Gefion was recorded in Oslo’s Rainbow Studio in November 2013 and produced by Manfred Eicher. (ECM Records) 


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Jakob Bro: Gefion (CD: ECM)


Oddarrang: In Cinema (CD: Edition)Oddarrang: In Cinema (CD: Edition)
With a new home at innovative UK label Edition Records Oddarrang’s third album stands as their most accomplished to date. Not only have they confirmed the promise of the hugely successful Music Illustrated (2007) and Cathedral (2011) but they’ve also developed a formidable reputation as one of the most exciting new acts to emerge from Scandinavia to date. Regulated by drummer/composer Olavi Louhivuori’s clear approach to composition and arrangement, In Cinema is a remarkable achievement and an album set to scale new heights.

The title In Cinema provides a clue to the darker, edgier, sound of this work compared to the earlier albums. Originally written for four independent films and later developed for the album the soundscapes are uncompromising, contrasting emotive melodies than reach deep and touch the listener on a very personal level with intense dynamic pick ups built on guitar riffs (Lasse Sakara) and uplifting, soaring melodies carried by the unusual cello (Osmo Ikonen )/trombone (Ilmari Pohjola) front line and underpinned by staunch bass playing (Lasse Lindgren). (Edition Records) 


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Alexi Tuomarila Trio: Seven Hills (CD: Edition)
Seven Hills is the new trio album from Finnish born Alexi Tuomarila, one of the most important young pianists & composers on the European Jazz scene, and featuring his long-term friends and musical partners Norwegian bassist Mats Eilertsen and Finnish drummer Olavi Louhivuori. Tuomarila is perhaps best known for his appearances with Tomasz Stanko's quintet and, most notably, on their brilliant ECM recording 'Dark Eyes'. 


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Alexi Tuomarila Trio: Seven Hills (CD: Edition)


Drifter: Flow (CD: Edition)Drifter: Flow (CD: Edition)
'Flow' the highly anticipated new album marks the re-formation of the original Alexi Tuomarila Quartet who achieved huge international acclaim in 2005 with their release 'O2' on Warner France. Now under the collective name of DRIFTER, the quartet is co-led by Finnish pianist Alexi Tuomarila and Belgian saxophonist Nicolas Kummert.

'Flow' bursts with energy which echoes the fluidity and brilliance of Keith Jarrett’s European Quartet combining hypnotic riffs, absorbing melodies with elegant improvised piano phrases from Tuomarila, intertwined with Kummert’s haunting vocal chants and virtuosic, harmonically rich saxophone solos. (Edition Records) 


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Marius Neset: Birds (CD: Edition)
With his new album, Birds, he has taken a giant leap forward and produced an album that not only impresses but will place him on the verge of becoming one of most exciting artists to emerge this decade.

Within each track there are many wonderful surprises. Highlights include the title track Birds where the opening melody is not played by saxophone but by Bjarke Mogensen on accordion, demonstrating Marius Neset´s influence by Norwegian Folk Music. Birds is a further development of Marius Neset as a performer and bandleader. It is the perfect showcase of his brilliance as an inspirational and inspired composer. The stage is set… (Edition Records) 


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Marius Neset: Birds (CD: Edition)


Marius Neset: Pinball (CD: ACT)Marius Neset: Pinball (CD: ACT)
 


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Marius Neset & London Sinfonietta: Snowmelt (CD: ACT)
Marius Neset burst onto the scene with his first album as leader in 2011, and was instantly hailed as combining “Brecker's power and Garbarek's tonal delicacy and being “on his way to being one of the biggest new draws on the circuit” (Guardian). The album "Snowmelt" is his most ambitious, cherished and personal project to date. In these concentrated works, Neset has sought out chaos and dissonance, he has also been drawn to lyricism and tenderness, and then worked at finding a balance between the extremes, using compositional methods which subliminally bring out the continuities between them.

