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!

Jazz - Released May 11, 2015 | Brainfeeder

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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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Jazz - Released March 22, 2013 | ACT Music

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Jazz - Released September 25, 2012 | MELISSE

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Jazz - Released March 5, 2012 | Jazz Village

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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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Vocal Jazz - Released January 1, 2007 | Gitanes Jazz

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Melody Gardot's debut recording, released in 2006, came two years after she suffered a near fatal automobile accident, the differently able Gardot triumphing in accomplishing what many others, including her, could only dream of. This project has her singing and playing guitar and a little piano, but more so presenting this project of all original material. Gardot has an interesting personal story, but even more intriguing music that straddles the line between lounge jazz, folk, and cowgirl songs. She's part sophisticated chanteuse, college sophomore, and down-home girl next door. Her innocence, sweetness, and light are very alluring, much like the persona of tragic songbirds Eva Cassidy and Nancy LaMott. Feel empathy for Gardot, but don't patronize her -- she's the real deal much more that many of her over-hyped peers. "Quiet Fire" is definitely her signature tune, as it speaks volumes of where her soul is at, in a jazz/blues mode, yearning for true love. The title track follows a similar tack, a slow, sweet, sentimental slinky blues that will melt your heart. A finger-snapping "Goodnite" leaves you wanting that night to continue, but also exudes a hope that permeates the entire recording. She might be a bit down on men during the nonplussed "All That I Need Is Love," but her subdued optimism glows cool. "Sweet Memory" might possibly parallel Feist or perhaps KT Tunstall in a rural country mode, while "Gone" is clearly folkish, and the slow "Some Lessons" expresses a contemporary Nashville precept. The laid-back music behind Gardot is basically acoustic, incorporating hip jazz instrumentation, especially the trumpet of Patrick Hughes and occasional organ, Wurlitzer, or Fender Rhodes from Joel Bryant, but with twists including violin, lap steel, and Dobro. The concise nature of this recording and these tunes perfectly reflects the realization that life is precious, every moment counts, and satisfaction is fleeting. Likely to be placed in the Norah Jones/Nellie McKay/Madeleine Peyroux pseudo jazz/pop sweepstakes, Gardot offers something decidedly more authentic and genuine. She's one-upped them all out of the gate. ~ Michael G. Nastos
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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!