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Linn Records, Outhere & Out Note


Hela juli månad har vi specialpris på massor av jazzplattor från Linn Records, Outhere och Out Note.

Bland annat den brittiska stjärnan Claire Martins alla album, även hennes färska skiva med Martin Sjöstedts trio (!), Fabrizio Cassols jazz-/world music-version av Mozarts Requiem som gästade Stockholm (Dansens hus) nyligen, samt svängiga plattor med Joe Stilgoe.

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Image Believin it
Claire Martin is joined by her all-Swedish trio as she celebrates another career milestone: recording her twentieth album for Linn Records. Making their UK debut at Ronnie Scott’s in 2018, Martin and her trio have played to sell-out audiences in Sweden, London and Madrid. Martin’s fascination with Sweden’s vibrant jazz scene began a decade ago, and via a shared love of songs she has cultivated a unique chemistry with her trio over the past two years. Uppsala-born pianist/arranger Martin Sjöstedt leads the trio comprising bassist Niklas Fernqvist and drummer Daniel Fredriksson. Sjöstedt, one of Sweden’s most gifted and talked about jazz musicians, has created imaginative new arrangements of contemporary material exclusively for Martin. Encompassing a century’s worth of tunes, tracks include ‘Broken Wings’ by Mr. Mister and ‘I’m Not in Love’ by 10cc, as well as favourites by Joe Locke, Joni Mitchell, Ivan Lins and Pat Metheny. Martin remembers legendary singer Lena Horne with her own arrangement of ‘Come Runnin’’ and pays tribute to Norway’s Karin Krog with ‘Cherry Tree Song’.

135 kr (159 kr)
Image Requiem pour L.
Mozart’s Requiem is one of the most iconic works in the history of western music. After exploring its labyrinth of secrets in several years of research, Fabrizio Cassol wanted to reframe the mournful ritual of the Requiem to express other emotions as well – such as joyfulness – transcended by music and dancing. He confided his wish to Alain Platel, who was immediately fired by the idea. The choice of musicians was key: the ensemble is made up of six singers, three likembes, accordion, guitar, bass, euphonium and percussion. The basic narrative and formal scheme of the original Requiem is retained: recognizable fragments from it are quoted in almost all the sections. Joy and intense exultation, the power of the ‘groove’ and profound incantations all meet and intermingle with polyphony from many different sources. Five African languages intertwine with the ancient Latin text, and invocations to the ancestors ring out, creating a unique journey towards the hereafter – a journey open to the reality of the world today.

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Image We Look to the Stars
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Image New Songs for Old Souls
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Image A Modern Art
Britains leading female jazz singer, Claire Martin, presents an acerbic look at what it takes to be a jazz musician in the celebrity-obsessed 21st century. The original and contemporary songs on A Modern Art are presented with a cool-edge, tinged with a touch of irony and razor-sharp wit.Originally released in 2009 A Modern Art has been re-issued as part of Linns ECHO series which offers a second chance to enjoy the best of the labels award-winning catalogue. A Modern Art is inspired by the tragic death of pioneering jazz musician Esbjörn Svensson, who Claire pays tribute to with a heartfelt rendition of Love Is Real.A Modern Art features songs by the 21st centurys finest writers; Michael Franks, Donald Fagen, Cy Coleman, Rogers & Hart and Rebekka Bakken. Mark Winkler has contributed lyrics to a great Joshua Redman melody on the track lowercase and As We Live and Breathe is by the New York Voices vocalist Lauren Kinhan. Claire Martin successfully creates new jazz classics as she tackles the thorny subject of jazz as a contemporary art form one routed in tradition but as relevant and vibrant as ever. Known as The First Lady of British Jazz, Claire Martin has previously won Best Vocalist at the British Jazz Awards on six separate occasions, an award she was nominated in 2013.Claire Martin has been a driving force behind the UK jazz scene for the past 25 years and in 2011 was appointed an OBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours List for her services to music. Claire is known to thousands of jazz fans as a presenter of ""Jazz Line-Up"", the flagship jazz show on the UKs Radio Station of the Year, BBC Radio 3.



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Image With a Song In My Heart
A jewel in the crown of British Jazz for many years, but unrecorded since 1994, With a Song in My Heart saw Gill Manly make a welcome and decisive return to the studio.Originally released in 2009 With A Song In My Heart has been re-issued as part of Linn's ECHO series which offers a second chance to enjoy the best of the label's award-winning catalogue.Gill Manly is a jazz singer who has been described as an amalgam of Bessie Smith and Sarah Vaughan. Her debut album on Linn, With a Song in My Heart, features performances by trumpeter Guy Barker and singer Mark Murphy.A stalwart of London's live music scene for many years, Gill Manly has returned to the recording studio due to popular demand from champions such as Mark Murphy.With a Song in My Heart reflects a period of maturation and reflection. It is a gentle and flawless selection of jazz standards enhanced by the virtuoso playing of Guy Barker on trumpet.With a Song in My Heart sees Manly reclaim her place amongst the current jazz vocalists who have long cited her as an inspiration and a unique interpreter of the jazz singers vast cannon.Gill Manly has worked with the cream of UK jazz including Claire Martin, Ian Shaw, Barb Jungr, Clark Tracey and Robin Aspland, Alec Dankworth and Dave O Higgins.Gill was nominated in the Best Jazz Vocalist category at the British Jazz Awards in 1995.Gill is a regular performer at key jazz venues around London (she was recently invited to honour Dudley Moore at Ronnie Scott's).



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Image Lifejacket
Ian Shaw fulfils his life ambition to release an album of originals in Lifejacket.Originally released in 2008 Lifejacket has been re-issued as part of Linn's ECHO series which offers a second chance to enjoy the best of the label's award-winning catalogue.Shaw has been interpreting the great songwriters for most of his career, from Harold Arlen to Fran Landesman, David Bowie to Thom Yorke, then more recently Joni Mitchell, on his highly acclaimed collection, Drawn To All Things. A review of this album posed the question; isn't it time Shaw unlocked his own diary? Lifejacket is an album of highly personal stories and observations, mixing in Ian's love of jazz, folk and classical music. (It is called Lifejacket because of all the pressures to stay afloat in life.)Lifejacket questions the unsteady passage from young man to middle-aged child. Together with co-writer David Preston, Ian explores with humour the themes of drinking, growing older and love; with poignancy the heartache of war; plus a moving tribute to his father: A good and simple man.Songs include Forty-Two, a duet with award-winning singer, Liane Carroll, Love At First Tequila - a Mack The Knife for modern-day London which features the 2007 BBC Best Instrumentalist, Julian Siegel, on sax, and a stunning reworking of Rozz Williams' Flowers, featuring cellist, Gabriella Swallow.Lifejacket cements Shaw's skills as a consummate jazz performer and vocalist, and showcases his hitherto little known talents as an accomplished songwriter.Twice named Best Vocalist at the BBC Jazz Awards, Ian Shaw is one of the UK's finest male jazz vocalists. His exciting, edgy and provocative style has made him a popular name both at home and in the States.Shaw has toured extensively in the UK - regular venues include the Purcell Room, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Blackheath Concert Halls, Ronnie Scott's, Pizza Express Soho Jazz Club, The Vortex, the Jazz Café and The Barbican.



