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Jazz Genre Nb. Rated Avg. rating
1 Avant-Garde Jazz 180 3.69
2 Classic Fusion 76 3.45
3 Post Bop 37 3.49
4 (Post-70s) Eclectic Fusion 36 3.58
5 Jazz Related Rock 35 3.33
6 Nu Jazz 29 3.52
7 World Fusion 26 3.19
8 Jazz Related Improv/Composition 19 3.61
9 Hard Bop 16 3.50
10 Third Stream 12 3.42
11 Post-Fusion Contemporary 12 3.00
12 Progressive Big Band 11 3.77
13 Vocal Jazz 9 3.11
14 Pop Jazz/Crossover 5 2.50
15 Jazz Soundtracks 4 3.25
16 DJ/Electronica Jazz 4 3.38
17 Big Band 2 2.75
18 Jazz Related RnB 2 1.75
19 Funk Jazz 2 3.25
20 Latin Jazz 2 2.75
21 Jump Blues 1 3.50
22 Acid Jazz 1 3.00
23 Exotica 1 3.00
24 Jazz Related Blues 1 2.00
25 Soul Jazz 1 3.50
26 Swing 1 3.00

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KIRK KNUFFKE Garden of Gifts

Album · 2009 · Avant-Garde Jazz
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Originally from Colorado, but Brooklyn-based for last decade,cornetist Kirk Knuffke is a musician who belongs to leading representatives of younger New York jazz scene of today."Garden Of Gifts" is his second album, released six years ago - being still relatively unknown newcomer.

Recorded in another trio's member,Italian improvisational drummer Federico Ughi Brooklyn house (and with Federico's made photo used as cover art), this album is already very much Knuffke work. Judging by the cover this album can contain whatever you want - from esoteric electronics noodling to free-form lo-fi nature-friendly sound salad to soundtrack to National Geographic themes. Fortunately, it doesn't.

It's a Knuffke lively colorful trumpet what brings sense and beauty in the trio's music. Still very slow, atmospheric, even sad in moments,this music surprisingly avoids being bulky,repetitive or monotonous. There are no regular structure, rhythm frame or obvious direction here, but all compositions are no way static, there is permanent flow and ever-changing actions. Knuffke's trumpet sounds in best Bill Dixon tradition filling quite liquid space with bits and snippets of tunes.

Third trio member Chris Welcome's guitar produces some abstract sounds here and there,adding more surrealistic colors to drummer's build dense basis. In all this album is surprisingly accessible for free-form musical recording and avoids loud and dissonant sounds,making it attractive for wider circle of listeners. Not properly noticed and evaluated at the time of release, "Garden Of Gifts" requires a second chance and I expect it can be really positively accepted by many fans of more current and much better known Kirk Knuffke music.

CHES SMITH Ches Smith with Craig Taborn and Mat Maneri: The Bell

Album · 2016 · Avant-Garde Jazz
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From the first dozen of albums released in 2016,there is one stand alone release. US drummer Ches Smith,better known as Xiu Xiu and Mr.Bungle member (or John Zorn collaborator, depending on one's background), in the very first days of 2016 released his debut on German ECM label. It is not his first album as leader, he already has released series of solo drums albums in US and few more - with collaborators in Europe (on Portuguese Clean Feed and Polish For Tune labels), but his appearance on ECM is still quite surprising.

Respected chamber jazz (and sterile European ambient/world fusion in a past) label doesn't look like proper home for ex-Mr.Bungle guy. Still things are changing though.

On "The Bell" Smith leads acoustic trio with pianist Craig Taborn and violist Mat Maneri, both are far not a newbies for the label. Besides of playing drums,vibraphone and bells Ches Smith are composer of all album's material (part of it is obviously improvised, but generally the line between composed and improvised is extremely thin on this album).

So, surprisingly for Ches Smith but expect-ably for ECM release,music on "The Bell" is kind of chamber jazz,spiced with improvisational elements, but strongly influenced by modern classical composition. Both pianist and violist feel very comfortable with slow,often dark and calm atmosphere and, more surprisingly, Smith himself finds right place in this quite unusual for him environment.

First half (bigger) of "The Bell" represents similar by its tempo and atmosphere dark chamber jazz, the last third (starting from Wacken Open Air) is faster,sharper and moves towards contemporary jazz avant-garde.

