Mixtape #151

Hailing from Kuopio, Finland, Aki Rissanen is one of the most talented and creative artists of his generation. An accomplished pianist, composer and keyboardist, his solo and trio albums have earned him global recognition, along with membership and collaborations with various bands and projects. Originally classically trained, he cultivated his passion for jazz and improvised music later studying in Paris, Cologne and New York. Rissanen rightfully brings his technical abilities and sensibilities to the fore on the recently released Hyperreal, a powerful, beautiful and engaging album filled with virtuosity. We’re stoked to have him put together this month’s sublime mixtape, encapsulating the influences at play in his own music.

  1. Art Tatum – Taboo [Clef Records]
  2. Atomic – Boom Boom [Jazzland Recordings]
  3. Arve Henriksen – Bird’s-Eye View [Rune Grammofon]
  4. Bill Evans Trio – Gloria’s Step (Take 2) [Riverside Records]
  5. Serge Gainsbourg – Requiem pour un con [Philips]
  6. Artemis Quartet – Prestissimo (Ligeti’s String Quartet n.1) [Westdeutscher Rundfunk / Ars Musici]
  7. Ahmad Jamal – But Not For me [Parrot]
  8. Louis Sclavis – Maputo [Premonition Records]
  9. Brad Mehldau Trio – Knives Out [Nonesuch]
  10. Alfons & Aloys Kontarsky – Bewegung (Ligeti’s 3 pieces for 2 pianos)
  11. Miles Davis – Directions (Live at Filmore West) [Rock Melon Music LTD]
  12. Bill Frisell & Fred Hersch – It Might As Well Be Spring [Nonesuch]
  13. A Camp – The Crowning [Reveal Records / Nettwerk]

Mixtape #134

A new year is upon us and what better way to set the mood than with a mixtape curated by the brilliant and imaginative Matthias Lindermayr. Whether you know his work with German jazz group Fazer, his collaborations with artists like Carlos Cipa, or his own beguiling solo works, Lindermayr is one of Germany’s leading jazz trumpet players. Crossing the borders between composition and improvisation, his magnificent third album Triptych has completely enthralled us and is one of our Album Picks of 2021. Needless to say, we're ecstatic to unveil this stunning mix that perfectly encapsulates the spectrum of influences at play in the album, from jazz to classical to contemporary music. Press play already!

  1. Girls in Airport – Stonehouse [Kaja Records]
  2. Peter Evans & Levy Lorenzo – Axis [More is More Records]
  3. Roberto Oyarzun Susnar – Ligeti Etude VII [Chancacazo]
  4. Christian Wallumrod Ensemble – Danszaal [Hubro]
  5. Bill Frisell [with Dave Holland & Elvin Jones] – Twenty Years [Nonesuch Records]
  6. Arve Henriksen – Acceptance [ArveMusic]
  7. Koma Saxo – Fanfarum for Komarum II [We Jazz Records]
  8. Portico Quartet – Line [Real World]
  9. Tigran Hamasyan – Etude No. 1 [Nonesuch Records]
  10. Mark Hollis – The daily Planet [Polydor Records]
  11. Mathias Eick – Children [ECM]
  12. Makaya McCraven – Inner Flight [International Anthem]
  13. Cuong Vu – Vina’s Lullaby [Knitting Factory]