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  • Ambrose Akinmusire

    By the time the lone standard “What’s New?” arrives with a wink 11 tracks into trumpeter-composer Ambrose Akinmusire’s tour de force Blue Note debut When The Heart Emerges Glistening, the song’s title has become a rhetorical question. The unneeded answer: Everything. Ambrose Akinmusire has delivered nothing less than a manifesto, a Search for the New Land, a personal statement of such clarity and vision that it’s bound to turn heads around towards this (...)

  • Andy Sheppard

    Sheppard launched into a charging tenor swinger to open the second set over Benita’s elastic countermelodies and Rochford’s hissing cymbals. A lilting lyricism followed on a graceful contrapuntal Benita theme for bass and Sheppard’s soprano and in a fervent rhythm-juggling game with Rochford, the saxophonist often suggested the resourceful fluency of the American Joe Lovano. On the ECM recording apparently in the pipeline they’ll almost certainly be enthralling in every delicate (...)

  • Anouar Brahem

    “The Astounding Eyes of Rita”, september 2009, introduced a new Brahem group, in a sinuous dance of dark sounds (oud, bass clarinet, bass guitar and hand drums), strong melodies, earthy textures... Where Anouar’s last two recordings – “Le voyage de Sahar” (2005) and “Le pas du chat noir” (2001) found him at the centre of a trio orientated towards chamber music, with “Rita” there is a sense of coming full circle. This, too, is a modern record but it also carries a sense of (...)

  • Baptiste Trotignon & Mark Turner

    After "Share" and "Suite ..." two Franco-American albums that pianist Baptiste Trotignon released a few years ago, “Dusk is a quiet place” marks the reunion with New York saxophonist Mark Turner, a master in the art of improvisation, and who has already inspired a whole generation of young musicians.
    This album was co-directed by two artists who blended their styles to offer a dusky and dreamy music, mainly composed of ballads, except for a short final wild samba evoking Sao Paulo nights. On (...)

  • Billy Hart

    Mark Turner: tenor saxophone
    Ethan Iverson: piano
    Ben Street: double-bass
    Billy Hart: drums
    The quartet heard here was formed in 2003, and originally billed as the Ethan Iverson/Mark Turner Quartet. When Billy Hart asked if it could be his band for a gig in his hometown of Montclair, New Jersey, the other members unanimously voted to give it him permanently. As the Billy Hart Quartet, the four musicians have continued to play a number of dates each year, often at New (...)

  • Bojan Z

    "It takes passion to make a record," says Bojan Zulfikarpasic. It takes patience, too: you have to know when to make it. To compose, you need to be composed: not to write music but to make something lasting happen. To work at giving life to scattered "pieces", to decide to sit down at some point in order to immortalize what you carry inside you by way of sounds, ideas, melodies and colours. That particular approach – which compels a musician to record his creation, i.e. to fix (...)

  • Bunky Green

    Apex is a blazing collaboration between alto saxophonists Rudresh Mahanthappa and Bunky Green that puts on display a fifty-year continuum of state-of-the-art saxophone playing. Featuring the all-star band of Jason Moran on piano, François Moutin on bass and switching off on drums, the dynamic Damion Reid and the legendary Jack DeJohnette, Apex shines a much-deserved spotlight on Bunky Green, a hugely influential but under-recognized original in jazz.
    Rudresh Mahanthappa, a (...)

  • Carmen Souza

    CARMEN SOUZA + THEO PASCAL come together again after 6 acclaimed albums to release a new Cd called Epistola - "A special letter with sounds addressed to anyone open to receive them". Recorded between sessions in London, Lisbon and New York Epistola features Top UK Jazz drummer Shane Forbes (Empirical), New York musicians Matt King (Piano) & Craig Yaremko (Sax and Clarinet) and a special talented young drummer called Zoe Pascal. This new album includes 8 original songs from Souza+Pascal (...)

  • Colin Vallon

    Colin Vallon : piano Patrice Moret : double bass Julian Sartorius : drums
    Le Vent, recorded in April 2013 at Oslo’s Rainbow Studio and produced by Manfred Eicher, is the second ECM album from the Colin Vallon Trio. Like the wind celebrated in its title track, the group has a subtle, insinuating power. Emerging from a still and silent place, its music can breathe gently, or steadily build pressure until attaining an eruptive forcefulness. This combining of poetic compression and (...)

  • Darcy James Argue’s Secret Society

    Brooklyn-based composer-bandleader Darcy James Argue, a seven-time winner in the DownBeat Critics Poll, is credited with “making the big band cool again” (Time Out New York) and “reinventing the jazz big band for the 21st century” (John L. Walters, The Guardian). Active in New York with his 18-piece ensemble Secret Society since 2005, the Vancouver native first gained international recognition with his widely acclaimed 2009 debut, "Infernal Machines" (New Amsterdam Records), (...)

  • Fly

    ECM (released April 2nd 2012)
    Mark Turner: tenor saxophone
    Larry Grenadier: double-bass
    Jeff Ballard: drums
    On its second ECM CD, recorded in New York last year and issued on the eve of a European tour, Fly continues to overturn and subvert the conventions of the sax/bass/drums trio. Mark Turner, Larry Grenadier and Jeff Ballard share freedom and responsibilities in a band of equals, which is never about soloist-and-accompaniment. Thoughtful rather than (...)

