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Dieter Glawischnig: Winged By Distance

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"Dieter Glawischnig, born in Graz in 1938, is still alive (March 2015)", according to the short biography that he wrote himself. It should be added that this Austrian musician, composer, educator and musicologist is successful in all four fields. He was already a pianist as a child, a trumpet player as a teenager in addition, band co-founder for the first time at the age of 26 and back on the piano in the meantime. His groups were called Neighbours, with whom he recorded with Anthony Braxton, Fred Anderson and Albert Mangelsdorff, among others, and much later Cercle, including with Tony Oxley. He had already advanced then from repetiteur at the Graz Opera Hall to conductor of the jazz department at the music college there and even brought jazz to the "Music and Theater College" in Hamburg. He was the conductor of the NDR Big Band in the Hanseatic city for 28 years starting from 1980. The holder of the "Austrian Cross of Honor for Science and Art, 1st Class" has composed numerous "great compositions in the tradition of committed music, which uses jazz as powerful transport means for the texts", e.g., with the poet Ernst Jandl "Laut und Luise" and "Jedes Ich Nackt", but also "Grimm’s Märchen nach Janosch" or "Die dunkle Seite des Würfels" based as texts by Gunter Falk. Productions with Chet Baker, Albert Mangelsdorff, Abdullah Ibrahim, Martial Solal and Nils Wogram round out the work of this European jazz legend. Dieter Glawischnig can be heard live in a trio with his son Hans on bass and Manfred Schoof on trumpet and flugelhorn on this CD.

Release date: August 2015

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Johanna Schneider Quartet: Pridetime

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The survival reflex. A bit of swing. . . Oh well, let's just call it groove, catchy, iPod compatible harmonies, with which you can hum along, clever, comprehensible texts, a veteran band and listening hurdles that are not too high. After all, the CD is supposed to sell well and not scare off people even partially interested with the plague and cholera branding "jazz". This path of least resistance provides at least a little bit of attention for every woman with a reasonably pleasant voice who is blessed with good looks. Many talented vocalists, who once began training as jazz singers with big ambitions, are now anchored in the safe harbor of the spirit of the times.

But there are exceptions - thankfully! Johanna is one such exception, who thumbs her nose at the trend to randomness and anonymity in the German vocal jazz scene with courage, perseverance, improvisation pleasure and a refreshing tendency towards perfectionism. When did you last hear a singer scat so wildly in these times of pop-jazz elves, with a distinctive expression almost approaching its own language of art at times. When was there a vocal album recently by a young person, who has dedicated herself completely to jazz and takes every freedom of phrasing, whether in the interpretation of standards or her very personal own songs? "Oliver Hochkeppel asks in the liner notes to Johanna Schneider's debut album" Pridetime," which adds a new, very bright shimmering gem to the successful Jazz thing Next Generation series.

Release date: August 2015

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Thomas Rückert Trio: Parvaneh

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The fact that Thomas Rückert has been going against the tide passionately since the beginning of his career has earned him a lot of recognition and an extraordinary form of attention. The pianist from Cologne searches incessantly far from trodden paths for tones previously unheard, mixes new sounds and does not push to the foreground in an affected manner even at the risk of being perhaps ignored. The 45-year-old could start actually get going immediately based on his talent and skills. However, he prefers to insert moments of silence when most begin to plonk away, creates complex harmonious structures rather than houses of cards, brooding where others swagger. Thomas Rückert does not take from the repertoire of dead music, but instead searches for material that lives beneath the surface. His philosophy of a piano trio runs in opposition to expectations of quickly consumed excitement. Such serenity has matured over many years.

Release date: August 2015

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Homepage: www.thomasrueckert.com

NAK Trio: The Other Side Of If

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"Jazz made in Poland" has been considered a seal of quality since the 1960s. Well-known musicians as Zbigniew Namysklowski, Tomasz Stanko, Michal Urbaniak, Krzysztof Komeda, Zbigniew Seifert, Adam Makowicz, Jan Wróblewski, Urszula Dudziak, Leszek Zadlo and Vitold Rek shaped an unmistakable style that lifts the substance of American swing with the yearning of the Eastern European bloc countries for freedom and adventure to a high quality, exciting common denominator. Admittedly, the explosive, sparkling atmosphere of Polish catacomb and underground jazz belongs to past at the latest since the political upheavals in Europe at the end of the 1980s. Today, it is above all pianists who set the tone of the cultural image of the country. Marcin Wasilewski and Leszek Mozdzer are getting worldwide recognition with their diverse projects as creators of a new musical language. It is quite possible that three young Polish musicians will be mentioned in one breath with them in the future: Dominik Wania (piano), Jacek Kochan (drums) and Michal Kapczuk (bass) have joined forces under the cryptic slogan "NAK Trio" to create a community of interest exceptional in every way.

Release date: June 2015

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Homepage: www.jacekkochan.com

Romero - Kestas Vaiginis: Strings And Air

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Playing music with only six nylon strings and a bit of air: What sounds like fragments of musical stopgaps at first impression once again becomes a masterpiece of minimalist virtuosity and unpretentious emotionalism in the hands of Grammy winner Hernán Romero. Following the celebrated "Tres Caras de una Moneda" with Hernán's mother Estela Raval and Al di Meola as well as Jerry Marottaof from Peter Gabriel's band, the guitarist of Spanish ancestry born in Argentina and currently living in New York presents an album together with the Lithuanian soprano saxophonist Kestas Vaiginis that is full of breathtaking facets, which creates a great effect precisely due to its airy, celebrated minimalism.

Release date: May.2015

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Homepage: www.hernanromeromusic.com