UPCOMING releases from Scandinavia, Scotland and the United States that are grabbing my attention. Web links provided (some awaiting update).
Rymden – Reflections & Odysseys Bugge Wesseltoft, Dan Berglund, Magnus Öström Releasing 8 February on Jazzland Records jazzlandrec.com
Chris Potter – Circuits Chris Potter, James Francies, Eric Harland, Linley Marthe Releasing 22 February at Edition Records chrispotterjazz.bandcamp.com
Graham Costello’s Strata – Obelisk Harry Weir, Liam Shortall, Fergus McCreadie, Joe Williamson, Mark Hendry, Graham Costello Releasing 1 February at bpqd Records grahamcostello.bandcamp.com
The Scottish National Jazz Orchestra – Peter and the Wolf Prokofiev – arranged and orchestrated by Tommy Smith, featuring Makoto Ozone and narrated by Tam Dean Burn Releasing 25 January at Spartacus Records snjo.co.uk
THERE’S A DEFINITE Icelandic zephyr to November’s listening, along with another gem from Portuguese/London-based guitarist Vitor Pereira and quintet. Beautiful music, resplendent in its artistry and diversity. Follow the links below to sample/purchase.
Sunna Gunnlaugs Trio / Verneri Pohjola – Ancestry Available now at Bandcamp
Vitor Pereira Quintet – Somewhere In The Middle Releases 5 December, available at Amazon, iTunes, etc.
FLYING MACHINES’ maiden voyage – their eponymous debut release of 2016 – announced the soaring, anthemic drive and cirrostratus serenity of guitarist Alex Munk’s jazz-rock originals. Now, joined by regular crew mates Matt Robinson, Conor Chaplin and Dave Hamblett, the band bursts through the ozone with second album New Life, their higher aspirations reflected in cover-art astrophotography of the Veil Nebula supernova.
ICELANDIC pianist and composer Ingi Bjarni Skúlason’s 2015 album, Skarkali, was released under the name of the Skarkali Trio. Now continuing as the Ingi Bjarni Trio, he and colleagues Bárður Reinert Poulsen (double bass) and Magnús Trygvason Eliassen (drums) explore eight more of the pianist’s originals in Fundur (translated: ‘a finding/discovery’ or ‘to have found something’).