Europe Jazz Media Chart - December 2017

A selection of the hot new music surfacing across the continent this month by the top European jazz magazines and websites.
Mike Flynn , Jazzwise (U.K):

Julian Siegel Quartet «Vista» (Whirlwind Recordings)

Release scheduled for January, 2018; so far, only a YouTube trailer available.


Anna Filipieva, Jazz.Ru (Russia):

The Second Approach Trio «Rezi Var» (Fancymusic)

Led by pianist/composer Andrei Razin, the Second Approach Trio is exploring new paths between composed and spontaneous for nearly 19 years. The new record stands closer to spontaneous, although composed canvas is still very palpable.».

album trailer on BandCamp | listen on SoundCloud | listen in Yandex.Music | buy in GooglePlay | album on the label’s

Jan Granlie, Salt Peanuts (Norway-Denmark):

Anni Elif «Edith» (Eclipse)

album trailer on BandCamp | listen in Yandex.Music

Jan Granlie comments:
Anni Elif Eğecioğlu have made some really beautiful versions of the Swedish/Finnish poet Edith Södergran and the Swedish poet Karin Boye’s lyrics in her very special way. It’s intense, beautiful and full of passion for the texts from two of the most interesting poets from the Nordic countries from the beginning of 1900. A lot of electronics together with the vocal makes the texts and the music very Anni Eilifs.

Christine Stephan, Jazzthetik (Germany):

Die Enttäuschung «Lavaman» (Intakt Records)

trailer on YouTube | album trailer on BandCamp | listen on Spotify (registration required) | buy on Discogs


Cim Meyer, Jazz Special (Denmark):

Rale Mićić / John Abercrombie / Peter Bernstein / Lage Lund «Inspired» (ArtistShare)

trailer on YouTube | listen on SoundCloud | album on the label’s website

Cim Meyer comments:
Soothing music when life is rough.

Lars Mossefinn, Dag & Tid (Norway):

Svein Rikard Mathisen «Monsters» (Curling Legs)

album on YouTube | listen on SoundCloud | listen on Spotify (registration required) | buy on the artist’s website

Axel Stinshoff, Jazz thing (Germany):

Anouar Brahem «Blue Maqams» (ECM)

trailer on YouTube | buy on Amazon | listen in Yandex.Music


Luca Vitali, Giornale della Musica (Italy):

Roberto Negro’s Dadada «Saison 3» (Label Bleu)

trailer on YouTube | buy in GooglePlay | listen on Spotify (registration required)


Madli-Liis Parts, Muusika (Estonia):

Wadada Leo Smith «Solo: Reflections and Meditations on Monk» (TUM Records)

trailer on YouTube | buy on Amazon | buy on Discogs


Paweł Brodowski, Jazz Forum (Poland):

Leszek Możdżer & Holland Baroque «Earth Particles» (Outside Music)

trailer on YouTube | buy on the artist’s website

Paweł Brodowski comments:
This is Leszek Możdżer’s first album recorded under his own name in a few years, and released on his label. The Polish piano whiz meets Holland Baroque, a Dutch baroque music ensemble, comprising a string quintet and a harpsichord.
Inspired and communicative compositions, written by Leszek specifically for this unique combination, guarantee a success beyond jazz circles.

Rui Eduardo Paes, (Portugal):

The Spontaneous Music Ensemble «Karyobin – Are the Imaginary Birds Said to Live in Paradise» (Emanem)

buy on Amazon | buy on Discogs

Rui Eduardo Paes comments:
The line-up of The Spontanneous Music Ensemble is John Stevens, Kenny Wheeler, Evan Parker, Derek Bailey, Dave Holland.