#recentlistening – January 2019

UPCOMING releases from Scandinavia, Scotland and the United States that are grabbing my attention. Web links provided (some awaiting update).

RymdenReflections & Odysseys
Bugge Wesseltoft, Dan Berglund, Magnus Öström
Releasing 8 February on Jazzland Records
jazzlandrec.com

Chris PotterCircuits
Chris Potter, James Francies, Eric Harland, Linley Marthe
Releasing 22 February at Edition Records
chrispotterjazz.bandcamp.com

Graham Costello’s StrataObelisk
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 OrchestraPeter 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

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#recentlistening – December 2018

DECEMBER’S LISTENING includes lush sounds from Scotland, Brazil/Seattle and Norway.
Follow the links below to sample/purchase.

Square One, featuring Andy MiddletonDouble Bind
Available now at Bandcamp
squareonequartet.com

Jovino Santos Neto Quintet (live)Because of You
Available now at Amazon
jovisan.net

Torun EriksenLuxury and Waste
Available now at Amazon and Bandcamp
toruneriksen.no

LassenEventyrer
Available now at Amazon and Bandcamp
haraldlassen.com

#recentlistening – November 2018

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 PohjolaAncestry
Available now at Bandcamp

Vitor Pereira QuintetSomewhere In The Middle
Releases 5 December, available at Amazon, iTunes, etc.

Víkingur ÓlafssonJohann Sebastian Bach
Available now at Deutsche Grammophon, Amazon, etc.

Scott McLemoreThe Multiverse
Available now at Bandcamp

#recentlistening – October 2018

PERHAPS a little off the beaten track… these four, interesting and upcoming releases are currently catching the attention.
Follow the links below to sample/purchase.

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Lionel LouekeThe Journey
Releases 2 November, available from Aparté Music and Amazon

The Magic LanternTo The Islands
Releases 2 November, available from Bandcamp

Districts – Green is Not a Creative Colour
Releases 1 November, available from Jazz Plus Productions at Bandcamp

Casey GoldenAtlas
Releases 9 November, available from Bandcamp

‘New Life’ – Flying Machines

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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.

Read the full review at LondonJazz News…

Released on 19 October 2018 and available from Bandcamp, Amazon, iTunes, etc.

 

Alex Munk guitars
Matt Robinson piano, synths, Fender Rhodes
Conor Chaplin electric bass
Dave Hamblett drums

flyingmachinesband.com

Ubuntu Music – UBU0017 (2018)

#recentlistening – September 2018

 

AS THE SEASONS TURN, here’s a gladdening and varied clutch of new arrivals.
Follow the links below to sample/purchase.

4 albums

PhronesisWe Are All
Available at Edition Records/Bandcamp

Madeleine Peyroux – Anthem
Available at madeleinepeyroux.com

Sara ColmanWhat We’re Made Of
Available at Stoney Lane Records/Bandcamp

Agnar Már Magnússon & Lage Lund – Hending
Available at Dimma/Bandcamp

‘Fundur’ – Ingi Bjarni Trio

Fundur - cover 300 x 300

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’).

Read the full review at LondonJazz News…

Released on 7 September 2018, Fundur is available from Dot Time RecordsAmazon and iTunes.

 

Ingi Bjarni Skúlason piano, compositions
Bárður Reinert Poulsen double bass
Magnús Trygvason Eliassen drums

ingibjarni.com

Dot Time Records – DT9079 (2018)