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Contemporary Jazz - Released November 16, 2018 | Gaya Music Production

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Jazz - Released November 9, 2018 | Naive

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Jazz - Released November 9, 2018 | Buda musique

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Jazz - Released November 9, 2018 | Zoot Records

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Jazz - Released October 26, 2018 | Impulse!

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Label Impulse! has unearthed from its archives this previously unreleased concert from November 2007 between two absolute giants: Charlie Haden and Brad Mehldau. The bass player, who passed away in 2014, met the pianist for the first time in the early nineties. The spark was instantaneous, and the two virtuosos regularly worked together, both on stage and in studio. But never in duo. This 2007 live was the first time. At the invitation of Heidelberg Enjoy Jazz Festival, in Germany, Haden and Mehldau agreed to perform together in the magical setting of a church, the Christuskirche in Mannheim. And while the result was stunning, the tapes remained in storage for over a decade… "It’s thrilling to play with someone who improvises like this”, recalls the American pianist. “After all, this is the guy who did it first on his instrument. Those early records of the Ornette Coleman Quartet like This is Our Music or Change of the Century were not “free” in the sense that they abandoned the principles of harmony. They often were free of a fixed harmonic schema, though, and Charlie was improvising the harmony, from the ground up!" Above all else, it’s the depth of their complicity that shines through on this recording. The ease with which Charlie Haden and Brad Mehldau integrate space and silence in their exchanges is sublime. In terms of repertoire, they opted for classics  (Charlie Parker, Irving Berlin, Johnny Mercer, Gershwin, Kern…) that they stroke with their fingertips. © Marc Zisman/Qobuz
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Jazz - Released October 12, 2018 | Blue Note Records

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After two staggering studio albums (When the Heart Emerges Glistening in 2011 and The Imagined Savior Is Far Easier to Paint in 2014) and one brilliant live album (A Rift in Decorum in 2017), all three released on Blue Note, Ambrose Akinmusire has changed gear with a multifaceted and ambitious work that mixes jazz, string quartet, poetry and rap. The Californian trumpeter has never been a stranger to taking a step into the unknown, but Origami Harvest is without a doubt his most daring work to date. And the most mind-boggling! At his side, pianist Sam Harris, drummer Marcus Gilmore, saxophonist Walter Smith III and, rather more unexpected, the Mivos string quartet and Victor Vázquez (alias Kool A.D.), previously an MC with hip-hop outfit Das Racist. Jazz, free, classical, funk, rap, soul and spoken word all collide here. One might criticise Akinmusire for his 360° vision. This composition is bursting at the seams as it moves from free jazz to R&B before returning to contemporary music or funk. The radical nature of the project can be explained by its origins. Judd Greenstein from the New York Ecstatic Music Festival, who commissioned the work, asked the Californian for his craziest idea. “I wanted to do a project about extremes and putting things that are seemingly opposite right next to each other", Akinmusire explained . Despite everything, there is a real fluidity to Origami Harvest, the composition is a perfect mirror for the time in which we live - its contradictions, its violence, its frenetic changes of pace and style... "Origami,” said Akinmusire, “refers to the different ways black people, especially men, have to bend, whether in failure or to fit a mould. Then I had a son while writing this and I thought about these cycles repeating: Harvest." You'll need to take a little time to digest such a creative flood. In an era unused to pauses, contemplation and taking one's time, Origami Harvest is a curious case. It's a blast of fresh air which does you good even as it baffles you. © Marc Zisman/Qobuz
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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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Jazz - Released September 28, 2018 | ECM

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Following four albums that have helped established him on the contemporary jazz scene, Shai Maestro is taking a major step by combining with the ECM label. Still in a trio with his double bass accomplice Jorge Roeder and drummer Ofri Nehemya (who replaces regular Ziv Ravitz), the Israeli pianist is once again going down the path of sublime multi-layered narratives. The melodies are taken from jazz as well as Eastern traditional music, and even Western classical music. Whether he feels introspective (on Israeli Matti Caspi’s My Second Childhood) or overtly provocative (surprising interpretation of the classic These Foolish Things), he has kept his soft touch and refined musical language. Ever since 2012, when he released the first album with him as the frontman, his profoundly personal aesthetic has continued to impress. He possesses a strong narrative force and stays well wired into the times, like on the final composition What Else Needs To Happen?, in which Shai Maestro very subtly inserts the voice of Barack Obama giving a speech about gun control. © Marc Zisman/Qobuz
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Contemporary Jazz - Released September 21, 2018 | Label Bleu

