Reviews

Review of Shalosh: Broken Balance

Shalosh: Broken Balance

Gadi Stern

ACT

Rating: ★★★

This Tel Aviv piano trio have found their natural home on EST's label, ACT, as they regularly power up rock...

Reviewed in issue December/2020

Review of Frank Woeste: Pocket Rhapsody II

Frank Woeste: Pocket Rhapsody II

Frank Woeste

ACT

Rating: ★★★

Pianist Frank Woeste won praise for his first Pocket Rhapsody album in 2016. Now he's back with Pocket Rhapsody II,...

Reviewed in issue December/2020

Review of Nesrine

Nesrine

ACT

Rating: ★★★

A mesmerising young Algerian- French cellist-vocalist with a dynamic sense of spatial awareness in her music, with its emphasis on...

Reviewed in issue December/2020

Review of Adam Bałdych/Vincent Courtois/Rogier Telderman: Clouds

Adam Bałdych/Vincent Courtois/Rogier Telderman: Clouds

Adam Bałdych

ACT

Rating: ★★★

“On this album I wanted to play less than ever before,” says Polish violin virtuoso Adam Baédych. By which he...

Reviewed in issue November/2020

Review of Marius Neset/Danish Radio Big Band/Miho Hazama: Tributes

Marius Neset/Danish Radio Big Band/Miho Hazama: Tributes

Marius Neset

Editor's Choice

ACT

Rating: ★★★★

With 2016's Snowmelt and 2019's Viaduct (both featuring the London Sinfonietta), the Norwegian reeds virtuoso Marius Neset emerged as a...

Reviewed in issue November/2020

Review of Michael Wollny: Mondenkind

Michael Wollny: Mondenkind

Michael Wollny

ACT

Rating: ★★★★

Michael Wollny, now a family man who teaches in academe, put lockdown to good use in April with this exhilarating...

Reviewed in issue November/2020

Review of Jazz at Berlin Philharmonic X: East-West

Jazz at Berlin Philharmonic X: East-West

Aram Lee | Nesrine Belmokh | Yoon Jeong Heo | Majid Bekkas | NES Trio | Nguyên Lê | Jean Oh

ACT

Rating: ★★★

When an instrument not usually associated with improvisation is introduced into jazz, it is usually regarded as something of a...

Reviewed in issue August/2020

Review of Laila Biali: Out of Dust

Laila Biali: Out of Dust

Rich Brown | Larnell Lewis | Laila Biali | Glenn Patscha | Ben Wittman

Editor's Choice

ACT

Rating: ★★★★

I was a big fan of Laila Biali's 2018 self-titled debut on ACT – for which she bagged Vocal Jazz...

Reviewed in issue June/2020

Review of Jazzrausch Bigband: Beethoven's Breakdown

Jazzrausch Bigband: Beethoven's Breakdown

Jutta Keeß | Angela Avetisyan | Heinrich Wulff | Roman Sladek | Daniel Klingl | Patricia Römer | Raphael Huber | Severin Krieger | Julius Braun | Fredeik Mademann

ACT

Rating: ★★★

Beethoven was a raver. You knew that already, of course, but, as if to allow you to hear and feel...

Reviewed in issue June/2020

Review of Wolfgang Haffner: Kind of Tango

Wolfgang Haffner: Kind of Tango

Wolfgang Haffner | Christopher Dell | Bill Evans | Vincent Peirani | Guest Alma Naidu | Lars Nilsson | Simon Oslender | Lars Danielsson | Ulf Wakenius | Sebastian Studnitzky

ACT

Rating: ★★★

First there was Kind of Cool (2015). Next there was Kind of Spain (2017). And now, to complete the trilogy,...

Reviewed in issue May/2020

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