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Jazz Genre Nb. Rated Avg. rating
1 Avant-Garde Jazz 257 3.66
2 Post Bop 86 3.55
3 Fusion 78 3.40
4 Eclectic Fusion 58 3.66
5 21st Century Modern 37 3.77
6 Nu Jazz 36 3.65
7 Jazz Related Rock 32 3.30
8 World Fusion 30 3.15
9 RnB 24 3.35
10 Jazz Related Improv/Composition 23 3.54
11 Hard Bop 22 3.32
12 Post-Fusion Contemporary 15 3.17
13 Progressive Big Band 15 3.83
14 Third Stream 15 3.53
15 Pop/Art Song/Folk 11 2.86
16 Vocal Jazz 10 3.15
17 Funk 10 3.35
18 African Fusion 10 3.70
19 Jazz Related Electronica/Hip-Hop 7 3.29
20 Funk Jazz 4 3.38
21 Jazz Related Soundtracks 4 3.25
22 Soul Jazz 4 3.50
23 Cool Jazz 2 3.50
24 Exotica 2 3.00
25 Big Band 2 2.75
26 Blues 1 2.00
27 Afro-Cuban Jazz 1 3.50
28 Acid Jazz 1 3.00
29 Jump Blues 1 3.50
30 Latin Jazz 1 3.50

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YOSUKE YAMASHITA 山下洋輔 Quiet Memories

Album · 2020 · 21st Century Modern
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Yosuke Yamashita, who will celebrate his 80 birthday later this month, is one of Japanese avant-garde jazz piano key figures. His trio during the late 60s - mid 70s released a series of excellent high energy impressive technique albums, building a golden fund of the country's creative jazz (incl. cult "Chiasma" and bold, very special atmosphere "Frozen Days", which I really like more, among some others). Yosuke moved towards more mainstream post-bop during 90s, played with big bands and recorded some semi-classical works. "Quiet Memories" is his last to date studio album, a 78 year sold pianist's solo work.

Recorded in a studio in Tokyo, this album contains eleven compositions: three standards, one Corsican folk song and seven Yamashita originals. As one could expect, Yamashita plays his whole life's music from mature, seasoned artist position. Fortunately, the album isn't a collection of sentimental ballads. It builds a very specific atmosphere of lite sadness and understanding that a long-lasting artist's career (and life) is going into the final faze. Unusually (for Yamashita) emotionally colored, it contains some his best songs from his youth (as "Mina's 2nd theme" and "Chiasma"), played more emotionally, than in the original versions. "Thought of Beatrice" is a Corsican ballade of rare beauty. Standards anchoring the album's music, make a tighter connection of Yamashita's own compositions with jazz roots. All the time interchanging the music's tempos perfectly controls the whole album's mood, making it more Zen-balanced, rather than melancholic. And without surprise, Yamahita choses "On the Sunny Side of the Street" for the closer.


Album · 1976 · Eclectic Fusion
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Strangest Sam Rivers album ever - instead of the free-bop of his early works or the avant-garde jazz he is well-known for, Rivers plays four long fast-tempo funky pieces in a style one could expect from Sonny Sharrock or Ronald Shannon Jackson.

The band contains two drummers (incl. Barry Altschul), Dave Holland on bass/cello and guitarist Ted Dunbar. Rivers himself plays sax, piano and a lot of flute. Released on his regular Impulse! label, this album didn't reach the target listeners for that sort of music and critics didn't receive it well.

Energetic and straight-forward, this album's music has its moments, but comparing with much more complex and knotty River's regular albums of the time, it is simply not the work of his league.

JON HASSELL The Living City (Live at the Winter Garden 17 September 1989)

Boxset / Compilation · 2023 · Nu Jazz
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Very first weeks of a new year bring us an exceptional release. Two grand artists of electronic music of the 80s - American conceptualist trumpeter/keyboardist, Jon Hassell and Brit early ambient key figure, Brian Eno meet on a perfectly recorded in 1989 live album! Both artists already collaborated on the well-known "Fourth World" album, released in 1980, which gave the name for Hassell's future musical style of eclectic crossover combining electronics, jazz improvisation and non-Western rhythms.

The album's material contains a 68-minute Jon Hassell's group live performance from World Financial Center Winter Garden in New York City, recorded in September 1989 (just few months before exactly same group recorded "City: Works Of Fiction" studio album). Eno had designed an audio-visual installation in the 10-story glass-vaulted pavilion, inspired by the hunting, ceremony, animals, and weather sounds of the Ba-Ya-Ka pygmy tribe from Cameroon gathered by Louis Sarno, and mixed the band playing live with multimedia installation sonics.

