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Egidijus Buozis: Pictures (CD: Charade)Egidijus Buozis: Pictures (CD: Charade)
On 'Pictures', a Scandinavian-Lithuanian-German all-star line-up presents soundscapes from the Baltic - jazz pianist Egidijus Buozis's first release for the Hamburg-based Charade label.

In addition to Cæcilie Norby (vocals) and Lars Danielsson (bass, percussion), Egidijus Buozis has succeeded in gathering several other outstanding musicians around him: bassist Mattias Grönroos and drummer Tommy Holmgren from Sweden, Vytautas Sondeckis (cello) from Lithuania, German violinist Stefan Pintev, and by no means least, Norwegian trumpeter Arve Henriksen.

With this jazz album, pianist Egidijus Buozis, presents himself to a wider audience beyond his native Lithuania for the first time. The very atmospheric soundscapes gathered together here make repeated direct and indirect references to the rich culture and distinctive beauty of the Baltic region, for example Buozis' arrangement of the Danish folk song 'Jeg gik mig ud en sommerdag' ('I went out one summer's day'), or the composition 'Sutartine', named after a unique style of Lithuanian folksong which was recognised by UNESCO as 'intangible cultural heritage' in 2010. (Proper Music) 


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Markus Stockhausen & Florian Weber: Alba (CD: ECM)
 


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Markus Stockhausen & Florian Weber: Alba (CD: ECM)


Anke Helfrich Trio feat. Tim Hagans: Dedication (CD: Enja)Anke Helfrich Trio feat. Tim Hagans: Dedication (CD: Enja)
Anke Helfrich belongs to the exclusive elite of European pianists who has been able to contribute a new kind of energy and spirit to jazz music. Each track on this album is dedicated to inspirational figures, including Nelson Mandela and Martin Luther King, whose "I Have a Dream" speech is turned into to gospel groove on the Fender Rhodes.

Brilliant US trumpeter Tim Hagans displays masterful solos, stylistically between modern jazz and avant garde throughout. The album is mostly about heavily swinging groove with some musical surprises included. The album also features bassist Martin Wind, drummer Jonas Burgwinkel and special guest Ardie Walser, who reads the poem 'Invictus'. (Proper Music) 


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Wolfgang Haffner: Kind Of Cool (CD: ACT)
With “Kind of Cool” Wolfgang Haffner moves between tradition and contemporary jazz, injecting new life into some oft he „coolest“ jazz standards. In the style of the legendary Modern Jazz Quartet and with the spirit of Cool Jazz these old jazz classics sound young at heart in timeless elegance - relaxed, sophisticated, trusting in themselves, finally one of a kind, thanks to the personality of the musicians involved. Three compositions by Haffner himself complement the album. It really needs an all-star band to play music such as this, and on “Kind of Cool” it’s no different. All the band members are international jazz stars, having proved themselves on the scene they are perfectly placed to relax and just let their passion, technique and sense of fun show the songs for what they are: Some of the most beautiful compositions ever produced in the 20th century. (ACT Music) 


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Wolfgang Haffner: Kind Of Cool (CD: ACT)


Giovanni Mirabassi Quartet: No Way Out (CD: Cam Jazz)Giovanni Mirabassi Quartet: No Way Out (CD: Cam Jazz)
 


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Wolfgang Muthspiel, Larry Grenadier & Brian Blade: Driftwood (CD: ECM)
Austrian guitarist Wolfgang Muthspiel makes his ECM leader debut with Driftwood, a trio album of subtlety and depth featuring renowned US jazz players Larry Grenadier and Brian Blade. The group creates a ravishing sound, captured with fidelity at Rainbow Studio in Oslo. Lyrical, grooving and atmospheric by turns, the guitarist's compositions on this highly attractive recording include tributes to his heroes Joe Zawinul and Michael Brecker. (Proper Music) 


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Wolfgang Muthspiel, Larry Grenadier & Brian Blade: Driftwood (CD: ECM)


Wolfgang Muthspiel: Rising Grace (CD: ECM)Wolfgang Muthspiel: Rising Grace (CD: ECM)
 


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Jeroen van Vliet Moon Trio: Earth - Time (CD: Jazzhaus)
"Those who love his lyrical style and clear piano sound will be pleased by this new release Jeroen van Vliet and his Moon Trio: Earth ? Time. Van Vliet's recognisable sound with simple (but strong) emotional melodies, enriched with electronic effects on both piano and on bass creates a groovy sound and rhythm due to a perfect understanding with Mark Schilder's drums and Cord Heineking's bass. A trio, coming from the Moon, looking for Earth. Jeroen van Vliet about his Moon Trio: wanted it to be groovy, but still to stay close to the acoustic piano sound; with simple, but emotional yet groovy pieces.

In 2014 Jeroen van Vliet was awarded The Boy Edgar Prize; the most important recognition in The Neth-erlands for jazz and improvised music. The jury called him one of the few great poets of Dutch improvised music, faithful to the beauty of sound. (Proper Music) 


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Jeroen van Vliet Moon Trio: Earth - Time (CD: Jazzhaus)


Julia Hülsmann Trio: The End Of A Summer (CD: ECM)Julia Hülsmann Trio: The End Of A Summer (CD: ECM)
First ECM release for a trio with a strong following. Julia Hülsmann founded her group in 1997 and it has become, with its strongly melodic and inventive music, one of the most popular groups on the German jazz scene. Hülsmann is a first-rate jazz composer as well as an incisive pianist, a poetic sense of compression distinguishing both her writing and her improvising. Album features six new tunes by Hülsmann plus pieces also by her trio partners – plus a cover of Seal’s “Kiss From A Rose”. (ECM Records) 


