I don’t know how I managed to miss Japanese DJ and producer Toshio Matsuura! This album is a real gem, mashing together nu-jazz and fusion while introducing reference points like Magma and Carlos Santana (when he was still on the cutting edge).
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 to hearing what they can do in a studio.
03:35 Sleep Safe and Warm
10:01 Ballad for Bernt
14:20 The Law and The Fist
25:18 Nighttime, Daytime Requiem
42:57 Crazy Girl
48:50 Moja Ballada
Leszek Możdżer – Piano,
Martin Noël – Cover Art,
Paweł Potoroczyn – Executive Producer,
Tadeusz Mieczkowski – Mastering,
Sylwia Kicka – Production,
Grzegorz Czachor – Recording Production, Mixing,
Marcin Piechowski – Technical Support.
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!