Friday, January 13, 2012

From ACT's Point of View (a tribute to 20-year-old ACT Music label)

Stop your clocks. Turn off your electric guitars. Forget your daily life noise. Press the play button. Open a book and start reading it slowly. Or just take a seat and look out of the window. The nighter, the better. Cognac allowed. This playlist is jazzy. Contemporarily jazzy. Filled with slow piano ballads and silken female voices. It starts with the late Esbjorn Svensson, it goes through a Norah Jones cammeo, some flamenco, a Vietnamese-reinvented Eleanor Rigby and it ends with a nice rendition of The Simpsons' theme. It features a lot of musicians with exotic, non-anglosaxon birth names: Bugge, Nils, Leszek, Rigmor, Paolo, Youn, Solveig, Iiro, Nguyen, Viyaj, Ulf, Viktoria...  It's a 20-song happy-20th-birthday to ACT jazz label. I got the idea while reading this article on The Guardian. ACT is based in Germany, it was founded by Siegfried Loch in 1992 and almost incredibly it hasn't an English Wikipedia page, yet. If you sprechen Deutsch, there's the German one. Consider it as a quiet parenthesis in the barbaric yawp of chaos. Enjoy it. Then, start yawping again.

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(A tribute to 20 years of ACT Music)

Esbjörn Svensson Trio – From Gagarin's Point Of View
Bugge Wesseltoft – Mitt Hjerte Alltid Vanker
Nils Landgren – When All Is Said And Done
John Abercrombie & Arif Mardin – El Vito Cante
Richard Galliano, Paolo Fresu, Jan Lundgren – Que reste-t-il de nos amours?
Rigmor Gustafsson – Empty Hearts
Leszek Mozdzer – Svantetic
Youn Sun Nah – My Favorite Things
Gwilym Simcock – These Are The Good Days
Solveig Slettahjell – Take It With Me
Tonbruket – Balloons
Joel Harrison & Norah Jones – Tennessee Waltz
Iiro Rantala – Tears For Esbjörn
Nguyên Lê – Eleanor Rigby
Magnus Ostrom – Piano Break Song
Vijay Iyer – Human Nature
Ulf Wakenius – Dancing
Lars Danielsson feat. Viktoria Tolstoy – From Above
Wolfgang Haffner, Hubert Nuss, Lars Danielsson – Silent Way
Panzerballett – The Simpsons

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