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Image Drawn to all Things
Ian Shaw's debut album on Linn Records is a stunning collection of re-workings of classic and lesser-known songs by his personal heroine Joni Mitchell.Originally released in 2006 Drawn To All Things has been re-issued as part of Linn's ECHO series which offers a second chance to enjoy the best of the label's award-winning catalogue.Drawn To All Things includes three songs which had not previously been recorded by anyone other than Joni; Talk to Me, Love Or Money and Stay In Touch.Top jazz vocalists and musicians lend their support; Claire Martin and Lea de Laria on vocals, plus trumpeter Guy Barker and guitarist Jim Mullen.Twice named Best Vocalist at the BBC Jazz Awards, Ian Shaw is one of the UK's finest male jazz vocalists. His exciting, edgy and provocative style has made him a popular name both at home and in the States.Ian has performed with some of the UK's top jazz musicians, including Kenny Wheeler, John Taylor and Cleo Laine, as well as fellow Linn artist Barb Jungr.Shaw has toured extensively in the UK - regular venues include the Purcell Room, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Blackheath Concert Halls, Ronnie Scott's, Pizza Express Soho Jazz Club, The Vortex, the Jazz Café and The Barbican.Ian has played at all of the major jazz festivals in the UK including Brecon, Liverpool, Birmingham, Edinburgh (where he was nominated for a Perrier Award), Grimsby, Glasgow, Cheltenham, Scarborough, Swanage and St. Ives.Shaw's ongoing and highly popular collaboration is a celebrated duet show with Claire Martin. Together they have toured the world in an intimate duo setting with Shaw playing piano and with the BBC Big Band.



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Image It´s a Nice Thought
Sarah Moule's debut album It's a Nice Thought features 14 songs with lyrics by Fran Landesman and music by Simon Wallace.Originally released in 2002 It's A Nice Thought has been re-issued as part of Linn's ECHO series which offers a second chance to enjoy the best of the label's award-winning catalogue.New York born and raised but London-based for many years, Fran Landesman is a genuine beat survivor and a lyricist with a humorous, lightly ironic touch, a deep humanism and flashes of penetrating insight. Songs she wrote with Tommy Wolf in the 1950s, such as Spring Can Really Hang You Up The Most , went on to become standards. The songs on this album were all written in the last few years and encapsulate the gritty realism of modern life.Full of literate, often witty songs that lend themselves perfectly to Sarah's emotionally direct vocal style Simon Wallace has been working closely with Fran for around 8 years producing over 300 songs as well as maintaining a busy career as a jazz pianist and composer.Sarah Moule sings with a combination of gusty swing and sensitivity. Sarah brings to bear her own life experience to sing Fran Landesman's strong words with the self-assurance they require.Since she began performing with her quartet in 2002 Sarah has established a growing reputation as one of Britain's most exciting jazz vocal talents.In 2010 Sarah made her Southbank Centre debut as a featured artist, in A Night Out With Fran Landesman , together with singers Ian Shaw and Gwyneth Herbert, composer Simon Wallace and Fran Landesman herself. The show was reprised for the Art Of Song Festival in 2011.In September 2011 Sarah made her Ronnie Scott's Club debut as a featured artist with Ladies Sing The Blues. She now performs regularly with the Renato D aiello Quartet in Ronnie's Bar.



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Image Take My Heart
With tracks by Paul Simon, Elvis Costello, Nick Drake and David Sylvian, Claire Martin takes a rare, and brilliant, side-step from her traditional jazz roots. Originally released in 1999, Take My Heart has been re-issued as part of Linn's ECHO series which offers a second chance to enjoy the best of the label's award-winning catalogue. Claire Martin's eclectic taste, originality and flair ensures this foray into pop-crossover territory, a trend she championed long before Norah Jones and Madeleine Peyroux made this style an accepted genre, was highly successful. Claire invited Noel Gallagher to play acoustic guitar on Help! whilst other notable contributors include Paul Stacey, Gareth Williams, Arnie Somogyi,Jeremy Stacey, Jason Rebello and Mornington Lockett. Claire Martin co-wrote a few of the songs on Take My Heart, including Pleading Guilty which is Joni Mitchell-esque in style and Inner City Girl.



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Image Gypsy
Martin Taylor combines his strong, engaging stage presence with his signature style on this spirited live album recorded during his 1997 British tour.Originally released in 1998, Gypsy has been re-issued as part of Linn's ECHO series which offers a second chance to enjoy the best of the label's award-winning catalogue.Gypsy finds Martin Taylor and his Spirit of Django band dazzling audiences with a combination of virtuosity, emotion and humor.Together Taylor and the band re-work compositions by Django Reinhardt and tracks the late Gypsy guitarist made famous, such as Chicago and Sweet Sue Just You . The Tipsy Gypsy provides the centrepiece for the engaging opening medley, written by Django collaborator and Bluegrass mandolinist, David Grisman.Taylor has written for many respected jazz performers and for TV and film; the mellow but upbeat Chez Fernand is one of seven original tracks he has contributed to Gypsy.Taylor's acoustic guitar is complemented by strong soloists such as accordion player Jack Emblow and saxophonist Dave O'Higgins.His enviable technique creates a sizzling Ol Man River and he applies a gentle melodic touch to 'I Remember Clifford.'



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Image Sound Of Love (The)
Saxophone virtuoso Tommy Smith reveals himself to be a consummate ballad player on this laid back selection of classics by two of the most justly celebrated composers in jazz history: Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn.

Originally released in 1998 The Sound of Love has been re-issued as part of Linn's ECHO series which offers a second chance to enjoy the best of the label's award-winning catalogue.

'...this is not just another homage to Ellington and Strayhorn, Smith's renderings and keen vision clearly exhibit the obvious notions that Ellington and Strayhorn are embedded in his soul. Pianist Kenny Barron was the perfect choice for this project. His articulate phrasing and heartfelt performances provide the anchor for Smith's rich and multi- textured tenor sax passages.'
(All About Jazz)

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Image Make This City Ours
With a title song by the Brazilian troubadour Milton Nascimento, Make This City Ours was critically acclaimed, culminating in Claire being named ‘Best Vocalist' at the 1997 BBC Jazz Awards.

Originally released in 1997 Make This City Ours has been re-issued as part of Linn's ECHO series which offers a second chance to enjoy the best of the label's award-winning catalogue.

'The album has a vitality essential to jazz, thanks in no small part to an immaculate backing band who sound as though they had as good a time as Martin making this fine album.'
(The Observer)

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Image Years Apart
Martin Taylor's second recording with his Spirit of Django band features a star-studded guest list including the legendary violinist Stéphane Grappelli, plus Britain's leading jazz vocalist Claire Martin and pianist Brian Kellock.Originally released in 1996, Years Apart has been re-issued as part of Linn's ECHO series which offers a second chance to enjoy the best of the label's award-winning catalogue.Following the success of the band's debut, Réunion, Years Apart was also released to critical acclaim and public popularity; it won two British Jazz Award categories: Best Guitar and Best Small Group .Taylor and Grappelli's mutual admiration was sparked when, aged 23, the youthful prodigy joined the jazz stalwart's regular touring band; their shared virtuosity and verve drew them together.Inventive with a Gypsy flavour throughout, highlights include the easygoing ballad Going Home Again and the well-crafted Hi Lily, Hi Lo , featuring Claire Martin - a piece rarely heard in a jazz setting.Grappelli sums up the appeal of Years Apart: Martin has managed to capture the true spirit of Django, yet do it in his own style.



