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Selected international press reactions

•    ACT 9823-2 Iiro RANTALA – Lars DANIELSSON – Peter ERSKINE “how long is now?”

“This album will lift spirits. […] Buoyant and bright, it brings together lacy classical motifs, sun-dappled r&b tunes and enthusiastic world grooves with supreme clarity and charm. * * * * ½ “
-    DOWNBEAT (US)
 
“Strong tunes, beautifully and cheerfully played - an infectious, tuneful and swinging trio album. * * * *”
-    The Times (GB)
 
“Life-affirming.”
-    London Jazz News (GB)
 
“An enjoyable and thoroughly jolly album.”
-    The Jazz Breakfast (GB)
 
“Probably Iiro Rantalas best album. * * * * ”
-    Jazzwise (GB)
 
„Simple melodies full of clarity and beauty. * * * *”
-    Stern (DE)
 
“Simply brilliant melodies.”
-    Jazz thing (DE)
 
•    ACT 9833-2 DAVID HELBOCK TRIO “Into the Mystic”
 
“David Helbock is a musician to watch. […] An impeccable pianist with a clear, crisp touch.”
-    Jazzwise (GB)
 
“Accomplished, melodic playing and a leavening sense of absurdity.”
The London Times (GB)
 
“A trio with real character and originality.”
-    The Jazz Breakfast (GB)
 
“The Helbock Trio have created a highly distinctive and personalized sound and must rank as one of Europe's most adventurous piano trios.”
-    The Jazzmann (GB)
 
“A breach of conventions and listening habits in an extremely intelligent and creative way and with superior playing skills.”
-    Süddeutsche Zeitung (DE)
 
“Simply indescribable.”
-    Jazz thing (DE)
 
„The poetic side of jazz“
-     Der Standard (AT)
 
“Exciting and full of surprises and delights.”
-    Les Inrocks (FR)
 
“David Helbock  takes us to the heart of his own dreams with his intimate music full of multiple inspirations.”
-    Radio France (FR)
 
•    ACT 9825-2 MICHAEL WOLLNY & VINCENT PEIRANI “Tandem”
 
“Between them, the German pianist Michael Wollny and French accordionist Vincent Peirani create as rich a variety of musical sounds, textures and forms as you’re ever likely to hear from two acoustic instruments.”
-    The Guardian (GB)
 
“An intriguing album.”
-    The London Times (GB)
 
“An album that seems crammed with highlights [and] a collision of two highly inventive and original musical minds.”
-    Jazzwise (GB)
 
„Two of Europe‘s most creative jazz musicians at the peak of their craft.”
-    Jazz’n’More (CH)
 
„A gorgeous liaison. […] Fresh, delicate and of enchanting musicality.”
-    Der Tagesspiegel (DE)
 
“In this German-French rendez-vous the boarders between jazz and classical disappear.”
-    Bild (DE)
 
“A stellar hour of musical dialogue.”
-    Rondo (DE)
 
•    ACT 9837-2 EMILE PARISIEN QUINTET „Sfumato“ feat. Joachim Kühn & guests Vincent Peirani & Michel Portal
 
"An exhilarating genre-hop bubbling with captivating remakes of US and European jazz traditions. […] An exuberant album ***** "
-    The Guardian
 
“A terrific recording.”
-    London Jazz News
 
„Emile Parisien surely will number among the leading European jazz musicians of the future. / ****”
-    Jazzwise
 
This is what outstanding modern jazz sounds like! * * * *
-    Jazz’n’More (CH)
 
„A jazz visionary, who stands with one foot in the past, his view pointing way into the future.“
-    Clarino (DE)
 
„It’s insane in which short period of time Emile Parisien has become of the most influencial French musicians . ‘Sfumato’ is the title of the new album of the 34 year-old, who, as soprano saxophonist in his generation doesn’t have to fear any competitor worldwide. This album will strengthen his thunder-like reputation even more.”
-    Jazz thing (DE)
 
„Emile Parisien carries the magical sound of the soprano saxophone into the future – following the footsteps of Sidney Bechet, Johnny Hodges, Steve Lacy, John Coltrane, Wayne Shorter and Evan Parker.“
-    Fono Forum (DE)
 
•    ACT 9034-2 E.S.T. SYMPHONY feat. Magnus Öström, Dan Berglund, Iiro Rantala, Marius Neset, Verneri Pohjola
& Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Hans Ek
 
„* * * * * / An impressive piece of music from whatever end of the musical spectrum you chose to gaze at it.”
-    Jazzwise (GB)
 
“Beautifully and devotedly done.”
-    The Guardian (GB)
 
“The new classical repertoire.”
-    Gramophone (GB)
    
„* * * * / Cinemascope for the ears.“
-    Fono Forum (DE)
 
„* * * * * / A throughout well-made homage to the visionary Esbjörn Svensson.“
-    Concerto (AT)
 
“Klangmonument für ein Genie.”
-    Audio (DE)
 
„A great homage to the most important piano trio of this young century.“
-    Jazz’n’More (CH)

·         ACT 9823-2 Iiro RANTALA – Lars DANIELSSON – Peter ERSKINE “how long is now?”