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Julia Hülsmann Trio: Imprint (CD: ECM)
On the second ECM disc from the popular Berlin-based Julia Hülsmann Trio, the leader’s themes stand out in stark relief, as if stamped or printed into the surrounding improvisation. “Imprint” offers highly communicative jazz in which melody, clearly-etched melody, is paramount. Hülsmann is a gifted jazz-composer and there are surprises amongst her pieces here, including a powerfully-swinging Thelonious Monk tribute entitled “Who’s Next”. Bassist Muellbauer and drummer Köbberling also contribute intriguing tunes of their own, and this year’s offbeat cover version is a lilting Austrian Schlager tune from the 1940s, “Kauf dir einen bunten Luftballon”. (ECM Records) 


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Julia Hülsmann Trio: Imprint (CD: ECM)


Julia Hülsmann Quartet: In Full View (CD: ECM)Julia Hülsmann Quartet: In Full View (CD: ECM)
 


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Julia Hülsmann Quartet w/ Theo Bleckmann: A Clear Midnight - Kurt Weill and America (CD: ECM)
Pianist Julia Hülsmann and singer Theo Bleckmann, in a first - and long-awaited - collaborative recording, celebrate the "unsung Weill" alongside the master's best-loved works including Mack The Knife, Speak Low and September Song.

Bleckmann's intimate delivery, Hülsmann's sense for the bare-boned ballad, and the discreet arrangements put a well-deserved focus on the lyrics, including the very fine song texts of Langston Hughes, Ogden Nash, Maxwell Anderson, Ira Gershwin and Ann Ronnell - as well as Marc Blitzstein's brilliantly-vivid adaptation of Brecht, which gave Mack The Knife immortality. "The emphasis on slow tempos was made almost intuitively," says Hülsmann. "These wonderful lyrics seem to me to demand that you give them space - and give the listener time to really follow the words".

The project, which also adds Julia's settings of Walt Whitman, with whom Kurt Weill felt an affinity, came together at the instigation of the Kurt Weill Festival in Dessau in 2013. Since then it has gained new life on the road and been fine-tuned in this studio recording made in Oslo in June 2014 with Manfred Eicher as producer. It marks a musical advance for the Hülsmann group at a number of levels, and these recastings of Weill open up new imaginative possibilities for the players. (Proper Note) 


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Julia Hülsmann Quartet w/ Theo Bleckmann: A Clear Midnight - Kurt Weill and America (CD: ECM)


Julia Hülsmann Trio: Sooner And Later (CD: ECM)Julia Hülsmann Trio: Sooner And Later (CD: ECM)
Berlin-based pianist Julia Hülsmann returns to the trio format for Sooner And Later, an album which distils the experience of journeys to distant destinations. In the last couple of years Hülsmann, bassist Marc Muellbauer and drummer Heinrich Köbberling have taken their music around the world, from Europe to the US, Canada, Peru, Central Asia and China, “where something special developed. It helped to open up new sonic territory for us”. The Central-Asian weeks find their most explicit echo in the form of “Biz Joluktuk”, a tune the band heard in performance from a 12 year old violinist in Kyrgyzstan and which was later re-harmonized by Julia. Once again all three members of the trio have contributed compositions to the album. The title of Hülsmann’s “Thatpujai” is an anagram of “Jutta Hipp”, and its theme is comprised of phrases from the late German jazz pianist’s solos. The program is rounded out by a cover of Radiohead’s “All I Need” which, like the Hülsmann-penned tracks “J.J.”, “Soon” or “Mond” with their sometimes almost clubby grooves, emphasizes the subtle rhythmic aspects of the trio’s music. Sooner And Later was recorded in September 2016 in Oslo’s Rainbow Studio, and produced by Manfred Eicher. (ECM Records) 


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Colin Vallon: Rruga (CD: ECM)
“Rruga”, meaning ‘path’, ‘road’ or ‘journey’ in Albanian, is the evocative title of the ECM debut by the trio of pianist Colin Vallon, bassist Patrice Moret and drummer Samuel Rohrer. After shared musical experiences on the Swiss jazz scene, they began their trio journey five years ago, and have grown into one of Europe’s most promising bands, shaping a rugged and individual music, inspired by songs and singers, and by the music of the Caucasus region as well as by the jazz tradition. Challenging conventions of the modern jazz piano trio, the instrumentalists meet on equal terms as the music is created, arranged and developed collectively. (ECM Records) 


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Colin Vallon: Rruga (CD: ECM)


Colin Vallon Trio: Le Vent (CD: ECM)Colin Vallon Trio: Le Vent (CD: ECM)
Like the wind celebrated in the title track, the Colin Vallon Trio has a subtle, insinuating power. From a still and silent place its music may breathe gently, or steadily build pressure until attaining an eruptive forcefulness. This sense of poetic compression and quiet relentlessness was evident on the ECM debut Rruga, but with leader Vallon now writing almost all of the program and new drummer Julian Sartorius detailing its floating rhythms, the Swiss trio has entered a brave new space where touch and inflection are more important than soloistic gesture. Melodies, unfolding slowly, are shared between Patrice Moret’s bass and Vallon’s piano. A fresh group language is being developed here, extended in the group improvisations which close the set. Produced by Manfred Eicher at Oslo’s Rainbow Studio in 2013. (ECM Records) 


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Colin Vallon Trio: Danse (CD: ECM)
The Colin Vallon Trio has found its own space in the crowded world of the piano trio by quietly challenging its conventions. On its third ECM album Vallon again leads the group not with virtuosic solo display but by patient outlining of melody and establishing of frameworks in which layered group improvising can take place.

With this group, gentle but insistent rhythms can trigger seismic musical events. Although Vallon (recently nominated for the Swiss Music Prize) is the author of nine of the pieces here, the band members share equal responsibilities for the music's unfolding.

