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By Anderson Riley

Tunes by jazz musicians Ben Monder, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Chris Cheek, Reid Anderson, Fernando Huergo, Drew Gress, Yusuke Yamamoto and Guillermo Klein are displayed on this solo piano album of a rare kind. Fellow New Yorker, pianist Mika Pohjola, decided to record tunes by his friends from the jazz scene. These songs were played by Pohjola at various sessions with some of the composers, when the songs were new in the late 1990s and they all lived in Brooklyn. Several
By Mika Pohjola

Gary Peacock has had many great trio initiatives. One of the greatest is this trio with Keith Jarrett on piano and Jack DeJohnette on drums (another one is with Paul Bley and Paul Motian). It is remarkable that all three members of this trio are capable pianists, and Peacock additionally a drummer from his early years; however, Jarrett may be the strongest pianist. The trio is a late 20th century phenomenon in equally late bebop renditions of singable tunes from th
Austrian-New Yorker vocalist and songwriter Maria Neckam new release, 'Crossing and Blending', is now available on Blue Music Group. This remarkable 63-minute entirety features edgy original melodies by Neckam and one track by the pianist on the album, Franz von Chossy.

Off Beat Magazine has reviewed 'Crossing and Blending' as an ambitious release "that ranges through the breadth of her stylistic tropes and suggests that she's going to be a special voice', and goes even further
Grammy nominated and Juno Award winning drummer Terry Clarke signed with Blue Music Group for his release It's About Time featuring Joe Lovano, Jim Hall, Greg Osby, Phil Dwyer and Don Thompson.

Terry Clarke was born on August 20, 1944 in Vancouver, British Columbia. His natural rhythmic aptitude was obvious from an early age, and at the age of twelve, he began studying formally with the noted drum teacher and author Jim Blackley. In 1965, Terry moved to San Francisco to work with John Handy

Blue Music Group's September releases feature some of the finest leaders and sidemen, Rashied Ali, Terry Clarke, Mika Pohjola, Akiko Pavolka and Maria Neckam. On these albums, you'll hear vocalist Eddie Jefferson, saxophonists Steve Wilson, Joe Lovano, Greg Osby, guitarists Jim Hall and Ben Monder, and many more. Don't miss these releases.

with Steve Wilson, Ben Monder

Being one of this year's most important releases, Northern Sunrise

NEW YORK. Blue Music Group is the first record label to introduce Instant Net-CDs on its website. In addition to offering common mpeg layer 3 ("mp3") and advanced audio codec ("aac") media, the entire Blue Music Group catalog is now available in a full quality CD format, including printable artwork, lyrics and inserts. "This is a major step for music sales to become entirely postal-free. Neither the sound quality nor the liner notes are an issue anymore," says Mika Pohjola, the artistic director
Akiko Pavolka - Voice & Composer
Pete Rende - Piano, Pedal Steel Guitar
Matt Pavolka - Bass
Blake Lindberg - Drums

House of Illusion marks the beginning of Akiko Pavolka's debut as a creative artist on the New York jazz scene. Her band with the same name has been recognized for its expressive variety, yet tight rapport.

Akiko Pavolka is a Japanese-born vocalist, composer and educator based in New York. Her strikingly original music blends pop and j
Das Wörterbuch, The Dictionary, is a spontaneous thesaurus in improvised expression. Vocalist and composer Maria Neckam and pianist Mika Pohjola explore innovating and daring sounds from 20th century classical via avant garde to jazz genres. Included are a few of Neckam's original compositions and on-the-spot interpretations of American Songbook classics, My Funny Valentine and Like Someone in Love. As a whole, Das Wörterbuch is an experience for careful listeners, who like to think outsi
Colombian singer-songwriter Marta Gomez will release her new album, Musiquita Thursday, April 17th Shows at 8 & 10 pm Joe's Pub 424 LaFayette Street, New York City Musiquita is Marta Gomez's fifth recording. This new project reflects the steady growth of an artist who, while deepening her art, maintains her own strong identity. On Musiquita, Marta expands her vocal vocabulary, enlarging her unique sound to include percussive vocal improvisation and soaring vocalese. Her arrangements have bec
MikaSonik, the eclectic jazz-fusion quintet led by New York-based Finnish pianist and composer Mika Pohjola, released its aptly titled studio album, Landmark, in 2002. Featuring a first rate lineup with Miguel Zenon on saxophone, Ben Monder on guitar, Fernando Huergo on bass and Roberto Dani on drums, Still Alive is in contrary a one-night unedited live recording. It documents the talents of each musician, but moreover it highlights the incredible stability and rapport of the group as a whole. T
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