Frode Gjerstad is the elder statesman of Norwegian free jazz. This particular release pairs him with drummer/percussionist Paal Nilssen-Love and bassist Jon Rune Strøm, and it comes from a session recorded in 2015. He’s still got it.
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
This is a magnificent find for me. The Mediterranean Deconstruction Ensemble is a solid improvisational/experimental troupe out of Moscow led by pianist Gregory Sandomirsky.
The music is a great combination of freaky jazz, Mediterranean rhythms, and Sephardic/Ladino time shifts. A very nice effort.
I have to thank Andrew Jervis who publishes Bandcamp’s weekly radio show for hipping me to this release!
Kim Oki is a saxophonist and composer out of South Korea who hashes together a sweet combination of free jazz, Korean traditional music and fine psychedelic rock and folk into a warm, coherent, and at times, challenging stew. Very pleasant listening!
Orthodox are a Spanish metal band who seem to be very comfortable straddling the line between doom metal and free-jazz. One piece, 27 minutes, of brutal skronk.