The gravitational pull of Patrice Moret's bass and the intense detail supplied by Julian Sartorius's drums and cymbals are crucial to the success of Vallon's artistic concept and the range of emotions the music can convey. (Proper Music) 


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Colin Vallon Trio: Danse (CD: ECM)


Metropole Orkest & Vince Mendoza featuring John Scofield: 54 (CD: EmArcy)Metropole Orkest & Vince Mendoza featuring John Scofield: 54 (CD: EmArcy)
 


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Food: Quiet Inlet (CD: ECM)
Food has defined a new kind of lyrical electro-acoustic improvisation in the course of its twelve year existence. Founded as a quartet in 1998, since 2006 the group has been a core duo of UK saxophonist Iain Ballamy and Norwegian drummer Thomas Strønen joined by guests for diverse projects. At the Molde Jazz Festival and the Oslo Blå club in 2007/8 their guests were trumpeter Nils Petter Molvaer, well known to ECM followers, and Austrian improvising guitarist Christian Fennesz, making his label debut. The resultant music, with melodic improvising, trancelike pulses, and shifting clouds of sound is highly attractive. (ECM Records) 


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Food: Quiet Inlet (CD: ECM)


Tommaso Starace Quartet: Don't Forget (CD: Edizioni Musicali Brocca)Tommaso Starace Quartet: Don't Forget (CD: Edizioni Musicali Brocca)
 


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Tommaso Starace: Plays The Photos Of Elliott Erwitt (CD: Frame)
'Tommaso Starace Plays the Photos of Elliott Erwitt' is an album inspired by the photos of the great Magnum photographer Elliott Erwitt, featuring Liam Noble, Roger Beaujolais, Jim Hart & Julian Bury. 


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Tommaso Starace: Plays The Photos Of Elliott Erwitt (CD: Frame)


Bendik Hofseth: XI (CD: Grappa)Bendik Hofseth: XI (CD: Grappa)
XI reunites tenor saxophonist Bendik Hofseth and vibist Mike Manieriand and it marks the return to the recording studio for the Norwegian jazz musician who burst upon the international jazz scene in the 1980s. Hofseth first made a name for himself internationally when, in 1987, Mike Manieri invited him to replace Michael Brecker in one of the super groups of jazz, the New York-based Steps Ahead. In 2008 he went back to New York to record this new album with Mike Mainieri and some of his colleagues from the 1980s. XI features new versions of tracks from many of his solo albums. From a selection of 110 songs he has chosen the ones that he has enjoyed playing live the most, and so it sums up not just the records but the live experience as well.

Recorded at Avatar Studios in New York and mixed at Rainbow Studios in Oslo, Hofseth’s playing and compositions reveal the influence of the time he spent as a member of Steps Ahead as well as that of his compatriot, the saxophonist Jan Garbarek. (Proper Music) 


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Roberto Magris Europlane featuring Tony Lakatos: Check-In (CD: Soul Note)
 


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Roberto Magris Europlane featuring Tony Lakatos: Check-In (CD: Soul Note)


Roberto Magris Europlane featuring Herb Geller: Il Bello Del Jazz (CD: Soul Note)Roberto Magris Europlane featuring Herb Geller: Il Bello Del Jazz (CD: Soul Note)
 


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Roberto Magris Quintet: Morgan Rewind- A Tribute To Lee Morgan Vol.1 (CD: JMood- Euro Import)
JMood Records has released the third CD by Roberto Magris. The latest project is entitled "Morgan Rewind: A Tribute to Lee Morgan Vol. 1 This "hot" new CD includes drum icon Albert "Tootie" Heath, Logan Richardson on alto sax, Brandon Lee,trumpet and Elisa Pruett on acoustic bass. These artists take a fresh look at the music of the prolific trumpeter, Lee Morgan. (JMood Records) 


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Roberto Magris Quintet: Morgan Rewind- A Tribute To Lee Morgan Vol.1 (CD: JMood- Euro Import)


Franco Ambrosetti: Cheers (CD: Enja)Franco Ambrosetti: Cheers (CD: Enja)
Trumpeter Franco Ambrosetti, alongside an all-star group of Kenny Barron, Buster Williams, Jack DeJohnette plus special guests including John Scofield, Randy Brecker, Greg Osby, Terry Lyne Carrington and others. 


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Martial Solal: Solo Piano - Unreleased 1966 L.A. Sessions, Vol.1 (CD: Fresh Sound)
In June 1966, invited by the shrewd American producer and author Ross Russell, Martial Solal traveled to Los Angeles to record these forgotten and unreleased solo piano sessions. Russell, who had launched the legendary label Dial Records back in 1946 to record Charlie Parker, had spent several years away from the jazz scene after shutting Dial down in 1949. When he decided to return to the jazz record business, he organized a series of recordings at Glendale’s Whitney Studio, which had a wonderful Steinway. Unfortunately, Russell’s new project didn’t come to fruition, and so Solal’s recordings never saw the light.

