Playlist – 04 March 2015: European Jazz Special

We have mentioned and played on several occasions some of the excellent European jazz available from steve’ and the programme this week played a small selection of that jazz featuring musicians from Poland, Belgium, Sweden, France and Finland. The music was exciting and varied; find out for yourself via a click of the MixCloud tab on this page; you may discover music from outstanding musicians you have never heard of before.

Dariusz Herbasz set the tone on the opening tune Tenor’s Dance starting quietly and building up into increasingly tough sounds. Polish pianist Dominik Wania followed that pattern. He was trained at the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston USA and has played with among others Tomasz Stanko, Lee Konitz, George Garzone, Nguyen Le, Don Byron and Eddie Henderson; quite a varied and  impressive list.

Igor Gehenot, a pianist from Belgium was next with his trio followed by Jerzy Malek a trumpeter from Poland with hard bop influences who is featured in this week’s YouTube clip below. We have played the Michal Wroblewski Trio before on Cosmic Jazz  and this current album I Remember is as good as the last one, City Album.

The Swedish saxophone player Jonas Kulhammer has also featured on the programme before and he too has an impressive and varied list of musicians he has played with – for example, Carlos Garnett, Mulatu Astatke and Chick Corea. The French pianist Florian Pellissier and his quintet have tunes and an album with quirky, tongue-in-cheek titles. The album was Biches Bleues and the track selected was J’ai du reve. The tune was quite quirky too – fun but serious at the same time.

Finally, there was a glimpse of music from the Finnish keyboard player Aapo Heininen who also has some interesting titles. The tune was Delusional Escape from the album A Daydream Between NightmaresDon’t let these titles put you off – Cosmic Jazz gives all this music a strong recommendation.

  1. Dariusz Herbasz – Tenor’s Dance from Joy of Friendship
  2. Dominik Wania – La Vallee des Cloches from Ravel
  3. Igor Gehenot Trio – Crush from Motion
  4. Jerzy Malek – Stalgia from Stalgia
  5. Michal Wroblewski Trio – Jarretiude from I Remember
  6. Jonas Kulhammer – Danish Blow from Gentlemen
  7. Florian Pellisier Quintet J’ai d’un Reve from Biches Bleues
  8. Aapo Heinonen – Delusional Escape from A Daydream Between Nightmares


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