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June 15 , 2012

Reviews of the Week

Neue Zürcher Zeitung on Mark Turner and his work on Year Of The Snake by US jazz trio Fly

Mark Turner ist einer der bedeutendsten Jazzsaxofonisten der Gegenwart. Seine Musik ist geprägt durch die Auseinandersetzung mit den Fundamenten und Essenzen der Jazz-Tradition. Dennoch weist sie über reinen Traditionalismus hinaus. […]. Wie man ausgeprägte Individualität in eine musikalische Einheit bringt, zeigt “Year Of The Snake”, das neue Album des Trios Fly, auf eindrückliche Weise. Als „third stream“ propagierte Gunther Schuller in den 1950er Jahren die Verbindung von Jazzimprovisation und klassischer Komposition. Die Musiker von Fly bringen diese unterschiedlichen Traditionen heute mit erstaunlicher Selbstverständlichkeit zusammen. Durchaus vertraut mit der Klassik, nutzen sie kompositorische Verfahren dazu, die Einzelstimmen kammermusikalisch variantenreich zu kombinieren.
Ueli Bernays, Neue Zürcher Zeitung


British magazine The Strad is excited by Garth Knox' Saltarello

The sheer beauty and variety of the sounds here have won me round many times over. There are numerous wonderful moments on a disc where all the music has a feel of being pared back to essentials.
Catherine Nelson, The Strad


The reviewer of London daily The Times enjoys the long-awaited Saltash Bells by John Surman

The saxophonist’s first solo album since 1994 is a delight. Surman, the hard-blower of countless Britjazz outfits, takes a more introspective solo path. The inspiration is churchbells heard as he sailed of Cornwall as a boy. These are echoed in the chiming synthesizer patterns over which Surman improvises on saxophones, clarinets and harmonica. All ten of these atmospheric tunes are inspired by the landscapes of the South West, his bass clarinet rising over the synths of 'On Staddon Heights' like sun piercing mist.
John Bungey, The Times


Arild Andersen has collaborated with Tommy Smith and The Scottish National Jazz Orchestra for Celebration, an album that convinces The Guardian's John Fordham

It’s a contemporary big-band triumph in its inspired arrangements (by Christian Jacob, Smith, Mike Gibbs and others), sensitive execution and transfixing solo improvisations. […]. Andersen is agile on the uptempo music and sensuous on a meditation like Jan Garbarek’s Molde Canticle. The album is a mix of the best contemporary big-band methods with the tone poem atmospherics so widely associated with the ECM label this project was designed to celebrate.
John Fordham, The Guardian