Reviews

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

Bettina Maier

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

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

Janne Mark

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

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

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