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Estonia’s Estrada Orchestra are a funky jazz combo that blends the best of groups the The James Taylor Quartet with the soundtrack to the old Starsky & Hutch TV series.
Norway has a very healthy jazz scene, and it seems to be supported by the state (please correct me if I’m wrong). Siv Øyunn Kjenstad, a drummer and vocalist of this trio bearing her name, has no releases (with her as band leader) that I know of, but judging by this performance, I’m looking forward …
Detail notes from Leszek Możdżer’s tribute to his countryman Krzysztof Komeda: 00:00 Svantetic 03:35 Sleep Safe and Warm 10:01 Ballad for Bernt 14:20 The Law and The Fist 25:18 Nighttime, Daytime Requiem 38:59 Cherry 42:57 Crazy Girl 48:50 Moja Ballada Leszek Możdżer – Piano, Martin Noël – Cover Art, Paweł Potoroczyn – Executive Producer, Tadeusz …
This one comes from South Korea, courtesy of my good friend, Max Franosch, who has a taste for music I respect deeply. Lucid Fall have a sound that remind some chilled-out neo-soul band married to a Dylanesque bossa nova sound. This guy is worth keeping an eye on!
Vassilis Tsabropoulos and Anja Lechner represent the cream of the crop for ECM Records. U.T. Gandhi is a new name for me, and his percussion adds a fullness to this recording.
Wonderful news from our friends in Spain! After all these years of having a wonderful radio program, La Montaña Rusa Radio Jazz has decided to release their first-ever CD. They will be a huge asset to the incredible talent Spain has to offer.
The Cinematic Orchestra hail from London, and their sound matches their name splendidly. Rare is the band who can work comfortably in both electronica and something akin to soundtrack music. Some try, but they don’t quite pull it off as elegantly as these lads do.
Something a bit funky from Kyoto Jazz Massive, whose name popped into my mind while completing Christmas shopping. Don’t ask.