Inland Sea is Stephan Micus’ 22nd solo album for ECM, each one taking his audience on musical journeys to far-flung places and unique sound worlds. For decades, he has been travelling, collecting and studying musical instruments from all over the world and creating new music for them. Micus often combines instruments from different cultures and continents that would never normally be played together, adapting and extending them, and rarely playing them in a traditional manner. The instruments then become a cast of characters that help tell the particular story of that album. While he plays nine different instruments on Inland Sea, the lead role belongs to the nyckelharpa – a keyed fiddle from Sweden, with an array of other instruments and vocals providing layers and textures throughout.


ECM records


Stephan Micus   Balanzikom, Nyckelharpa, Chord and Bass Zithers, Shakuhachi, Voice, Steel String Guitar, Genbri



BOWMAN trio » Bowman Trio


Bowman Trio has written their music around the imaginary adventurer J. Bowman, portraying his lively phases on, for example, Mount Everest. The trio’s sound could be described as swinging, catchy and nuanced; the narrative melodicity of “Hard Work”, tender melancholy of “Summer in Visby and the tight gangster swing of the closing track, “How to Win a Gunfight”, the album’s moods and atmospheres surprise and delight the ear. The album captures the intimate milieu of the coffee shop and the trio’s smoky, cool swing in all its hues wonderfully.


WE JAZZ records

Tomi Nikku, trumpet / Joonas Tuuri, bass / Sami Nummela, drums


ROY HARGROVE quintet » ‘Top Of My Head’ » Live Studio Session


He’s known as one of the top trumpet players in jazz for the past quarter century, and returned to the KNKX studios with a fantastic new song for the city Roy says has always inspired him.


Roy Hargrove – trumpet

Justin Robinson – alto sax

Tadataka Unno – piano

Ameen Saleem – bass

Quincy Phillips – drums


AMBROSE AKINMUSIRE » Maurice & Michael (sorry I didn’t say hello) 


I feel lucky for having listened this tune played live!



Maurice & Michael (sorry I didn’t say hello) 

Ambrose Akinmusire – trumpet

Sam Harris — Piano
Harish Raghavan — Bass
Justin Brown — Drums



Trumpeter Avishai Cohen, voted a Rising Star in this year’s DownBeat Critics Poll (2012), releases Triveni II his second album with the Triveni band – his bold, electrifying trio with double-bassist Omer Avital and drummer Nasheet Waits. Triveni II is the follow-up to Introducing Triveni, which New York City Jazz Record called “easily one of the best jazz recordings of 2010.” Both albums were recorded in the same blockbuster two-day session in Brooklyn, with Triveni II featuring not only exciting originals by Cohen but inspired interpretations of tunes by Dizzy Gillespie, Charles Mingus, Don Cherry and Ornette Coleman. Sparks fly on each of the 10 viscerally recorded tracks as Cohen, Avital and Waits engage in interplay that is as fleet as it is muscular, as progressive as it is full of soul.

ANZIC records

Avishai Cohen: Trumpet  Omer Avital: Bass  Nasheet Waits: Drums