On „Short Stories“, Oslo based trio Slagr give time a sound. With hardanger fiddle, vibraphone and cello they weave artful, swelling sound structures that set the background for new folk melodies and old, almost forgotten stories. Through this Slagr create their own genre, combining the folk tradition of Norway with contemporary classical music and ambient.
This album thrives on the magic of contrasts: artful original compositions, a Bollywood hit, an Armenian love song and free improvisational pieces.
Sometimes, you have to stray far from home to see what's right in front of you. For trumpetist Gunnar Halle, the penny dropped while walking the streets of Istanbul in 2013. For almost two decades, Halle had served in a wide range of band constellations. And yet, in all these years, he had never done what seemed so obvious – he’d never recorded an album under his own name and direction …
Bass Detector is all about essence, risk, breaks with routine and complete freedom. The album sees Fossum handling a variety of different basses and challenging himself with finding an organic connection between acoustic- and electronic interfaces. Musically, it encompasses a wide range of styles, from pumping funk rhythms and soulful horn sections to dense ensemble parts and cool licks, running the full gamut of his influences and passions.
On the new album by the Aki Rissanen and Jussi Lehtonen Quartet with Dave Liebman, the past and the future are more closely intertwined than ever. Similar inspirations from the past, serendipity and complementary contrasts are at the heart of almost every piece here.
For contemplative moments of the wintertime ahead of us, Ozella presents a compilation that combines quiet and pensive songs of some of the best Piano Jazz Trios of our time. Including Norwegian favourites Helge Lien Trio, Finland's top newcomer Kari Ikonen Trio, the Eivind Austad Trio with a beautifully dreamy David Bowie cover version, Stefan Aeby Trio (Switzerland) and Edgar Knecht the jazz saviour of German folk song.