Helsinki's We Jazz Records launches a new series of live recordings, the "We Jazz Live Plates", offering a closer look into the label's live activities. The first installment of the series is a recording from Berlin captured in October 2017. The six-tracker features Black Motor, Bowman Trio and Jaska Lukkarinen Trio offering two potent slices of raw live jazz each. All of the compositions herein are previously unreleased or new arrangements.
The album "Berlin 27.10.17" was recorded at club Monarch located in Berlin's Kottbusser Tor during the second annual Scope Festival (a collaborative effort of Berlin's XJAZZ and We Jazz). The dense atmosphere of the packed club is present in the recordings which showcase three major acts from the vibrant Finnish scene. Musically, the album ranges from the undeniable swing of Jaska Lukkarinen Trio's "Roger" and Bowman Trio's "The Hillary Step" to the scorching updated version of Black Motor's "Branches", subtitled here as "Berliner Musik".
Classy + jazzy! - Alex RuderKEXP
Jazz is the only thing that will outlive humanity. I love it! - Marcus RosarioDarker Than Wax / The Lot Radio
Loving the trumpet work on here and live production feel. - DJ OsricRTR FM
One of the nu-cool jazz labels, out of Helsinki of course, We Jazz go from strength to strength with the first "live plates" - a bit like dub plates but live jazz versions. - Gerry HecticFuturistica Music / Jazz Chronicles
Sublime modern jazz - love the nu-bop sound of Bowman Trio! - Wayne WrightAll FM 96.9 & Rhythm Passport
Love The Hillary Step by Bowman Trio. - DJ KappaRadio Reverb
Modern jazz done the right way! Full of character and flavour! - Dave SectorBS1212
Love it. The Hillary Step by Bowman Trio is hot! - Jon WesleyKNSJ Radio 89.1FM San Diego
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