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Jon Opstad: Interpretations

Read "Interpretations" reviewed by John Kelman


For his second album as a leader and the third for his own New Canvas Records, British drummer Jon Opstad leaves behind the more overt ECM sensibility of 2004's Still Picture. Well, almost. Interpretations is ostensibly rooted in the music of late-1960s Wayne Shorter and Herbie Hancock. The references are clear; still, the fluidity, sense of space and sonic transparency that pervades Opstad's septet suggests how classic albums like Hancock's The Prisoner (Blue Note, 1969) and Shorter's Schizophrenia (Blue Note, ...

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Jon Opstad: Still Picture

Read "Still Picture" reviewed by Eric J. Iannelli


Twenty-one-year-old British drummer Jon Opstad's full-length début is a remarkably accomplished effort, heavily indebted to the ECM sound--atmospheric, evocative, sparing--but nevertheless supremely listenable and full of promise.

Beginning with the introspective and melancholic “Fjord Song," the five tracks meld and blur into a unified sequence of sonic scenes and moods, fading and shifting like a photographic slideshow. Opstad's drumming here is delicate and often restrained, and his bandmates tend to follow suit. Soprano saxophonist Simon Cosgrove takes the song's only ...

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Jon Opstad: Still Picture

Read "Still Picture" reviewed by John Kelman


With its 35-year history of landmark recordings, it's no surprise that the German ECM label has spawned its share of imitators. But more importantly it has also encouraged more than one generation of artist, who see its cool, austere aesthetic as a starting point for new directions. From the Nordic cool of Jan Garbarek, the neo-classicism of Eberhard Weber and the melancholy lyricism of Kenny Wheeler, younger artists are forging new paths using ECM's delineated sound as inspiration.

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