A bit risky release,since its target is hardly Mr.Bungle fans nor ECM chamber safer chamber jazz lovers, it opens new interesting page in Ches Smith musical biography. "The Bell" contains interesting music,but it is even more curios what can come next from same or similar concept Ches Smith' projects.

THE ART ENSEMBLE OF CHICAGO Fundamental Destiny

Live album · 2007 · Avant-Garde Jazz
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Art Ensemble of Chicago were probably more cultural than purely musical act. Their jazz-circus was a part of revolution - both in jazz and on Paris streets in late 60s where they resided for few years. Having equal number of hot fans and haters,band's music always was free and catchy at the same time,traditional (pre-bop) jazz rooted and often placing entertaining/relaxation element above virtuosity.

Ensemble's phenomena till now is there are much more people knowing about them than those who really listened to their music.One of the reasons is there are only few really strong albums among their legacy. As rule, regular Art Ensemble Of Chicago's album is a bulky collection of few catchy tunes, marching dixieland,lot of directionless improvs ("different noises" are probably better tag), their trade mark "small instruments" sounds plus gospel singing,funny at their best moments and almost kind of self-parody at their worst.

"Fundamental Destiny" is one of the last band's released albums,recorded live in Germany still in 1991 though.Self-released by band in 2007 only it contains their usual relaxed eclectic mix. Main album's attraction is it represents one of unique for the band moments when they have piano player on board. And her it is not just a piano player, but renown Don Pullen, who adds some new colors to generally quite expect-able band's sound.

Just four long compositions with their signature "People In Sorrow" coming from their debut album,released in 1969. Same whistles and "small instruments" noises, which don't sound as avant-garde (as it was in late 60s) or as cheap traveling circus (as it sounded in 80s or 90s) anymore. Their attributes after more than half of the century looks like a part of historical event titled "Art Ensemble Of Chicago". Fans will like it, haters will find here another reason for their jokes, in all cases this is already history, nothing else.

On positive side,"Fundamental Destiny" is quite essential as for band's standards, album demonstrating band in a good form. Band followers will like it, but most probably this release wouldn't recruit them new fans.

BOSQUE Four Noble Truths

Album · 2015 · Classic Fusion
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Bosque are the young fusion quintet from Serbia lead by bassist Miloš Bosnić. Their debut album "Four Noble Truths" contains four compositions, forty six and half minutes long in all.

Music is well recorded and ever better played - obviously influenced by European fusion of 70s skilled young musicians demonstrate precisely calculated high energy mixture.The opener "Residex P" recall Alan Holdsworth's guitar experiments from 80s, "Four Noble Truths"(longest album's composition lasting more than 21 minute) from very first seconds sounds as Mashavishnu Orchestra's reincarnation, but on the way changes lot of rhythms and structures.

"Millwall Park" is actually a mid-tempo bluesy rock ballad played by jazz fusion band.Album's closer,"River Pilot" opens with bass soloing against jazzy drumming and only after almost three minutes rest of the band starts to participate.This is album's jazziest composition with interesting sax,guitar and keyboards soloing.

Strongest debut parts are good communication between band members, strong interplay and technical musicianship plus respect to best classic fusion traditions. What I missed in their music most of all is adventure,search for new sounds and ways which is such important for any young band.

In all - strong album for fans of Allan Holdsworth and John McLaughlin music, it's great to see how young generation of Serbian jazz musicians returns to world jazz scene.

CHRISTOPH IRNIGER Octopus

Album · 2015 · Avant-Garde Jazz
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Swiss tenor Christoph Irniger plays unconventional avant-garde jazz. Leading the trio with compatriot double bassist Raffaele Bossard and American drummer Ziv Ravitz, Christoph plays dry short tuneful snippets constructing well controlled almost minimalist compositions.

Differently from dominating noisy and very free sax players on today's avant-garde jazz scene, Irniger's music develops Jimmy Giuffre (and Lennie Tristano)tradition coming from mid 50s.It is rooted in cool jazz / chamber music giving to it lot of freedom. Irniger doesn't use continued saxophone soloing techniques, he blows short clear tunes with support of free but extremely precisely tuned rhythm section. "Octopus" music is easy accessible and often sounds as freer cool jazz from the very first look.

The only disadvantage here is all compositions are similar mid-tempo songs with bassist and drummer working as Swiss watch - no changes happen till the very end. On the album's second half it can initiate some sameness feel but generally "Octopus" is great album, containing different look on advanced jazz.

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