Marius Neset – Pinball

(ACT 9032-2) It’s possible to identify Marius Neset‘s rhythmically jumpy compositional and playing style even when it’s interpreted in the band clapping it out, which is exactly how this album, the fourth from the 29-year-old Norwegian saxophone wonder, and the… Read More ›

Lars Danielsson – Liberetto II

(ACT 9571-2) Well, here’s some perfect Sunday morning jazz. The Swedish bassist and cellist makes music that combines shimmering surface beauty with an easily-worn depth of thought and emotion that satisfies. His core quartet has former E.S.T. drummer Magnus Öström… Read More ›

Various – Duo Art

Various – Duo Art: Creating Magic (ACT 6014-2) Vincent Peirani & Emile Parisien – Belle Époque (ACT 9625-2) Philip Catherine & Martin Wind – New Folks (ACT 9621-2) George Mraz & Emil Viklický – Together Again (ACT 9622-2) Joachim Kühn &… Read More ›

Geir Lysne – New Circle

(ACT 9561-2) The Norwegian tenor saxophonist has developed his own style of jazz for a large ensemble. While on previous discs he kept things fairly acoustic, on this new album he embraces a more urban, electric sound, together with influences… Read More ›

CD review: Three Fall

Realize! (ACT Music 9672-2) A trio of saxophone, trombone and drums sounds a bit unlikely until you hear these three young Germans, at which point it sounds like a combination rich with potential – and a lot of it is… Read More ›

CD review: Mo’ Blow

Gimme The Boots (ACT 9671-2) If jazz funk is your bag, then you’re in for a full-on quality workout with this album from the accomplished young Berlin-based outfit Mo’ Blow. The speedometer nudges the needle to flat-out on the straights,… Read More ›