Viktor is the name of trumpeter Bastian Stein's second Pirouet CD. It breaks out and into a completely new soundscape. Forgoing a harmony instrument, Stein along with saxophonist Johannes Enders, bassist Phil Donkin, and drummer James Maddren conjure up fascinating sounds with enormous latitude - sounds that have an unusually personal touch.
Amateur Dentist: on their second PIROUET CD Dutch bass clarinetist Joris Roelofs and his trio partners bassist Matt Penman and drummer Ted Poor once again manage to surprise, delivering music that reverberates with shimmering colors as they fathom the possibilities of this unusual lineup. It all leads to an engaging world of sound - music that is both fun and captivating.
Robert Landfermann leaves a deep imprint wherever he lands; the bassist has grounded some of the most exciting groups in jazz. On Night Will Fall, he has formed an alluring quintet, each player a master of co-operation and empathy.
"A Brazilian treasure" teams up with one of America's "most literate and visceral pianists" in a duet of passion and spirit: singer Joyce Moreno and pianist Kenny Werner play ballads with a poetry that transcends musical classifications.
Recondita Armonia, the Pablo Held Trio's new CD, takes a bow to such legendary composers as Mompou, Stravinsky, Scriabin and Rachmaninoff. Atmospheric, self-contained, the trio practices the high art of absorbing and transmuting these classical compositions into their own special creative amalgam.