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Esbjörn Svensson Trio, Nils Landgren Funk Unit, Viktoria Tolstoy och andra storsäljande artister från ACT – till 40% rabatt. Från 53 kr!
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"A journey of the imagination to quietly change your life"

Line Up:
Esbjörn Svensson - Piano
Dan Berglund - Double Bass
Magnus Öström - Drums

Recorded and Mixed by Janne Hansson at Atlantis Studios, Stockholm between August 30 and October 11, 2004
Mastered by Claes Persson at CRP Recording
Produced by e.s.t

101 kr (169 kr)
Image Teamwork
The Funk Unit is:
Nils Landgren / trombone & vocals
Magnum Coltrane Price / bass & vocals
Magnus Lindgren / woodwinds & vocals
Jonas Wall / woodwinds & vocals
Sebastian Studnitzky / keyboards & trumpet
Andy Pfeiler / guitar & vocals
Robert Ikiz / drums

Special Guests:
Joe Sample / rhodes solo on 05
Wilton Felder / tenor sax solo on 08
Till Brönner / trumpet solo on 06

Produced by Magnum Coltrane Price & Nils Landgren
Recorded by Janne Hansson, February 7 - 10, 2013 at Atlantis Studio Stockholm
Mixed by Magnum Coltrane Price
Mastered by Hoffe Stannow at Cosmos Mastering Stockholm

This might well be the best Funk Unit that Nils Landgren has had gathered around him since 2010: technically outstanding, this is a group of team players who combine well with a great groove connection.

101 kr (169 kr)
Image Letters To Herbie
Line Up:
Viktoria Tolstoy / vocals
Jacob Karlzon / piano, keyboards
Krister Jonsson / guitars
Mattias Svensson / bass
Rasmus Kihlberg / drums

Special Guests:
Nils Landgren / trombone & vocals
Magnus Lindgren / woodwinds

Produced by Nils Landgren

Recorded at Gula Studio Malmö by David Carlsson & Jan Ugand.
Additional recordings, mixed and mastered by Lars Nilsson, Nilento Studio, Gothenburg.

101 kr (169 kr)
Image Searching for Jupiter
Magnus Öström anses vara en av sin generations stilbildande trumslagare. Hans 15 år i triosamarbetet med Esbjörn Svensson och Dan Berglund i ett av världens mest framgångsrika band -E.S.T. - har satt oförglömliga spår på den musikaliska kartan.

Hans första solo-album, "The Thread of Life", blev nominerad till en svensk Grammis. Dessutom vann han "Echo Jazz Award - Best International Drummer" (Tysklands motsvarighet till Svenska Grammis). BBC Radio 3 utryckte det så här: " Vilket extremt vackert och tilltalande album det här är. Perfekt spel, kompositionerna är sannerligen inspirerande och arrangemangen är magiska".

Nu är det dags för Öström att presentera uppföljaren och med sig har Öström ett starkt och tight band som består av gitarristen Andreas Hourdakis, basisten Thobias Gabrielson och pianisten Daniel Karlsson.

De har sakta mejslat fram ett starkt och övertygande jazz/rock- och progressivt rocksound - The Moon (And The Air It Moves) tex påminner om Pink Floyd inte bara till namnet och där finns ny spirande optimism. Nu är det melodierna som åter spelar en viktig roll och albumet slutar i hoppets tecken med At The End Of Eternity.

Magnus Öström is considered one of the style-building drummers of his generation. He is best known for the 15 years of collaboration with Esbjörn Svensson and Dan Berglund in the hugely successful band E.S.T.

His first solo effort, "Threads Of Life", was nominated to the Swedish Grammis award, won the 2012 Echo Jazz Award for Best International Drummer. BBC Radio 3 said of Öströms post-e.s.t. oeuvre on ACT: "What an utterly beautiful and compelling album this is. The playing is immaculate, the compositions truly inspired, the arrangements magical."

Öström now presents his follow-up. He now has a strong and tight band together with guitarist Andreas Hourdakis, bassist Thobias Gabrielson and pianist Daniel Karlsson. They have rigorously pursued a jazz rock and progressive rock leaning - "The Moon (And The Air It Moves)", for example, is reminiscent of Pink Floyd not only in name, and there is more optimism again: Melodies once again play an important role, even major-key cheerfulness shines through from time to time, and the album ends with an anthem of hope with "At The End Of Eternity.
ÅRETS ALBUM 2013 - Claes Olson,

101 kr (169 kr)
Image The Jubilee Album: 20 Magic Years
20 Magic Years – the best of ACT’s 20 year history: To mark the 20th anniversary of ACT Music, the Jubilee Album presents 20 highlights from the history of the Munich-based label. It offers not only a retrospective of ACT’s own body of work, but also a fascinating sightseeing tour through the European jazz scene of the last couple of decades.

53 kr (89 kr)
Image Summerwind
In “Summerwind”, enchanting melodies flow with an instinctive and natural grace and elegance. They develop in long arcs which bring a sense of profundity and contemplation. In a world in constant danger of overheating, Danielsson’s and Fresu’s music is a fresh and soothing breeze.

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Image Last Spring
Two outstanding musicians out of two worlds - Bugge Wesseltoft; one of the great jazz pianists, and Henning Kraggerud; classical violinists - came home to celebrate their memories of Norway's spring time: longingly and dearly they tell mystical lore of light-coloured nights and dark melancholy. They present minimalistic meditations and paint a musical picture of their homeland with greatest intensity that simply fascinates.

