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Contemporary Jazz - Released October 20, 2017 | Upriver Records

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Contemporary Jazz - Released November 17, 2017 | Mad Chaman

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Contemporary Jazz - Released January 25, 2019 | Laborie Jazz

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Every album by Anne Paceo is surprising. And each one of her projects is stunning. She’s always where we don't expect her to be. It would be too simplistic to simply label her as a "jazz drummer". With her, the genres have never been so beautifully fluid. Everything inspires her, motivates her, nourishes her. Jazz, of course, is one source of inspiration, but there’s also pop, song, electronic music, world music and blues. "I’ve never liked the boundaries between musical styles," she insists. “It was the record industry that invented those boxes, but music goes beyond that. The important thing is that it speaks to the heart and soul to awaken our emotions, takes us on a journey and inspires us..." With Ann Shirley and Florent Mateo’s voices and her faithful accomplices Pierre Perchaud on guitar, Christophe Panzani on saxophone and Tony Paeleman on keyboards, Paceo has designed a firework display, just as colourful as it is rhythmic. And never being able to label the music of this eclectic Bright Shadow album is an asset that reinforces the mystery of each of her poems. © Max Dembo/Qobuz
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Contemporary Jazz - Released May 4, 2018 | ECM

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Once again, the spine, if not the heart of Awase isn’t Nik Bärtsch’s piano. Because whenever the Zurich musician gets his band Ronin going, he builds his music as well as his improvisations around Kaspar Rast’s XXL ability on the drums. As often with this self-proclaimed zen funk gang, the hypnotic power of rhythmic motifs gives a supreme unity to this jazz that sounds like no other. The term Awase comes from martial arts, meaning “moving together” in the sense of matching energies. A fitting metaphor for the dynamic precision, tessellated grooves and balletic minimalism of Bärtsch’s crew. Six years have passed since Ronin’s last release, a live recording in Europe and Japan between 2009 and 2011. In the meantime, the quintet has turned into a quartet and integrated a new bassist, Thomy Jordi. A completely new look for Ronin version 2018… A mutation that delivers a new form of freedom and flexibility in their approach to compositions. Their interactions and energy seem to compound! Once again it’s very hard to resist to the hypnotic power of the motifs they string together with superb fluidity over the 65 minutes of Awase. © Max Dembo/Qobuz
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Contemporary Jazz - Released September 21, 2018 | Laborie Jazz

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Contemporary Jazz - Released November 5, 2013 | Mi'ster

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Contemporary Jazz - Released February 15, 2019 | Universal Music Division Decca Records France

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Contemporary Jazz - Released October 13, 2017 | Alpha

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Édouard Ferlet has already explored intriguing byways for the Alpha label: in 2015 he and Violaine Cochard recorded ‘Plucked Unplucked’, an album associating piano and harpsichord – a successful venture that will soon see a follow-up. The bassist Stéphane Kerecki has already made several recordings for Outhere, including ‘Nouvelle Vague’, a prizewinner at the Victoires de la Musique. The career of the trumpet player Airelle Besson has been on a high since 2015, when she won both the Prix Django Reinhardt of the Académie du Jazz and the ‘Révélation’ Award at the Victoires du Jazz. These three jazz musicians met and decided to form a trio in order to combine their universes and their ambitions. Here is the fruit of their first year of companionship, a programme presenting compositions by each of them, an album wearing the colours of jazz but featuring several tracks directly inspired by great standards of the classical repertoire, including ‘Es ist vollbracht’ from Bach’s St John Passion, the Pavanes of Ravel and Fauré, the Valse sentimentale of Tchaikovsky, and Khachaturian’s Sabre Dance, which can be recognised behind the ‘Stances du sabre’. The refinement of the compositions and the playing and the musicians’ capacity for listening to each other are a source of endless pleasure and fulfilment. © Alpha Classics
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Contemporary Jazz - Released September 21, 2018 | Gaya Music Production

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Contemporary Jazz - Released October 5, 2018 | TRAIN FANTOME

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It takes guts to name your album L’Odyssée. But Fred Pallem has always been a real jazz adventurer, never happy to let the genre just run its cause... And his 2018 release is yet another daring and dense piece of work, built around strong rhythms and delicious arrangements. Here, Pallem, alongside his trusty Sacre du Tympan creates some layered pieces, often very funky and very filmic. Nothing surprising there, when you think of his 2017 album Soul Cinema about blaxploitation and his homage to François de Roubaix published the previous year, two records which have rubbed off on Odyssée. The Odyssée experience is like watching a spoof film that's part thriller, part comedy, with a sort of 70s vintage feel to it. The arrangements are precise and well crafted and the soloist parts are always very original. © Max Dembo/Qobuz
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Contemporary Jazz - Released April 20, 2018 | Laborie Jazz