The three main compositions on “Snowmelt” are the fruit of intense work during the period from 2012 to 2015. Given Neset's long, considered process, the scale of the undertaking, and the sheer amount of work, time and thought that have gone into his compositions, it comes as no surprise that each listen brings seems to bring more revelations. There is always something more here for the listener to discover and unravel. (Harmonia Mundi) 


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Marius Neset & London Sinfonietta: Snowmelt (CD: ACT)


Tonbruket: Dig It To The End (CD: ACT)Tonbruket: Dig It To The End (CD: ACT)
With their second outing “Dig it to the End” Sweden´s super-group TONBRUKET (engl.: tone workshop), have created another masterpiece between jazz, psychadelic rock and neo folk. (ACT) 


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Phronesis: Parallax (CD: Edition)
Extraordinary communication between the players is often the foundation of extraordinary music making – as Phronesis prove every time they play. Years of performing, touring and recording have given the three members of the trio a matchless rapport. That inspires an ever-flowing fountain of new music, captured to perfection on this, the Anglo-Scandinavian trio’s sixth CD and their fourth for Edition Records.

Recorded in a single day at London’s fabled Abbey Road studios, Parallax is a brilliantly realised piece of music-making. It has all the standout features of the trio’s work. Rhythmic drive. Constant shifts in mood and texture. Drama heightened by dazzlingly fast reactions. All leavened by a melodic sense all three draw on as much when improvising as composing. (Edition Records) 


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Phronesis: Parallax (CD: Edition)


Phronesis, Julian Arguelles & The Frankfurt Radio Big Band: The Behemoth (CD: Edition)Phronesis, Julian Arguelles & The Frankfurt Radio Big Band: The Behemoth (CD: Edition)
Phronesis have built a formidable reputation over the last decade as one of the most powerful and energetic small ensembles on the European jazz scene. Known for their virtuosity, roller-coaster live performances and telepathic group interplay, the trio have commanded impressive media attention and established a substantial fanbase on a global level. Following six critically acclaimed trio albums, the band have now completed their most ambitious recording to date with the release of The Behemoth. Consisting of ten new arrangements of compositions from their back catalogue by Julian Argüelles, commissioned for their tenth anniversary, this remarkable, vibrant new album featuring the Frankfurt Radio Big Band is rich in colour and bursting with spirit and creativity. (EDition Records) 


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Jasper Hoiby: Fellow Creatures (CD: Edition)
Fellow Creatures is the first new venture for Jasper’s own music since his formation of Phronesis in 2005, and as such will be hugely anticipated in jazz circles. The music embodies a strong sense of groove and an optimistic and driving energy, which combines with atmospheric textures and contrapuntal rhythms, leading Jazzwise to describe the band as “masters of evolving melody”. (Edition Records) 


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Jasper Hoiby: Fellow Creatures (CD: Edition)


Punkt: Crime Scenes (CD: Jazzland)Punkt: Crime Scenes (CD: Jazzland)
The two musicians/producers, Jan Bang and Erik Honoré, who make up the duo Punkt, have pioneered the mix of electronica with live music and are important members of the innovative Norwegian jazz scene. On ‘Crime Scene’, a studio album originally issued on the Punkt label in 2007, they mix samples, beats, voice and synthesizer with contributions from vocalists David Sylvian and Sidsel Endresen, trumpeters Nils Petter Molvaer and Arve Henriksen and guitarist Eivind Aarset. (Proper Music) 


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Magnus Öström: Thread Of Life (CD: ACT)
Öströms post e.s.t. debut: “A stinkingly original musician, who illustrates, that music can mean so much more than mere words.” (Jazzwise Magazine) 


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Magnus Öström: Thread Of Life (CD: ACT)


Iiro Rantala: Lost Heroes (CD: ACT)Iiro Rantala: Lost Heroes (CD: ACT)
Finland's piano sensation with his ACT debut: "A superb tribute; a giant of an album." (All about Jazz) 


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Iiro Rantala: My History Of Jazz (CD: ACT)
Finnish pianist Iiro Rantala offers his personal history of the music that captivated him when he was 13. "My history of jazz" takes us from Johann Sebastian Bach's Goldberg Variations, upon which Rantala threads the album like a string of pearls, to George Gershwin, Kurt Weill, Duke Ellington, Juan Tizol, Thelonious Monk and the Swedish cool jazz saxophonist Lars Gullin, alongside five original Rantala compositions. (Harmonia Mundi) 


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Iiro Rantala: My History Of Jazz (CD: ACT)