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Image Offbeat
offBEAT was recorded live over six days at London's famous Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club in the year Claire Martin won the first of her seven British Jazz Awards for Best Jazz Singer.Originally released in 1995 offBEAT has been re-issued as part of Linn's ECHO series which offers a second chance to enjoy the best of the label's award-winning catalogue. offBEAT features Claire's regular trio of dynamic musicians (comprising pianist Gareth Williams,bassist Arnie Somogyi and drummer Clark Tracey) plus special guests guitarist Martin Taylor (Some Other Time), vibraphonist Anthony Kerr (Monk's New Tune and Wishful Thinking) and trombonist Mark Nightingale (I'll Close My Eyes, Comes Love and Something Real). Renowned throughout her career for unusual and adventurous repertoire choices, Claire turns her expressively cool-toned voice to Stevie Wonder's Make Sure You're Sure and Paul Simon's I Do It For Your Love plus Laura Nyro's Buy And Sell. Leonard Bernstein's Some Other Time and Lost In His Arms by Irving Berlin, widely considered one of the greatest song-writers of all time, represent Claire's love of the Great American Songbook.There are also a couple of original songs - Worth The Wait, courtesy of Gareth Williams and Wishful Thinking by producer Joel Siegel and pianist David Newton.



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Image Full Flavour
The Full Flavour,the debut album of Ray Gelato Giants,is Vegas-style Rat Pack Swing at its very best.Originally released in 1995,The Full Flavour has been re-issued as part of Linn's ECHO series which offers a second chance to enjoy the best of the label's award-winning catalogue.Mixing the popular jump n' jive sound of the golden era of swing with Louis Prima influences and the spirit of Harlem,Ray Gelato is a dynamic and charismatic band leader.The set list includes tracks made famous by Louis Prima (That Old Black Magic and a medley of Basin Street Blues and Sleepy Time Down South),Charlie Ventura (Dark Eyes),Dean Martin,Nat King Cole,and a rare up-tempo version of As Time Goes By.Claire Martin, fresh from being named Best Jazz Singer at the 1995 British Jazz Awards is a guest vocalist,whilst band legend Benny Green contributes the booklet note.



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Image Return Journey
Return Journey sees David Newton illustrate his award-winning talents as a composer and jazz pianist through this expressive and heartfelt eclectic solo exploration.Originally released in 1994, Return Journey has been re-issued as part of Linns ECHO series which offers a second chance to enjoy the best of the labels award-winning catalogue.His third studio album finds Newton performing a collection of original and improvised works exploring the notion of time. Exuding emotion, power and beauty Return Journey sees Newton create a reflective mood with some hauntingly beautiful moments.



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Image Réunion
In the same year his critically acclaimed solo album, Artistry, topped the UK Jazz Charts for six weeks, Taylor and the legendary violinist Stéphane Grappelli briefly joined forces to make this remarkable duo recording.Originally released in 1993, Réunion has been re-issued as part of Linn s ECHO series which offers a second chance to enjoy the best of the label s award-winning catalogue.Taylor s signature fingerstyle frames the opening chorus of Drop Me Off At Harlem showcasing the apparently negligent ease with which Taylor supplies harmony, rhythm, linking phrases and supporting melody, all at the same time.The duo s mutual admiration was sparked when, aged 23, Taylor joined Grappelli s regular touring band; their shared virtuosity and verve drew the youthful prodigy and jazz stalwart together.In later life Grappelli s playing had taken on a new ardour and a kind of fearlessness thriving on new material and new collaborations.Grappelli s style finds a perfect echo in Taylor, whose composition Jenna brings out the full luxuriance of Grappelli s tone.



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Image Eye Witness
A master of jazz piano and acknowledged heavyweight of British jazz, David Newtons sophisticated playing is to the fore in his second studio album. Originally released in 1991, Eye Witness has been re-issued as part of Linns ECHO series which offers a second chance to enjoy the best of the labels award-winning catalogue.Recorded at Abbey Road Studios, Eye Witness sees the award-winning pianist strike the perfect balance between well played standards and upbeat catchy originals.



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Image Don´t Fret!
Recorded at Abbey Road Studios, London, Don't Fret! launched Martin Taylor's remarkable recording career and signature style.Originally released in 1990, Don't Fret! has been re-issued as part of Linn's ECHO series which offers a second chance to enjoy the best of the label's award-winning catalogue.The musicians highly developed degree of unity achieves a finely-tuned sense of give and take that infuses the music with a perfectly proportioned ebb and flow, utilising trio, duo and solo formats.Martin Taylor's fingerstyle guitar playing breathes new life into the Jerome Kern standard, I'm Old Fashioned , whilst Cole Porter's classic, I Love You , benefits from the attention paid to it by Taylor, Green and Ganley.The foursome deliver contemplative explorations of Blue In Green and Moonlight In Vermont , a fusion tinted Latin framed Mugavero and a loose airy groove on Oscar Pettiford s seldom heard Laverne Walk .To close, guitar and piano imbue Newton's You Know It's True with all the tenderness this lovely song deserves.



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Image Victim of Circumstance
Jazz pianist David Newton combines exquisite melodies and perfectly judged improvisations in his acclaimed debut album, Victim of Circumstance.Originally released in 1991, Victim of Circumstance has been re-issued as part of Linns ECHO series which offers a second chance to enjoy the best of the labels award-winning catalogue.Upon release the album received many excellent reviews proclaiming it as a beautifully mature and relaxed collection, a brilliantly accomplished recording and one to be highly recommended.



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Image Time & Place
Time and Place perfectly sums up Claire Martin’s jazz roots beginnings and the inventive, forward-thinking repertoire choices that have framed her enviable career. Together Claire and The Montpellier Cello Quartet create a magical sound fusion of jazz-chamber music that encompasses new arrangements from an eclectic group of songwriters including Lennon & McCartney, George Gershwin, David Bowie and Thelonius Monk. With the connections borne of 30 years in the business Claire commissioned imaginative new arrangements, including Joni Mitchell’s ‘Two Grey Rooms’ by renowned composer Mark Anthony Turnage. Pianist Joe Stilgoe guests on his own track ‘Lost For Words’ and delivers a distinctive arrangement of Lennon & McCartney’s ‘She’s Leaving Home’. There are also echoes of The Beatles’ ‘Eleanor Rigby’ on a new arrangement of David Bowie’s ‘The Man Who Sold The World’. Claire’s long-time partnership with Richard Rodney Bennett is acknowledged with both song-writing and arranging credits; ‘Early To Bed’ is quintessential Bennett and Claire gives a heartfelt performance. From album opener via Claire’s own hugely catchy arrangement of ‘Catch Me If You Can’ to the album closer, ‘Goodbye For Now’, Time and Place sees Martin return with renewed vigour to pop-crossover territory, a trend she championed long before Norah Jones and Madeleine Peyroux made this style an accepted genre.

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Image Too Much in Love to Care
Widely acclaimed as one of the finest recordings of Claire Martin’s career, Too Much in Love to Care (Claire Martin sings with Kenny Barron) was named ‘Best New Album’ at the 2013 British Jazz Awards and ‘One of the Best Albums of 2012’ by Jazz History Online. Upon its release, Too Much in Love to Care received several five star reviews with Jazz Times describing her vocal talent equal to that of Ella Fitzgerald and Shirley Horn, two of Claire’s idols. Too Much in Love to Care is a collection of classic romantic songs and beautiful ballads from The Great American Songbook including Gershwin’s Embraceable You and How Long Has This Been Going On? and the title track from Sunset Boulevard. Too Much in Love to Care was recorded in New York and guest stars Kenny Barron, ‘one of the top jazz pianists in the world’ (LA Times) alongside bassist Peter Washington and drummer Kenny Washington. The chemistry was immediate and many of the tracks were recorded in just one take, remarkable as it was the first time Claire and Kenny had played together.