Line Up:
Bugge Wesseltoft / piano
Henning Kraggerud / violin, viola & viola concorda

Recorded by Jan Eric Kongshaug, Nov. 22 & 23, 2011 at Rainbow Studio, Oslo, Norway.
Mixed and mastered by Jan Eric Kongshaug.

Produced by Siggi Loch

Henning Kraggerud plays as 1744 Guarneri Del Gesu violin owned by Dextra Musica (company owned by Sparebankstiftelsen DNB NOR) on track 2, 5, 7, 8, 10, 13 & 14; a viola by Harald Lund on track 3, 6, 9, 11, 12 & 16; and a viola Concorda (with 6 strings) custom built as only instrument in the world by Ariane Becker on track 1, 4 & 15.

Every ACT Album has it´s own story. Schloss Elmau plays a role in many. This magnificent hotel at the foot of the Bavarien Alps, far removed from everyday life and constantly flooded with culture, has inspired a number of outstanding artists from Gidon Kremer and Brad Mehldau to Esbjörn Svensson. Moreover in recent times several award-winning albums by ACT artists such as Joachim Kühn and Michael Wollny, Gwilym Simcock and Dieter Ilg have been recorded at this unique place. This time it was the launch pad for a new and surprising collaboration, simultaneously building a bridge between Classical and Jazz, and helping many people revisit and resume a long-awaited success story.

In early 2011, label owner Siggi Loch attended a concert by the Norwegian violinist Henning Kraggerud at Schloss Elmau. Afterwards, the two of them got talking, and Kraggerud mentioned the legendary Christmas album "It's snowing on my piano" by his countryman Bugge Wesseltoft: "That's our absolute favourite CD! It plays non-stop at our place every year from early December to the end of January." Upon hearing that, Siggi Loch happily introduced himself as the producer of the album. "Why don't you make another album for the rest of the year?" Kraggerud then asked. "Would you play on it?" Loch countered. "Of course," came the immediate response. The only thing that remained was to convince Bugge Wesseltoft to join them on the project. He didn't hesitate to consent, and so it was that they came together in November 2011 to record "Last Spring" in Oslo's famous Rainbow Studio, the place where "It's snowing on my piano" was recorded.

It is no coincidence that the Classical musician Kraggerud is a fan of that CD, which is the most successful ACT album to date, and which has been lauded repeatedly since its release in 1997 for its "almost celestial beauty" and as the "greatest Christmas CD of them all" (Westdeutsche Allgemeine Zeitung).

There are tangible musical predilections of Kraggerud that make understandable his love of the minimalistic and "classically" austere "It's snowing on my piano", which at the same time celebrates variation and the spirit of freedom. This 38 year-old is one of the most successful solo violinists of his time, having played with the best orchestras - most recently with the Danish National Orchestra and the London Philharmonic Orchestra - and conductors in the most prestigious concert halls around the world.

This multi-talented pupil of Camilla Wicks, Emanuel Hurwitz and Stephan Barratt-Due also lives out his passion as a chamber musician - for example in an all-star quintet with Martha Argerich, Joshua Bell, Yuri Bashmet and Mischa Maisky - as festival director, university professor and composer, and not least of all as improviser. This makes Kraggerud one of a growing number of classical musicians for whom the two great music forms Classical and Jazz are not mutually exclusive but instead complement each other - which goes without saying for this largely classically educated modern Jazz exponent.

This is important for Bugge Wesseltoft, the grand master of the synthesis of live electronics and jazz improvisation, to now show his more tranquil, classical side again. Together, Wesseltoft and Kraggerud let time progress one season from the winter theme of "It's snowing on my piano" and put together a sparkling program of 16 pieces with connections to spring for "Last Spring", which is founded mostly on Norwegian folk music. The title track is based on a theme from the great Nordic Romantic Edvard Grieg which is also apparent in many of the other tracks. Alongside folk songs like "Om Kvelden" and "Hei hu", also called upon are indigenous composers from various ages, largely unknown to us: from Anne Haavie, deceased in 1888, and Lars Søraas the Elder, to the Danish organist Otto Mortensen, who died in 1986 and the young singer and lyrist Øyonn Groven Myhren. Then there is also an improvisation on the baroque La Folia, the oldest melodic-harmonic compositional structure, and finally a rendition of Johannes Brahms' Lullaby.

As the title intimates, "Last Spring" is a revisiting of spring. It is not an exulting, whirling awakening, but a sustained, minimalistic meditation, oriented strongly towards the details, the variance of the melodies, the breadth and beauty of the sound. It is based on the most perfect interaction possible: Wesseltoft's soft piano daubs melt like wax into the pizzicato melodies that Kraggerud entices out of his 1744 Guarneri violin, his Harald Lund viola and his unique six-stringed viola Concorda.

This magical duo succeeds in gleaning new sound ideas and facets from spring, just as the original concept intended. There won't be much doubt as to which CD will be playing from February to May in Norway. And not just then and there...

101 kr (169 kr)
Image Magic Moments 5 (In the Spirit of Jazz)
Compilation produced by Siggi Loch.

