Friday 21 June 2024

Posted by Gerry Hectic | File under : , , ,

Katarina Kochetov is part of the Serbian jazz wave that A.MA Records have picked up on and 'Beyond Motion' is her debut album release.

A.MA Edizioni (out of Italy you know) follow up their last release Shijuka Quintet's 'Octave Up' (see review HERE; more Serbian connections) with a line-up that includes Hugo Lof (Sweden) on double bass and Matheus Jardim (Brazil) on drums.

Four of the ten tracks are as a quartet with Jonander Cruz (Brazil) on alto sax ('UntiEled#4' and the title track) and Jure Pukl (Slovinia) also on sax ('Hemma' and 'Eternal Goodbyes') but the star of the show is Katarina as a 23 year old composer, pianist, bandleader this is a more than impressive debut.

Her style is a combination of classical training together with flavas of Monk, Tyner, Ethan Iverson (The Bad Plus) and it has caught the ear of Jazz FM's Ruth Fisher (Full Circle) as she's had the first play of 'Directions (In Time)'.  I'd have gone for the obvious 'NTYTATATST (Things We Say) or even 'Holmstock'.

The album really has a lovely feel of effortless flow; like water - or you could say it's 'Beyond Motion' but it's definetly full of (emotion) jazz

P.S. Great cover artwork to go with this one and it's also by Ms. Kochetova!

Artist: Katarina Kochetova 
Title: Beyond Motion
Release date: 21st June, 2024 
Label : A.MA Edizioni / A.MA Records
Format : LP / CD / Digital / Bandcamp

Katarina Kochetova - Piano 

Hugo Lof – Double Bass 

Matheus Jardim - Drums 

Joander Cruz - Alto Saxophone (Tracks 3,8) 

Jure Pukl – Alto Saxophone (Track 4,9)

All music by Katarina Kochetova ©&℗ A.MA Edizioni


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