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Contemporary Jazz - Released September 21, 2018 | Gaya Music Production

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Jazz - Released September 7, 2018 | ECM

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Masterpiece alert! After working together in drummer Billy Hart’s quartet (All Our Reasons in 2012 and One Is The Other in 2014), Mark Turner and Ethan Iverson are collaborating in a duo for the first time, in a way reminiscent of the legendary tandem Warne Marsh/Lennie Tristano. Except that here, The Bad Plus’ saxophonist and former pianist almost turn their collaboration into a moment of chamber jazz. Their back-and-forths throughout this Temporary Kings dive deep in intimacy. Turner, who is undoubtedly one of his generation’s best tenors, blows small, often unexpected phrases in a most unique fashion − far from the Coltranian cannons. Iverson, in a spirit reminiscent of Paul Bley, makes his fingers whisper, delivering thrifty notes and chords. Together, they sometimes moor on the shores of Third Stream, Gunther Schuller’s movement which synthetized European classical music and jazz at the end of the fifties. But most importantly, Mark Turner and Ethan Iverson remain very natural in their improvisations. Even when they may seem a tad brainy. Moreover, they never let go of the thread of their narrations, each more beautiful than the last. © Marc Zisman/Qobuz
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Free Jazz & Avant-Garde - Released June 15, 2018 | Big Dada

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Jazz - Released June 15, 2018 | Savant

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Jazz - Released June 8, 2018 | Philophon

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Jazz - Released May 25, 2018 | Alobar

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In 2008, Stefano Bollani declared his love for Brazilian music with the album Carioca. Ten years later, he is continuing the romance, this time with his own compositions. Alongside the Milianese pianist, we have great representatives of Brazilian music, such as Jorge Hedler on the double bass, Jurim Moreira on the drums, Armando Marçal and Thiago da Serrinha on percussion. And finally, the big-name guests, Caetano Veloso, João Bosco, Jaques Morelenbaum and Hamilton de Holanda. In short, it is a mouthwatering cast-list, making for some equally delicious music. What's particularly magical is the way that Bollani manages the gap between his native boot and faraway Brazil. Throughout Que Bom, he creates, alongside his collaborators, a meaningful original, with all the charms of a music whose subtle roots lie owe as much to Veloso, as to a nostalgia-tinged Nino Rota. © Max Dembo/Qobuz
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Contemporary Jazz - Released May 25, 2018 | Vision Fugitive

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Jazz - Released May 18, 2018 | Nonesuch

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With his faithful acolytes Jeff Ballard on the drums and Larry Grenadier on the double bass, Brad Mehldau intertwines three new compositions with covers of pop (Paul McCartney, Brian Wilson), jazz (Elmo Hope, Sam Rivers) and Great American Songbook (Almost Like Being In Love) classics. Without disrupting this great formation’s values, Seymour Reads The Constitution! once again highlights the strong complicity between the three protagonists always inspired in their improvisations and exchanges. They already peaked with their 2016 release Blues And Ballads, but this 2018 opus is even more intoxicating with the piano maestro displaying an incredible versatility and ringing a thousand colours. We already knew the American virtuoso could play anything. But with Seymour Reads The Constitution!, Mehldau keeps the listener off balance at all times, drops countless references, wanders around the history of piano jazz, and always finds the right note, the perfect chord to create the most endearing, touching and astounding music. In his already extensive discography (though not on par with Keith Jarrett’s, one of his great influences), this album will, when push comes to shove, undeniably occupy a most prominent place… © Max Dembo/Qobuz
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Jazz - Released May 11, 2018 | BBE

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Jazz - Released May 11, 2018 | Onze Heures Onze

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Contemporary Jazz - Released April 27, 2018 | Heavenly Sweetness

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