Iiro Rantala: My Working Class Hero (CD: ACT)Iiro Rantala: My Working Class Hero (CD: ACT)
A homage to John Lennon. John Lennon would have been seventy-five on October 9th 2015. On 'My Working Class Hero,' the Finnish pianist Iiro Rantala pays tribute to this master of modern song. Throughout the whole album, what may well sound effortless is in fact the result of a long and exacting process by which Rantala - in close discussion with producer Siggi Loch - has worked scrupulously on transforming the original material. The task they have given themselves has been to take world-famous songs, simple works of genius such as 'Imagine', Woman or 'All You Need Is Love,' and adapt them in a way that something new emerges, while preserving the essence of each composition. In this, Rantala has succeeded in ways that are endlessly surprising. The solo recording 'My Working Class Hero' is a dialogue with many dimensions: between Rantala and the instrument, between the room and its acoustics, with jazz legacy and pop history, and plainly between the pianist and his icon John Lennon. (Harmonia Mundi) 


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Iiro Rantala, Lars Danielsson & Peter Erskine: How Long Is Now (CD: ACT)
After the album “My Working Class Hero,” dedicated to John Lennon and “Tears for Esbjörn,” a homage to the influential Swedish pianist, “How Long Is Now?” puts the spotlight fairly and squarely back on to the Finnish pianist, composer and life-force Iiro Rantala. This new trio album with Peter Erskine (drums) and Lars Danielsson (bass) constitutes a many-faceted summing-up of a happy and resoundingly creative phase of Rantala’s life.

Rantala’s compositional horizons are mostly what defines “How Long Is Now?”, but he also has a conscious intention to take a jazz trio in a specific direction: “The basic concept,” he says, “is to avoid the basic concept of the jazz piano trio and to make it more groovy, with simple melodies.” Seven of the thirteen compositions here are by Rantala himself, three tracks by the other players in the trio, and three more are by others who, in their different ways, have helped to construct Rantala’s appealing musical personality - Jimi Hendrix, Kenny Barron and Johann Sebastian Bach. (Harmonia Mundi) 


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Iiro Rantala, Lars Danielsson & Peter Erskine: How Long Is Now (CD: ACT)


Verneri Pohjola: Aurora (CD: ACT)Verneri Pohjola: Aurora (CD: ACT)
 


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Verneri Pohjola: Bullhorn (CD: Edition)
Bullhorn is the new album by Finnish trumpeter/composer, Verneri Pohjola, his third as leader. Based in Helsinki, the thirty-six year old has been in the international spotlight for the past few years and is acknowledged as a jazz star in the making. His distinctive tone, with its deeply affecting purity and lyricism, and highly melodic improvising is embedded in self-penned compositions marked by memorable and imaginative themes that steer clear of any hackneyed notion of ‘Nordic’ jazz.

Bullhorn is a key album in Pohjola’s career, marking the shift from a rising start to an artist of real substance with a powerful, unique sound and a sense of deepening maturity and clarity of vision. Bullhorn is the album that finally realises Verneri’s enormous creative potential. (Edition Records) 


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Verneri Pohjola: Bullhorn (CD: Edition)


Verneri Pohjola: Pekka (CD: Edition)Verneri Pohjola: Pekka (CD: Edition)
 


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Frøy Aagre: Cycle Of Silence (CD: ACT)
Frøy Aagre’s “Nordic Jazz” tells of an expectant calm, sharpened perception and distances which give space to breathe. Her Cycle of Silence sounds calm and dream-like. Her warm saxophone sound and seductive lyricism captivate the listener and fuse naturally with the other members of her wonderful rhythmic group. The composed and the improvised join to form a harmonious whole. Modern jazz elements are skilfully intertwined with classical music and special guests, including trombonist Øyvind Brække, also add their special touches.For Cycle of Silence, Frøy Aagre focuses fully on the soprano saxophone; a form of self limitation which fully brings to bear the captivating naturalness of her incredibly mature music.

The 32-year-old saxophonist from Tønsberg in Norway is one of the rising stars from the land of the Northern Lights. Cycle of Silence is her third album and her ACT debut. 