 

“This album will lift spirits. […] Buoyant and bright, it brings together lacy classical motifs, sun-dappled r&b tunes and enthusiastic world grooves with supreme clarity and charm. * * * * ½ “

-       DOWNBEAT (US)

 

“Strong tunes, beautifully and cheerfully played - an infectious, tuneful and swinging trio album. * * * *”

-          The Times (GB)

 

“Life-affirming.”

-          London Jazz News (GB)

 

“An enjoyable and thoroughly jolly album.”

-          The Jazz Breakfast (GB)

 

“Probably Iiro Rantalas best album. * * * * ”

-          Jazzwise (GB)

 

„Simple melodies full of clarity and beauty. * * * *”

-          Stern (DE)

 

“Simply brilliant melodies.”

-          Jazz thing (DE)

 

·         ACT 9833-2 DAVID HELBOCK TRIO “Into the Mystic”

 

“David Helbock is a musician to watch. […] An impeccable pianist with a clear, crisp touch.”

-       Jazzwise (GB)

 

“Accomplished, melodic playing and a leavening sense of absurdity.”

The London Times (GB)

 

“A trio with real character and originality.”

-       The Jazz Breakfast (GB)

 

“The Helbock Trio have created a highly distinctive and personalized sound and must rank as one of Europe's most adventurous piano trios.”

-       The Jazzmann (GB)

 

“A breach of conventions and listening habits in an extremely intelligent and creative way and with superior playing skills.”

-       Süddeutsche Zeitung (DE)

 

“Simply indescribable.”

-       Jazz thing (DE)

 

„The poetic side of jazz“

-        Der Standard (AT)

“Exciting and full of surprises and delights.”

-       Les Inrocks (FR)

 

“David Helbock  takes us to the heart of his own dreams with his intimate music full of multiple inspirations.”

-       Radio France (FR)

 

·         ACT 9825-2 MICHAEL WOLLNY & VINCENT PEIRANI “Tandem”

 

“Between them, the German pianist Michael Wollny and French accordionist Vincent Peirani create as rich a variety of musical sounds, textures and forms as you’re ever likely to hear from two acoustic instruments.”

-       The Guardian (GB)

 

“An intriguing album.”

-       The London Times (GB)

 

“An album that seems crammed with highlights [and] a collision of two highly inventive and original musical minds.”

-       Jazzwise (GB)

 

„Two of Europe‘s most creative jazz musicians at the peak of their craft.”

-       Jazz’n’More (CH)

 

„A gorgeous liaison. […] Fresh, delicate and of enchanting musicality.”

-          Der Tagesspiegel (DE)

 

“In this German-French rendez-vous the boarders between jazz and classical disappear.”

-          Bild (DE)

 

“A stellar hour of musical dialogue.”

-          Rondo (DE)

 

·         ACT 9837-2 EMILE PARISIEN QUINTET „Sfumato“ feat. Joachim Kühn & guests Vincent Peirani & Michel Portal

 

"An exhilarating genre-hop bubbling with captivating remakes of US and European jazz traditions. […] An exuberant album ***** "

-       The Guardian

 

“A terrific recording.”

-          London Jazz News

 

„Emile Parisien surely will number among the leading European jazz musicians of the future. / ****”

-       Jazzwise

 

This is what outstanding modern jazz sounds like! * * * *

-       Jazz’n’More (CH)

 

„A jazz visionary, who stands with one foot in the past, his view pointing way into the future.“

-       Clarino (DE)

 

„It’s insane in which short period of time Emile Parisien has become of the most influencial French musicians . ‘Sfumato’ is the title of the new album of the 34 year-old, who, as soprano saxophonist in his generation doesn’t have to fear any competitor worldwide. This album will strengthen his thunder-like reputation even more.”

-       Jazz thing (DE)

 

„Emile Parisien carries the magical sound of the soprano saxophone into the future – following the footsteps of Sidney Bechet, Johnny Hodges, Steve Lacy, John Coltrane, Wayne Shorter and Evan Parker.“

-       Fono Forum (DE)

 

·         ACT 9034-2 E.S.T. SYMPHONY feat. Magnus Öström, Dan Berglund, Iiro Rantala, Marius Neset, Verneri Pohjola

& Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Hans Ek

 

„* * * * * / An impressive piece of music from whatever end of the musical spectrum you chose to gaze at it.”

-       Jazzwise (GB)

 

“Beautifully and devotedly done.”

-       The Guardian (GB)

 

“The new classical repertoire.”

-       Gramophone (GB)

-        

„* * * * / Cinemascope for the ears.“

-       Fono Forum (DE)

 

„* * * * * / A throughout well-made homage to the visionary Esbjörn Svensson.“

-       Concerto (AT)

 

“Klangmonument für ein Genie.”

-       Audio (DE)

 

„A great homage to the most important piano trio of this young century.“

-       Jazz’n’More (CH)

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