Review: The Oddgeir Berg trio, an outfit named, in true jazz fashion, after its best-known member, is apparently made up of musicians who have previously preferred to stay in the shadows. Having provided instrumental backing on various Scandinavian jazz albums, they've now decided to go it alone. Thus, the Oslo-based trio has recorded Before Dawn, a quietly impressive debut album on Ozella Music. While Berg's fluid and attractive piano playing and keys solos naturally take centre stage, he wisely allows double bassist Karl-Joakim Wisloff and drummer Klaus Robert Bromvilk to share the limelight. That means occasional dexterous double bass solos, ear catching drumming, and compositions - both up-tempo and heart-achingly poignant - that cannily get the best out of all three musicians.
Review: If you're into ice cool, traditional jazz music, then it can't really get much better than The Oscar Peterson Trio. The band, aside from the legendary Oscar Peterson himself, is a large conglomerate of musicians whose output dates back to the early 1950s; that's right, almost three-quarters of a century worth of quality. Night Train is their 1963 album, and this reissue comes from Verve themselves, who have thankfully left the packaging the same as the original. There is something in here for all to enjoy, and while the sounds might not be as mad or as radical as Miles Davis or Herbie Hancock, there is definitely plenty to be enjoyed in this timeless and sensual collection of jazz songs.
Review: A key component in modern Turkish music since the '70s, Mustafa would have gone under the radar if it wasn't for break diggers. While he's still active to this day, Genclik Lle Elle is largely cited as his creative zenith. Recorded in Istanbul, 1973, the instrumental album takes the funk template and flings it into experimental, often cosmic pastures. Highlights include the planet-hopping glissandos on "Zeytinyagli", the progressive head-swirling frenzy of "Lorke" and the infectious eastern-fused riff on "Emmioglu". Plus it's on coloured vinyl. Plus it's got a monkey sound engineer on the cover. Plus it's limited. This record has a hell of a lot going for it.