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Image Every Grain of Sand: Fifteenth Anniversary Edition
Barb Jungr’s Every Grain of Sand has deservedly become known as a modern cult classic and has won the singer a dedicated fan base around the world. Originally released in 2002 this insightful album established Jungr as one of the leading interpreters of the Bob Dylan songbook and entered the Top 10 ‘Jazz Album of the Year’ lists in The Sunday Times and The Telegraph whilst the Wall Street Journal described it as ‘…the most significant vocal album of the 21st century thus far.’ Jungr’s revelatory interpretations get right to the heart of Dylan’s lyrics, finding new depths and emotion in his work. The album’s many fans include actor Jeremy Irons who named it one of his must-have albums on BBC Radio 4’s Desert Island Discs. Jungr’s passion for the material and her clever musicality ensure that everyone will find something to enjoy on this limited edition album. This album prompted more than a decade of Dylan performances with a Barbican tribute alongside Billy Bragg and Odetta, a highlight. Jungr is supporting the release with a ten date UK tour in 2017. Barb Jungr is renowned for her unique vocal style, interpretation of song and radical approach to arrangements. One of the country’s finest interpreters of contemporary song Jungr is always original and inventive with a voice that has drawn comparisons with Nina Simone and Peggy Lee. Jungr has won rave international reviews and two prestigious New York awards (2008 Nightlife Award for Outstanding Cabaret Vocalist and Best International Artist 2003 Backstage Award). Jungr was recently shortlisted for a Manhattan Cabaret Award for Best Celebrity Artist and Best Vocalist by the London Cabaret Awards. Jungr’s acclaimed releases and unforgettable live performances have brought her to audiences all around the world.

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Image Songs On Film: The Sequel
Critics and audiences agree, Joe Stilgoe is a gem among classical artists. He has an extremely successful live career, and his recordings have gained him international attention. Joe is a regular at the world’s best jazz festivals, and is always in demand from jazz greats like John Wilson and Claire Martin. His virtuosity, theatricality, and witty audience interaction make him a favorite. This release is Joe’s second tribute to the silver screen, and takes listeners on a tour of Hollywood with themes from movies like Pulp Fiction, Monsters Inc, Whiplash, and Footloose. As an additional treat, he has included a special 1980s melody. “Songs at the piano don’t get much sharper than this.” (The Observer) “…a powerful improviser with an instinctive gift for melody.” (The Times) “A jazz pianist and songwriter of considerable talent.” (The Guardian)



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Image Seaside
'...this is not only Carroll's best disc, but one of the finest non-classical releases in the Linn catalogue.'
(The Herald)

'The title number, written by the irrepressible Joe Stilgoe, has to be one of the finest new songs of the year, the bittersweet lyrics burnished by Evan Jolly's brass-band arrangement.'
(The Sunday Times)

'Seaside consolidates Carroll's position as one of the UK's most expressive jazz/soul vocalists and pianists in an accessible recording which combines unalloyed high spirits with beauteous, heart aching emotion.'
(AP Reviews)

'She has the remarkable ability to sing every song totally from the heart as if she has just written it herself.'
(BBC Radio 3)



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Image Shelter From The Storm
Barb Jungr's profoundly original arrangements of contemporary
American songs have seen her recognised as one of the most
important interpreters of the works of Bob Dylan and Leonard Cohen.
• Her unrivalled ability as an enthralling song stylist brings new depth
and insight into songs by Dylan, Cohen, Joni Mitchell, David Bowie,
Rodgers & Hammerstein, Sondheim & Bernstein and Peter Gabriel.
• Shelter From The Storm also includes three brand new songs written
by Jungr and pianist Laurence Hobgood, well-known for his GRAMMY
Award-winning hard-core jazz and partnership with Kurt Elling.
• Of his first major collaboration since Elling, Hobgood stated 'I'm not
just thrilled to be collaborating with Barb Jungr; I'm energized,
inspired, and downright giddy at having matched with a "musician's
singer" - a superb vocalist whose musical intelligence is its own
formidable, evolved force with which to reckon.'
• Together Jungr and Hobgood are an exciting tour de force, skilfully
supported by Michael Olatuja (bass) and Wilson Torres (percussion).
• These 'songs of hope' are a much-needed antidote to today's
'troubled times'; an uplifting message superbly realised by Jungr.



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Image We've Got A World That Swings
Claire Martin and Ray Gelato are artists at the top of their game; with a wealth of bestselling jazz albums, extensive UK tours and established fan bases, this recording is a tour de force.

Following sell out tour dates of their new swing show, the duo took to the studio; Ray's jumpin' vocals and sax provide an ideal foil for Claire's velvety voice. The result is irresistible.

The song selection is a delicious serving of some of the most sumptuous morsels in the Great American Songbook including a classy R&B treatment of Billie Holiday's 'Now Baby Or Never'. The breadth of Claire's stylistic and vocal range is perfectly displayed among these tracks: listen to her boogaloo take on 'You Came A Long Way From St. Louis' or her interpretation of the melody on 'More Than You Know', which is a vocal masterclass.

Ray's brilliant original 'A Swingin' Affair' sets the tone for an album that is the perfect antidote to 21st century life. The duo is accompanied by a trio of world-class musicians: pianist David Newton (Stacey Kent), bassist Dave Whitford (Bobby Wellins Quartet) and drummer Sébastian de Krom (Jamie Cullum).

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Image Songs on Film Live
Joe Stilgoe's blend of imaginative song choices, virtuosic pianism and remarkable voice are showcased perfectly in this live album recorded at the London Jazz Festival in 2013.With a voice that has attracted comparisons with Harry Connick Jr, Michael Buble and Jamie Cullum and a playing style likened to the great Oscar Peterson, Joe displays charm, wit and sincerity in equal measure as he tackles a diverse selection of songs linked by the theme of film which The Sunday Times described as 'a touching yet quirky selection of stardust memories.'.A fast-paced romp through well-known cartoon theme tunes opens the show before Joe turns his attention to numbers as varied as You Give A Little Love from Bugsy Malone, S'Wonderful from An American In Paris and a heart-wrenching rendition of If I Only Had A Brain from The Wizard Of Oz.A gifted and intelligent lyricist, Joe's song-writing skills are in evidence the elegiac Gold On Silver pulls at the heartstrings, Popcorn is an irreverent nod to the multiplexes, whilst his wistful ballad (That's The Way It Crumbles) Cookie-Wise was inspired by Billy Wilder's The Apartment.A favourite with UK audiences Joe has appeared at Ronnie Scott's, the Royal Festival Hall, The Queen Elizabeth Hall, The Barbican, The Royal Albert Hall and the Cheltenham, Edinburgh, London and Henley Festivals.Joe has appeared as a featured soloist with orchestras including the BBC Concert Orchestra, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic and The Northern Sinfonia and collaborated with conductor John Wilson, British jazz legend Claire Martin and comedian Alexander Armstrong.