Now we can finally hear them in two CD volumes. They show Martial Solal at his best, his incontestable talent, dazzling virtuosity and invention, but also his good taste and sense of humor in the execution. The originality of his conception, paired with his elegant control and technique, put him on a par with the great American pianists. (Fresh Sound Records) 


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Martial Solal: Solo Piano - Unreleased 1966 L.A. Sessions, Vol.1 (CD: Fresh Sound)


Martial Solal: My One And Only Love (CD: Intuition)Martial Solal: My One And Only Love (CD: Intuition)
 


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Martial Solal & Dave Liebmann: Masters In Bordeaux (CD: Sunnyside)
 


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Martial Solal & Dave Liebmann: Masters In Bordeaux (CD: Sunnyside)


Herb Geller & Roberto Magris Trio: An Evening With- Live in Europe 2009 (CD: JMood- Euro Import)Herb Geller & Roberto Magris Trio: An Evening With- Live in Europe 2009 (CD: JMood- Euro Import)
This tribute is just a snapshot in the life and time of the West coast jazz icon Herb Geller. This musical portrait captures two of many "live" performances and concerts performed by the music tandem Geller/Magris. These tracks capture some of the "best" of the later years and is the last "live" recording of Herb Geller at the "Novi Sad Jazz Festival-Serbia and the bonus tracks recorded "live" at Porgy & Bess, Vienna, Austria. (JMood Records) 


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Frederico Bonifazi: You'll See (CD: Steeplechase)
Pianist/composer Federico Bonifazi is considered one of the most outstanding talents of younger generation of Italy. He recorded this SteepleChase LookOut debut album with New York's leading artists, including saxophonist Eric Alexander and the legendary drummer Jimmy Cobb.

After studying music in Paris and Turin, Bonifazi embarked on professional career as a jazz musician in Europe. His trip to NYC in 2014 enabled him to establish a network of friends in New York jazz scene. Bonifazi returned to NYC the following year with host of compositions of his own to record. (Proper Music) 


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Frederico Bonifazi: You'll See (CD: Steeplechase)


Alboran Trio: Near Gale (CD: ACT)Alboran Trio: Near Gale (CD: ACT)
 


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Marilyn Mazur: Elixir (CD: ECM)
An album of solos and intimate duos with, as its starting point, the sound of Marilyn Mazur’s percussion instruments, collected from all over the world – each of them allowed to “speak” with its own voice – either alone or in dialogue with Jan Garbarek’s saxophones. The Danish percussionist spent 14 years on the road with the Jan Garbarek Group, appearing on albums including “I Took Up The Runes”, “Twelve Moons”, “Visible Worlds” and “Rites”, but “Elixir” marks the first time that Mazur has established the parameters for their musical collaboration. In these improvisations she continually triggers new responses from Garbarek: yearning melodies, joyful dances, meditations. (ECM Records) 


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Marilyn Mazur: Elixir (CD: ECM)


Marilyn Mazur: Celestial Circle (CD: ECM)Marilyn Mazur: Celestial Circle (CD: ECM)
Debut recording of percussionist Marilyn Mazur’s acclaimed international band, the adventurous, song-oriented ‘Celestial Circle’ which has been active since 2008. Repertoire intersperses songs and instrumentals penned by Mazur with collectively improvised trios and duos. Swedish singer Josefine Cronholm has her ECM debut here and old friends John Taylor and Anders Jormin make welcome returns. (Proper Note) 


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Albert Mangelsdorff: Triplicity (CD: Skip)
With Arild Andersen (bass) & Pierre Favre (drums). 


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Albert Mangelsdorff: Triplicity (CD: Skip)


Nik Bartsch's Ronin: Stoa (CD: ECM)Nik Bartsch's Ronin: Stoa (CD: ECM)
 


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Nik Bartsch's Ronin: Awase (CD: ECM)


“Awase”, a term from martial arts, means “moving together” in the sense of matching energies, a fitting metaphor for the dynamic precision, tessellated grooves and balletic minimalism of Nik Bärtsch’s Ronin. Six years have passed since the last release from the Swiss group. In the interim, trimmed from quintet to quartet size and with new bassist Thomy Jordi fully integrated, Ronin has become a subtly different band. Bärtsch speaks of a new-found freedom and flexibility in the approach to the material, with “greater transparency, more interaction, more joy in every performance”. The freedom here extends to revisiting early Bärtsch modules alongside new compositions including, for the first time on a Ronin record, a piece by reedman Sha. Awase was recorded at Studios La Buissonne in the south of France in October 2017 and produced by Manfred Eicher. (ECM Records) 


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Iro Haarla: Northbound (CD: ECM)Iro Haarla: Northbound (CD: ECM)
 


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Iro Haarla Quintet: Vespers (CD: ECM)
Six years after the much-loved “Northbound” – described by All About Jazz as “lovely, articulate, river-deep music” -, a new album of emotionally-powerful ballads from outstanding composer-pianist-harpist Iro Haarla and her remarkable Finnish-Norwegian ensemble. The line-up is unchanged, likewise the commitment of the players, top-flight improvisers, every one. “Vespers” continues a tradition of music - and a scope feeling - that Iro helped establish in the Far North in her years as composer/arranger/orchestrator for Edward Vesala’s bands (and magical ECM recordings including “Lumi”, “Ode To The Death Of Jazz”, “Invisible Storm” and “Nordic Gallery”). Iro has, furthermore, composed music for the UMO Jazz Orchestra (in 2002 for Tomasz Stanko as soloist, and in 2006 for a “UMO plays Haarla” event in Helsinki and for a suite of pieces premiered in Tampere). In 2008, at the instigation of Manfred Eicher, she premiered new music for string quartet and piano and harp in Helsinki. (ECM Records) 


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Iro Haarla Quintet: Vespers (CD: ECM)


Enrico Rava: The Pilgrim And The Stars (CD: ECM Touchstones)Enrico Rava: The Pilgrim And The Stars (CD: ECM Touchstones)
The Italian trumpeter’s ECM debut with a band featuring John Abercrombie, Palle Danielsson and Jon Christensen. Rava’s evocative compositions, including the meanwhile classic ballad “Blancasnow”, inspire strong solos and spirited interaction.

