European Jazz Charts

Unter dem Banner “Europe JazzMedia” trafen sich Vertreter europäischer Jazzmagazine und fanden, dass es an der Zeit sei zu kooperieren, um unter Anderem europäische Jazzproduktionen mehr ins Gespräch zu bringen. Das erste Ergebnis dieses Treffens ist ein monatlicher Chart der europäischen Jazzpresse. Diese von Verkaufszahlen unabhängige Aufstellung wird monatlich aktualisiert und gibt einen kleinen Einblick über Entwicklung und Vielseitigkeit des Jazz.

A selection of the hot new music surfacing across the continent this month by the top European jazz magazines and websites.
Viktor Bensusan, (Turkey)

CHRISTOS RAFALIDES TRIO – Near and Dear (Emarel Music)

A vibraphonist is not very common among instrumentalists, a vibraphone trio, though remarkable in jazz history, is not commonplace and finally, a Greek vibraphonist’s trio is a rarity if not the first of its kind. From the trio concept of Red Norvo to the 4 mallets of Gary Burton, Rafalides pays tribute to his masters contextually. The content, on the other hand is unique and like the album’s title suggests; near to us and very dear to him.

Henning Bolte, Jazzism (Netherlands)


DUCRET BENOÏT DELBECQ – Oxy Patina (Clean Feed)

Patrik Sandberg, OrkesterJournalen (Sweden)

SOUNDSCAPE ORCHESTRA – Nexus (Do Music Records)

Cim Meyer, Jazz Special (Denmark)

JEFF DENSON QUARTET – Concentric Circles (Ridgeway Records)

Paul Hanson (bassoon), Dan Zemelmann (p), Jeff Denson (b, voc, comp), Alan Hall (d). It’s not every day you hear such an equilibristic bassoon player in a jazz context. Rather hard-boiled music in brisk tempos. Unfortunately the sound has been quite compressed in the mastering. Nevertheless compelling music.
Lars Mossefinn, Dag og tid (Norway)

MØSTER! – States of Minds (Hubro)

Axel Stinshoff, Jazz thing (Germany)

WAYNE SHORTER – Emanon (Blue Note)

Luca Vitali, Giornale della Musica (Italy)


Madli-Liis Parts , Muusika (Estonia)

SOOÄÄR, YARALYAN, OUNASKARI – A Shooting star (O-Tone Music)

Paweł Brodowski, Jazz Forum (Poland)

JAN PTASZYN WRÓBLEWSKI SEXTET – Komeda. Moja słodka europejska ojczyzna – Polish Jazz vol. 80 (Polskie Nagrania)

“Meine süsse Europäische Heimat: Dichtung und jazz aus Polen” was Krzysztof Komeda’s third and last album before his departure to America and his untmely death at age 38. Recorded in Germany in 1967, it featured a stellar lineup, including Tomasz Stanko and Zbigniew Namysłowski, and a German actor reciting poems by great Polish poets, such as the future Nobel prize winners Czesław Miłosz and Wisława Szymborska. Now, a half a century later, this music (13 original compositions, but without poetry) surfaces in fresh and inspired instrumental renditions on this brand new album by veteran saxophonist Jan Ptaszyn Wróblewski (Komeda’s old colleague) and his Sextet with top Polish jazz musicians of today. Relasesed in the venerable Polish Jazz series, it is a double album. Disc1 is a studio session (2013), disc 2– a concert recording (2016) of the same material, but with thoroughly different interpretations. A gem.

Mike Flynn, Jazzwise (UK)

TYSHAWN SOREY – Pillars (Firehouse 12)

The perfect antidote to all the ‘epic-ness’ of some jazz albums lately – a huge three hour meditation – Sorey’s vision is huge.
Anna Filipieva, Jazz.Ru (Russia)

LRK TRIO – Urban Dreamer (Losen Records)

Jan Granlie, (Pan-Scandinavian)

MARC RIBOT – Songs of Resistance 1942-2018 (ANTI-Records)

The best anti-Trump record until now. Highlight: Tom Waits is doing «Bela Ciao», a fantastic combination of Ribot songs and traditional anti-fascist songs. A «must have»-record, with singers like Waits, Steve Earle, Fay Victor, Meshell Ndgeochello a.o.
Christine Stephan, JAZZTHETIK (Germany)