Album: Goran Kajfes, X/Y (Headspin)

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The Swedish/Croatian trumpeter and composer makes his UK debut with two CDs encased in a neat, hardback book of collages and photographs to form a total work of art.

There's a debt to Don Cherry and a resemblance to Woody Shaw's trumpet settings on Zawinul, but mostly X/Y is very original and very, very good: trancey techno meets ambient soundscapes in the world-jazz lounge. While X looks outward and draws from "ethnix" music, Y is more private and chamber-like. Both are great.