This album is part of the ECM TOUCHSTONES series: Great music and full-dimensional sound at download price, in cardboard covers with original artwork. (ECM Records) 


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Enrico Rava: Easy Living (CD: ECM)
 


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Enrico Rava: Easy Living (CD: ECM)


Enrico Rava Quintet: The Words And The Days (CD: ECM)Enrico Rava Quintet: The Words And The Days (CD: ECM)
 


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Enrico Rava & Steffano Bollani: The Third Man (CD: ECM)
They have been playing together since the early 1990s, Bollani hailing trumpeter Rava as his mentor, and Rava regarding Bollani as “perhaps the most gifted pianist since Art Tatum”. After Rava’s highly acclaimed “Easy Living” (quintet featuring Bollani) and the Rava/Bollani/Paul Motian collaboration “Tati”, comes this superb duo set, recorded in Lugano in November 2006. Here is marvellous linear playing and melodies plucked from the air, two master improvisers making freely lyrical jazz together – inspired by jazz history, South American music (an important source for both musicians), the Italian song tradition, contemporary composition and more, all developed, under Manfred Eicher’s supervision, into a unique programme. The repertoire includes compositions by each of the protagonists, two takes of Antonio Carlos Jobim’s famous ballad “Retrato Em Branco Y Preto”, a reinvention of “Estate” by the Italian singer Bruno Martino (whose own inspirations included Neapolitan folk song as well as jazz ) and spontaneous –yet profoundly melodic – free improvisation on the title track. (ECM Records) 


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Enrico Rava & Steffano Bollani: The Third Man (CD: ECM)


Enrico Rava: New York Days (CD: ECM)Enrico Rava: New York Days (CD: ECM)
A new transatlantic quintet headed by Italian trumpeter Rava, recorded in New York in 2008 and a first ECM appearance for US tenorist Mark Turner, whose distilled, lean sound references Coltrane, Warne Marsh, Wayne Shorter and others. Turner’s searching, analytical tone is in marked contrast to Enrico’s lyrical flourishes, but the two make a fascinating pairing - especially with the resolutely musical pianist Stefano Bollani finding points of contact, and making his own statements. Add in the gifted bassist Larry Grenadier (last heard on ECM with Charles Lloyd) and that most unpredictable of all drummers, Paul Motian, and you have here a truly remarkable band. (ECM Records) 


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Enrico Rava: Tribe (ECM)
 


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Enrico Rava: Tribe (ECM)


Enrico Rava & The PM Jazz Lab: Rava On The Dance Floor (CD: ECM)Enrico Rava & The PM Jazz Lab: Rava On The Dance Floor (CD: ECM)
It was only after Michael Jackson’s death that Italian trumpeter Enrico Rava gradually became aware that he had for many years been ignoring, in his words, “one of the great protagonists of 20th century music and dance. A total artist. A perfectionist. A genius. I felt the need to delve more deeply into Michael’s world. There was only one way to do that: play his songs.” Thus this live album, recorded at the Rome Auditorium with the Parco della Musica Jazz Lab. Enrico’s trumpet is at its most extroverted here, vaulting above the spirited arrangements by Mauro Ottolini. Michael Jackson’s protean pop songs have never been heard quite like this. (ECM Records) 


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Enrico Rava Quartet: Wild Dance (CD: ECM)
 


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Enrico Rava Quartet: Wild Dance (CD: ECM)


Antonio Farao American Quartet: Evan (CD: Cristal)Antonio Farao American Quartet: Evan (CD: Cristal)
The Italian post-bop pianist has long been recognised as one of the finest jazz musicians in Europe, and has recorded an exceptional body of work for Enja, Cam Jazz and Cristal. As Herbie Hancock said "Antonio is not only a fine pianist but a great one.” Evan, dedicated to Farao's son, is his most ambitious project yet, recorded in New York with a top-notch quartet including Joe Lovano, Jack Dejohnette and Ira Coleman, with guest artist Judi Silvano singing on two tracks. 


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Stefano Bollani: Stone In The Water (CD: ECM)
“Stone in the Water” features the brilliant Italian pianist’s “Danish trio”, a group that has been honing its improvisational understanding for six years already. Bassist Jesper Bodilsen and drummer Morten Lund (both making ECM debuts) draw on a still longer association, having collaborated closely for more than 15 years. The three players move, with immense subtlety, through a fascinating programme that includes new pieces by Bollani and Bodilsen, plus ballads by Caetano Veloso and Antonio Carlos Jobim, and Poulenc’s “Improvisation 13 en mineur”, bringing fresh colours to the piano trio genre. (ECM Records) 


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Stefano Bollani: Stone In The Water (CD: ECM)


Stefano Bollani: Joy In Spite Of Everything (CD: ECM)Stefano Bollani: Joy In Spite Of Everything (CD: ECM)
Stefano Bollani is an artist of ebullient virtuosity, with uncommon sensitivity and range. The Italian pianist has proved to be at home on ECM improvising solo or leading a trio, as well as engaging in duos with Enrico Rava, Chick Corea and Brazilian bandolim player Hamilton de Holanda. With Joy in Spite of Everything – an album of new compositions by the pianist for a trans-Atlantic quintet – Bollani has made his most beautifully textured and infectiously lyrical statement yet. He recorded these nine pieces at New York City’s Avatar Studios with the Danish rhythm section from his Stone in the Water trio – bassist Jesper Bodilsen and drummer Morten Lund – plus two prominent American players and ECM intimates: guitarist Bill Frisell and saxophonist Mark Turner. As its title reflects, Joy in Spite of Everything brims with an indefatigable lightness of spirit despite the inevitable shadows of life. (ECM Records) 


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Edward Vesala Sound & Fury: Invisible Storm (CD: ECM)
 


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Edward Vesala Sound & Fury: Invisible Storm (CD: ECM)


Edward Vesala Sound & Fury: Nordic Gallery (CD: ECM)Edward Vesala Sound & Fury: Nordic Gallery (CD: ECM)
 


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Terje Rypdal, Miroslav Vitous & Jack DeJohnette (CD: ECM Touchstones)
The Norwegian guitarist is lifted to new heights by the wildly inventive playing of Miroslav Vitous and Jack DeJohnette. Cascades of sound prevail.