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Image I Like This One
I Like This One launched Joe Stilgoes recording career and established him as a performer and songwriter of considerable skill.An exceptional pianist with formidable technique, Stilgoe has drawn comparisons with the great Oscar Peterson and Bill Evans, whilst his voice has seen him likened to Harry Connick Jr, Michael Bublé and Jamie Cullum. Stilgoes inimitable sense of humour is also in evidence throughout the many original songs (listen to the downright funny I really shouldnt be allowed to speak) and the sleeve notes, which boast a foreword by John Dankworth. A Dudley Moore sketch provides the inspiration for Mr Spiggott whilst fans of comedy duo Flanders and Swann will recognise the classic Slow train which Stilgoe gives a contemporary twist. Stilgoe includes his take on the standards with the Rodgers & Hart classic The lady is a tramp and the Rodgers & Hammerstein toe-tapper The surrey with the fringe on top. This hand-picked selection of songs combined with Stilgoes great charm and wit ensures fans will conclude: I Like This One. A favourite with UK audiences Joe has appeared at Ronnie Scott's, the Royal Festival Hall, The Queen Elizabeth Hall, The Barbican, The Royal Albert Hall and the Cheltenham, Edinburgh, London and Henley Festivals. Joe has appeared as a featured soloist with orchestras including the BBC Concert Orchestra, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic and The Northern Sinfonia and collaborated with conductor John Wilson, British jazz legend Claire Martin and comedian Alexander Armstrong. Joe has worked extensively on UK radio, appearing on The Now Show and The Horne Section for Radio 4, and has been a contributor and special guest with Terry Wogan, Richard Madeley, Michael Parkinson, Chris Evans and numerous other Radio 2 programmes including 5 appearances on Friday Night Is Music Night and his own 2013 show Jingle Bell Joe.



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Image He Never Mentioned Love
"..If you're a Claire Martin fan, this disc is no-brainer. Just a casual lover of really good music? Ditto. Very highly recommended!" 5/5 stars. (Audiophile Audition, Tom Gibbs, 2007)

"This is a gorgeous piece of work. Claire Martin's not short of accolades (the most recent being a BBC Jazz Award nomination), but ultimately listeners seek out the proof of the pudding. Well, here's an unmissable hour's worth of exactly that, in which Martin celebrates one of her most significant influences, Shirley Horn. There's no shortage of recordings on which singers cover songs made famous by other singers, describe the results as a 'tribute', then reap the benefits of listeners' displaced enthusiasm. This, however, is something quite different. Horne was mainly known for investing slow, insinuating ballads with an extraordinary degree of emotional intensity, which in itself is one of the trickiest areas of jazz singing. Martin not only succeeds in this but makes these songs her own. The recording is immaculate, but my advance copy is a CD-only version, so the SACD should be even better." 5/5 stars. (BBC Music Magazine, 2007)

"Claire Martin dedicates this set of 13 songs to the memory of Shirley Horn "who takes my breath away". There are few singers who could stand comparison with the late mistress of vocal poise, but Martin has a perfect jazz voice - warm, textured and subtle - which allows her to venture calmly into the daunting, ultra-slow territory which was Horn's speciality. She does it quite beautifully, breathing new life into songs like You're Nearer, with the lightest of touches. Two new songs, her own Slowly but Shirley and Ian Shaw's Slow Time, match the mood seamlessly. Perfect accompaniment, especially from guitarist Jim Mullen and pianist Gareth Williams." (The Observer, Dave Gelly, 2007)

Produced by Laurence Cottle

This stylish tribute to the late and legendary American songstress Shirley Horn, originally released in 2007, captures an intimate and more mature sound from Martin.

Re-issued on CD in 2011, 'He Never Mentioned Love' sees the UK's finest Jazz singer investigate songs memorably performed by her greatest influence, with no traces of borrowing or imitation.

Mojo described it as "Martin's best album", no small praise considering her award-winning discography.



135 kr (169 kr)
Image When Lights Are Low
"Having proven herself one of the best jazz singers around when fronting a big band or jazz trio, Claire Martin has now tackled Everest -- an intimate duo album with composer and pianist Richard Rodney Bennett. Though most Americans know Bennett as the writer of scores for films such as Murder on the Orient Express, and as a composer of concert music for orchestra, band, and just about every other conceivable combination of musicians, he is also a powerhouse jazz pianist, and sings as well. He and Martin share the vocal honors, doubling up for a few duets -- such as their smoky, late-night version of When Lights Are Low. Martin gets things off to a grand start with a sultry version of My One and Only, and her version of Fools Fall in Love is entirely vulnerable. Bennett counters with a heartbreaking version of Baby Plays Around. Overall, this is wee-hours jazz full of closing-time laments, done to the max by two pros who sound as if they know every lyric inside out. The 4.0-channel sound is rich and full." (Good Sound Magazine, Rad Bennett, 2005)

"With this collection of familiar and not so familiar songs from the pens of the great songwriters, vocalist Claire Martin and pianist/vocalist Sir Richard Rodney Bennett have taken us to a quieter and simpler moment in time. A delightful union of two of the UK's most recognized talents, it's refreshing to listen to great compositions flawlessly performed in such a pared down and immediate fashion. The efforts of Gershwin, Arlen, and Mercer, along with several other eloquent composers, have provided the spine for this duet recording. Bennett has further arranged them into splendid vehicles for conveying their unique singing styles, underscored by his first-rate piano playing. Each vocalist sings with great skill and delivers the message in an easy-going and relaxed manner. There's a husky texture and rich timbre inherent in both of their voices, and there are several opportunities to hear them individually put their personal stamp on these gems. On three of the tracks we are treated with these qualities blending like an elegant cocktail in their medley, harmony, and call/answer. Bennett is a fine pianist who truly understands the role of an accompanist, supporting and lifting the vocals in a sensitive and empathetic manner. His arrangements often include the use of the verses to the songs, setting up the feel and the mood perfectly, and his solos are clean and simply stated, revealing the great talent behind them in their sparseness. Highly accessible and gently affirming, this recording will relax and sooth even the most frazzled of nerves. It's like a loving conversation between good friends, with us being warmly welcomed to join in." (www.jazzreview.com, 2006)

Produced by Richard Cottle

Claire Martin - Vocals
Richard Rodney Bennett - Piano & vocals
All tracks arranged by Richard Rodney Bennett
Producer: Richard Cottle
Recorded at: Systems Two Studio, Brooklyn, New York
Engineer: Calum Malcolm
Studio Assistant: Max
SA-CD Mixing and Mastering by: Julia Thomas, Finesplice UK



135 kr (169 kr)
Image Girl Talk
This recording is also available in HDCD (AKD 274).

The SACD layer is both 5.1 channel and 2-channel.

Award winning British Jazz Singer of the Year Claire Martin, International Cabaret award winner Barb Jungr and Neasden Queen of Soul Mari Wilson, solo and in harmony, bring the songs you love to hate to life again in this glamorous celebration of all things girlie.