This recorded material hadn't been released until 2014, when it got serious studio remixing/reworking. Still it's first release as bonus material with "City: Works Of Fiction (Expanded Edition)" reissue passed almost unnoticed. In February 2023 it comes as separate vinyl album, and it's a great chance to find a new listener.

The music presented on "The Living City" from the very first minutes recalls Miles fusion albums from mid-70s. The main difference is Miles long pieces are mostly based on improvisation, Hassell's music is more structured and organized, and sounds like a composition against Miles jamming. Hassell's prepared trumpet sounds very much as analog keyboards, and heavy studio wizardry gives to the whole music a less organic, but more contemporary sound. On some pieces Daniel Scwartz plays physical groovy funky bass, which adds a lot of life to the mix, and perfectly balances quite emotionless by it's nature electronic sounds.

Recorded during a live gig, this music sounds more alive, and more inspired then Hassell's renown studio works. Well recorded, it represents perfectly the missing link between Miles Davis mid-70s fusion and Nils Petter Molvær nu jazz from mid-90s. Highly recommended.

PAULA SHOCRÓN Paula Shocron / William Parker / Pablo Díaz : El Templo

Album · 2021 · Avant-Garde Jazz
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Here in a Western world we don't know much about, contemporary South American jazz, it's a shame. Leaving aside bossa-novas of early 60s, Hermeto Pascoal and Corea's introduced Airto Moreira and Flora Purim, all from the past, there is probably Ivo Perelman only, who gets wide international recognition.

In a region, having deep musical traditions and specific roots, during the last decades formed an interesting jazz society, Argentinian pianist Paula Shocron is one among few names, which found their way to the international scene.

Classically trained from the age of 5, Paula studied composition at Rosario University. In 2005 she released her first album as a leader, playing more traditional jazz, but it took a decade for her to switch towards more free and adventurous jazz. With her SLD trio (incl. her partner Pablo Díaz on drums and bassist Germán Lamonega) Paula released a series of avant-garde jazz albums in Argentine, and on European labels (Polish Fundacja Słuchaj!‎ and Swiss Hat Hut Hatology). "El Templo" is her first ever American release as leader though.

With an acoustic trio, including her regular drummer Pablo Díaz and legendary American bassist William Parker, Paula for the first time recorded an album still in 2016 ("Emptying The Self", released on her own NendoDango Records). The other one contains live recording at Ibeam, Brooklyn, NYC, from 2019.

"El Templo", the trio's third album, is recorded in the studio and contains four compositions. "Los Jardines",the opener, is an explosive percussive piece. Paula plays her fast angular staccato, very much Cecil Taylor, just not such heavyweight, more dry and abstract.

The whole album is centered around the title composition, a suite of sorts, lasting about a half-an-hour. It starts with slow-tempo, almost meditative piano, but later changes themes and flows many times providing enough space for each musician. The rhythm section is great on support, Paula's strong side is her solo improvs, being on the back not always works well though.

"Ausencia" is romantically colored ballad with classical piano influence. "Capricornio", the closer, returns the listener back where it all started - percussive high energy piece, which starts like drums-bass dialogue, but slowly the piano takes over the control and whole album finishes with fast, almost nervous, another Tayloresque piano attack.

The album's main attraction is, similarly as with some other Shocron works, the fresh take on already almost classic free jazz, without even traces of boredom or repetitiveness, which are not so rare component in many American and European artist's music.


Album · 2021 · 21st Century Modern
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Outside of France, Parisienne pianist Sophia Domanchich is mostly known because of her association with British Canterbury scene leading artists, such as Gong drummer Pip Pyle (who was her partner for some years) and, more significant, former Soft Machine members, sax player Elton Dean and bassist Hugh Hopper.

In her homeland, she is a renown musician and composer, active in both classical music and jazz. She started her career in music as an accompanist in Paris Opera, it was Steve Lacy(among others), who introduced her to jazz in the late 70s. Since then she has been a significant figure on the French scene, often combining modern concert hall music and jazz.

"Le Grand Jour"("The Great Day") is her newest to date album (and first original release of just revitalized French jazz label PeeWee!). Domancich presents eleven of her originals here (plus an opener - John Lewis "Jango"). She does here what she knows best - plays solo acoustic piano and (simultaneously) Fender Rhodes. The music can be described as elegant chamber jazz, influenced more by Satie than Chopin. Sophia's compositions are of an elegant cool beauty, opposite to the French scene's Montmartre sentimentality. The ascetic use of electric piano in moments recalls the sound of church organ, in other places it adds a rock song feel, in both cases it makes solo piano sounds more lively.

Being quite accessible, this album's music is of a multilayered origin, every listening opens new elements and emotions, again and again. It's like an Old Paris architecture - you can enjoy looking at these old Cathedrals and buildings again and again, never being bored.

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