Monthly archives: December, 2015

7 Questions for… Oriol Roca

Here in Barcelona, sometimes it feels difficult to find a gig that doesn’t feature Oriol Roca. A slight exaggeration but he does take the ubiquity prize, whether it’s Giulia Valle’s latest genre-crossing project, Líbera, or the humorous gymnastics of the Piccola Gagarin Orchestra, or the charts+improv of the the David Mengual Free Spirits Big Band,…




The Best Jazz & Noise of 2015…?

Over the last couple of weeks, I’ve posted 10 Daily Tunes on Facebook, slowly revealing the aJN top ten albums of 2015. Some things to bear in mind… This is, of course, a highly subjective list. The criteria were, a) what I liked, b) variety, c) there is no c), just a) and b), mainly…




7 Questions for… Tapio Ylinen

Tapio Ylinen is a musician, radio host and runs Eclipse Music, a Tampere-based label putting out unusual – and often wonderfully uncategorisable – recordings by some of Finland’s leading musicians. 1. What was your first musical instrument, and what did it mean to you? I got my first guitar as a Christmas present when I…




7 Questions for… RareNoise Records

This week, we broaden the scope of the ‘7 Questions’ a little, going beyond the musicians. Giacomo Bruzzo is co-founder (alongside Eraldo Bernocchi) of RareNoise Records, putting out discs by artists such as Joe Morris, Steve Swallow, Mary Halvorson, Kjetil Møster, Mats Gustafsson, Merzbow, Ivo Perelman, Nils Petter Molvær, among many others. The London-based label deliberately eschews…




Get the Blessing at Jamboree – 10th Dec. ’15

Pete Judge (trumpet) Jake McMurchie (saxophones) Jim Barr (bass) Clive Deamer (drums) You know you’ve been to a good gig when you wake up the next morning with one of the tunes still playing in your head. And I have to say, there are far worse things to wake up to than Get The Blessing’s…




7 Questions for… Kjetil Møster

Jazz and rock: from his work with the Coltrane-inspired The Core to recent collaboration with Hungarian avant-rockers Jü, Kjetil Møster has always a foot in both camps and with his own project Møster!, he treads that fine line between the two with ease, creating adventurous and unpredictable prog-jazz. Last year’s “Inner Earth” album comfortably made aJazzNoise’s…