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CD Review: Neil Cowley Trio - Touch and Flee

What do you do when, like Neil Cowley, you’ve created an exciting new sound and cornered the market in radio- and audience-friendly, chords-by-the-dozen, riff-friendly pop jazz?

Lion - Marius Neset & Trondheim Jazz Orchestra

The 29 year old internationally acclaimed Norwegian saxophonist composer Marius Neset takes another bold step forward into the art of contemporary extended ensemble writing on his debut recording Lion for ACT.

Meshes of Voice - Jenny Hval & Susanna

"Mythical animals were a big inspiration," says composer and songwriter Jenny Hval about Meshes Of Voice, a new collaboration between her and Susanna. "We looked at Medusa, Athena and Harpy (a combination of woman and bird) as examples of depictions of wo

The Sound of Jay & Kai review Mark Nightingale and Alistair White are the technical equals of the 50s masters

This pair of top British trombonists are too young to have heard the original virtuoso duo of JJ Johnson and Kai Winding live, but not only have they got the sound off to a tee, they are technically the equal of the 50s masters.

Susanna/Jenny Hval: Meshes of Voice review an exultant experience

(SusannaSonata)Norwegian singer/songwriter Susanna Wallumrød doesn't flinch from raw emotional realities, but she usually traverses them with a seraphic, pure-toned calm. Conversely, Jenny Hval (Susanna's compatriot, and a poet and novelist as well as o

Christophe Chassol: Indiamore review Indian-influenced jazz-funk workout

(Tricatel)Much admired by Gilles Peterson, who included him in an event he programmed for this year's Meltdown, Christophe Chassol is a French pianist who has the ability to both impress and frustrate. For his latest project he travelled to India, where h

Marius Neset/Trondheim Jazz Orchestra: Lion review intricately woven and exciting

Powerful young Norwegian saxophonist and composer Marius Neset is imminently due in the UK (leading the superb Trondheim Jazz Orchestra at Ronnie Scott's on 18 August), and the big-band gig will display this intricately woven, exciting music, written for

Tingvall Trio: Beat review lively but formulaic pop-jazz

(Skip Records)With their 2012 album Vagen, this internationally popular piano trio led by Swedish composer Martin Tingvall suggested that a genuinely interesting spin on the legacy of fellow-Swede Esbjörn Svensson was on the cards. But Beat feels like a

Keith Jarrett/Charlie Haden Last Dance

So maybe this project should officially be known as the Standards Duo.

Ralph Towner/Wolfgang Muthspiel/Slava Grigoryan Travel Guide

On a percentage basis, the ECM catalog does not contain that many guitar players.