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Anthony Callender
The Stereo Times

"The Naxos Jazz label hasn't been around that long, but it's a catalog that is worth checking out. Naxos was popularly known as a discount classical label. Usually that means cheap. But far from it. Naxos' titles are well recorded and are very enjoyable. Well, someone there got the idea to put out some jazz music. Great move Naxos! They have put out a fine series of indescribably delicious and authentically creative titles. I believe Mike Nock, a fine pianist and Naxos artist, has a lot to do with the quality of Naxos' jazz line.

My favorite is drummer Niko Schauble's "On the Other Hand" (Naxos Jazz 86011-2). The compositions seem to be cooperative efforts that give each player some room to improvise around a group thought or concept. Mr. Schauble's sense of time, Paul Grabowsky's piano and the lyricism of cornetist Stephen Grant especially impressed me. Tunes such as "Brother Bass', "In The Dark", Jazz Jungle", and the title tune, and "So What If" are profoundly enjoyable."





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