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JAF Trio is a promising young Finnish-Danish band featuring saxophonist Adele Sauros, bassist Joonas Tuuri and drummer Frederik Emil Bülow. After a string of lauded live performances over the past couple of years (the band was awarded the “We Jazz Rising Star” accolade at We Jazz Festival in 2017), the trio felt ready to hit […]

Performing the music of bassist Steve Swallow, guitarist John Scofield teams up with his friend and long-time collaborator Swallow, and drummer Bill Stewart, on this ‘old-school’ style trio recording, made in one afternoon in New York City in March 2019. Scofield was a 20-year-old student at Berklee when he first met and played with bassist […]

These four Finnish pioneers fill a lot of space on Hypnosis, which for me was unexpected. I had assumed something more abstracted, minimal and cold, but there is a closer collaborative warmth, and conversational interplay, which keeps the record away from pretension and being exclusive. Featuring sax, trumpet, double bass and percussion, the palette is […]

‘Symphonie Pacifique’ is the new album from UK jazz pianist Greg Foat released through Strut Records. Through many of my UK Vibe reviews, I’ve quite often observed in awe the ability of various artists to create in a variety of different styles and contexts, and I’ve marvelled at their prolific nature with being able to […]

“Ateneum 2019” is a live recording that has been released as part of Helsinki label We Jazz’s ongoing series documenting their artists’ live performances. Recorded at the historic Ateneum Art Museum in Helsinki during Spring 2019, this compilation brings together three acts on the label’s roster: Timo Lassy & Teppo Mäkynen, OK:KO and Alder Ego, […]

Perhaps I’m too young, cynical or jaded to enjoy psychedelic rock generally. The more contained freneticism of Roky Erickson is about as much as I can stomach, usually. There is a generational disconnect that perhaps I cannot ford, especially with the seeming never-ending fetishizing of the subculture. From Ken Kesey to the modern cliché of […]

‘From The Concrete’ is the new project from Miami-based producer, beat maker and DJ, Gee-O. From his first release – aptly entitled ‘First’ and released back in 2006 – Giovanni Ocasio delivered the first of what would become an extended series of releases over the course of the next fourteen years. While ‘First’ presented a […]

Perched somewhere between the modern jazz boughs and the contemporary twigs on the Danish oak tree of jazz sits this bright orange 180g vinyl (pink when raised to the light) offering from Anders Bast & the Bast’ards out of Copenhagen. It doesn’t take much effort with a band title like that to conclude the quartet […]

Among all the CDs I was forwarded to review; it was the title of this one that captured my attention, especially in the trying times the world is currently going through. By its title alone, the album conjures a feeling of hope and positivity, which after all, is what we all need right now. The […]

“Out of Doors” is an original suite inspired by the eight Hungarian folk melodies used by Bela Bartók in his 1920 composition 8 Improvisations Op. 20. Pianist/composer Bruno Heinen also cites a particular passion for Duke Ellington’s Money Jungle, Alice Coltrane’s Journey in Satchidananda, Chick Corea’s Now He Sings Now He Sobs, and the piano […]

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