Of course, Zjaca stands out again and again with his musical language that has long become unmistakable, situated between European influences and American improvisation culture, between small, flickering acoustic flashes and violent storms.
John Riley now refines the ever-moving sound of the string virtuoso. The 65-year-old is regarded as one of the most important jazz drummers in America and has left striking marks both in mainstream and fusion jazz.
Paul Kuhn and Eugen Cicero knew each other very well, listened and reacted to each other, but each remained in his own sphere in this concert: Paul Kuhn with a supple, completely “American” phrasing, in which every single tone swings; Eugen Cicero with a harsh attack and the wide-ranging dynamics of a classical concert pianist, more “European” and with a somewhat more robust swing.
A real concert gem, that was counted for lost.
“All force slumbers right under the thin surface. It crackles continuously without ever really exploding. The longer “Stockholm” rotates in the player, the more forcefully the LP exhales the timeless avours of a Cannonball Adderley live classic “In New York” or Stanley Turrentine‘s legendary “Up At Mintons” album, albeit with much better acoustics. No nostalgia, but instead the renaissance of good, noble, fine taste, because a bass player directs how things go.” (Reinhard Köchl, transl. William Connors)
““I believe in classic mainstream jazz which is what I love the most,” summarizes Hendrik Meurkens. “Cobb’s Pocket fits into that style but what is unusual are my instrument and the instrumentation.” Not to mention the high quality of these four masterful musicians.” (Scott Yanow)
“First the music, then the instrument!” This is what Simone Zanchini, from the Rimini area, insists on, because: “I am a musician who plays the accordion – not an accordion player who plays jazz.” In Jörg Achim Keller‘s arrangements for the Frankfurt Radio Big Band, conducted by David Grottschreiber, this exceptional sound combines with the impetuous improvisation power of Heinz-Dieter Sauerborn‘s soprano saxophone and Steffen Weber‘s tenor saxophone solo.
The Jazz Messengers of American drum legend Art Blakey were regarded as something like the university of modern jazz long before such educational institutions even existed. In addition to Art Blakey‘s classic recordings from the 1950s and 1960s, the celebration of his 70th birthday is one of his most important ones in retrospect. Another reason is because it has become the legacy of one of the very best in jazz history.
“All force slumbers right under the thin surface. It crackles continuously without ever really exploding. The longer “Stockholm Vol. 1” rotates in the player, the more forcefully the CD exhales the timeless avours of a Cannonball Adderley live classic “In New York” or Stanley Turrentine‘s legendary “Up At Mintons” album, albeit with much better acoustics. No nostalgia, but instead the renaissance of good, noble, fine taste, because a bass player directs how things go.” (Reinhard Köchl, transl. William Connors)
With her captivating stage performances, her open-minded, mostly humorous teasing and her optimistic hymns about love and life, she unites very different listeners. According to her own self-assessment, that‘s what she does best. Strictly speaking, she is so good at it that she has been showered with praise from cult artists such as the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin, who raved: „I love Avery*Sunshine!“
• Sambop •
“Sambop by Paulo Morello‘s Brazilian Quartet is the absolute REAL DEAL! It‘s burning and swinging from the very first note with some beautiful soulful ballads, too – to break up the ‚burn‘ … you‘ll love this!” (Randy Brecker)
• The Time Is Now •
“Ramón Valle has become known as “the Other Face of Cuban Jazz”, his style combines Jazz, Classical, and the music of Cuba, his homeland! Constantly searching for freedom and communication in his compositions and original arrangements, he set off on an odyssey in search of the source, which he says, “functions as the engine”, exploring with his third eye, fine-tuned ears and heart. “Children are only interested in the present, not the past nor the future. This music is about right now”.” (Joan Gannij)
“When vocal art and poetry from Rio de Janeiro meet compositions and arrangements from Germany it cannot be taken for granted that it will lead to such a fine result: Viviane de Farias and Morello & Barth are a prolific team since more than a decade now. Ten years after “Moments Of Passion” they have converged again to record their second transatlantic summit paying tribute to Rio and its way of life. It is a feeling that will still cling to you for a long time after you have listened to this album.”
• Blue Whisper •
Azerbaijan-born, globe-trotting composer and pianist Amina Figarova introduces ten colorful, compelling new compositions. Throughout all tracks, Amina‘s classically-founded touch, her lilting melodies, luminous harmonies, often understated yet always propulsive rhythms and star soloists come together with immaculate sophistication. The compositions „Pictures“ and „The Traveler“ were commissioned by Jazz from Lincoln Center for its 2014-15 New Jazz Standards series.