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Frøy Aagre: Cycle Of Silence (CD: ACT)


Arve Henriksen: Cartography (CD: ECM)Arve Henriksen: Cartography (CD: ECM)
A shifting cast of characters, with live sampling man and album co-producer Jan Bang at the centre, provides a series of soundscapes, an ambient-experimental map of moods, for the uniquely liquid, singing trumpet lines of Arve Henriksen to scale and explore. Some tracks are recorded live in concert, others are studio creations. Singer David Sylvian reads his own poetry on two cuts. (ECM Records) 


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Mathias Eick: The Door (CD: ECM)
First leader date for prizewinning Norwegian trumpeter Mathias Eick who has already contributed significantly to ECM discs by Manu Katché, Jacob Young and Iro Haarla, and co-directed the popular jazz-ambient-rock group Jaga Jazzist. Here his melodically intense trumpet sings over fractured rhythms and grooves. Jon Balke’s performance on acoustic and electric pianos is a marvel of supportive invention, Audun Kleive hammers home the beats, and Stian Carstensen from Farmer’s Market guests on pedal steel guitar. The resourceful Eick plays vibes and guitar as well, but it is his trumpet that is the subject of this attractive set, moving through a programme of many colours. (ECM Records) 


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Mathias Eick: The Door (CD: ECM)


Mathias Eick: Skala (CD: ECM)Mathias Eick: Skala (CD: ECM)
Mathias Eick’s intensely melodic trumpet occupies the centre-stage in this album of self-penned tunes which will appeal to an audience beyond “jazz”. Against the powerful backdrops offered by his sleek, modern band, driven by two drummers, he delivers richly lyrical soliloquies. (ECM Records) 


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Mathias Eick: Skala (Vinyl LP: ECM)

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180g vinyl pressing. 


Mathias Eick: Midwest (CD: ECM)
Mathias Eick reflects on distances travelled in this intensely melodic set of original compositions, which makes an imaginative journey from Hem, the tiny Norwegian village where the trumpeter grew up, to the vast plains of Dakota in the American Midwest. It was to the Midwest that hundreds of thousands of Norwegians travelled by sea in the 19th and early 20th centuries - and naturally they took their music with them. In similar spirit Eick, a Norwegian improviser-composer strongly influenced by North American jazz, here reintegrates some of the colours and textures of his native folk music in these newly-created pieces. In the frontline of the line-up featured here he is partnered by the brilliant violinist Gjermund Larsen, whose roots are in the Norwegian folk tradition. Trumpet and violin exchange lines and soar together above a brilliant rhythm section with Jon Balke at his most lyrical, Helge Norbakken periodically finding pulses that can suggest tribal drumming or buffalo hooves, and the resourceful Mats Eilertsen helping to drive the music forward. The original inspiration for the album was sparked by a gruelling North American tour: “I’d been out on the road for a long time and was feeling homesick. Then we reached the area called the Rural Midwest and I suddenly felt as if I was home. I had a sense of why the early settlers would want to build their farms there. It reminded me very much of parts of Norway. ” (ECM Records) 


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Mathias Eick: Midwest (CD: ECM)


Mathias Eick: Midwest (Vinyl LP: ECM)

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180g vinyl pressing. 


Jacob Christoffersen Trio: Facing The Sun (CD: Stunt)Jacob Christoffersen Trio: Facing The Sun (CD: Stunt)
 


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Jon Balke: Book Of Velocities (CD: ECM)
 


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Jon Balke: Book Of Velocities (CD: ECM)


Jon Balke: Warp (CD: ECM)Jon Balke: Warp (CD: ECM)
'Warp' situates the solo piano of Norway's Jon Balke within a subtle architecture of composed soundscapes, in fluctuating dimensions of space. "As always," says Balke, "the more you explore and discover, the further you want to go, and things are not so simple anymore. It's a very interesting process." And what begins as gently exploratory solo piano gradually acquires an almost hallucinatory aspect.

Balke's solo piano was recorded at Oslo's Rainbow Studio, and the sound images were recorded and processed by Balke and Audun Kleive. Additional field recordings by Balke were integrated in the mix of the album at RSI Studio Lugano in September 2015. 'Warp' was produced by Jon Balke and Manfred Eicher. It is the pianist's second solo album for ECM, following the 2007 release 'Book of Velocities', a sequence of aphoristic pieces with affinities to Kurtág and Ligeti, described by Jazzwise as "a fascinating statement that is as beckoning as it is beguiling". (Proper Music) 


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Ketil Bjørnstad: Early Piano Music (CD: Hubro, 2 CDs)
With ‘Early Piano Music’, Ketil Bjørnstad’s beautiful solo albums ‘Preludes’ Vols.1 & 2 and ‘Pianology’ from the mid-1980s are made available once again. These recordings have been unavailable since the mid-90s, and have been very much in demand.