53 kr (89 kr)
Image Invisible Man
Jukka Perko / alto and soprano sax
Jarmo Saari / electric guitar
Teemu Viinikainen / acoustic guitar

Out of the ordinary: An unusual set-up leads to jaw-dropping inventiveness. "Invisible Man" is like a single film, a road-movie full of atmosphere, in which strong characterful melodies determine the plot. Whether being entertaining and exciting, or profound and contemplative, Avara definitely stirs the big emotions.

101 kr (169 kr)
Image Moment of Now, A
Viktoria Tolstoy / vocals
Jakob Karlzon / Steinway grand piano,
pump organ, celesta, Fender Rhodes

Special Guest on Send One Your Love:
Jocke Bergström / vocals

Though there are many beautiful singing voices in jazz today, Viktoria Tolstoy is one of a kind. A great melodramatist of jazz who is also bipolar, she makes happiness sound fragile and threatened, and bitterness sweet and enchanting. She has framed and perfected this art on a conceptual level since becoming an ACT artist in 2003, whether concentrating on material from Esbjörn Svensson - whose e.s.t. began to some extent as her accompanying trio - or, most recently, on Herbie Hancock, classical originals, Swedish standards or repertoire from Russia, the home of her ancestors. Her latest album "A Moment Of Now" is her most frank recording yet - for one simple reason: "Jacob [Karlzon] and I are the concept this time," says Viktoria. Indeed it is an intimate album by the duo that focuses on their musical partnership. Karlzon has been Tolstoy's trusted companion on her band projects for almost 15 years now, his playing thrives on nuances, transitions, ambiguities - be they inspired by classics such as Grieg or hard rockers the likes of KoRn. It is a partnership that shows no signs of abating, despite Karlzon's own highly successful trio that bears his name. "We each generally know in advance what the other is thinking and is going to do, without either of us having to say anything. It's almost a bit spooky," says Tolstoy of the intuitive understanding between the two.

Their style depends on melodies like a fish depends on water, and 14 of the best are brought together on "A Moment Of Now". As Tolstoy explains, they are "songs we've heard a lot in recent years, and that imposed themselves on us, but also some that were entirely new to us and were really a challenge". This has resulted in a selection that sounds entirely coherent and as if created especially for these two musicians, even though its component parts come from the most diverse, stylistic, and often surprising backgrounds. From the classical "Apres Un Reve" by the Frenchman Gabriel Faurè, to Stevie Wonder's soul-pop "Send One Your Love" - on which Tolstoy invited Jocke Bergström, a new face in these climes, to share in a vocal duet that simply takes your breath away - to the jazzy "Shadow And Light" by Joe Zawinul. Thanks to Tolstoy's father, who suggested Phil Collins' "Against All Odds", the entire history of Genesis is represented, so to speak, with "Taking It All Too Hard" and Peter Gabriel's "Red Rain" also rebooted on the album.

Beyond global hits like these or Alanis Morissette's biggest success "Hand In My Pocket", the album also includes new discoveries like "Satisfied" from the almost-forgotten funk virtuoso Lewis Taylor and "Deep River" from Norwegian jazz saxophonist Benedik Hofseth. Among the pieces, three were originally instrumentals; namely "Apres Un Reve" (based on Faurè's "Apres Un Reve"), the Pat Metheny revamp "A Moment Of Now", and Karlzon's own composition "Scent Of Snow". For these, Anna Alerstedt, the fantastic songwriter who Tolstoy discovered in 2008 for "My Russian Soul", once again pens profound and memorable lyrics.

The ease with which Viktoria Tolstoy and Jacob Karlzon can change the fundamental character of songs that otherwise seem to be set in stone is quite spectacular. The best example of this is their interpretation of Mark King's "Lessons In Love", transformed from a loud up-tempo song by the funk band Level 42 into a melancholy ballad. There's also Cole Porter's classic "I Concentrate On You", which rings out as a Nordic anthem, and which in the middle section is even reminiscent of Esbjörn Svensson's "Love Is Real". But above all, what the songs all have in common is an overwhelming quietude and power. The weighty and complex sounds light and easy - just note the jumps and key changes on "Satisfied", where the subtle nuances and vocals change and shape the music.

There is a calmness and strength in the music that comes from experience and draws from the tried and trusted. For example, Nils Landgren returns as the producer, while the album was recorded with the familial team at Nilento Studios in Goteborg. "I felt safe and well looked after at every moment," Tolstoy recalls, "Never change a winning team!". This is how a fascinating and completely unique moment in her and Karlzon's oeuvre was born-and it is one that will remain.


Mästerlig duo.

"Det var längeedan jag lyssnade så många dagar och kvällar i rad på en och samma skiva. Och den fortsätter att vilja bli spelad. Viktoria Tolstoy och Jacob Karlzon har i det sparsmakade duoformatet skapat ett litet mästerverk.

Ett mycket intressant koncept eftesom nästan hela skivan består av tolkade covers, ursprungligen skrivna av de mest skiftande typer av musiker och kompositörer. Gemensamt är att det är "sånger vi verkligen gillar, som gripit tag i oss" som Viktoria uttryckte det på en förhandskonsert inför en längre Tyskland-Sverige-turné.

Tolkningarna är raka, enkla, här finns inga manér, inga krusiduller eller krångligheter, här finns bara två fullödiga konstnärer som tillsamans gör något de är bra på. Tillsammans och var för sig, för ibland låter det nästan som om var och en spelar och sjunger på sitt eget vis, sida vid sida, samtidigt, men intrycket blir aldrig splittrat. eftersom den denes spel ändå förstärker den andras sång och vice versa. Och röstkonstnären Viktoria Tolstoy har är fått en mörkare, djupare och mer allvarsam ton som är vilsam och vacker mot en fond av Jacob Karlzons finstämda pianospel."
Eva Nikell

101 kr (169 kr)
Image Shine
Jacob Karlzon / piano, keys, synths & programming
Hans Andersson / bass
Robert Mehmet Ikiz / drums

Unmistakably now one of the best pianists in Europe, Jacob Karlzon's music and personality are possessed of a radiance and vitality that has won audiences worldwide.

But Karlzon wants more - in terms of sound, composition and concept - and doesn't really care much for categories and genre-labeling. Instead, Karlzon chooses to draw tastefully and fervently from the best of two worlds - the openness, curiosity and energy of jazz, and the power, catchiness and the production techniques of pop.

"För enkelhetens skull kallar vi trions skivor för jazz och det är inte heller helt orimligt. Jazzen är huvudingrediens hos Jacob Karlzon 3. Samtidigt känns det otillfredsställande, musiken trion spelar begränsas inte av genrebeteckningar. På sjuttiotalet uppkom begreppet jazzrock, ofta rätt ekvilibristisk musik där musikerna visade sina skickligheter. Även Jacob Karlzon låter flera genrer mötas, främst en slags sammansmältning av rock och jazz, där energin och enkelheten hos rocken bildar en slags stomme i musiken för musikerna att bre ut sig över. En rejäl dos electronica och en mindre dos världsmusik kan också skönjas.
Otroligt täta strukturer i en del låtar, till exempel Metropolis och titellåten Shine, bryts mot skimrande lyriskt spel i till exempel Inner hills. Dynamiken och samspelet i gruppen - Jakob Karlzon på piano, syntar och programmering, Hans Andersson på ståbas och Robert Mehmet Ikiz på trummor - är imponerande. Triomusik blir just inte mycket bättre. Visst sträcker de ut och spelar minst lika tekniskt som sjuttiotalets supergrupper, men utan att det blir uppvisning i briljans. Asbra helt enkelt!" /Andreas Lagercrantz,

101 kr (169 kr)
Image Dynamo
Matthias Bartolomey / cello
Klemens Bittmann / violin & mandola

"It is very rare to hear string players relishing the groove quite so joyously. BartolomeyBittmann embody the musical virtues of unbridled playfulness and rhythmic radicalism, and they deploy them with an ease that is not normally associated with classical instruments." (Wolfgang Muthspiel)

An album that throws wide the gates to a listening experience as wonderfully atmospheric as it is deep: with their third album, "Dynamo", BartolomeyBittmann have conceived a daring new musical work that - once again - entices the listener to join them in a fascinating world of sound.

One thing must be said about this duo: narrowmindedness and undue attachment to tradition have no place whatsoever in its musical ethos. Matthias Bartolomey (cello) and Klemens Bittmann (violin & mandola) have their own ideas and are blazing their own musical trail, a path leading well away from the familiar and the commonplace. It’s been several years since they joined forces to compose and develop a contemporary repertoire for their characteristically classical instruments. Now, with "Dynamo", the duo has arrived at the heart of their very own individual sound.

Matthias Bartolomey and Klemens Bittmann allow their melodies to flow through wildly divergent moods and musical landscapes, rendering futile all attempts to stylistically pinpoint their musical language. They can change their intensity at a moment’s notice with sensitivity and precision, molding their pieces into absorbing stories told with overarching suspense and ever-changing moods. They combine the energy of rock - including that of the harder variety - with the elegance of chamber music, the inventive joy of jazz, and the emotional depth of singer-songwriters, dipping briefly into folk music now and then while managing to pay homage to their classical roots… all this is testament to the duo’s special grasp of how music can be made into a truly enthralling, deeply moving experience.

The duo’s pieces unfold in tones that are both unusually varied and lyrical, even magical - something in the music plants multicolored images in the mind, leaving lasting impressions behind. At one moment the listener is captivated by the beauty and gentleness of the sound; in the next the power of the music takes one’s breath away. The immense playfulness of still other passages is simply astounding. Bartolomey and Bittmann’s pieces dance, they celebrate; they give themselves up to sweet melancholy; they groove, they strive to penetrate the mysterious… and they dream.

"Dynamo" decisively answers the question of how BartolomeyBittmann has come to stand in its current position. The two musicians leave no doubt as to their right to a place with the cream of Austria’s music scene, as well as to the excellent international reputation that they enjoy. It’s a real pleasure to take an aural stroll through the duo’s imagination; their music manages to strike just the tone that opens directly the floodgates of the soul, inviting the listener to be completely bewitched by their presentation and their warm, enveloping timbres from the first moment on.

101 kr (169 kr)
Image Ancient History
Line Up:
Verneri Pohjola / trumpet
Aki Rissanen / piano
Joonas Riippa / drums
Antti Lötjönen / bass

Jukka Perko / alto saxophone on 6
Tatu Rönkkö / percussion on 4,5 & 8

Young Finnish trumpeter Verneri Pohjola unites different styles and moods in his unique sound world. Ancient History is fresh air en masse - by no means old, but with what it takes to become a classic album.

101 kr (169 kr)
Image Swedish Standards
Re-release of a true milestone in the history of Swedish jazz. An incredibly atmospheric, tasteful re-working of the rich Swedish folklore tradition.

Line Up:
Jan Lundgren - piano
Mattias Svensson - bass
Rasmus Kihlberg - drums

Recorded by Bjarne Hansen at Sun Studio, Copenhagen, May 10 - 11, 1997
Mixed by Bjarne Hansen
Produced by Jan Lundgren Trio
Executive Producer: Mats Josephson

71 kr (119 kr)
Image Realize
Line Up:
Lutz Streun / tenor saxophone, bass clarinet
Til Schneider / trombone
Sebastian Winne / drums & percussion

With their second album "Realize!" Three Fall now give their fans something new to enjoy. Nobody else plays like Three Fall, not because they want to be different, but because they are.

101 kr (169 kr)
Image Pixiedust
"Pixiedust is a superb album, which is (appropriately) slow to reveal its treasures, and repays repeated plays" (THE GUARDIAN, UK)

Line Up:
Solveig Slettahjell - vocals
Sjur Miljeteig - trumpet
Morten Qvenild - piano
Mats Eilertsen - bass
Per Oddvar Johansen - drums

Recorded by Andy Mytteis at Bugges Room, Oslo, January 10 - 12, 2005
Mixed by Andy Mytteis at Bugges Room, Oslo, January 14 - 16, 2005
Mastered at Fersk Lyd as, Oslo, by Giert Clausen with Knut Vaernes
Produced by Slow Motion Quintet

101 kr (169 kr)
Image Vision for Two - 10 Years
Accordionist Klaus Paier and cellist Asja Valcic have been making music as a duo for ten years. Their playing has kept audiences delighted and critics enthralled: "Breathtaking," said the magazine Der Spiegel; they are "a captivating match" (The Guardian). During this time the two have recorded four albums which have received numerous awards. The duo’s journey together began in 2009 with their debut album "À Deux", and since then Paier and Valcic have proceeded to make their unique accordion-plus-cello sound into a thing of wonder. The titles of the previous albums by these two musicians, who live in Austria, give pointers to the elements that go into the making of their acts of musical creation.
To celebrate its anniversary, "Vision for Two - 10 Years" will present an inventory, but also for the constant reinvention and outlook of this visionary duo, Paier and Valcic.

101 kr (169 kr)
Image Magic Moments 12
Magic Moments 12 presents best jazz-infotainment through the recent ACT programme, with ACT stars, newcomers and new arrivals, including Iiro Rantala, Michael Wollny, Lars Danielsson, Nils Landgren, Wolfgang Haffner, Joachim Kühn, Xavier Girotto, Vincent Peirani, Adam Baldych and many more.

101 kr (169 kr)
Image Beethoven's Breakdown
With "Beethoven's Breakdown" the Jazzrausch Bigband is honouring the pioneering composer in its own way. Not by being historically authentic or by preserving him in aspic, but in a manner that befits Beethoven the radical innovator. Just as he revolutionized the history of music, the equally forward-looking JRBB has pushed ahead with its bold concept of orchestral techno-jazz.

101 kr (169 kr)
Image Travelin'
Colin T. Dawson / trumpet, cornet, flugelhorn & vocals (3 & 13)
Chris Hopkins / alto saxophone
Bernd Lhotzky / piano & celesta
Oliver Mewes / drums

Most jazz musicians are also travellers. Their places of work are the clubs and festivals of the world, so they are always on the go. Echoes of Swing has another dimension: This quartet is also on a journey through time, going back to classic jazz from the 20’s to the 50’s, bringing it into the present day and shaping it for the future. This “tour de force” has been going on for 20 years. A reason then to celebrate, which is perhaps best done by re-tracing the journey, reviving memories of things experienced, and looking at all that travelling involves.
We’re off on a thrilling round-the-world musical journey from the moment Chris Hopkins’ “Orient Express” rolls in. The wagons are full of sounds which range from blues to Arabic music, and what’s this? A pirate ship in a storm in Bernd Lhotzky’s “Wreck of Good Hope”.
Then it’s off to the South Seas, where Chris Hopkin’s “Fiji Hula Bula” creates a relaxed vacationing mood, and then to Sidney Bechet’s “Southern Sunset”, which in this Echoes version transports us to restless, sultry nights; then a fast-paced swinging excursion to Colin Dawson’s English homeland follows in “Gan Hyem”, with Coleman Hawkins’ “Disorder At The Border” as a classic bebop blues to make us forget the Brexit woes. Sometimes we’re on the racetrack in a vintage car (“En Auto”), at other times it can be classic and dramatic, as in “Cabin In The Sky”. And what better way to illustrate flying than with the Italian hit “Volare”, when Bernd Lhotzky transforms the tune into a carefree glide, floating on the wings of Harlem Stride.
All the arrangements testify to a profound knowledge of the history of music, and there is not a single bar which fails to deliver exquisite taste. Sophisticated, yes, and intellectually thoughtful, but the imperative of old school jazz to entertain is never forgotten. Like all their previous albums, “Travelin’” is full of fine humour. So, it’s all aboard and indeed the best proof yet that travelling does indeed expand one’s horizons. After twenty years on the road, this ensemble has wagon-loads of style, elegance, finesse, improvisation and humour - and has honed all of these to perfection.

101 kr (169 kr)
Image Million Waves
Nourish your own roots until they blossom into a million flowers, a million scents, a million waves.

Line Up:
Nguyên Lê - electric guitar, guitar synthesizer, E-bow
Dieter Ilg - acoustic bass, mouth jive
Danny Gottlieb - drums & percussion

Recorded and mixed by Walter Quintus at CMP-Studio, Zerkall, Germany in December 1994, except #2 recorded by WDR
on April 26, 1994
Produced by Siegfried Loch

101 kr (169 kr)
Image Fonk Da World
Line Up:
Nils Landgren - trombone, fluegelhorn, vocals
Magnum Coltrane Price - Fender bass, rap and vocals, synthesizers
Jesper Nordenström - Fender Rhodes piano, Hammond B3 organ, synthesizers
Robert Östlund - guitars, Hammond B3 organ solo on ''Calvados'', synthesizer, vibraphone
Niklas Gabrielsson - drums, vocals, congas on '' Fonk da world''

Guest Unit:
Magnus Öström - percussion
Per Ruskträsk Johansson - alto saxophone
Esbjörn Svensson - Fender Rhodes piano on '' What's up, What's up'','' Booty Rock'' and ''New Morning''
Oscar Traugott - Handclaps on ''What's up, What's up''

Recorded and mixed by Jan Ugand at Nord Studio 3 Stockholm, Sweden in June 2001
"Calvados" and "Riders on the storm" recorded by Fredrik Andersson
Produced by Esbjörn Svensson

101 kr (169 kr)
Image Radiotree
"Well crafted and ingeniously conceived. An album that seems to get better each time you listen." (JAZZWISE, UK)

Line Up:
Bernie Mallinger - violin
Johannes Dickbauer - violin
Cynthia Liao - viola
Asja Valcic - cello
Klaus Paier - accordion, bandoneon

Recorded by Christoph Burgstaller at Konzerthaus Vienna, Austria, May 2008
Mixed by Christoph Burgstaller at Clipwerk Studios, Vienna, Austria, May 2008
Mastered by Klaus Scheuermann, June 2008
Produced by radio.string.quartet.vienna and Klaus Paier
Executive Producer: Siegfried Loch

101 kr (169 kr)
Image Tirtha
"Tirtha" effortlessly blends Indian musical traditions with contemporary jazz in this innovative trio setting, creating a musical conversation that stretches across both, continents and centuries.

Line Up:
vijay iyer / piano
prasanna / guitar, voice
nitin mitta / tabla

produced by tirtha

recorded august 11-12, 2008 at systems two, brooklyn, new york. engineer: joe marciano
mixed by scotty hard & vijay iyer at irritainment studios, brooklyn, new york, december 2008
mastered at turtletone studios, nyc by mike fossenkemper

101 kr (169 kr)
Image Alter Ego
Line Up:
Yaron Herman / piano
Emile Parisien / tenor & soprano saxophone
Logan Richardson / alto saxophone
Stephane Kerecki / bass
Ziv Ravitz / drums

"A Pianist able to play most everything - and always in a different way."
(German newspaper Sueddeutsche)

Searching for his identity, Herman draws his audience deep into his musical cosmos. On Alter Ego a kaleidoscope of memories passes by - some longingly solemn, some full of passion and joy. Clearly referring to the Jewish musical tradition, Herman presents a loving homage to his origin.

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Image The Act Years
Terri Lyne Carrington is one of the world s most-sought after drummers and one of jazz s leading female media figures. Her recording and touring with Herbie Hancock and Dianne Reeves have elicited rave reviews internationally. In addition to her recording and international performing, she is renowned for her role as a producer and jazz educator. She has won Grammy Awards both for Best Jazz Vocal Album (2011) and Best Jazz Instrumental Album (2013). This compilation includes tracks from Carrington's two ACT albums as a leader, and from Nguyen Le's Jimi Hendrix tribute album Purple, on which she played in Le's quartet. Musicians featuring on the repertoire include Wallace Roney, Greg Osby, Meshell Ndegeocello, Terence Blanchard, Herbie Hancock, Gary Thomas, Kevin Eubanks and many more.

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Image Bridges
Adam Baldych / violin
Helge Lien / piano
Frode Berg / bass
Per Oddvar Johansen / drums

Baldych builds bridges The virtuosity of Polish violinist Adam Baldych enables him to pass with astonishing ease through all kinds of borders: the boundaries of his instrument, the barriers between genres, the seams between composing and improvising. These dividing lines fall away as his playing coalesces with that of his fellow musicians. These attributes have led the UK magazine Jazzwise to call him "a refreshingly different European jazz star". As a player who is "a virtuoso and capable of delivering high emotion" (Fono Forum) with his "dervish-like intensity" (Jazz thing), he uses the tradition as the point of departure for new and exploratory journeys up and away beyond jazz. Baldych was born in 1986. His talent was spotted early, and earned him the designation of 'Wunderkind'. After an extended stay in the...

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´´It is organic and real, retaining an essential humanism too often left out when electronica meets jazz." (Jazz Times, US )

Line Up:
Wolfgang Haffner - drums, keyboards, programming
Nils Landgren - trombone
Sebastian Studnitzky - trumpet, piano, keyboards
Frank Kuruc - acoustic & electric guitar
Lars Danielsson - acoustic & electric bass, cello

Recorded by Lars Nilsson at Nilento, Gothenburg,
October 17-19, 2005
Mastered by Peter Heider at Ü-Raum, Nürnberg, Germany
Produced by Nils Landgren & Wolfgang Haffner

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Image Duo Art: Reverie at Schloss Almau
Line up:
Gwilym Simcock / piano
Yuri Goloubev / bass

It seems inevitable that the highly acclaimed, virtuosic pianist-composer Gwilym Simcock and multi-award winning double bassist-composer Yuri Goloubev would one day record together in a duo once their paths had crossed. That moment has come with the new recording Reverie at Schloss Elmau. On this exquisite duo recording, they have certainly reached a new peak in that ambition.

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Image Six, Alps and Jazz
Presenting "the perfect 'Brotzeit' for open ears and musical souls" (Wolfgang Puschnigg), Matthias Schriefl - in the most positive sense an "Allgäu" original - turns to his homeland and its folk music with his famous creative dauntlessness. On "Six, Alps & Jazz" the poacher shakes hands with the combatant in the urban jungle; family music meets club sounds - which results in a really innovative, improvised New German Folk Music.

Line Up:
Matthias Schriefl / trumpet, alphorn, a.o. brass
Johannes Bär / tubas, alphorn, a.o. brass
Peter Heidl / flute, tenor sax, piccolo, clarinet
Florian Trübsbach / oboe, alto sax, a.o. reeds
Heiko Bidmon / clarinets, flutes, saxes
Gregor Bürger / bassoon, baritone sax, clarinet

Further Musicians:
Federico Aluffi / bassoon, tenor sax
Priska Schriefl / french horn, vocals
Bodek Janke / drums
Alexander Morsey / double bass
Jeffrey A. "jam" McGuire / french horn
Martin Seiler / flute, schwegel, tenor sax
Niels Klein / clarinets, tenor sax

Produced by Matthias Schriefl
Executive Producer: Siggi Loch

Reflecting on your own background is a feature of jazz in general, but it has also been an important credo for ACT from the beginning. Exploring your own musical tradition can enrich your identity, as evidenced by Swedish jazz musicians Nils Landgren and Esbjörn Svensson on "Swedish Folk Modern", or with guitarist Nguyên Lê, who explores his roots on "Tales from Viêt-Nam". For Matthias Schriefl, a young German jazz musician from Maria Rain in Allgäu, this goes without saying. The trumpeter is one of the wildest musical anarchists in Germany but comes from a musical family (his father was a church musician and his brother Magnus is also an excellent trumpeter) and he hasn't forgotten his roots that lie in the folk music of Allgäu. Nonetheless, it took until his latest ACT album "Six, Alps & Jazz" for this tradition to take centre-stage.

Having run through the typical early stages of the rising star young musician, such as winning the competitions "Jugend musiziert" (at age 11) and "Jugend jazzt" (at age 17), as well as playing in the prestigious youth big bands (Landesjungend- und dem Bundesjazzorchester), he studied under Andy Haderer at the Cologne University of Music and for one year in Amsterdam. He has tried out different styles and formations from Brazilian music (Brazilian Motions) or modern jazz (with his trio and his own big band) to musical comedy (Mutantenstadl). After playing with several prominent jazz musicians and receiving a number of awards, such as the Star of the Year award of the most important Munich newspaper (ABENDZEITUNG) and the advancement award of the state of North Rhine-Westphalia, the breakthrough came with Shreefpunk, his extraordinary jazz-punk-groove fusion band that broke free of all conventions. With their two ACT releases "Shreefpunk plus strings" and "Shreefpunk live in Köln" the group strived to be "not yet another jazz band that nobody needs," as Schriefl puts it. Recently he appeared as a regular guest with the new folk music group Unterbiberger Hofmusik. After all this, Schriefl has again returned to his roots.

Astonishment might be the initial reaction when you listen to the first tracks of "Six, Alps & Jazz", released on the Young German Jazz series; "Der Langenwanger", a traditional yodel from Steiermark that sounds as if it had its origin in the mountains, is followed by "S'Deandl vom Wintergrea", a Zwiefacher (a traditional German folk dance) from the Bavarian Forest.
This piece sounds like genuine folk music before there is a metamorphosis à la Schriefl - suddenly, a jazzy saxophone solo is tuned in, Schriefl himself joins in with a modern, syncopated trumpet sound and the tune is quickly expanded, accelerated, reharmonized and renewed.

This is the sound throughout the album - whether elegiac, authentic, fiercely reshaping, serious, peculiar, Alpine or sophisticated. In any case, it is his unconventional journey of discovering and reinventing the tradition music; from the slightly distorted "Andachtsjodler" to the French sounding classical wind quintet on "Les Alpes vues de Paris", to "Schlofliadle" that his mother used to sing to him. The line-up is as versatile as the interpretations: a sextet with different guests such as Niels Klein, Bodek Janke or the Citoller mountain climber choir. In the more subdued passages we hear a classical woodwind quintet that turns into a saxophone quartet plus two brass players in an instant. In addition to trumpet and flugelhorn, Schriefl also plays euphonium, sousaphone and alphorn. His regular sextet consisting of Johannes Bär, Peter Heidl, Heiko Bidmon, Gregor Bürger and Florian Trübsbach is equally busy - especially Trübsbach, an excellent jazz saxophonist who can also be heard on clarinet, oboe, piccolo and fife.

In comparison with some lukewarm crossover projects which claim to be Alpine jazz, all this put together results in some truly innovative and improvised new folk music. The woodland meets urban jungle and domestic music mixes with club sounds. A project dedicated to freedom that is full of surprises and good moods - just listen to the cheering audience on "Vorarlberger Problembär". This song was recorded at a mountain hut called Gruntenhütte at an altitude of 1477 metres, after all the instruments and equipment had been carried up there on skis. Matthias Schriefl offers himself and us "the perfect treat for open ears and musical souls", as his Austrian jazz colleague Wolfgang Puschnigg describes "Six, Alps & Jazz". Welcome home to Schriefl's universe - it's "Young German Jazz" that hasn't forgotten its roots.

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Image Keepin' a Style Alive
With its fresh, pulsating sound, the Jan Prax Quartett is seen as one of the promising newcomers of Young German Jazz. The four musicians passionately and playfully bring together traditional and modern elements of jazz and put their own stamp on it. Inspired by the timeless depth of the music of American jazz legends, the band's own compositions are a vibrant avowal to bebop and hard bop. Keepin A Style Alive , their debut album, is an expression of love for the music of Prax's role models, such as John Coltrane, Charlie Parker and Jackie McLean, while at the same time representing a deliberate commitment to the jazz tradition. But Jan Prax does not fall back on well-known standards to realize his musical ideas, he composes his own pieces, in part together with his pianist Martin Sörös. The result is grooving, energetic music with a modern and individual style that shows what living jazz tradition means to a young musician like Prax with a so eminently mature sound.

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Image Echoes of Swing - A Tribute to Bix Beiderbecke
line up
Echoes of Swing :
Bernd Lhotzky / piano & musical director
Chris Hopkins / alto saxophone
Colin T. Dawson / cornet & trumpet
Oliver Mewes / drums
Shannon Barnett / trombone & vocals
Mulo Francel / c-melody saxophone & guitar
Pete York / drums, percussion & vocals
Henning Gailing / double bass

Special guest on Jazz Me Blues:
Emile Parisien / soprano saxophone Our perceptions of major figures in music from previous epochs tend to change over the course of time. There may indeed be something of a paradox here, because the innovators of the past are often only truly recognized and appreciated by later generations. The more energetically and decisively a pioneer has broken with the past, the more he (or she) will have been mistrusted and cast aside in their life-times, and the more is required from the rear-view mirror of posterity before they can start to be treated with respect, let alone with honour.

In the case of Bix Beiderbecke, however, we have a happy exception to this general rule. His particular combination of an immensely likeable character with a jaw-dropping talent was enough to ensure that doors would open for him. In his short life-time, both musical colleagues and audiences responded to him with a combination of affection, astonishment and awe. This was in spite of the fact that, in his own serene and unusually gentle way, he was effecting a significant game-change in jazz. There wasn’t any sudden break, neither were there factions fighting either for or against him, and yet he was responsible for an astonishing advance in the music. It progressed, it palpably gained in substance through him. There were two explanations for this phenomenon, namely Beiderbecke’s disarmingly gentle nature, and the rare clarity that was inherent in his music. This clarity is reminiscent, perhaps, of a mountain stream, or of a diamond, into which light can enter at any moment and be refracted in unexpected ways. For every different direction of the source of illumination, for every angle from which the diamond is observed, there will be a subtly different glint to the light. That desire to multiply and vary the perspectives lay at the heart of our approach to this “Tribute To Bix Beiderbecke.”

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Image Into the Mystic
David Helbock / piano
Raphael Preuschl / bass ukulele
Reinhold Schmölzer / drums

“Musicians can’t really invent anything completely new,” says the 32-year old Austrian-born pianist David Helbock. “What we can do is to take ideas, and add something of ourselves. When things are working well, what emerges from that is something really exciting.” Helbock belongs to the generation of jazz musicians who are heading off in their own individual directions, pushing the boundaries, radically re-configuring our understanding of what old and new music is, re-aligning composition and improvisation, and challenging common pre-conceptions about style and personality.
“These days jazz musicians often take pop songs as their point of departure,” says Helbock. “Speaking frankly, it doesn’t matter what you cover, whether it’s pop, classical music, world music - whatever. But what does matter is what you then make of it.” The press has seen the force of that argument when it has tried to define Helbock himself: the German cultural TV channel 3sat, for example, called him “an extremely adept manipulator of sound and an experimenter whose sensitivities are those of the here and now” and the respected Munich broadsheet paper Süddeutsche Zeitung described him as a “shooting star of the European scene.” “Into the Mystic,” his ACT label debut is another important step in establishing that profile.
Helbock draws on a wide range of sources of inspiration to make his music. Incidents in everyday life and nature are in there, but also a wealth of musical influences, and written texts of all kinds. “My experience of life outside music have always been an influence on my music,” he remarks. “I always knew that just putting a few interesting crotchets and quavers together in a row was never going to be enough for me.”

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Image Relaxin' in Ireland
Julian Wasserfuhr / trumpet & flugelhorn
Roman Wasserfuhr / piano
Jörg Brinkmann / cello

What the title of the album does is to set a tone: Here is the typical Wasserfuhr sound with a relaxed way of playing – the Irish attitude to life shines through again and again.

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