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Michel Benita: Looking At Sounds

Read "Looking At Sounds" reviewed by Friedrich Kunzmann


Michel Benita's leader-debut with his Ethics band for ECM, 2016's River Silver, came as a welcome addition to his oeuvre and the label's catalogue, following the French bassist's earlier characteristic contributions in saxophonist Andy Sheppard's Trio Libero on Trio Libero (ECM, 2012) and Surrounded By Sea (ECM, 2015). As on the first Ethics album, 2010's self-titled effort released on OutNote, on River Silver Benita unified an international pool of musicians, with Norwegian guitar-scape designer Eivind Aarset washing atmospheric clouds over ...

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Vijay Iyer: Uneasy

Read "Uneasy" reviewed by Scott Gudell


When Vijay Iyer signed to ECM Records in 2013, he joined a prestigious group of world-class musicians (including fellow pianist Keith Jarrett). With Uneasy, Iyer returns to familiar territory by leading a combo of bass, drums and piano. This album's trio can intuitively improvise and, with the revered pianist-composer at the helm, the music they present is intricate, complex and, at times, enticingly sparse. Longtime Iyer bassist Stephen Crump and drummer Marcus Gilmore sit this one out. As ...

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Album Review

Benjamin Moussay: Promontoire

Read "Promontoire" reviewed by Friedrich Kunzmann


The second in a trilogy of solo piano records released on ECM in 2020 (Jon Balke's Discourses being the first and Dominik Wania's Lonely Shadows the third), Benjamin Moussay's Promontoire captures the French pianist's cinematic spirit and gently romantic touch through 12 short pieces, each offering a different glance at the pianist's inner workings. A key figure in the French music scene, Moussay most notably gained prominence for his work in clarinetist Louis Sclavis' groups. But he's also nurtured his ...

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Album Review

Vijay Iyer: Uneasy

Read "Uneasy" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic


If we are watching it all unfold in real time, why not listen in the same way? So, like most things these dire days, Vijay Iyer, Linda May Han Oh and Tyshawn Sorey start Uneasy on a slow burn that engulfs the listener into another realm beyond isolation, beyond our societies of one. As the best street music does, Uneasy presents a riot of ideas. Some are finely hewn, others mere hints. Some suggest joy and sorrow, others ...

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Dominik Wania: Lonely Shadows

Read "Lonely Shadows" reviewed by Friedrich Kunzmann


Keith Jarrett's The Köln Concert (1975) may still be regarded as the undisputed milestone in ECM's rich history of solo piano recordings. But that doesn't mean that other landmark albums such as Paul Bley's Open, To Love (1973), Richie Beirach's Hubris (1973) or later releases like Stefano Bollani's Piano Solo (2005) and Marilyn Crispell's Vignettes (2007)—among many others— don't have their rightful places among jazz critic's and fans' favorites lists, too. Even though the mentioned records date back quite a ...

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Album Review

Nik Bärtsch: Entendre

Read "Entendre" reviewed by Geno Thackara


Amidst the different shifting contexts that Nik Bärtsch has used to explore his unique minimalist-groove style known as Zen funk—his counterpart Ronin and Mobile groups having gone through a few changes and sometimes expanded with extra members as Ronin Rhythm Clan—it's a rare pleasure to simply hear him on his own. His compositions are titled as “Modul"s because their building blocks are meant to be adaptable to any number of different combinations or band lineups, and they're no less fascinating ...

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Album Review

Nik Bärtsch: Entendre

Read "Entendre" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic


Prepared, primal architecture sparks the core of pianist Nik Bartsch's rapid fire, polymetric obsessions. So he titles his works moduls (German) or modules as the are known in King's English. Each piece adaptable and transactional to the next. Each variant available to lend its unique ruminative or propulsive elements to the music preceding or succeeding it. It's a hypnotic concept to be sure, played out with the clock work precision of his ensembles Ronin, with recordings like the staggering Awase ...


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