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l-r: Kush Abadey, Ethan Iverson, Thomas Morgan play Stockholm, tomorrow night and Rome on 3 March Braxton Cook Le duc des Lombards, Paris tonight Ralph Moore Quartet Jacques Pelzer Jazz Club, Liège tonight Paal Nilssen-Love Circus Bimhuis, …

Published: 28 Feb 2024. Updated: 53 days.

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l-r: Kush Abadey, Ethan Iverson, Thomas Morgan play Stockholm, tomorrow night and Rome on 3 March

January saw the release of new studio album Technically Acceptable from pianist-composer Ethan Iverson with his latest for Blue Note. The album includes Iverson originals 'Victory is Assured (Alla Breve)' and 'It's Fine to Decline' plus a version of 'Round Midnight' with, uniquely, the melody played on a theremin. Also figuring are a version of 1970s Roberta Flack pop hit 'Killing Me Softly' and a specially composed Iverson piano sonata. Iverson is with bassist Thomas Morgan and drummer Kush Abadey (known for his work with Orlando Le Fleming) on the album in its first half with later tracks featuring bassist Simón Willson and drummer Vinnie Sperrazza. Playing the theremin is Rob Schwimmer. The piano sonata, issuing label Blue Note says is ''a through-composed, three-movement piece'' Iverson noting that “Gershwin, Copland and Johnson really tried to blend concert and vernacular idioms. Then after World War II, high modernism and then relatively simple minimalism ruled the roost, and that mix got shunted aside. In my humble way, I'm trying to pick up that 1930s thread.”

There's quite a chasm between swinging, bebop inspired jazz and a completely different music as here - the loose, take your time spacey sounds grounded in a specific regional music. Swiss pianist Florian Favre and his colleagues on Idantitâ Revisited provide sensitive, chamber music on this live recording taking Favre's earlier solo album Idantitâ released two years ago and making it a group sound by drawing once again on songs from Favre's home region of Fribourg in western Switzerland. It helps for extra personal resonance if you know the original songs. But if you don't it's not too much of a hurdle as Favre provides his own spin on the source work. Recorded at the Théâtre de L'Échandole in Yverdon-les-Bains singer Claire Huguenin plays a prominent, atmospheric, role - and the instrumentation is quite unusual with oud, violin, cello, euphonium and guitar all in the mix, the oud adding an antique Levantine charm on 'Le lutin du chalet des Rêbes' for instance. Some will prefer the original solo release - there's a link to it here but nevertheless this new release out in March gives plenty of new thought-provoking insights to a body of music most of us will be unfamiliar with but will want to know more about given the ingenious explorations delved into here.

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Jazz på svenska bassist Georg Riedel has died at the age of 90

The double bassist Georg Riedel who appeared on 1964 European classic jazz album Jan Johansson's Jazz på svenska (''Jazz in Swedish'') has died in Stockholm at the age of 90. Of Czech Jewish and Sudeten German parentage, as a young child Riedel …

Published: 28 Feb 2024. Updated: 53 days.

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The double bassist Georg Riedel who appeared on 1964 European classic jazz album Jan Johansson's Jazz på svenska (''Jazz in Swedish'') has died in Stockholm at the age of 90. Of Czech Jewish and Sudeten German parentage, as a young child Riedel migrated to Sweden from his native Czechoslovakia after the German annexation of the Sudetenland. Swedish pianist Jan Johansson (1931-1968) remains a haunting influence through pristine modal harmony, a painterly almost impressionist distance, and the harnessing of the lilt of Swedish folk music on jazz in Europe. Johansson is certainly a hero to leading advanced pianists spanning the continent notably English musician Kit Downes and many fine players before him including most influentially in the lifetime of the groundbreaking e.s.t., the much missed Esbjörn Svensson.

Groups such as Ensemble Edge have paid tribute to Jazz på svenska in recent years - Riedel's contribution to its success was significant. As well as appearing on the seminal Johansson album, Riedel during a long and distinguished career also composed music for Pippi Longstocking writer Astrid Lindgren's films as well as collaborating and arranging material for the great Swedish jazz singer Monica Zetterlund. Writing in The Guardian in 2011 leading British jazz critic John Fordham, reviewing the Jan Johansson/Georg Riedel album In Hamburg noted how ''very compatible'' the bassist was to Johansson. Georg Riedel, photo: Arild Vågen