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Content by tag "Manfred Eicher"

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Bobo Stenson: Contra la indecision

Read "Contra la indecision" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

With a few exceptions, Swedish pianist Bobo Stenson has spent his long recording career with the prestigious ECM label, dating back to his oddly named Underwear in 1971. That particular album turned out to be more a showcase for bassist Arild Andersen and drummer Jon Christensen than for Stenson, and the pianist did not lead again ...

ARTICLE: IN PICTURES

New York City Winter JazzFest 2016

Read "New York City Winter JazzFest 2016" reviewed by Frank Rubolino

In the dead of winter, a musical oasis erupts each January as festival jazz comes out of hibernation at the NYC Winter JazzFest. Although the program encompasses many, many venues featuring many, many performers, one location beckons the listener to sit tight without scurrying from site to site. It is the stage that presents ECM recording ...

ARTICLE: BEST OF / YEAR END

John Kelman's Best Releases of 2017

Read "John Kelman's Best Releases of 2017" reviewed by John Kelman

For those who may have noticed, there have been no best of lists coming from yours truly since 2014; sadly, the chronic health problem that has reduced my previous writing pace to a crawl continues without much respite. My best of the year lists have always been predicated upon having reviewed the releases chosen, and with ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Anouar Brahem: Blue Maqams

Read "Blue Maqams" reviewed by John Kelman

Following an unusually long, five-year gap between 2009's low register-driven The Astounding Eyes of Rita and 2014's particularly ambitious orchestral collaboration, Souvenance, Tunisian oudist Anouar Brahem returns with Blue Maqams, another game-changing release on ECM Records. Change--or, in some cases, natural evolution--has never been hard to find on Brahem's previous nine albums for the label, the ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

Eric Ineke: Surveying the European Jazz Scene

Read "Eric Ineke: Surveying the European Jazz Scene" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer

Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 | Part 5 | Part 6

[This is the fourth of the All About Jazz series on “The Many Faces of Jazz Today: Critical Dialogues" in which we explore the current state of jazz around the world with musicians, journalists, and entrepreneurs who give ...

Dominic Miller: Silent Light

Read "Silent Light" reviewed by Luca Muchetti

Dominic Miller con Silent Light firma il suo album al tempo stesso più ambizioso, delicato e riuscito. Ci sono tanti motivi che rendono queste undici composizioni, se non il migliore, uno dei più bei capitoli della carriera del chitarrista argentino, noto al grande pubblico soprattutto per la lunga militanza, sia in studio che sul palco, al ...

Bill Frisell, Thomas Morgan: Small Town

Read "Small Town" reviewed by Luca Canini

A certi dischi non si può far altro che arrendersi. C'è poco da raccontare, da spiegare. Li si ascolta e li si ama: punto. Senza porre condizioni o veti, senza affannarsi a cercare giustificazioni. Quello che c'è da sapere è tutto lì. E arriva dritto e preciso alla testa e al cuore.

Dritto, ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

TD Ottawa Jazz Festival 2017

Read "TD Ottawa Jazz Festival 2017" reviewed by John Kelman

TD Ottawa Jazz Festival
Ottawa, Canada
June 23-26, 2017

Amongst the most significant challenges that face any festival is, as the gray and no-hair crowd continues to age, finding ways to cultivate and grow a younger audience. But when you're a Canadian festival, another major challenge is a simple fiscal fact: most ...

Tigran Hamasyan, Arve Henriksen, Eivind Aarset, Jan Bang: Atmosphères

Read "Atmosphères" reviewed by Rosarita Crisafi

Un suggestivo doppio album per l'etichetta ECM mostra il volto misterioso e affascinante di un quartetto di fuoriclasse. In primis l'enfant prodige Tigran Hamasyan, giovane pianista americano di origine armena di eccezionale talento capace di scavalcare con agilità le barriere del jazz. Assieme a Hamasyan alcune vecchie conoscenze dell'etichetta discografica tedesca, il musicista e produttore discografico ...

Louis Sclavis / Dominique Pifarély / