It Must Be Jazz

by MoonJune Records Jazz Sampler

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The Arches
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The Arches It certainly must be Jazz! A wonderful collection of jazz excellence! You will find something in every track that is enjoyable and captivating.
Carsten Pieper
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Carsten Pieper Another fantastic compilation by the "brutally independent MoonJune Records" as Leonardo Pavkovic, the "MoonJune guy" himself puts it. If you only have the slightest interest in progressive fusion (jazz, rock, world something) and don't know the label yet, you have to check it out. Great artists, great albums, great label! Favorite track: Erskoman (Joged Kahyagan).
rOb andrews
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rOb andrews Really appreciate this release. Excited to see what Jazz is up to. Some amazing artists here! Thank you!
Nick Bradey
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Nick Bradey Marvellous compilation ! I will check
out some of the newer (to me) artists
in more detail

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25 Jazz & Beyond Jazz tunes from 25 artists from 25 different albums released on MoonJune Records between 2011-2017.
Featuring 86 international musicians from different parts of the world: Abel Pabon, Amy Tata, Aris Daryono, Asaf Sirkis, Beledo, Bill Jones, Bob Mintzer, Bojan Ivkovic, Boris Savoldelli, Branko Trijic, Charles Hayward, Chris Caldwell, Ciro Riccardi, Damien Polard, Dave Carpenter, David Binney, Dave Liebman, Demas Narawangsa, Dennis Rea, Derek Di Peri, Desal Sembada, Dewa Budjana, Diki Suwarjiki, Domenico Angarano, Dusan Jevtovic, Dwiki Dharmawan, Elton Dean, Endang Ramdan, Frank Harrison, Fred Baker, Fred Delplancq, Gary Husband, Gilad Atzmon, Graeme Bleavins, Hugh Hopper, Hul Hul, Indro Hardjodikoro, Izaak Mills, Jason Smith, Jay Jaskot, Jean-Paul Estievenart, Jenny Bliss, Jimmy Johnson, John Etheridge, John Marshall, Jonathan Joseph, Larry Goldings, Laurent Delchambre, Lincoln Goines, Marcello Giannini, Marco Bardoscia, Mark Fletcher, Mark Wingfield, Markus Reuter, Michel Delville, Miroslav Tovirac, Othello Molineaux, Pedja Milutinovic, Pete Lemer, Peter Erskine, Peter Sebastian, Peter Whyman, Phil Miller, Pietro Santangelo, Raffaele Casarano, Riccardo Villari, Riza Arshad, Robert Thomas, Jr., Roy Babbington, Rudy Zulkarnaen, Ryan Berg, Salvatore Rainone, Simon Fintch, Simon Picard, Steve Franklin, Tali Atzmon, Tesla Manaf, Thaddaeus Brophy, Theo Travis, Tim Holmes, Tohpati, Tony Bianco, Vasil Hadzimanov, Xavi Reija, Yaron Stavi.

MoonJune Records is a truly independent record label, based in New York City, founded by Leonardo Pavkovic, in 2001, focusing on Progressive Music that explores and expands boundaries of Jazz, Rock, Avant, Ethno, The Unknown and anything in between and beyond.

Moonjune Records' version of jazz may sound nothing like your granddaddy's jazz... or maybe even your daddy's ... but in its unfettered spirit of exploration - wittingly deconstructing cultural and stylistic boundaries and relentlessly discovering new methods and new means - a good portion of its catalog is unequivocally imbued with the spirit that has defined the music since its inception. Fearless music for the 21st century, it's where to go if you don't want to hear where jazz is; it's where to go if you want to hear where jazz is going. - John Kelman, All About Jazz​​​​​​​

MoonJune Records is the universal "go to" label for the exploring curious listener of progressive music with a heavy accent to Jazz and beyond Jazz. The alchemy of jazz, rock,avant-garde, fusion and world ethno future mixed here music knows no bounds. Take a sonic test drive and sample the music. Journey worldwide hearing the compositions,virtuosity, passions, excitements, and subtlety of the music of the legends and newer musicians back from London and Canterbury then jump to Belgium, Italy, Indonesia, Serbia, Germany, Israel, Japan, Spain, Uruguay, Canada, Brazil, Trinidad & Tobago, and more. There is an implicit trust in the MoonJune brand that has created an alternative soundtrack for the listeners as well as the musicians themselves that continually cross pollinate and collaborate. Listen and come into the MoonJune Universe. – Mark Redlefsen, music journalist.


released December 1, 2017

Dedicated to Allan Holdsworth, Elton Dean, Hugh Hopper, Phil Miller, Riza Arshad, Dave Carpenter. (R.I.P.)


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MOONJUNE RECORDS came into being in 2001. The focus of MoonJune is to discover and release music by artists from a variety of international settings -- The ongoing goal of MoonJune is to support music that transcends stylistic pigeon-holing, but operates within an evolutionary progressive musical continuum that explores boundaries of jazz, rock, avant, ethno, the unknown and anything in between. ... more

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