This album is part of the ECM TOUCHSTONES series: Great music and full-dimensional sound at download price, in cardboard covers with original artwork. (ECM Records) 


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Terje Rypdal, Miroslav Vitous & Jack DeJohnette (CD: ECM Touchstones)


Terje Rypdal: Waves (CD: ECM)Terje Rypdal: Waves (CD: ECM)
 


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Terje Rypdal: Waves (Vinyl LP: ECM)

180g vinyl with a free download code included. 


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Terje Rypdal: Waves (Vinyl LP: ECM)


Terje Rypdal: Odyssey - In Studio & In Concert (CD: ECM, 3 CDs)Terje Rypdal: Odyssey - In Studio & In Concert (CD: ECM, 3 CDs)
The electric guitar innovator in the 1970s. This box set in ECM’s Old & New Masters Series collects Terje Rypdal’s two-LP Odyssey album – heard on CD, for the first time, in its entirety, including the much-requested and epically-rocking “Rolling Stone” – and “Unfinished Highballs”, a recently unearthed 1976 radio recording that documents the Norwegian guitarist’s work for his Odyssey quartet and the Swedish Radio Jazz Group. The complete Odyssey may address a longstanding demand, but “Unfinished Highballs” will surprise even Rypdal’s most committed fans. It reveals that not only were many of the markers which would come to define his career already in place, but the intrepid guitarist was already searching for ways to include, rather than exclude, in his approach to composition and performance. (ECM Records) 


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Terje Rypdal: Vossabrygg (CD: ECM)
 


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Terje Rypdal: Vossabrygg (CD: ECM)


Terje Rypdal: Crime Scene (CD: ECM)Terje Rypdal: Crime Scene (CD: ECM)
An exciting departure for ECM veteran Rypdal, this extended work, commissioned for the 2009 Bergen Festival, begins with a sound of swirling massed horns likely to bring Coltrane to mind. There is more than a hint of “Ascension” in the opening moments of “Crime Scene”, a work paced like a mystery thriller. The music surrounds the Rypdal quartet with Mikkelborg, Storløkken and Vinnaccia (all of whom recently appeared on the critically-acclaimed “Vossabrygg”) with a 17-piece jazz big band and keeps the action moving at a fast pace. Allaboutjazz reviewed the Bergen premiere: “Rypdal was in fine form...Whether he was playing with a slide or his fingers, his ice-edged tone was instantly recognizable. As was Mikkelborg's, who played trumpet (muted with a Harmon mute at times) and flugelhorn, and making clear his own reference point in Miles Davis...” (ECM Records) 


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Masqualero (Vinyl LP: Odin)
The 1983 debut album of the Norwegian supergroup Masqualero (Arild Andersen, Jon Christensen, Jon Balke, Tore Brunborg and Nils Petter Molvaer) is a modern classic in Norwegian jazz history. The quintet Masqualero was an encounter between two generations of Norwegian jazz musicians, and was one of the Norwegian jazz community's most influential international representatives throughout the 1980s. The album was recorded in the course of three days: two days of studio recording and one of mixing with Jan Erik Kongshaug at Talent Studio. There and then they recorded the eight original tunes that, along with Shorter's title track, comprise the LP "Masqualero".

When 'Masqualero' was released in the autumn of 1983, the album was received with unanimous critical acclaim, and won the Spellemannspris (Norwegian Grammy) for best jazz record of the year. (Proper Music)

180g Vinyl Pressing. 


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Masqualero (Vinyl LP: Odin)


Tomasz Stanko: Balladyna (CD: ECM Touchstones)Tomasz Stanko: Balladyna (CD: ECM Touchstones)
Stanko’s first for ECM, and a splendid introduction to the “predatory lyricism” that is the Polish trumpeter’s stylistic trademark.

This album is part of the ECM TOUCHSTONES series: Great music and full-dimensional sound at download price, in cardboard covers with original artwork. (ECM Records) 


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Tomasz Stanko: From The Green Hill (CD: ECM)
 


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Tomasz Stanko: From The Green Hill (CD: ECM)


Tomasz Stanko: Leosia (CD: ECM)Tomasz Stanko: Leosia (CD: ECM)
'One of the finest jazz records of recent times, a work of immense creative concentration made by a band at the peak of its powers.' (The Penguin Guide To Jazz)

The second ECM album from this Polish-Swedish-British edition of the Tomasz Stanko Quartet follows the critically-heralded Matka Joanna. As Jazz Journal wrote, "Trumpeter Stanko's vibrant breadth of tone and poetic feeling for cross-rhythmic drama are second to none." Leosia marks a further progression, incorporating six first-rate Stanko compositions in his brooding "Slavic" style, darker than the darkest Miles (and incorporating a tribute to Lautréamont, literature's Count of Darkness), as well as bracing and exploratory duo and trio improvisations, and solos of the higherst calibre by all concerned. The group has an unusual claim on idiomatic completeness; it seems to summarize, in highly original manner, many of the important developments of jazz of the last 30 years. Stanko, however, distances himself from the general drift toward reinterpretation of standards in the 1990s. His bent notes, slurs, smears and violent fanfares are put to the service of a new group music. (ECM Records)

A BEBOP SHOP MILESTONE- An essential recording for your jazz CD shelf  


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Tomasz Stanko Quartet: Suspended Night (CD: ECM)
 