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Admittedly Anne Paceo can’t be faulted for resting on her laurels. Each of the drummer’s new album is its own island. In 2016 with Circles, all stylistic boundaries faded away, stereotypes crumbled and creativity ran at full speed! With its songs and instrumental swerving, telluric rhythms, as well as libertarian energy, her fourth album unfolded an organic, poetic and inspired groove in collaboration with singer Leila Martial, saxophonist Emile Parisien and Tony Paeleman on the keyboards. Two years later with Fables Of Shwedagon, Anne Paceo’s roadmap is very original once again. She took off for Myanmar to combine her artistic expression with the traditional orchestra Hsaing Waing, a formation dating back to the 17th century, and whose composition hasn’t changed since! It consists of five main instruments: the pat waing (a set of 21 drums in a circle, played with the hands), the maung hsaing (36 small gongs installed both horizontally and vertically, played with drumsticks), the chauk lon pat (7 large drums played with the hands), the hne (reed instrument) and the siwa (small bell and wood block). Recorded live during the Jazz Sous les Pommiers festival in Coutances in May 2017, Fables of Shwedagon documents this amazing encounter that led Paceo to compose some magnificent hybrid themes. Along with saxophonist Christophe Panzani, guitarist Pierre Perchaud, pianist Leonardo Montana and bassist Joan Eche-Puig, she converses with five Burmese virtuosos to create a rather unique symphony of sharing. No matter if it is jazz or traditional music, as the blending of styles is purely exhilarating. Trippy! © Clotilde Maréchal/Qobuz
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Contemporary Jazz - Released April 27, 2018 | Heavenly Sweetness

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Contemporary Jazz - Released September 16, 2016 | Okeh

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Contemporary Jazz - Released November 9, 2018 | Blue Note Records

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With his band Twi-Life, which includes trumpeter Keyon Harrold, bassist Kyle Miles, drummer Charles Haynes, and organist and pianist Mitch Henry, Marcus Strickland has always explored jazz from multiple angles. Produced by Meshell Ndegeocello, the saxophonist’s first album for BlueNote/Revive is influenced by a wide range of styles, drawing inspiration from the late hip-hop producer J Dilla, Fela’s afrobeat, Charles Mingus and even Bartók’s music! With People of the Sun, Strickland tells the musical and social tale of African diaspora from the present to the past with the aim of portraying his own identity: “I thought about where we come from and how that both clashes and goes hand in hand with what we’ve created here as Black Americans”. The result is a beautiful, dense, complex and welcoming album where Western African (the griot culture, afrobeat) and American (post-bop, funk, soul) influences collide and Bilal, Pharoahe Monch, Greg Tate, Jermaine Holmes, Weedie Braimah and Akie Bermiss cross over. These are rather unsurprising choices given that Strickland grew up in Miami surrounded by Haitian sounds, Afro-Cuban rhythms and southern rap, as well as Stevie Wonder, John Coltrane and P-Funk, his father’s favourite artists… This is a multifaceted piece of work zigzagging between Jazz, Soul, Funk and Rhythm’n’Blues in which Strickland’s sax gives us genuine melodic gems. © Max Dembo/Qobuz
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Contemporary Jazz - Released May 26, 2017 | Mad Chaman

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With Magnésie, the pianist Christophe Waldner, the double-bass player Cyril Billot and drummer Kevin Borqué have recorded a great début, with the support of Mad Chaman, the label that André Manoukian is launching along with the trio's first album. Recorded at the Maison des Artistes in Chamonix in November 2016, Magnésie is a virtuoso, lyrical work which recalls the world of E.S.T. or of the Shaï Maestro trio. Even if this young Foehn Trio have not yet achieved the maturity of their illustrious predecessors, they are already developing into a pretty stunning act. Waldner cites mountain peaks as a major source of inspiration for his compositions. Hardly surprising, then, that most of his themes evoke a sense of vastness. A real revelation © CM/Qobuz
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Contemporary Jazz - Released September 21, 2018 | Laborie Jazz

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Contemporary Jazz - Released February 2, 2012 | Laborie Jazz

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Contemporary Jazz - Released February 2, 2018 | jazz family

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With Add Fiction, his first album released in 2011, Remi Panossian made a shining entrance onto the music scene. Playing in a trio, the young pianist from Montpellier displayed his mastery over a certain form of jazz heritage influenced by rock, funk and electro. Since then, his style has bulked up, as shown by each of his band’s recordings… Now 35 years old, Panossian changes his tune and releases his first solo album. A baptism of fire titled Do. Like the music note (C). But also like the words “island” in Korean, “path” in Japanese, “I give” in Italian and of course the ultimate English action verb… So many meanings for just two letters and as many internal resonances for Panossian on his great solo adventure. For twelve years, whenever he wasn’t touring around the world with his trio, the pianist has performed solo every Tuesday at Le Rest’O Jazz, a club in Toulouse. In 2016, Remi Panossian left to Asia to perform solo. The need to record this music was growing. At the end of the year, Le Rest’O Jazz − his second home, twelve years of friendships, encounters and anecdotes – informed Panossian of their upcoming permanent closure upon summer 2017. That’s why he made the decision to record his solo performance in this venue filled with memories, before it shutdown. To remain as intimate as possible, he collaborated with his long-time friend and accomplice, trumpeter and composer Nicolas Garcel, entrusting him with the art direction. Together, they decided to record live, with no corrections, to remain as faithful as possible to the transpiring emotion. In this context, the lover of melodies gave a truly energetic, spellbinding and organic performance. On stage, Panossian brings his music to life, a subtle blend of poetic softness, rock references (he revisited the Rolling Stones’ Paint It Black) and lyrical musings. The Holy Scriptures are of course here (Ellington’s Caravan). Unexpected covers as well (the theme of Ryuichi Sakamoto’s Furyo). And, as listeners, we sip every note of this nuanced and colourful performance as if it were divine nectar. © CM/Qobuz
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Contemporary Jazz - Released March 2, 2018 | Les couleurs du son

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Contemporary Jazz - Released September 15, 1998 | Warner Jazz

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