#recentlistening – February 2019

Stephan Thelen Fractal Guitar
Stephan Thelen, Markus Reuter, David Torn…
Released 18 January 2019 on MoonJune Records
stephanthelan-moonjune.bandcamp.com

John Turville Head First
John Turville, Julian Argüelles, Robbie Robson, Dave Whitford, James Maddren
Releases 22 February 2019 on Whirlwind Recordings
johnturville.bandcamp.com

Mark Lockheart Days on Earth
Mark Lockheart, Alice Leggett, Liam Noble, John Parricelli, Tom Herbert, Sebastian Rochford
and 30-piece orchestra conducted by John Ashton Thomas
Released 18 January 2019 on Edition Records
marklockheart.bandcamp.com

Lieven Venken/Rene Hart/Anat Fort Trio Bubbles
Lieven Venken, Rene Hart, Anat Fort
Released 1 February 2019 on Hypnote Records
hypnoterecords.com

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‘Reflections & Odysseys’ – Rymden

THERE’S A MAJOR STORY behind this unassuming cartoon rocket ship hurtling up through the firmament. A decade after the tragic death of revered Swedish pianist Esbjörn Svensson, his longtime colleagues Dan Berglund and Magnus Öström have returned to the trio format which launched global high flyers, e.s.t. Alongside them on Rymden’s Reflections & Odysseys is one of Norwegian jazz’s respected names, pianist Bugge Wesseltoft, known for his enduring New Conception of Jazz project and various ECM and ACT collaborations over the years. 

Read my full review at LondonJazz News…

Released 8 February 2019 and available from Proper MusicBandcamp, Amazon and iTunes.

 

Bugge Wesseltoft piano, keyboards
Dan Berglund bass
Magnus Öström drums, percussion

rymden-music.com

Jazzland Recordings – CD: 3779206 / 2LP: 3779207 (2019)

‘Minusgrader’ – Örjan Hultén Orion

IT WAS THE ARTICULATION and focus in this recording which first drew my attention; and indeed, Minusgrader, from Swedish saxophonist Örjan Hultén and his Orion quartet, has only continued to charm with its sparky animation and romantic lyricism – an evenly-balanced conversation glistening with individual flecks of personality along the way.

Read my full review at LondonJazz News…

Released on 18 January 2019, Minusgrader is available online from Artogrush, Plugged or Bengans in Sweden, and also at iTunes.

 

Örjan Hultén tenor and soprano saxophones
Torbjörn Gulz piano
Filip Augustson double bass
Peter Danemo drums

artofsound.se/minusgrader

Artogrush – OCD-012 (2019)

#recentlistening – January 2019

UPCOMING releases from Scandinavia, Scotland and the United States that are grabbing my attention – web links below.

Rymden Reflections & Odysseys
Bugge Wesseltoft, Dan Berglund, Magnus Öström
Releasing 8 February on Jazzland Records
rymden3.bandcamp.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

#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 Middleton – Double Bind
Available now at Bandcamp
squareonequartet.com

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

Torun Eriksen Luxury and Waste
Available now at Amazon and Bandcamp
toruneriksen.no

Lassen Eventyrer
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 Pohjola Ancestry
Available now at Bandcamp

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

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

Scott McLemore The 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 Loueke The Journey
Releases 2 November, available from Aparté Music and Amazon

The Magic Lantern To 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 Golden Atlas
Releases 9 November, available from Bandcamp