"Take three of the UK's finest female vocalists, add a bunch of songs at the oh-so-cheesy end of the spectrum and sprinkle liberally with postmodern irony and that, in a nutshell, is Girl Talk. As camp as Christmas and huge fun, this brassy, sassy and supremely arch review takes a deliciously tongue-in-cheek look at love, marriage and make-up in the 21st century via the hallowed classics of yesteryear. Heard solo and in glorious three-part harmony, Mari Wilson, Barb Jungr and Claire Martin are all fabulous singers in their own right, and by some strange work of alchemy their respective worlds of pop, cabaret and jazz combine seamlessly in this common cause. Of course one can't ignore the fact that some of these songs are in fact completely brilliant. It's great to hear Bacharach and David's "Wives and Lovers", Sondheim's "Ladies Who Lunch" and the evergreen Motown number "It Should've Been Me". Also included are such epics of stereotyping as "A Woman's Touch" ("A touch of paint, one magic nail, can turn a kitchen chair into a Chippendale"), complete with its comedic music hall style arrangement. In the role of MD, accompanist and producer Adrian York performs heroically." (Jazzwise, Peter Quinn, 2006)

"These three British divas have combined to deliver a series of tunes all coming from a woman's perspective. You can't deny the strong harmonies they put together and with 23 tunes in all, there is sure to be something appealing for all. It is good entertainment." (O's Place Jazz Newsletter, 2006)

Recorded at Livingston Studios, London, 13-14 September 2005
Engineered by Calum Malcolm
Assistant Engineer - Jon Olliffe
Musical Director / Producer - Adrian York
Photography by Piers Allardyce
Sleeve Design by John Haxby


127 kr (159 kr)
Image I'll Take Romance
"It is difficult to know where to start praising this beautiful piece of work. In essence it is simply a conventional vocal plus saxophone set, but everything about it is so well conceived and executed that the result is quite outstanding. Tina May ahs always been a resourceful singer, finding unlikely songs and polishing them to a brilliant shine, and she does here with Trust in Me from The Jungle Book. She also has excellent pitch and diction - both well in evidence throughout - that imparts a smile to her voice.

What makes this her best album so far is the presence of Scott Hamilton in the dual role of tenor saxophonist and co-producer. As probably the finest living exponent of the subtle art of obligato playing, he adds a whole new dimension to her performance. Nikki Iles and Robin Aspland alternate at the piano, the difference in their styles adding subtle variety, and the rhythm section is completed by the perfect bass-and-drums team of Alec Dankworth and Tristan Mailliot." (The Observer, 2003)

Produced by Scott Hamilton & Tina May

Tina May - Vocals
Scott Hamilton - Tenor Saxophone
Nikki Iles - Piano
Robin Aspland - Piano
Alec Dankland - Bass
Tristan Mailliot - drums



135 kr (169 kr)
Image Devil May Care
"A talent to be savoured" (The Stage)

"This is Claire Martin's second release for Linn records, and if her debut was good this one is even better. On Devil May Care, she displays a growing maturity and confidence, a wonderful sensuous voice and a fine sense of timing and phrasing. Musicians, I guess, must love backing a talent such as this, and once again the pleasing task falls to Jim Mullen(guitar), Jonathan Gee(piano/organ), Arnie Somogyi(bass), and Clark Tracey (drums). Nigel Hitchcock and Iain Ballamy on saxes, and trombonist Rick Taylor make guest appearances, and like the others play impressively throughout. Backing vocals, which are a welcome addition to some of the tracks, also come from within these ranks.
Although Claire handles up-tempo numbers like By Myself with consumate ease, it is on the slower ones like Noel Coward's If Love Were All and the mournful Close Enough for Love on which she is backed only by Jim Mullen's tasteful guitar that she excels. Nigel Hitchcock's alto work on The Sun Was Falling From The Sky is also worth a special mention.
Indeed, it's hard to find fault with this release. The choice of musicians, the choice of material (some of it self-penned) and the main protagonist's performance all add to a sophisticated and tasteful example of home-grown jazz.
If, in this genre, Carol Kidd is the Queen, Claire Martin could well be the Princess Royal." (Jazz Express, 2003)

Produced by Rick Taylor

Claire Martin - vocals
Jim Mullen - guitar
Arnie Somogyi - bass
Clark Tracey - drums, tabla, African drums
Special Guests:
Nigel Hitchcock - alto saxophone
Iain Bellamy - tenor and soprano saxophones
Rick Taylor - trombone, percussion
Backing vocals: Rick Taylor, Jonathan Gee, Arnie Somogyi, Clark Tracey, Claire Martin

Arrangements by Rick Taylor, Claire Martin and Jonathan Gee
Produced by Rick Taylor
Executive Producer: Ian Middleton
Recorded at Townhouse 3, London, 8, 9 10 February 1993
Engineered by Tristan Powell, assisted by Andy Bradfield
Mixed at Castlesound Studios, Pentcaitland, 5 & 6 March, 1993



135 kr (169 kr)
Image Take One
The Big Screen trio joyfully explores the worlds of stage and screen, swinging through a selection of timeless melodies which enjoy universal appeal.A heavyweight of British jazz, pianist David Newton is joined for this project by Tom Farmer (from Empirical), who has a contemporary approach to bass playing, and Matt Skelton, whose virtuoso drum skills keeps everything moving nicely.David Newton has always thrived on playing material that brings new challenges to his improvisation and he has gone out of his way to do so for this new trio.There is an emotional and visceral joy when hearing these tunes rendered with the care, intellect, passion and excellence that Big Screen bring to the music.



118 kr (169 kr)
Image Say It Isn't So
Say It Isn't So' is a joyful celebration; both of the impeccably crafted songs of Irving Berlin and of the unique partnership between two seasoned performers at the top of their game: Claire Martin and the late Richard Rodney Bennett.

Lifelong friends on and off stage, Martin and Bennett recorded three studio albums and enjoyed acclaimed concert performances in a collaboration that flourished over two decades. Recorded in New York, 'Say It Isn't So' is their last recording together and one of which Claire is immensely proud. Bennett's skilful arrangements highlight why Berlin was widely considered one of the greatest songwriters of all time and brilliantly showcase Claire's assured and expressive voice.

Claire and Richard's previous duo albums, 'When Lights are Low' and 'Witchcraft', received wide critical acclaim: 'their albums set the standard for classic interpretations of popular songs' (The Observer).


111 kr (159 kr)
Image Girl Talk
This recording is also available in Hybrid SACD Multichannel (AKD 279).

Award winning British Jazz Singer of the Year Claire Martin, International Cabaret award winner Barb Jungr and Neasden Queen of Soul Mari Wilson, solo and in harmony, bring the songs you love to hate to life again in this glamorous celebration of all things girlie.

"Take three of the UK's finest female vocalists, add a bunch of songs at the oh-so-cheesy end of the spectrum and sprinkle liberally with postmodern irony and that, in a nutshell, is Girl Talk. As camp as Christmas and huge fun, this brassy, sassy and supremely arch review takes a deliciously tongue-in-cheek look at love, marriage and make-up in the 21st century via the hallowed classics of yesteryear. Heard solo and in glorious three-part harmony, Mari Wilson, Barb Jungr and Claire Martin are all fabulous singers in their own right, and by some strange work of alchemy their respective worlds of pop, cabaret and jazz combine seamlessly in this common cause. Of course one can't ignore the fact that some of these songs are in fact completely brilliant. It's great to hear Bacharach and David's "Wives and Lovers", Sondheim's "Ladies Who Lunch" and the evergreen Motown number "It Should've Been Me". Also included are such epics of stereotyping as "A Woman's Touch" ("A touch of paint, one magic nail, can turn a kitchen chair into a Chippendale"), complete with its comedic music hall style arrangement. In the role of MD, accompanist and producer Adrian York performs heroically." (Jazzwise, Peter Quinn, 2006)

