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Jazz - To be released October 29, 2021 | ACT Music

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Jazz - Released October 15, 2021 | ACT Music

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Jazz - Released May 28, 2021 | ACT Music

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Jazz - Released April 30, 2021 | ACT Music

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The beasts are loose! At the end of 2019, just a few months before the curtain fell over the world, pianist Michael Wollny (who has gone electric for this album), saxophonist Émile Parisien, bassist Tim Lefebvre and drummer Christian Lillinger all entered the A-Trane club in Berlin with no set-list and no roadmap. Over the course of eight sets, these four fascinating, crazy, contemporary jazz scientists conversed, provoked, fought, embraced, and entwined. What they created here was electro, krautrock, free, progressive – it was more than simply jazz. The sound defies classification, and maybe it’s better that way. With the help of producer Jason Kingsland, who mainly deals in rock productions (Kaiser Chiefs, Band of Horses, Belle and Sebastian), they turned almost eight hours of live recording into 45 minutes of studio material. The result is a fascinating experience. Naturally, XXXX is rather less accessible than Sidney Bechet's Petite fleur. But the listener can't help but be carried away by the generosity of these wild exchanges and the energy of the four musicians who never fall into the trap of a complacent, inward-looking jam. Sensitive souls steer clear! Curious souls, get stuck in! © Marc Zisman/Qobuz
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Jazz - Released April 30, 2021 | ACT Music

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Jazz - Released April 15, 2021 | ACT Music

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Note: "Gånglek från Älvdalen (Live)" is not available for streaming. To enjoy the track in its entirety, visit the Qobuz download store.An ambassador for a European jazz scene that is perpetually full of life, ACT has always closely followed the Nordic jazz scene. Founded by Siggi Loch in 1992, the label quickly came to grasp the importance of musicians from the frozen north and the vast stylistic palette they offer. Created exclusively for Qobuz, Scandi Jazz offers a gorgeous panorama of these artists and their eclectic output. This compilation even opens with a new number, Gånglek från Älvdalen, a perky folk theme performed as a duet by Swedish trombonist Nils Landgren and fellow pianist Jan Lundgren, and closes with the label's star band, e. s. t., the influential trio of the late pianist Esbjörn Svensson. They cover a lot of ground, just like all the guests at this Nordic feast, who take in post-bop, jazz fusion, folk music, European jazz, neo-classical and even rock, as on the furious Light a Fire Fight a Liar by the Norwegian saxophonist Tore Brunborg and his compatriot guitarist Eivind Aarset. Here, international stars like the Norwegian pianist Bugge Wesseltoft (with a magnificent solo on Salme, a piece by the 19th century Danish classical composer Christoph Ernst Friedrich Weyse) and the Swedish double bassist Lars Danielsson (with Tigran Hamasyan making a guest appearance!) rub shoulders with inspiring musicians such as the Finnish jazz star Iiro Rantala or the great Danish pianist Carsten Dahl, who are less well know around Europe. Finally, to truly cover every last corner of this vast scene, Scandi Jazz gives pride of place to singers like the Norwegian Solveig Slettahjell, the Danes Janne Mark and Caecilie Norby, and the Swedes Ida Sand and Viktoria Tolstoy. This compilation, full of poetry and madness alike, ends with swing, but also with food for thought and a desire to discover a little more of the work of all the participants. © Marc Zisman/Qobuz
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Jazz - Released March 26, 2021 | ACT Music

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Jazz - Released November 13, 2020 | ACT Music

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Jazz - Released October 30, 2020 | ACT Music

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Jazz - Released September 25, 2020 | ACT Music

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Sometimes it's easier to live a life of solitude when you're... alone? That’s what Michael Wollny is on Mondenkind. Actually, he’s not completely alone. He’s surrounded by names such as Alban Berg, Rudolf Hindemith, Sufjan Stevens, Tori Amos and the Canadian group Timber Timbre. Through revisiting pieces from this eclectic decade-crossing list, the German pianist reflects on loneliness with his usual open-minded attitude. Two thirds of the compositions on this solo album are his own. Recorded in Berlin’s Teldex studio in in April 2020, it feels like he’s searching for a sound on this record. The sound of his instrument perhaps. He also explores his relationship with classical music, which is at the heart of this beautiful record. A brilliant journey inwards. © Max Dembo/Qobuz
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Jazz - Released September 25, 2020 | ACT Music

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Jazz - Released August 28, 2020 | ACT Music

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Jazz - Released April 24, 2020 | ACT Music

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Swiss-born harmonica player and composer Grégoire Maret is based in New York, and a first-call sideman and collaborator for a wide range of musicians including Pat Metheny, Elton John, Meshell Ndegeocello, Terri Lynne Carrington, and Marcus Miller. French-born pianist Romain Collin attended Boston's Berklee College of Music and stayed. He leads his own trio and plays duo dates with Maret. Guitarist Bill Frisell needs no introduction; he is the aesthetic anchor here as well as the date's supreme colorist. Americana is a love letter from two immigrants to their adopted home. For Maret, that's doubly true: his mother is from Harlem. The program contains original compositions by all three men as well as three covers. The opener is a reading of Mark Knopfler's "Brothers in Arms," and delivers the set's initial surprise: It's played by Maret and Collin. The two ACT labelmates perform this paean of affirmation and commitment as quietly and gently as a lullaby. Frisell's "Small Town" reprises the roots aesthetic the guitarist showcased on albums such as Nashville (1997) and Disfarmer (2009). Initiated in Maret's high-middle register, its melody recalls the music of the Civil War, underscored by the guitarist's use of a banjo alongside his electric six-string. Collin's chord voicings add color, texture, and nuance, drawing the melody's emotion into the open. While the tune's structure is simple, the canny, sensitive interplay is not. Collin's "San Luis Obispo" is a straight-up country tune and he uses an upright piano. Frisell states the melody before winding it out with slippery, single-string statements and impressionistic chord voicings before handing it off to Maret, who takes over and interacts with Collin. The harmonicist's "Back Home" is initiated by Collin with a cascading single-note pattern embellished by fragmentary chords. Maret's lovely yet intensely lonesome chromaticism never plays extra notes; he allows them full voice as guest Clarence Penn's brushed snare adds emphasis. The reading of Jimmy Webb's "Wichita Lineman" begins with an airy statement from Frisell before Maret claims the melody atop Collin's gospel-inflected chords. Frisell strums an acoustic underneath them and embellishes with his Telecaster. All three men alternate in offering small improvisations on the changes and lyric to quietly stunning effect. The set's longest number is a cover of Justin Vernon's "Re: Stacks"; its original version appeared on Bon Iver's stripped-to-the-bone debut For Emma, Forever Ago. Acoustic and electric guitars frame the margins of Collin's gentle yet interrogative piano pulse as Maret makes the lyric melody breathe with long doubled notes. Its movement is leisurely with ghostly reverbed piano hovering around Frisell's strummed changes and single-string lines. The sonic abstractions offered by Collin's Moog Taurus and pump organ continue with the harmonica as a nearly ambient interlude that bleeds over into their joint improvisation "Still." Americana is imbued with warmth and tenderness throughout. It's an endearing portrait of the intimate side of American life. These songs echo collective and individual memories as well as idiosyncratic sense impressions of those that are hoped for. © Thom Jurek /TiVo

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