Reviews

Review of The Nils Landgren Funk Unit: Funk Is My Religion

The Nils Landgren Funk Unit: Funk Is My Religion

ACT

Rating: ★★

Sweet soul, groove-jazz and funk has been the retro ingredients effectively served up by trombonist Nils Landgren over the last...

Reviewed in issue July/2021

Review of Marius Neset: A New Dawn

Marius Neset: A New Dawn

Marius Neset

ACT

Rating: ★★★

A solo tenor sax performance is no easy task but the Norwegian saxophonist– composer Marius Neset might strike you as...

Reviewed in issue June/2021

Review of Philipp Schiepek & Walter Lang: Cathedral

Philipp Schiepek & Walter Lang: Cathedral

Philipp Schiepek

ACT

Rating: ★★★

Here's an unusual jazz pairing: nylon string guitar and grand piano, the former played by comparative newcomer Schiepek, the latter...

Reviewed in issue June/2021

Review of Larry Coryell & Philip Catherine + Jazz at Berlin Philharmonic XI: The Last Call

Larry Coryell & Philip Catherine + Jazz at Berlin Philharmonic XI: The Last Call

Larry Coryell

ACT

Rating: ★★★

The easy headline with The Last Call is that this is Coryell's last concert recording; within weeks he was dead....

Reviewed in issue June/2021

Review of Ida Sand: Do You Hear Me?

Ida Sand: Do You Hear Me?

ACT

Rating: ★★

The Swedish singer-songwriter, who's collaborated with stellar ACT artists, is more MOR R&B and acoustic pop than jazz in a...

Reviewed in issue June/2021

Review of Wollny/Parisien/Lefebvre/Lillinger: XXXX

Wollny/Parisien/Lefebvre/Lillinger: XXXX

Tim Lefebvre | Emile Parisien | Christian Lillinger | Michael Wollny

Editor's Choice

ACT

Rating: ★★★★

At the end or 2019, German virtuoso pianist/composer Michael Wollny invited three former playing partners – American bass guitar star...

Reviewed in issue May/2021

Review of David Helbock, Sebastian Studnitzky, Arne Jansen: The New Cool

David Helbock, Sebastian Studnitzky, Arne Jansen: The New Cool

David Helbock

ACT

Rating: ★★★★

The Austrian-born pianist David Helbock's albums on ACT have not quite flattered to deceive – showing promise but failing to...

Reviewed in issue April/2021

Review of Jazzrausch Bigband: téchne

Jazzrausch Bigband: téchne

Moritz Stahl | Jelena Kuljic | Thorben Schütt | Frederik Mademann | Thomas Kölbl | Viktoria Tolstoy | Marco Dufner | Nils Landgren | Julian Hesse | Nesrine

ACT

Rating: ★★★

After tackling Ludwig Van on 2020's Beethoven's Breakdown, Munich's ever-enterprising Jazzrausch Bigband now have a go at inventing a completely...

Reviewed in issue April/2021

Review of Diego Pinera: Odd Wisdom

Diego Pinera: Odd Wisdom

Diego Pinera | Scott Colley | Donny McCaslin | Ben Monder

ACT

Rating: ★★

Berlin-based drummer Diego Pinera, who hails from Montevideo, Uruguay, says he studied music in places where it came from –...

Reviewed in issue March/2021

Review of Janne Mark: Kontinent

Janne Mark: Kontinent

Bjørn Heebøll | Nils Økland | Eaben Eyermann | Janne Mark | Henrik Gunde | Arve Henriksen

Editor's Choice

ACT

Rating: ★★★★

Impressive in conception, deft in execution, this is highly creative Nordic contemporary music. Diverse conceptually yet thematically strong in construction,...

Reviewed in issue February/2021

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