"Post-feminism made flesh. The ever-inventive Jungr has recruited sometime associate and the formerly bee-hived Neasden Queen of Soul alongside her labelmate (and neighbour of Wilson) Martin for an ever-so-tongue-in-cheek cruise through some of the least politically correct songs in the popular song repertoire. Bacharach and David's 1960s shockers Wishin' and Hopin' and Wives and Lovers, the rather more ambiguous late-seventies sentiments of Messrs Costello and Jackson (Girls Talk and Different for Girls), showtunes and Motown classics - all are slickly performed in close harmony with fine piano accompaniment from Adrian York. No offence girls, but you have to be old enough to know better to be this damned smart." (The Herald, Keith Bruce, 2006)

Produced by Adrian York

Recorded at Livingston Studios, London, 13-14 September 2005
Engineered by Calum Malcolm
Assistant Engineer - Jon Olliffe
Musical Director / Producer - Adrian York
Photography by Piers Allardyce
Sleeve Design by John Haxby


111 kr (159 kr)
Image Lyn's Une
Runner up : 'Best Drummer', Scottish Jazz Awards 2009

"...Cosker is one of the best drummers on the contemporary jazz scene." (O's Place Jazz, D. Oscar Groomes, 2009)

"Young Scottish drummer Cokser has both wit and passion in his playing and, in Scottish music writer Rob Adams' formulation, technically he's already an acknowledged "prince of paradiddles...rim-shot royalty". On this impressive debut as leader, he displays a wide range of influences. The music is largely built around his regular touring trio of drums-guitar-bass, which shows obvious affinities with the sound world of John Scofield: sharp-edged blues-funk is one of the key modes here. But the presence of Smith really opens the music out, and there is some wonderfully expansive soloing over Cosker's soon-to-be-trademark (I suspect) penchant for tricky time signatures. 'Bheki' is a gorgeously cool and soulfully assured tribute to the recently deceased South African pianist Bheki Mseleku, while closing ballad 'When Autumn Comes' - written with and sung by McMullan - strikes a fine balance between folksy open-heartedness and jazz cunning." (Jazzwise, Robert Shore, 2009)

Funky, roaringly passionate jazz. Debut solo album from hot Scottish drummer Alyn Cosker, who is the drummer with the Scottish National Jazz Orchestra.

Produced by Alyn Cosker

Alyn Cosker drums
Ross Hamilton bass
Jason Rebello piano
David Dunsmuir guitar
Paul Towndrow soprano & alto saxophones
Tommy Smith tenor saxophone
Ryan Quigley trumpet
Maureen McMullan vocals

Recorded at Castle Sound Studios on 14th & 15th of August 2008
Engineer Stuart Hamilton
Assistant engineer Ross Hamilton
Mixed by Calum Malcolm
Surround mixing & mastering by Philip Hobbs
Photography by Bob Black
Design by The Art Surgery



118 kr (169 kr)
Image Scarlatti Book (The)
The essential jazz trio Aka Moon offers a refreshing approach to jazz and to ethnic musical genres such as funk and rock with a highly distinctive sound. In their richly filled career they have worked with dozens of artists from different backgrounds in numerous projects. Never afraid of new musical encounters, the band devoted its new album to the Italian composer Domenico Scarlatti (1685-1757).

The latter offers in its vast repertoire of sonatas a unique musical material, fascinating in its rhythmic and harmonic eccentricities, creating an ideal ground to extract a suitable substance to the musical language for Aka Moon accompanied in this adventure by the pianist Fabian Fiorini. With Scarlatti each sonata is a strange and particular sound object, concealing popular, Arabic and Mediterranean colours, offering opportunities for transformation that sometimes tend to the Balkan influences.

Performing this baroque music in another time and space gives to the contemporary interpretations very much room for improvisation. Built on an almost cinematic drama experience, this creation takes its audience on an imaginary journey with a lot of surprises. INSTINCT Collection The Instinct collection (Outhere Music) will showcase the manifold musical facets of saxophonist-composer Fabrizio Cassol. Leader of the avant-garde jazz trio Aka Moon, this Protean artist is also active in the worlds of dance, opera, theatre and even hip-hop.



127 kr (159 kr)
Image Live 91
The group NASA NA, made up of Pierre Van Dormael, Fabrizio Cassol, Michel Hatzigeorgiou and Stéphane Galland was formed in 1989 at the time of the opening of ‘De Kaai’, the legendary Brussels jazz club. There, all risks were permitted, and a series of musicians experimented together with a new kind of music. Initially called NASA NA GROUP, which means ‘I have a group’, NASA NA developed naturally, creating great cohesion between its members.

When the group broke up in 1992, Fabrizio Cassol, Michel Hatzigeorgiou and Stéphane Galland formed AKA MOON, and Pierre Van Dormael would join them on a few occasions for concerts and recordings.

Despite the public’s expectations at the time, this laboratory group would not release an album, even though its members all had a major career, especially as regards recordings. This absence is now made good at last thanks to the release of this disc event based on live recordings from 1991! A must for all the fans from the beginning and an extraordinary discovery for everyone else. It is also an homage to the late, great musician-composer Pierre Van Dormael and a unique sound document attesting to his genius.

127 kr (159 kr)
Image Strange Fruit
Strange Fruit is a project of the Protean composer-saxophonist Fabrizio Cassol, which takes the form of a concept album that could be described as ‘World Opera’. This songbook was elaborated over a period of more than four years, in the company of a group of renowned singers who wrote or co-wrote each piece in their own, very different expressive and stylistic traditions. The title, Strange Fruit, refers to the song of the same name, majestically embodied by Billie Holiday, which remains an essential musical masterpiece as well as a humanistic symbol. On the album we fi nd an inspired version of the original, dating from before ‘Lady Day’ along with another, a sort of colourful fresco inspired by her interpretation as well as by Bach chorales or Malian men’s choruses, and accompanied by the heavenly voices of the forty girls of La Choraline.

127 kr (159 kr)
Image NOW
Alongside the long-awaited release of a box set of twenty CDs (Constellations Box, OUT 661) containing a whole series of mythic albums, Aka Moon celebrates its twenty-fifth anniversary with its new album NOW – a genuine return to their roots for the three companions Fabrizio Cassol, Michel Hatzigeorgiou and Stéphane Galland. The encounters and the friendships forged over the past quarter-century of experimentation with musicians from all over the world have left a deep impression on their playing, which today reaches heights of virtuosity, clarity and liberty. Within this ‘classical’ jazz combo of saxophone, bass and drums, we can detect flavours from the Orient, Africa and India, as if to invite us on a journey.

127 kr (159 kr)
Image Music From Aleppo
The “Exile Music” project was set up by the Musiq’3 Festival as a way of supporting professional musicians who are refugees in Belgium, helping them pursue their musical activities in a professional context. The project has most notably assisted the Syrian group, the WAJD ensemble, in producing the album “Music from Aleppo”.

The WAJD ensemble is made up of five Syrian musicians who recently arrived in Europe: Khaled Alhafez (vocals), Tamman Alramadan (ney), Tarek Alsayed Yahya (oud), Fawaz Baker (oud, kanun and double bass), and Youssef Nassif (kanun). WAJD’s repertoire is representative of oriental music from Turkey, Syria and Egypt and revolves around Sufi music from Aleppo. A mainly oral musical tradition, it stems from incantatory rituals meant to attain ecstasy. WAJD’s musicians highlight musical pieces that are little known and rarely played. Reinventing through improvisation, sung or played, rhymed or unrhymed, they manage to make each piece truly their own.

