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Harold López-Nussa

Harold López-Nussa – Timba a la Americana This album pays homage to the aphorism ‘Don’t judge a book by its cover’. It is Harold López-Nussa’s sixth album and while all the signs point at a hot-blooded latin jazz that will erupt from the first note to the last, the album has some unexpected revelations that […]

12 of the best tracks from 2023 https://the-ear.net/

The Hot Toddies Jazz Band

The Hot Toddies Jazz Band Got an itch for a bit of trad jazz? Maybe it’s blues swing you are after? A touch of the post prohibition jazz scene? Or maybe you’re after the sound of Kansas City rhythms of the Count Basie big band? Still yearning for the joy of western swing played by […]

12 of the best tracks from 2023 https://the-ear.net/

Dorothy Ashby

With Strings attached 1957-1965 is effectively the greatest hits of Dorothy Ashby (1932-1986). The lesser-known harp jazzista of her era, in deference to Alice Coltrane, Ashby’s style and choice of material was always presented in a gentle, rhythmic, lyrical, and melodious fashion, happy and light. A native of Detroit, her father who was a self-taught […]

12 of the best tracks from 2023 https://the-ear.net/

Michael Blake

Dance of the Mystic Bliss is the type of album you make time to listen to. It requires attention and patience. It offers vast musical landscapes with details that will be better enjoyed and even more appreciated after the second and third listen. The album was created by a very talented septet lead by Michael […]


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The Danny Fox Trio

It’s not every day one gets to hear of a jazz album like Time Took Care Of It that is coordinated with the cook book that accompanies it and directly correlates tracks to recipes. It may be that the Danny Fox trio is hedging their bets between ably playing their instruments and parading dishes out of […]

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Nguyên Lê Trio

Silk And Sand is a brilliant collaboration that spans a wide range of cultures and musical worlds. The playing by Lê and his band is that of musicians at the top of their game. Listeners are treated to a melodious fusion that marries sounds which are reminiscent of Hadouk Trio, King Crimson’s Discipline, Abdullah Ibrahim […]

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Villiers Quartet

This recording captures quartets written in a roughly twenty-year period by two revered English composers. Roughly contemporary with each other Delius and Smyth were perhaps the ‘non-mainstream’ element in English music of that time (if you consider Elgar to be mainstream, that is). Smyth continued to challenge many ‘mainstream’ preconceptions during her lifetime, and is […]

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Clare Hammond

This is a remarkable collection of etudes. Many composers have written etudes as a means of exploring different compositional devices in a set of pieces, usually for piano, (but other instruments are available!), but rarely by a woman composer in those times (late 18th and early 19th century). Hélène de Montgerould’s etudes are much more […]


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Song Yi Jeon & Vinicius Gomes

This is not the first time that a Korean singer has graced these pages. Only this time she’s not calling France her home as was the case with Youn Sun Nah, instead Song Yi Jeon is a Swiss born singer with immense vocal talent.  She is accompanied by the solo guitar of Vinicius Gomes who […]

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Julian & Roman Wasserfuhr

This album serves as a talented musical Smiley. Julian Wasserfuhr (trumpet) and Roman Wasserfuhr (piano and keys) lead a large band of a dozen talented guys while they waltz their way through a broad variety of musical genre. Mosaic was pieced together from places a long way apart: from the Wasserfuhrs’ studio in Hückeswagen, a small […]

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Matt Aronoff

An interesting and in places engrossing album that shouts from every fibre of its digital being: hard core modern jazz. The sound reminded me of Moon Germs an old favourite from the early 1970s by Joe Farrell, Herbie Hancock, Ron Carter and Jack DeJohnette. The line up here is Matt Aronoff (bass), Jason Rigby (tenor […]

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Jazz at Berlin Philharmonic XIII

Take Mingus’s music, add a wee bit of European accent, sprinkle on a great performance, pour in incredible recording quality and joyful wit, and voila, you get Jazz at Berlin Philharmonic XIII – Celebrating Mingus 100. Led by Magnus Lindgren (sax/bass clarinet) and Georg Breinshmid (double bass), the album features a talented bunch of musicians […]


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Vincent Peirani

Vincent Peirani’s Jokers doesn’ fall under any of the usual classifications. From its first track, a rendition of Marilyn Manson’s This Is the New Shit and thereafter, it’s a musical hoot. Across the Brexit channel, Peirani is considered to be a jazz musician, on the evidence of this album, he swings his accordion in very […]

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Iiro Rantala

WARNING: This album will spellbind from its first note and induces a feeling of well-being that is liable to spread smiles and relaxed expressions on the faces of listeners. This is the second time I have reviewed an album by this prolific Finish pianist and it won’t be the last. On this occasion Rantala has chosen to […]

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Yogev Shetrit Trio

In his second album drummer Yogev Shetrit presents a compelling and unique fusion of middle-eastern, North African and Spanish Flamenco inspired rhythms packed into short, thoughtful and innovative musical gems. In places the style is distinctively jazz albeit of the most enjoyable and listenable type. In others it’s a cornucopia of world music that is […]

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9 Horses

Omegah is a remarkable musical feet that will never be heard and appreciated by enough people. The music is hard to define but post-modern-Americana may go some way towards describing it. The album contains essence of heavy metal, but can hardly be described as raucous, it has a lead violin backed by Hammond B3 with […]