These three albums are from the middle period of Ketil Bjørnstad’s career, and were recorded in 1984 and 1987. The music evokes imagery, and like so much of Bjørnstad’s music it straddles the border between classical and jazz. All the music on the records has been composed, but there is plenty of space for improvisation. (Proper Music) 


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Ketil Bjørnstad: Early Piano Music (CD: Hubro, 2 CDs)


Ketil Bjørnstad: Devotions (CD: EmArcy)Ketil Bjørnstad: Devotions (CD: EmArcy)
 


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Ketil Bjørnstad & Terje Rypdal: Life In Leipzig (CD: ECM)
Norwegians Ketil Bjørnstad and Terje Rypdal - a rare and possibly unique duo combination of electric guitar and acoustic piano - in an exciting live album recorded before an enthusiastic audience in Leipzig’s Opera House. This strongly melodic, often rocking CD marks the return to ECM after a decade for cultural polymath Bjørnstad. (New Note) 


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Ketil Bjørnstad & Terje Rypdal: Life In Leipzig (CD: ECM)


Ketil Bjørnstad: The Light (CD: ECM)Ketil Bjørnstad: The Light (CD: ECM)
Subtitled “Songs of Love and Fear”, “The Light” brings together Ketil Bjørnstad’s “Four Nordic Songs”, compositions for female voice and accompaniment written over a 30 year period, with a song cycle based on poetry of John Donne (1572-1631). Bjørnstad: “The intellectual energy in Donne’s poetry, which was always receptive to the metaphysical, is also nurtured by emotional excitement, and it is this unique combination that has held such powerful appeal to me as a composer.” (ECM Records) 


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Ketil Bjørnstad, Tore Brunborg & Jon Christensen: Remembrance (CD: ECM)
Ketil Bjørnstad and Jon Christensen have been musical associates for almost 40 years. Christensen played on Bjørnstad’s very first recordings in the early 1970s, and when Ketil came to ECM for “Water Stories” in 1993 the drummer was once again on board, staying to become a charter member of the pianist’s Sea Quartet through the 1990s. This long alliance gives plenty of ‘remembrances’ to draw upon, and Bjørnstad’s compositions provide contexts and climates in which memories can be newly experienced. The project is also forward-looking: the old friends are joined by saxophonist Tore Brunborg, in his third ECM showing this season (following sessions with Tord Gustavsen and Manu Katché) for some joyful playing. Ketil’s chord patterns provide a centre from which Tore and Jon can launch their explorations... (ECM Records) 


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Ketil Bjørnstad, Tore Brunborg & Jon Christensen: Remembrance (CD: ECM)


Nils Petter Molvaer: Khmer (CD: ECM)Nils Petter Molvaer: Khmer (CD: ECM)
 


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Nils Petter Molvær: Solid Ether (CD: ECM)
 


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Nils Petter Molvær: Solid Ether (CD: ECM)


Nils Petter Molvaer: er (CD: Sula)Nils Petter Molvaer: er (CD: Sula)
 


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Bobo Stenson: Reflections (CD: ECM)
 


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Bobo Stenson: Reflections (CD: ECM)


Bobo Stenson Trio: Serenity (CD: ECM, 2 CDs)Bobo Stenson Trio: Serenity (CD: ECM, 2 CDs)
'This is a towering achievement and the culmination of Stenson's steady progress as a composer and performer' (The Penguin Guide To Jazz On CD). 