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Tomasz Stanko Quartet: Suspended Night (CD: ECM)


Tomasz Stanko Quartet: Lontano (CD: ECM)Tomasz Stanko Quartet: Lontano (CD: ECM)
 


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Tomasz Stanko Quintet: Dark Eyes (CD: ECM)
Tomasz Stanko’s smouldering Slavic soul music and grainy-toned trumpet finds a new context on “Dark Eyes”. Like his hero Miles Davis, the Polish jazz master also has an impressive record as talent scout and mentor, and his latest ensemble pools young players from the North of Europe. Tomasz has had strong connections to Finland in particular since the early 1970s when he was part of Edward Vesala’s creative circle. Now he welcomes two prodigiously gifted Finns into his group, pianist Alexi Tuomarila and drummer Olavi Louhivuori, both expressive and imaginative players. On “Dark Eyes”, Jakob Bro, the young guitarist heard on ECM on Paul Motian’s “Garden of Eden” is cast most often in the role of subtle colourist, while fellow Dane Anders Christensen, on electric bass throughout, provides the band’s throbbing pulse. The programme features new Stanko compositions, including “The Dark Eyes of Martha Hirsch”, inspired by an Oskar Kokoschka canvas, plus a new version of “Last Song” from Tomasz ECM debut “Balladyna”, as well as “Dirge for Europe” and “Etiuda baletowa nr. 3” from the pen of Krzysztof Komeda. (ECM Records) 


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Tomasz Stanko Quintet: Dark Eyes (CD: ECM)


Tomasz Stanko New York Quartet: Wislawa (CD: ECM, 2 CDs)Tomasz Stanko New York Quartet: Wislawa (CD: ECM, 2 CDs)
Like his early hero Miles Davis, Polish trumpeter Tomasz Stanko has a gift for shaping great bands, and this one, formed in the world’s jazz capital, overflows with promise. The bass and drums team of Thomas Morgan and Gerald Cleaver is one of the most sensitive in contemporary improvising, and Cuban-born pianist David Virelles, inspired by ritual music as well as by Thelonious Monk and Andrew Hill, seems particularly well-attuned to the brooding darkness and sophisticated dread of Stanko’s free ballads. In the uptempo pieces all four players seem to enter new territory, with very exciting results. The double-album programme of new Stanko compositions is inspired also by the poetry of Wislawa Symborska, the Polish poet, essayist and Nobel Laureate, who died in 2012. As Stanko writes in the CD booklet, “Reading Wis?awa Szymborska's words gave me many ideas and insights. Meeting her and interacting with her poetry also gave impetus to this music, which I would like to dedicate, respectfully, to her memory.” (ECM Records) 


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Tomasz Stanko New York Quartet: December Avenue (CD: ECM)
Four years after the landmark album Wislawa, the great Polish trumpeter Tomasz Stanko’s New York Quartet returns with another masterful recording, December Avenue. Always an insightful bandleader, Stanko here encourages spirited improvisation to flower around his characteristically melancholic and soulful themes, and all players are presented to best advantage. New band member Reuben Rogers – originally from the Virgin Islands and perhaps best-known for his work with Charles Lloyd – is a splendid addition to the team, establishing a profound understanding with Cuban-born pianist David Virelles and Detroit drummer Gerald Cleaver. JazzTimes, reviewing the band in concert, reflected on the strengths of the individual players: “Stanko has never had a piano player like Virelles. When his moments came, he configured his own lyrical domain within the world of a Stanko song. For that matter, Stanko has never had a bassist and drummer like Rogers and Cleaver, with their hard edges and their volatile energy.

December Avenue was recorded at Studios La Buissonne in the South of France in June 2016 and produced by Manfred Eicher.(ECM Records) 


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Tomasz Stanko New York Quartet: December Avenue (CD: ECM)


Dino Saluzzi: Kultrum (CD: ECM Touchstones)Dino Saluzzi: Kultrum (CD: ECM Touchstones)
Argentinean bandoneon master’s ECM debut album is a spellbinding solo tour de force, tracing an ‘imaginary return’ to the villages of Dino’s childhood, as elements of folk tunes and other root sounds are integrated into the floating rubato of tango.

This album is part of the ECM TOUCHSTONES series: Great music and full-dimensional sound at download price, in cardboard covers with original artwork. (ECM Records) 


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Dino Saluzzi Group: Mojotoro (CD: ECM)
 


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Dino Saluzzi Group: Mojotoro (CD: ECM)


William Breuker: Psalm 122 (CD: BVHAAST)William Breuker: Psalm 122 (CD: BVHAAST)
 


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Christian Rover Group: Live With Rhoda Scott (CD: Organic Music)
 


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Christian Rover Group: Live With Rhoda Scott (CD: Organic Music)


Tineke Postma: For The Rhythm (CD: Munich Records)Tineke Postma: For The Rhythm (CD: Munich Records)
 


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Tineke Postma: A Journey That Matters (CD: Foreign Jazz Media)
 


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Tineke Postma: A Journey That Matters (CD: Foreign Jazz Media)


Tineke Postma: The Dawn Of Light (CD: Challenge)Tineke Postma: The Dawn Of Light (CD: Challenge)
 


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Tineke Postma & Greg Osby: Sonic Halo (CD: Challenge)
An impressive collaboration between two saxophone players: Holland's leading female saxophonist Tineke Postma and USA jazz star Greg Osby. On 'Sonic Halo' Osby's energetic modern sound combines beautifully with the melodic European influences of Tineke, and they are backed by a superb rhythm section. 