  • Gretchen Parlato

    Nouvel album live : Live in NYC
    Taylor Eigsti : piano, claviers
    Derrick Hodge : basse
    Kendrick Scott : batterie
    Dayna Stephens : saxophone
    Gretchen Parlato’s 2009 sophomore breakthrough, In a Dream, signaled the arrival of an incredibly inventive modern jazz singer. Her follow-up, The Lost and Found, demonstrates that she has staying power. In a Dream garnered international acclaim with Billboard magazine hailing it as “the most alluring jazz vocal album (...)

  • Jeff Ballard Trio

    Jeff Ballard : drums
    Miguel Zenon : saxophone
    Lionel Loueke : guitar
    Each one of the musicians come from a completely different place geographically and culturally speaking: Lionel is from Benin, Miguel from Puerto Rico and Jeff from North America. The band and its music come together in the love, respect, and open mindedness they have for all kinds of music from all over the globe and from all epochs. There are no borders which dictate their sound except their own (...)

  • Kellylee Evans

    “Come on!” More than an exhortation, an intimate command… From the outset, this eponymous first title sets the tone for a record whose aim was to do exactly this: to get right up and get on with it. “It’s like an appeal!” says Kellylee Evans, adding, “But the tune that provides the key to listening to this album is actually ‘Right to Love’. It’s the idea behind all the songs: that we have the right to love. That loving is right, … and that loving is good.” There’s no doubt about it: this record echoes (...)

  • Kurt Rosenwinkel

    "What my music is about in general — and this album is no different — has to do with the relationship that we each have with the universe at large and how we use our intuition to hear what it is telling us. It came to him in a dream." - Kurt Rosenwinkel
    What guitarist and composer Kurt Rosenwinkel describes as an “understanding” of profound proportion, manifested as Star of Jupiter; the title of his tenth album as a leader, to be released November 13th on Wommusic. Not a literal (...)

  • Limousine

    One year after "Siam Roads" - epic musical journey on the roads of Thailand, displayed at the "Festival d’Île de France", the band Limousine is soon coming up with a new creation, this time in the field of digital arts.
    Based upon a repertoire yet unheard, Laurent Bardainne (Poni Hoax), Frédéric Soulard (Vitalic), Maxime Delpierre and David Aknin will reintroduce their dreamlike and phychedelic universe on stage, along with video-maker Benoît Simon and plastic artist Bertrand (...)

  • Liv Warfield

    Emerging in a pouf of dazzling stardust, Liv Warfield has solidified herself as a legend of her own time. Born in Peoria, IL the former Notre Dame Track star and gymnast began her singing career in Portland, OR where she had relocated to attend college. Influenced by musical heroines such as Nina Simone, Etta James, Sade, Tina Turner and Mary J. Blige, Liv has brought her own unique and soulful sound to the ranks of the indisputably talented.
    In the beginning of her career, Liv (...)

  • Ninety Miles

    All distance is relative, especially where geopolitical borders and ideologies are involved. We speak one language, they speak another. We follow our system, they follow theirs. When we focus on the differences, a relatively short stretch of land or water starts to look like a yawning chasm. But when we look at each other as individuals and focus on the similarities, that “chasm” is actually a very short distance. Less than a hundred miles.
    Musicians – especially jazz (...)

  • Palatino

    In May 2011, Michel Orier, a friend and long-time collaborator, gave us the opportunity to re-form Palatino for a concert at MC2 Grenoble. It was a real pleasure to get together again to play not only part of the repertoire we had accumulated in ten years and three albums, but also four new compositions, chosen by each of us for the occasion. Obviously, that we had to capture the event on a recording. That was possible thanks to the enthusiasm of Philippe Teissier du Cros, who (...)

  • Portico Quartet

    Duncan Bellamy: drums, electronics
    Jack Wyllie: saxophones, electronics
    Milo Fitzpatrick: bass, electronics
    Keir Vine: hang, keyboards
    Portico Quartet still sound like nothing you ever heard before. The Mercury nominated East London based outfit’s unique music has expanded to embrace new sonic territories. Drawing on the inspiration of electronica, ambient, classical and dance music as they take their strange, beautiful, cinematic, future music to exciting new vistas (...)

  • Prysm

    Pierre de Bethmann: piano
    Christophe Wallemme: bass
    Benjamin Henocq: drums
    Rosario Giuliani: alto saxophone guest
    Manu Codjia: guitar guest
    Three leaders, three composers, three exceptional musicians: the basic formula of a trio, demonstrating its originality since its creation in 1994.
 Prysm had a strong influence in the second half of the 1990s, quickly crossing the French borders: the first French band to sign on Blue Note for four albums, the trio consistently proposed a (...)

  • Sidony Box

    After being recognized and shared stages with such great names as Me’Shell Ndegeocello, The Bad Plus, Emile Parisien,Tigran Hamasyan, or Magma, Sidony Box is outing a fourth album with special guest trombonist Gianluca Petrella who we could see playing with Enrico Rava, Bobby Previte or Paolo Fresu. This new disc is called "Here comes a new challenger" and sounds like a real punch-kick summoning as pop-music, electronics as free-music.
    The new Sidony Box album was released @Naïve records on (...)

  • Sophie Alour

    Entertainment, jubilation, and the pleasure of disguising oneself primed at the birth of Sophie Alour’s fifth opus «Shaker». On this record, she gathers original compositions from different periods of her life. Some - like «Shaker» or «Joke»- have been written for Rhoda Scott, and seen by the author as a tribute to the sixties, those pivotal years for the first steps of Funk (Jimmy Smith, Lonnie Smith...). To the contrary, others are more Rock n’ Roll oriented and created for different (...)