Oriol Roca is a percussionist based out of Barcelona, Spain who has collaborated with improvisers like Jan Bang and Paolo Angeli. It seems the local Barcelona jazz and improv scene is becoming one of the best in the world.
What a magnificent find! Salah Ragab is the father of Egyptian Jazz. He produces a sound that blends the best elements of the venerable genre, as well as bits of Latin, soundtrack, and even cha-cha-cha in his concoction.
Companyia Elèctrica Dharma are a band out of Barcelona, Spain. They manage to mix jazz (ethnic and free), fusion, progressive rock, and even touches of folk into their compositions.
Today’s treasure comes from a release from 2016. Finland’s Eero Koivistoinen pairs with his UMO Jazz Orchestra for a mellow, occasionally hot, new work. Not quite as wild as his 70s material, but still quite impressive.
Another fine podcast by Slovakian vinyl hound Adam Kvasnica! The only problem here is that we’d really love a track listing. Otherwise, this is, hands down, the best podcast on Mixcloud!
Bradford Bailey at The Hum, a great blog for experimental music, writes on two releases from Die Schachtel, a record label out of Milan, Italy.
It comes as a very pleasant surprise to see that ECM Records has its very own blog now. Simple, beautifully designed, and a great repository for promoting their new releases and reissues, as well as highlighting the reviews given to said releases. Bravo!
George Hadow in an English percussionist currently residing in Amsterdam. It was a bit of a shock to see that he would be pairing with Dirk Serries, who won his fame as Vidna Obmana, his dark ambient project out of Belgium, but they blend together rather nicely.
A magnificent release from Nawa Recordings (introduced in the last post), Yazz Ahmed is a trumpeter who blends jazz, Arabic music, and a cinematic, film-noir style to her recordings. Think of an ECM record with the vibe of a hard-boiled soundtrack.
Jazz is in wonderful hands over at Bandcamp. Click this link to see what new treasures you’ll be running into on the platform.