I have to admit to being thunderstruck by the work of Dimitar Bodurov, a Bulgarian pianist, composer and producer based in Amsterdam. Doing a quick run last evening over at Bandcamp in their jazz improvisation tag, I came across Bodurov’s work, both solo and in this magnificent ECM-feeling trio setup, and it hooked me in from the first blare of the trumpet. Rosen Zahariev-Roko steals the show in this release, playing magnificently, and both he and Bodurov are ably underpinned by the percussion work of Dimitar Semov.
Opto Music is going to be a label to watch for in the future.
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.
There isn’t a setting where Keith Jarrett is bad in. He is particularly powerful, however, when paired with Jack DeJohnette and Gary Peacock on drums and double bass.
Erik Satie is beautifully interpreted here by Mal Waldron’s trio, which includes him on piano, joined by Reggie Workman on bass and Ed Blackwell playing drums.