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Tineke Postma & Greg Osby: Sonic Halo (CD: Challenge)


Jacques Loussier: Four Classic Albums (CD: AVID, 2 CDs)Jacques Loussier: Four Classic Albums (CD: AVID, 2 CDs)
AVID Jazz here presents four classic Jacques Loussier albums, including original LP liner notes on a finely re-mastered and low priced double CD.

“Plays Bach Volumes 1, 2 & 3”; “Jacques Loussier Joue Kurt Weill”.

Following in the footsteps of the renowned guitarist Django Reinhardt who had experimented with putting the swing into classical music before the war, here we present the French pianist and arranger Jacques Loussier with three volumes of his celebrated series, “Play Bach”. Accompanied as ever by Christian Garros on drums and Pierre Michelot on bass, Loussier shows us just how suited to the jazz idiom the music of the great classical composer was! Alongside the three “Play Bach” volumes we present the hard to find album “Jacques Loussier joue Kurt Weill” an album only released in France and up to now unavailable on CD! All four albums have been digitally re-mastered. (AVID Entertainment) 


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Jacques Loussier Trio: Bach's Goldberg Variations (CD: Telarc Jazz)
 


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Jacques Loussier Trio: Bach's Goldberg Variations (CD: Telarc Jazz)


Louis Sclavis Quintet: L'Affrontement des Pretendants (CD: ECM)Louis Sclavis Quintet: L'Affrontement des Pretendants (CD: ECM)
 


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Louis Sclavis: Lost On The Way (CD: ECM)
 


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Louis Sclavis: Lost On The Way (CD: ECM)


Toots Thielemans: Four Classic Albums (CD: AVID, 2 CDs)Toots Thielemans: Four Classic Albums (CD: AVID, 2 CDs)
AVID Jazz continues with its Four Classic album series with a re-mastered 2CD release from Toots Thielemans complete with original artwork. "Man Bites Harmonica"; "Blues Pour Flirter"; "Toots Thielemans" and "The Romantic Sounds Of Toots Thielemans".

 


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Toots Thielemans: Verve Jazz Masters 59 (CD: Verve)
 


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Toots Thielemans: Verve Jazz Masters 59 (CD: Verve)


Toots Thielemans: Only Trust Your Heart (CD: Concord)Toots Thielemans: Only Trust Your Heart (CD: Concord)
 


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Toots Thielemans: One More For The Road (CD: Verve)
 


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Toots Thielemans: One More For The Road (CD: Verve)


Italian Instabile Orchestra: Litania Sibilante (CD: Enja)Italian Instabile Orchestra: Litania Sibilante (CD: Enja)
 


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Michel Petrucciani: Days Of Wine And Roses- The Owl Years 1981-1985 (CD: Owl, 2CDs)
Days Of Wine And Roses is a 2 CD set that includes 15 tracks artfully selected by the producer Jean-Jacques Pussiau from the six albums that the French jazz pianist Michel Petrucciani recorded for the Owl Records label between 1981 and 1985. Michel Petrucciani had an international following and his keyboard virtuosity earned him comparisons to Art Tatum and Bill Evans. He died in New York in 1999 at the age of 36. (New Note) 


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Michel Petrucciani: Days Of Wine And Roses- The Owl Years 1981-1985 (CD: Owl, 2CDs)


Michel Petrucciani featuring Jim Hall & Wayne Shorter: The Power Of Three (CD: Blue Note)Michel Petrucciani featuring Jim Hall & Wayne Shorter: The Power Of Three (CD: Blue Note)
 


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Michel Petrucciani: Great Sessions (CD: Blue Note, 3 CDs)
 


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Michel Petrucciani: Great Sessions (CD: Blue Note, 3 CDs)


Michel Camilo: Live At The Blue Note (CD: Telarc Jazz, 2 CDs)Michel Camilo: Live At The Blue Note (CD: Telarc Jazz, 2 CDs)
 


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Michel Camilo: Solo (CD: Telarc Jazz)
 


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Michel Camilo: Solo (CD: Telarc Jazz)


Misha Alperin/ Arkady Shilkloper: Wave of Sorrow (CD: ECM)Misha Alperin/ Arkady Shilkloper: Wave of Sorrow (CD: ECM)
 


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Misha Alperin with John Surman: First Impression (CD: ECM)
Off-the-cuff interplay and melodic creativity are uppermost in this spontaneously-organised session in which the great British reedman John Surman meets Ukrainian pianist Misha Alperin for the first time. Based now in Oslo, Alperin has become a central figure on the Sandinavian scene, and assembled an impressive "Nordic" jazz band, that includes the great Jon Christensen on drums. (ECM Records)

'One of the quietist and most contemplative records you could ever hope to encounter'. (The Penguin Guide To Jazz On CD) 


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Misha Alperin with John Surman: First Impression (CD: ECM)


Misha Alperin: Her First Dance (CD: ECM)Misha Alperin: Her First Dance (CD: ECM)
Ukrainian pianist Misha Alperin returns with another gorgeous trio record for ECM, this time with fellow member of the Moscow Art Trio, horn player Arkady Shilkloper and German cellist Anja Lechner of the Rosamunde Quartet. The solos, duos and trios in a programme of many moods feature fascinating, profoundly melodic music with lyricism and dazzling technical skills in abundance. (New Note) 


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Scott Robinson & Emil Viklicky Trio: Summertime (CD: Cube Metier)
 


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Scott Robinson & Emil Viklicky Trio: Summertime (CD: Cube Metier)


Enrico Pieranunzi: Fellini Jazz (CD: Cam Jazz)Enrico Pieranunzi: Fellini Jazz (CD: Cam Jazz)
 


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Enrico Pieranunzi: Dream Dance (CD: Cam Jazz)
 


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Enrico Pieranunzi: Dream Dance (CD: Cam Jazz)

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