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Bobo Stenson Trio: Cantando (CD: ECM)
The reconfigured Bobo Stenson Trio in a performance of characteristically wide arc. Material this time includes original compositions, group improvising and pieces by Peter Eben, Alban Berg, Ornette Coleman, Don Cherry, and Silvio Rodriguez. Master pianist Stenson, long term bassist Anders Jormin and alertly responsive young drummer Jon Fält have developed a richly detailed sound-world like nothing else in modern jazz – at once an extension of the jazz piano tradition and, with its windows opening onto classical music and world folklore, a force apart from it. (ECM Records) 


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Bobo Stenson Trio: Cantando (CD: ECM)


Bobo Stenson Trio: Indicum (CD: ECM)Bobo Stenson Trio: Indicum (CD: ECM)
Free playing, Danish composer Carl Nielsen’s “Oft Am I Glad”, tunes by Bill Evans and George Russell, a Norwegian hymn, contemporary composition by Ola Gjeilo, a Wolf Biermann protest song, Ariel Ramirez.’s folkloric “La Peregrinacion”, ... Wide-ranging repertoire has become a hallmark of Bobo Stenson albums. But it’s not just the eclecticism that is striking: Stenson, Jormin and Fält take these far-flung sources and make an organic, breathing music out of them ... Stenson, of course, has long been one of the greats of Scandinavian jazz, and an ECM artist since the first years of the label. But there is a balance of energies in this particular trio – clear-edged lyrical piano playing, rootedness and keen choice of notes from the bass, and detailed, textural drumming – that is especially satisfying. Recorded in Lugano in November and December 2011. (ECM Records) 


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Tord Gustavsen Trio: Changing Places (CD: ECM)
Introducing a new piano trio from Norway. Tord Gustavsen’s young group, already making waves in the Far North – where “Changing Places” has soared into the pop charts – is telling new stories within the framework of the jazz tradition. This is music that sings, at once gentle and robust. The songs Gustavsen writes sound like standards-in-the-making: lyrical, immediately memorable songs, songs of an appealing freshness, yet sophisticated in their involvement with the melodic line. And the trio improvises, with flair and originality, inside their structures. (ECM Records) 


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Tord Gustavsen Trio: Changing Places (CD: ECM)


Tord Gustavsen Trio: The Ground (CD: ECM)Tord Gustavsen Trio: The Ground (CD: ECM)
The Ground is the eagerly awaited follow-up to Changing Places, the most successful ECM debut of the last decade, an award-winning album that captured the imagination of the world’s jazz critics and secured a huge international following for the Tord Gustavsen Trio. Their new record is more earthy and its blues influence nearer the surface but the sound is mellow, caressing, sensual, and the melodies are again strong and simple, once heard remaining in the mind. (New Note) 


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Tord Gustavsen Trio: Being There (CD: ECM)
 


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Tord Gustavsen Trio: Being There (CD: ECM)


Tord Gustavsen Quartet: The Well (CD: ECM)Tord Gustavsen Quartet: The Well (CD: ECM)
Two years after “Restored, Returned” introduced this line-up and with extensive touring behind them, on “The Well” the four musicians of the Gustavsen Quartet really blossom as a band in a programme of new tunes by Tord. Sax player Tore Brunborg is given an important voice here, his melodic lines combining bluesy sonority and Nordic cry. Gently but effectively propelled by the subtle pulses of drummer Jarle Vespestad and bassist Mats Eilertsen, Gustavsen’s gospel-tinged, unhurried piano playing displays a characteristic warmth and tenderness. (ECM Records) 


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Tord Gustavsen Quartet: Extended Circle (CD: ECM)
The sixth ECM album from Tord Gustavsen, recorded in Oslo in June 2013, quietly but most assuredly takes the Norwegian pianist’s music to the next stage of its development. Gustavsen’s quartet with Tore Brunborg, Mats Eilertsen and long-term associate Jarle Vespestad has matured into a group whose interactions draw strength from restraint, patiently building the music toward its climaxes. Here are new gospel-tinged pieces and ballads from Tord’s pen, gentle and luminescent group improvisations, and an ecstatic interpretation of the Norwegian traditional “Eg Veit I Himmerik Ei Borg” (“I Know A Castle In Heaven”). 


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Tord Gustavsen Quartet: Extended Circle (CD: ECM)


Tord Gustavsen: What Was Said (CD: ECM)Tord Gustavsen: What Was Said (CD: ECM)
‘What was said’ brings new colours to Tord Gustavsen’s musical palette. His latest trio project builds upon the subtle understanding of his long musical association with drummer Jarle Vespestad, introduces the entrancing Afghan-German vocalist Simin Tander. (Proper Music) 


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Tord Gustavsen: What Was Said (Vinyl LP: ECM, 2 LPs)

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180g vinyl edition. 


