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Nuscope’s Top 10 of 2016

Nuscope deemed these 10 discs as favorites of 2016 outside of the label:
Vijay Iyer and Wadada Leo Smith – a cosmic rhythm with each stroke (ECM)
Sebastian Lexer and Steve Noble – Muddy Ditch (Fataka)
Dominique Pifarely Quartet – Trace Provisioire (ECM)
Ingrid Laubrock – Serpentines (Intakt)
Evan Parker with Mark Nauseef and Toma Gouband – as the wind (Psi)
Christian Wallumrød Ensemble – Kurzsam and Fulger (Hubro)
Angelika Niescier and Florian Weber – NYC Five (Intakt)
Illegal Crowns – Illegal Crowns (Rogue Art)
Ned Rothenberg, Mark Feldman, and Sylvie Courvoisier – In Cahoots (Clean Feed)
John Lindberg BC3 – Born in an Urban Ruin (Clean Feed)

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Nuscope’s Top 10 of 2015

Nuscope deemed these 10 discs as favorites of 2015 outside of the label:
Vijay Iyer Trio – Break Stuff (ECM)
Arve Henriksen – The Nature of Connections (Rune Grammofon)
Benoît Delbecq 3 – Ink (Clean Feed)
Kris Davis Infrasound – Save Your Breath (Clean Feed)
Stefano Battaglia Trio – In The Morning (ECM)
Henry Threadgill Zooid – In for a Penny, in for a Pound (Pi Recordings)
Wayne Horvitz – Some Places Are Forever Afternoon (Songlines)
Samuel Blaser Quartet – Spring Rain (Whirlwind)
Michel Wintsch – Roof Fool (hatOLOGY)
Ingrid Laubrock Anti-House – Roulette of the Cradle (Intakt)

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Achim Kaufmann wins the Albert Mangelsdorff Prize

Achim Kaufmann has won a major prize in Germany!

This year, pianist Achim Kaufmann will be awarded the prestigious Albert Mangelsdorff Prize in Germany. According to the Berlin Buhnen website:

Pianist Achim Kaufmann will be awarded the Albert-Mangelsdorff-Preis, which is bestowed biannually by the Union of German Jazz Musicians and includes prize money of 15,000 Euros. The award is donated by the GEMA-Foundation, the Society for the Administration of Neighbouring Rights (GVL) and the Promotion- and Support Fund of the German Composers’ Association.

“For many years, Achim Kaufmann has been one of the most inspiring and exciting personalities of the European jazz and improvisation scene. His music bears witness to great harmonic subtlety and structural depth. A brilliant pianist and composer, his reflected exploration of tradition has led him to a nuanced, contemporary sound language that encompasses poetry, energy and abstraction in equal measure.”
-Julia Neupert, member of the jury

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Nuscope’s Top 10 of 2014

Nuscope deemed these 10 discs as favorites of 2014 outside of the label (in no particular order):
Louis Sclavis Quartet – Silk And Salt Melodies (ECM)
Mark Turner Quartet – Lathe of Heaven (ECM)
Sylvie Courvoisier Trio – Double Windsor (Tzadik)
Matthieu Donarier and Albert van Veenendaal – The Visible Ones (Clean Feed)
Nels Cline and Julian Lage – room (Mack Avenue)
Kent Carter, Gianni Lenoci, and Bill Elgart – Plaything (No Business)
Steve Lehman Octet – Mise en Abîme (Pi Recordings)
Equilibrium – Liquid Light (Songlines)
Jimmy Giuffre 3 & 4 – New York Concerts (Elemental Music)
Bill Frisell, Carol Emanuel, and Kenny Wolleson – In Lambeth and Testament of Solomon (Tzadik)