The decision to award a Qobuzism is made unanimously by the Qobuz team. In most cases, a Qobuzism is given to a “crossover” album in the best sense of the term, in that it will speak to all of our users.

By awarding a Qobuzism, we aim to draw attention to standout albums across a wide range of genres. In theory a Qobuzism is intended to alert you to an artist’s debut which has ventured into unexplored territory; but albums which merit this distinction can, in practice, come from anywhere! In each instance Qobuz endorses the album entirely, working with the artist in order to give them the greatest exposure possible – both within and outside of Qobuz. 

What we love is to give our Qobuz users the chance to discover recordings which are not necessarily what they would normally go for.

Albums

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Jazz - Released September 16, 2016 | Motéma - MustHaveJazz - Membran

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Jazz - Released May 13, 2016 | naïve Jazz

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The idea of ​​setting up a quartet of this kind is not new ground for the talented Airelle Besson. In fact, she confessed back in 2014 (the year of that rehearsals with the band began) that she had spent the previous five years studying up on the subject. The chemistry between the band members and Besson takes place very quickly, and the artist puts it down to her choice of collaboration, with Benjamin Moussay (piano, synthesizer) and Fabrice Moreau (drums) both playing important roles. The discovery and addition of the highly adept Isabel Sörling, a Scandinavian vocalist, is another key aspect of the project and one which makes it all the more singular. Organic and minimalist from end to end, the Radio One music ensemble is graceful and delicate. By placing emotion at the heart of the project, the quartet connect with the listener, and vice versa. A wonderful Qobuzism!
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Jazz - Released May 4, 2015 | Jazz Village

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Jazz - Released February 16, 2015 | Jazz Village

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Contemporary Jazz - Released September 22, 2014 | Nome

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Contemporary Jazz - Released February 2, 2012 | Laborie Jazz

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Jazz - Released November 7, 2011 | Discograph

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Jazz - Released September 2, 2011 | Laborie Jazz

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Jazz - Released | ECM

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For his first recording on the ECM label, Tigran Hamasyan releases an album that is wholly unique, set apart from his previous work. With Luys i Luso (translated as Light of Light), the 27-year-old prodigy engages in an extraordinary exploration of Armenian religious music. Hamasyan selects both hymns and sharakans (Armenian liturgical songs), arranging them for voice and piano. Music written between the fifth and the nineteenth centuries finds new and dramatic expression in the hands of an artist possessing inordinate imaginative and improvisational talent. Hamasyan has been shaking the jazzosphere for several years now, and these interpretations tie in the talents of the Yerevan State Chamber Choir, Armenia’s most prominent choir, in collaboration. Produced by ECM’s Manfred Eicher, Luys i Luso was put to tape in Yerevan in October 2014, and released in 2015 in commemoration of the centenary of the Armenian genocide. This album is, most evidently, an important and singular piece in the burgeoning oeuvre of Tigran Hamasyan; a jazzman renowned for his ability to refashion artists as diverse as Thelonious Monk and Led Zeppelin! New listeners are urged to recognise the capacious memory that constitutes Luys i Luso. It is a fascinating and brilliantly thought out collection from a young pianist expanding his repertoire with great originality. A definite Qobuzism!