The Return of Morten Schantz!

Morten Schantz is a Danish pianist and composer, born in 1980. He met the piano in the late 90s when he was a teenager. He toured five continents with his band JazzKamikaze, which he founded in 2005, and gained musical experiences. Passenger was recorded at Kole Studios in Copenhagen in May 2020, one of the most intense periods of the pandemic and isolation process, and released in September 16th 2022 via April Records. On the album, he is accompanied by his 15-year companions, double bassist Morten Ankarfeldt and drummer Janus Templeton.

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Rising Star on Stage: Emma Rawicz

Still in her early 20s, British saxophonist Emma Rawicz is a musician who has a great command of her instrument and truly loves and respects music. The audience watching Rawicz on the stage of the 32nd Akbank Jazz Festival at Akbank Sanat, where we went for the first time in a long time, on the evening of September 27, witnessed perhaps one of the most precious moments in modern jazz history. Because this is Rawicz’s first concert outside the UK. First of all, let’s congratulate for her success. More importantly, let’s thank the Akbank Jazz Festival for putting such a young musician on the festival stage by trusting her vision.

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Turning Point of Art: Gonzalo Rubalcaba

Having spent his 35 years-long career gloriously, very productively, pianist Gonzalo Rubalcaba recorded another exquisite recording with Matt Brewer and Eric Harland, two great musicians of the highest caliber of their generation, after the Grammy-winning Skyline he recorded with two legends Ron Carter and Jack DeJohnette last year. If you ask me, this album is likely to receive Grammy nomination next year and very likely would win again. Especially the improvised solos are the kind that will showcase Rubalcaba’s flamboyant style.

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Tim Fitzgerald’s Full House

Chicago based guitarist Tim Fitzgerald is a musician who admires Wes Montgomery very much. Is there anything more beautiful than walking by stepping on the steps of the musician you love? To this end, he has been working for more than 20 years to analyse Montgomery’s idiosyncratic, stylish and sensuous music.

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Brave New World Trio: David Murray

David Murray’s recently issued album via Intakt Records, Seriana Promethea, recorded under extraordinary conditions of pandemic has a similar character with the Decameron. At this time the stories are told musically by three of the prominent storytellers of the day. Seriana Promethea can readily be regarded among the ones that perfectly represents the mood of the catastrophic times, just as the decameron represents that of the age of plague in medieval times.

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