Reviews

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 by Robert Shore 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 by John Fordham 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 by Stuart Nicholson 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 by Stuart Nicholson 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 by Peter Quinn 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 by Robert Shore 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 by Robert Shore in issue: May/2020

Review of Iiro Rantala and the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen: Playing Gershwin

Iiro Rantala and the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen: Playing Gershwin

Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen | Annti Tikkanen | Jonathan Bloxham | Iiro Rantala

ACT

Rating: ★★★★

The concept of ‘Symphonic Jazz’ was launched by Paul Whiteman at the Aeolian Hall on 12 February, 1924. Today that...

Reviewed by Stuart Nicholson in issue: April/2020

Review of Viktoria Tolstoy: Stations

Viktoria Tolstoy: Stations

Joel Lyssarides | Rasmus Kihlberg | Krister Jonsson | Mattias Svennson | Viktoria Tolstoy

ACT

Rating: ★★★★

As emotionally engaging as it is immaculately performed, this latest album from vocalist Viktoria Tolstoy scores highly for its striking...

Reviewed by Peter Quinn in issue: April/2020

Review of Joachim K໨n/Mateusz Smoczyñski: Speaking Sound

Joachim K໨n/Mateusz Smoczyñski: Speaking Sound

Mateusz Smoczyñski | Joachim K໨n

ACT

Rating: ★★★★

It would be interesting to know if the work of Australian composer Dale Cornelius has crossed the horizons of either...

Reviewed by Stuart Nicholson in issue: April/2020

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