- Ark Ovrutski – Second Line – Journey Moments (Ark Ovrutski Music) 00:00
- Lars Jansson Trio – The Masquerade Is Over – What’s New (Spice of Life) 05:22
- Pablo Held Trio – Birkenhain – Investigations (Edition) 12:53
- Perry Smith – Rise and Fall – New Angel (Smith Tone Records) 19:37
- Alex Sipiagin – Tijuana Gift Shop – Mirrors (Criss Cross Jazz) 27:39
- Ark Ovrutski – Only For Toddlers – Journey Moments (Ark Ovrutski Music) 36:39
- Lars Jansson Trio – In Search Of Lost Time – In Search Of Lost Time (Spice of Life) 41:06
- Pablo Held Trio – Bernstein Fantasie – Investigations (Edition) 48:16
- Perry Smith – Monk’s World – New Angel (Smith Tone Records) 55:40
- Thelonious Monk – Pannonica – Brilliant Corners (Riverside) 1:02:56
- Unknown Mortal Orchestra – Hanoi 6 – IC01 Hanoi (Jagjaguwar) 1:10:53
- Ark Ovrutski – Dolphin Dance – Journey Moments (Ark Ovrutski Music) 1:19:16
- Pablo Held Trio – Mountain Horn Song from Romanian Folk Songs – Investigations (Edition) 1:26:03
- Perry Smith – Hope For Peace – New Angel (Smith Tone Records) 1:32:42
- Lars Jansson Trio – Waltz for Bill – Just This (Storyville) 1:34:52
- Bill Evans – Walkin’ Up – Some Other Time: The Lost Session from the Black Forest (Resonance Records) 1:41:57
- Charlie Haden & Brad Mehldau – Au Privave – Long Ago and Far Away (Impulse!) 1:47:42
Ark Ovrutski – Second Line – Journey Moments
Ark Ovrutski bass
Myron Walden saxophone
Benito Gonzalez piano
McClenty Hunter bass
2018 Ark Ovrutski
Bassist/band-leader/composer Ark Ovrutski’s fourth release – a collection of five originals and four covers ….Walden channeling Eddie Harris….
Lars Jansson Trio – The Masquerade Is Over – Whats New
Recorded April and June 2010 at Nilento Studios in Gothenburg, Sweden
Lars Jansson piano
Thomas Fonnesbæk double bass
Paul Svanberg drums
2010 Spice Of Life SOL SV-0013
What’s New is the first (mostly) standards album by Jansson, who has so far been focused on playing his own music. And what a beautiful album it turned out to be! His beautiful touch, imagination, sophisticated sense of harmony and ability swing hard when necessary, all combine to make a very satisfying program of (mostly) standards.
Playing with him are younger bassist Thomas Fonnesbaek who has played with guitarist Ulf Wakenius and talented drummer Paul Svanberg who happens to be Jansson’s son. One of the best piano trio releases of 2010! Very highly recommended!
Pablo Held Trio – Birkenhain – Investigations
Pablo Held piano
Robert Landfermann double bass
Jonas Burgwinkel drums
2018 Edition Records
Pablo Held’s releases his landmark 10th album ‘Investigations’ on his new home and international label Edition Records, marking the progression of a new, global trajectory for this supremely talented musician.
The beautiful music of the Pablo Held Trio is to me an important example of the evolution of the piano trio in jazz. They embody the poetry and depth of this tradition, while extending the harmonic and rhythmic possibilities of the tradition. The music of this trio brings me joy knowing that this great art form continues to grow and flourish.” Ralph Towner
released April 13, 2018
Recorded at Deutschlandfunk Kammermusiksaal, Cologne by Christian Heck from August 30th till September 2nd 2017
Perry Smith – Rise and Fall – New Angel
Recorded on February 5th, 2017 at the Bunker Studio in Brooklyn, NY
Perry Smith guitar
Jon Irabagon saxophone
Glenn Zaleski piano
Matt Aronoff bass
Allan Mednard drums
2018 Smith Tone Records
At the core of everything that guitarist/composer Perry Smith does is the desire to create personal and musical connections with the artistic community. That’s true of the community he’s built around his inclusive weekly series in Brooklyn, “The Nest Session;” it’s behind his decision to use social media as a means of reaching out, not cutting off. And it lies at the very heart of his third album as a leader, New Angel — both in the close relationships he shares with his bandmates and in his desire to make the sometimes heady concepts of modern jazz something accessible and deeply personal.
New Angel marks the debut of the gifted guitarist’s stellar new quintet, which features saxophonist Jon Irabagon, pianist Glenn Zaleski, bassist Matt Aronoff and drummer Allan Mednard. While they’ve all played together in a variety of contexts, Smith’s decision to bring together this particular group stems directly from their shared experiences at Nest Sessions jams, which he and Aronoff have co-led for more than three years.
The band’s thrilling chemistry is vividly apparent from the opening moments of “Rise and Fall,” whose title makes the tune’s shifting moods and tempos sound deceptively simple. The gentle, memorable melody is prime evidence of Smith’s gift for crafting compositions that embrace the listener while providing plenty of spark for improvisation.
