Cosmic Jazz this week had a reflective, contemplative and even spiritual feel to the music. It included some fine music for heart and mind – much of which is available from Steve’s Jazz Sounds. One group that I always notice when they appear on my shuffle selection is the Jelle Van Giel Group from Belgium. Their album Songs For Everyone is excellent. Get a taste of it right here.
Fredrik Kronkvist is an exciting alto sax player from Sweden who now seems to spend much of his time in the States playing with US musicians. On the album Reflecting Time he plays with Aaron Goldberg, Reuben Rogers and Gregory Hutchinson, while he is the featured artist with the larger group Urban Elements.
The UK-based jazz magazine Jazzwise is an essential read for jazz lovers. Frequently the magazine includes a covermount CD. The October 2016 edition included Jazzland, a sample of music from the eponymous label run by Norwegian musician and Cosmic Jazz favourite Bugge Wesseltoft and celebrating 20 years of music from this influential label.
The first Jazzland artist we featured is Norwegian guitarist Eivind Aarset who features on a new quartet record called Atmospherics, playing alongside Jan Bang, Arve Henriksen and happening Armenian pianist Tigran Hamasyan. Check out Bang and Aarset performing in a live performance of his Dream Logic group in duo format from Aarset’s Dream Logic quartet live in Budapest in 2014. The second artist is oud player Dhafer Youssef who has a new release on the Okeh label called Diwan of Beauty and Odd. You can hear a taster of each track here and listen out for more from this innovative album in upcoming CJ shows. This week we featured a piece of great calm and beauty from his 2011 release Abu Navas Rhapsody.
It was then a return to Polish jazz. I came across a review recently which referred to the ‘lyricism, melancholy and exquisite melodies of Polish jazz’. You can see all of this in the three Polish music choices this week: firstly from a sax player based in Copenhagen – Maciej Kadziela (who features in this video), pianist Wojciech Majewski and his Quintet and the young pianist Szymon Mika and his Trio.
- Jelle Van Giel Group – A New Beginning from Songs For Everyone
- Fredrik Kronkvist – Meltdown Blues (Grew’s Brew) from Reflecting Time
- Urban Elements feat. Fredrik Kronkvist – On the Move from New Dimensions
- Eivind Aarset – Wanderlust from I.E.
- Dhafer Youssef – Ya Hobb “In the Name of Love” from Abu Navas Rhapsody
- Maciej Kadziela – Quarter Man from The Taste of the World
- Wojciech Majewski Quintet – Zamyslenie from Remembrance
- Szyman Mika Trio – Rosemary’s Lullaby from Vibrations, States, Emotions
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