127 kr (159 kr)
Image Alefba
Fabrizio Cassol : sax -Stéphane Galland : batt.- Michel Hatzigeorgiou : basse

Guests:
Tcha Limberger (voix, violon - Belgique),
Magic Malik (flûte, voix - Côte d'Ivoire, Guadeloupe & France),
Nedyalko Nedyalkov (kaval - Bulgarie),
Mustafa Saïd (oud, voix - Egypte & Liban),
Amir El Safar (trompette, santur, voix - Irak & USA),
Khaled El Hafez (voix - Syrie),
Tima Nedyalkova (voix - Bulgarie)

Aka Balkan Moon and AlefBa are two projects, the core of which is Aka Moon, that essential jazz trio (Fabrizio Cassol : sax, Stéphane Galland : drums, Michel Hatzigeorgiou : bass). Their refreshing approach to jazz and to ethnic musical genres such as funk and rock gives the trio a highly distinctive sound. In their richly filled career they have worked with dozens of artists from different backgrounds in numerous projects.

The Aka Balkan Moon project draws its inspiration from the gypsy tradition of the Balkans. Assisted by violinist Tcha Limberger and Italian pianist Fabian Fiorini, the trio went in search of musical fellow travellers and found four virtuoso Bulgarian musicians. The result is a unique blend between contemporary jazz and traditional folk music.

The AlefBa project brings together 12 artists, half of them coming from Europe, the other half from Syria, Egypt and Lebanon, in order to create what could be called a Musical and Poetic Suite in Arabic Languages. But AlefBa is not solely a Mediterranean project; it also brings together 'universal, unidentifiable souls' at the crossroads of several origins, between gipsy, Transylvanian and Balkan cultures.




231 kr (289 kr)
Image Constellations Box 1992-2015 (20 CD)
The box set event of the season! Since 1992, the year Aka Moon was formed, a series of albums has marked the history of the legendary jazz trio, which this set of twenty CDs now gives you a chance to relive. After a journey of initiation in Central Africa with the Aka Pygmies, Fabrizio Cassol, Michel Hatzigeorgiou and Stéphane Galland embarked on a wide-ranging musical exploration that was then totally innovative, notably in its rhythmic aspects. Very soon their music continued to grow through contact with a succession of eminent musicians from all over the world. The first big impact came from India; two albums were recorded there and the encounter with the great Carnatic percussionist U. K. Sivaraman (southern Indian music) left a lasting mark on the group. Then it was back to Africa and a meeting with the master of the Senegalese sabar Doudou N’Diaye Rose that created new musical ‘constellations’. And these were only the first of many. For example, there was the collaboration with a Big Band of DJs, with musicians from the Balkans, or the incursion of the sonatas of Domenico Scarlatti into a jazz quartet... To discover or rediscover this unique music is a very special experience, a cure for formalism and an inexhaustible source of inspiration. The twentieth disc in the box is a previously unreleased recording: Light Ship Trio.

479 kr (599 kr)
Image Howls Are Not What They Seem (The)
LAB Trio:
Bram De Looze, piano
Anneleen Boehme, double bass
Lander Gyselinck, drums

Featuring:
Michael Attias, saxophone
Christopher Hoffman, cello





127 kr (159 kr)
Image Nature City
LABtrio talking about its new project: ‘For our latest album (OTN 623) we explored the world of chamber music, with a lot of elaborated compositions and extensive improvisations. This time, we are figuring out who we have become after ten years of LABtrio. Over the years, we have built a varied repertoire and a uniqueness we want to stress with our new album. The challenge is to expand and dig in our identity and our story as a trio, as well as to breathe new life into it.’ To accomplish this, Lander, Anneleen and Bram look for lyricism and drive, melodies and beats, that project LABtrio. Inspired by different musical genres, ranging from classical music to pop and electronics, they selected their favourite ‘non-guilty pleasures’. When all these ingredients come together, one can expect a third album that is a range of new collectively composed works and older never-heard compositions, recycled and refreshed by the band members.

127 kr (159 kr)
Image Stephane Galland & (the mystery of) Kem
"Kem, in ancient Epypt, means the color Black, like the limon of the Nile, the black earth, fertile. An extremely positive word for a color, often seen as negative, or “evil”. It is in that symbolic earth that “(the mystery of) KEM” grows new rhythmical aspects whose schemes, “dances” and improvisations take roots in the Yin and Yang complementarity of rhythmical pulses (even/uneven). For this journey, Stephane Galland is surrounded by daring and talented young musicians: Sylvain Debaisieux (sax), Bram De Looze , Federico Stocchi and invites one of the most prominent Carnatic Flute player in the world from South India, Ravi Kulur (Ravi Shakar, Anoushka Shankar,…). The album also features Ibrahim Maalouf as a very special guest. With “(the mystery of) KEM”, Stephane Galland visits the rhythmical roots where all the musical traditions that he has rubbed together and integrated into his own language converge and explores a specific space that allows the integration of all these concepts without a priori or stylistic limitation. Welcome to the black and mysterious earth of KEM."

127 kr (159 kr)
Image Switch The Stream
"Switch The Stream is about the urge for constant change. About the brain’s addiction to the new. The Chris Maene Straight Strung Grand Piano has a very specific sound that (for a modern ear) projects in a peculiar way. The bringing back and combining of a few important historical piano-building techniques in a modern instrument is something that inspires me and motivates me to experiment with. Coming out of an intense period with pianofortes, I could continue into a further stage of composition and improvisation. On the cover of the album you see geese during their seasonal long distance migration from the polar region; they feel free to stretch their legs on a newly built highway. This is an image with focus on constant movement. Such as the musical direction in the moment is perceived, processed, developed, twisted, and altered. Constantly striving to capture the intangible. Bram De Looze"

135 kr (169 kr)
Image Stephane Galland & (the mystery of) Kem (2 LP)
"Kem, in ancient Epypt, means the color Black, like the limon of the Nile, the black earth, fertile. An extremely positive word for a color, often seen as negative, or “evil”. It is in that symbolic earth that “(the mystery of) KEM” grows new rhythmical aspects whose schemes, “dances” and improvisations take roots in the Yin and Yang complementarity of rhythmical pulses (even/uneven). For this journey, Stephane Galland is surrounded by daring and talented young musicians: Sylvain Debaisieux (sax), Bram De Looze , Federico Stocchi and invites one of the most prominent Carnatic Flute player in the world from South India, Ravi Kulur (Ravi Shakar, Anoushka Shankar,…). The album also features Ibrahim Maalouf as a very special guest. With “(the mystery of) KEM”, Stephane Galland visits the rhythmical roots where all the musical traditions that he has rubbed together and integrated into his own language converge and explores a specific space that allows the integration of all these concepts without a priori or stylistic limitation. Welcome to the black and mysterious earth of KEM."

231 kr (289 kr)
Image Switch The Stream (2 LP)
"Switch The Stream is about the urge for constant change. About the brain’s addiction to the new. The Chris Maene Straight Strung Grand Piano has a very specific sound that (for a modern ear) projects in a peculiar way. The bringing back and combining of a few important historical piano-building techniques in a modern instrument is something that inspires me and motivates me to experiment with. Coming out of an intense period with pianofortes, I could continue into a further stage of composition and improvisation. On the cover of the album you see geese during their seasonal long distance migration from the polar region; they feel free to stretch their legs on a newly built highway. This is an image with focus on constant movement. Such as the musical direction in the moment is perceived, processed, developed, twisted, and altered. Constantly striving to capture the intangible. Bram De Looze"

239 kr (299 kr)
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