Europe Jazz Media Chart

Juni 2019


Axel Stinshoff, Jazz thing

Esperanza Spalding: 12 LITTLE SPELLS, Concord

Luca Vitali, Giornale della Musica

Fire! Orchestra:  ARRIVAL, Rune Grammofon


Madli-Liis Parts , Muusika

Maria Faust: FARM FRESH,  Gotta Let It Out


Paweł Brodowski, Jazz Forum


Following their sensational and highly acclaimed debut REPETITIONS (LETTERS TO KRZYSZTOF KOMEDA) of two years ago, this young septet, which fuses jazz, hip-hop and electronic effects, has come up with another inspired project, this time dedicated, as the title says, to „Slavic Spirit,” which has informed Polish jazz and rock music over the years. The DeLuxe edition includes a 300-page booklet (!) with a fascinating, in-depth essay, in Polish and English (!), tracing the Slavic roots and heritage, and their impact on contemporary Polish culture.


Mike Flynn, Jazzwise

Andrew Mccormack: GRAVITON: THE CALLING, Ubuntu

Anna Filipieva, Jazz.Ru

Makar Novikov & Hiske Oosterweijk: STEREOBASS, Rainy Days

Jan Granlie, salt-peanuts.eu

Fire! Orchestra: ARRIVAL, Rune Grammofon

Maybe their best and most creative record this year, and we are only in June. A more controlled Fire! Orchestra than before, and the strings are making it perfect.

Christine Stephan, JAZZTHETIK

Joakim Berghäll Triality: THE ARCTIC, Eclipse



Viktor Bensusan, jazzdergisi.com

Wynton Marsalis: BOLDEN, Blue Engine

Who is the first jazz musician whom everybody knows but no one has ever heard? How did the recognizable jass he played evolve into something universal and at times even beyond recognition? Charles Buddy Bolden, the Adam of the Jazz Bible, will come to life with the music of Wynton Marsalis in the movie BOLDEN and its soundtrack.



Magnus Nygren, OrkesterJournalen

Fire! Orchestra: ARRIVAL, Rune Grammofon

On their new album this extraordinary power orchestra goes into new territories. With condensed energy the group, which now also includes a string quartet, are playing some beautiful melodies in their own specific way, not at least Blue Crystal Fire by guitar player Robbie Basho.



Cim Meyer, Jazz Special

Jesse Lewis & Ike Sturm: ENDLESS FIELD, Biophilia

Some may find this release a little too airy on melody and solo performances but still it’s an exuberant universe that brings Pat Metheny to mind. The compositions draw from folk, jazz, rock, classical and ambient in a setting of organic sound influenced by nature.



Lars Mossefinn, Dag og tid

Elephant9: PSYCHEDELIC BACKFIRE I, Rune Grammofon



Matthieu Jouan, citizenjazz.com

Fire! Orchestra: ARRIVAL, Rune Grammofon

The Fire! Orchestra offers an astonishing and magnificent combination of strings, woodwinds and voices. More than the previous ones, ARRIVAL has a pronounced vocal color, with two surprising covers: Blue Crystal Fire (Robbie Basho) and I last I am free (Chic). The vocal colors of Mariam Wallentin and Sofia Jernberg are complementary and give the whole album a rock color. Fire! is an omnipotent orgiastic orchestra.