I like European Jazz. Among them, recently Norwegian jazz are good to listen to.
Helge Lien and Tord Gustavsen are my favorite piano players from Norway. Both are not so famous in Japan. Myfriends don't know them at all when I try to ask even to jazzy friends. Only one friend of mine know them.
I don't know how many CDs are sold in Japan when they release new CD. I believe it's very small amout. Jazz is not so popular in Japan, in addition, the jazz fans in Japan don't know them at all....then who would buy their CDs ?
I'm one of the minority who buy the CDs of these artists.
This year, Helge Lien came to Japan, but I missed it because around his concert dates, there are many famous jazz musicians concerts in Japan. I needed to choose one from many.
I will wait for his concerts in Japan again, but nobody knows when it will be next time.....actually it's more possible that he doesn't come to Japan again.