‘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

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

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

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

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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

‘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 my 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

4 albums

Phronesis We Are All
Available at Edition Records/Bandcamp

Madeleine Peyroux Anthem
Available at madeleinepeyroux.com

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

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