Alex Sipiagin – Tijuana Gift Shop – Mirrors
Recorded June 2, 2002 in Brooklyn, NY, USA by Max Bolleman
Alex Sipiagin trumpet, flugelhorn
Seamus Blake tenor saxophone
Adam Rogers guitar
David Kikoski piano
Boris Kozlov bass
Jonathan Blake drums
Donny McCaslin tenor, soprano saxophone
Josh Roseman trombone
2003 Criss Cross Jazz 1236 CD
Ark Ovrutski – Only For Toddlers – Journey Moments
welcome to the world of an oscar pettiford-ism melody, played with a lot of humor and wit. note the jokes exchanged between MW and AO…musical humor at its best. a thoroughly enjoyable joy ride..
Lars Jansson Trio – In Search Of Lost Time – In Search Of Lost Time
Lars Jansson piano
Christian Spering bass
Anders Kjellberg drums
2009 Spice Of Life SOL SV-0011
Pianist Lars Janssoncleared out the music room of his home in Gothenburg, on Sweden’s west coast, and in the process, found some old songs he’d written but forgotten. Inspired by Marcel Proust’s epic novel, A la recherche du temps perdu, he put them together with some new ones to create an album that sheds new and often surprising light on the familiar territory of piano jazz.
Pablo Held Trio – Bernstein Fantasie – Investigations
Perry Smith – Monk’s World – New Angel
The spikiness of “Monk’s World” immediately evokes the keen-edged genius and eyebrow-arched joy of the great Thelonious Monk. Smith wrote the piece on the chord changes of Monk’s classic “Epistrophy” as a way of paying homage to the legendary pianist’s outsized influence. “In my experience on the jazz scene in New York,” Smith says, “musicians are always more excited about playing Monk’s tunes than anybody else’s — more than even Coltrane or Wayne Shorter or Herbie. I think it has to do with the playful nature of his songs and the cool, creative melodies that he wrote, which open a lot of freedom in the landscape.”
Thelonious Monk – Pannonica – Brilliant Corners
It was his third album for Riverside Records,[ and the first, for this label, to include his own compositions.
Thelonious Monk – piano and celeste on “Pannonica”
Ernie Henry – alto saxophone
Sonny Rollins – tenor saxophone
Oscar Pettiford – double bass
Max Roach – drums
Unknown Mortal Orchestra – Hanoi 6 – IC01 Hanoi
IC-01 Hanoi is the fifth studio album by Portland Oregon based New Zealand band Unknown Mortal Orchestra, released on 26 October 2018 through Jagjaguwar. It is the group’s second album of 2018 after Sex & Food, released in April, and their first instrumental album.[ The album was recorded entirely in the city of Hanoi and originated from sessions for Sex & Food, with frontman Ruban Nielson’s father Chris Nielson also contributing instrumentation to the record.
Ruban Nielson – Guitar
Kody Nielson –
Jacob Portrait – Bass
Minh Nguyen – sáo trúc
Chris Nielson – flugelhorn, keyboards, saxophone
Ark Ovrutski – Dolphin Dance – Journey Moments
complexity of this arrangement…6/8 to 4/4 and a variety of
shifting rhythms in between…a real picture of a/this group playing
Pablo Held Trio – Mountain Horn Song from Romanian Folk Songs – Investigations
Perry Smith – Hope For Peace – New Angel
Lars Jansson Trio – Waltz for Bill – Just This
Lars Jansson piano
Thomas Fonnesbæk bass
Paul Svanberg drums
2018 Storyville 1014320
Just This, the latest album from Lars Jansson Trio out October 19th, is an album of immense talent and musical excess from three of Scandinavia’s most renowned jazz musicians.
Bill Evans – Walkin’ Up – Some Other Time: The Lost Session from the Black Forest
This Bill Evans trio session was recorded on June 20, 1968, nearly 10 years after the legendary Kind of Blue sessions with Miles Davis, and five days after the famous live performance at the 1968 Montreux Jazz Festival, which was released on Verve and won a Grammy. This is the only studio album recorded of this trio and features Evans in trio, duo and solo configurations with jazz greats bassist Eddie Gomez and drummer Jack DeJohnette.
The album album was recorded by the renowned MPS Records producer and label owner, Hans Georg Brunner-Schwer, at his studio in Villingen, Germany (aka “the Black Forest”). Originally produced by HGBS. It’s only the second official Bill Evans release with Eddie Gomez and Jack DeJohnette.
Charlie Haden & Brad Mehldau – Au Privave – Long Ago and Far Away
“As a result we have a dazzling testament to the interaction between two genius musicians: piano and bass, their brilliance resounding through the hallowed space of an art nouveau cathedral, recorded on November 5, 2007. (…) Charlie is gone now, and this recording was made “long ago and far away”, yet the music remains immediate. The music is now.” – Ruth Cameron Haden, July 2018. After meeting for the first time back in 1993, Haden found a way to bring Mehldau out to LA to perform with himself and Lee Konitz at the Jazz Bakery in 1996. This led to a trio recording on Blue Note (1997) called Alone Together. In 2011, he and Brad recorded a live album with Lee Konitz and Paul Motian for ECM called Live at Birdland. Mehldau and Haden remained friends from the time of their first meeting – they had a special connection. In the early days, Haden, in a sense, mentored this young pianist in life lessons. He would later go on to pronounce Mehldau one of the most important musicians of his generation because of his unique voice, his depth of knowledge and facility on the instrument, and how he has moved the language of jazz forward.