Trio Toykeat: Kudos (CD: EmArcy- Euro Import)
 


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Trio Toykeat: Kudos (CD: EmArcy- Euro Import)


Bugge Wesseltoft: Moving  (CD: Jazzland)Bugge Wesseltoft: Moving (CD: Jazzland)
 


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Bugge Wesseltoft: Im (CD: Jazzland)
Jazzland Records maestro returns to his acoustic roots with this moving solo piano collection.  


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Bugge Wesseltoft: Im (CD: Jazzland)


Bugge Wesseltoft: Playing (CD: Jazzland)Bugge Wesseltoft: Playing (CD: Jazzland)
 


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Bugge Wesseltoft: Songs (CD: Jazzland)
Renowned as an innovator who has blended jazz with electronics and world music influences, the Norwegian pianist/keyboard player Bugge Wesseltoft, returns to his jazz roots with a solo album of classic jazz standards performed exclusively on the piano.

Bugge Wesseltoft is never still, always moving. His music, since the release of ‘New Conceptions of Jazz’ 15 years ago, has continuously crossed musical frontiers, and always questioned the need for these frontiers to exist at all. Yet what remains certain is the fact that Bugge is a Jazz man - through and through. Now, on ‘Songs’, he takes a fresh look at the music that made him what he is, the songs and compositions that have informed this jazz sensibility throughout his career. No electronic sleight of hand or post-production: this is pure musicianship.

Bugge covers standards from the 1930s onwards such as “Darn That Dream”, “My Foolish Heart”, “How High the Moon” and “Giant Steps”. His meditation on music that has inspired many before him is deeply contemplative, and is often evocative of the spirit of the originals, while venturing into spontaneous arrangements both unexpected and truly satisfying. (Proper Music) 


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Bugge Wesseltoft: Songs (CD: Jazzland)


Bugge Wesseltoft, Henrik Schwarz & Dan Berglund: Trialogue (CD: Jazzland)Bugge Wesseltoft, Henrik Schwarz & Dan Berglund: Trialogue (CD: Jazzland)
Acclaimed jazz pianist/composer Bugge Wesseltoft renews his collaboration with electronic producer Henrik Schwarz on 'Trialogue'. This time they are joined by E.S.T. bassist Dan Berglund to form a unique trio that expertly explores where contemporary jazz meets electronic music. (Proper Music) 


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Beady Belle: Cewbeagappic (CD: Jazzland)
 


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Beady Belle: Cewbeagappic (CD: Jazzland)


Beady Belle: Closer (CD: Jazzland)Beady Belle: Closer (CD: Jazzland)
 


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Beady Belle: Belvedere (CD: Jazzland)
 


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Beady Belle: Belvedere (CD: Jazzland)


Beady Belle: At Welding Bridge (CD: Jazzland)Beady Belle: At Welding Bridge (CD: Jazzland)
 


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Beady Belle: Cricklewood Broadway (CD: Jazzland)
 


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Beady Belle: Cricklewood Broadway (CD: Jazzland)


Beady Belle: On My Own (CD: Jazzland)Beady Belle: On My Own (CD: Jazzland)
Recorded in New York City, 'On My Own' is the eighth album by Norwegian group Beady Belle. It features a strong - but not overpowering - undercurrent of 70s soul and vocal jazz, mixing intimacy and exuberance, and pulsations both urban and urbane. The musicians include Bugge Wesseltoft (who is also the producer) on keys, Gregory Hutchinson on drums, Reuben Rogers on bass, saxophonist Joshua Redman, trumpeter Mathias Eick and vocalist Torun Eriksen.

Beady Belle is led by charismatic vocalist/composer Beate S. Lech, whose compositional and lyrical skills are showcased here as never before, weaving new tapestries through which her voice is the golden thread. Melodically gripping, harmonically intricate, lyrically intelligent (without pretentiousness), and underpinned by solid grooves. With each new release, her voice has become richer, more capable, and laced with nuance and subtle expressiveness. Simply put, there is no-one else like her. (Proper Music) 


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