There’s no one even close in the running of who is the King of Ethio-jazz. Until he passes on from this mortal coil, this title is Mulatu Astatke’s to keep.
This record is from May of 2016, and it features him pairing up with the Australian jazz collective Black Jesus Experience. This is the first I’ve heard of them, but they meld quite nicely with Mulatu’s vibraphone-based works.
A magnificent podcast out of Estonia, this current session by Funked Up East features smooth, sultry Czech and Slovak Jazz.
Czechoslovak Radio Jazz Orchestra – Passacaglia Karel Velebný – Ztráta Nalezeného Syna SHQ – Epitaph for George Dillon Jiøí Mráz – Danyáda Karel Krautgartner – 31° ve stínu Rudolf Dasek – Rambles Václav Zahradník Big Band – Jazz Goes To Beat I SHQ – Lori Jazz Cellula – Zmoklá Voda Jazz Ze Studio A – Ogarské Hry Gustav Brom – If Only
Saxophonist Frank van der Kooij was a member of the Hugh Hopper Band for many years. When that project finally closed up shop, Frank asked Hugh to participate in a new project, NDIO. This is one of the fruits from that collaboration.
Sokratis Sinopoulos Quartet Eight Winds Sokratis Sinopoulos lyra Yann Keerim piano Dimitris Tsekouras bass Dimitris Emanouil drums Recorded April 2014 at Sierra Studios, Athens Engineer: Giorgos Karyotis Produced by Manfred Eicher U.S. release date: January 15, 2016 Sokratis Sinopoulos is a master of the lyra, a bowed instrument whose lilt has polished a handful of […]
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.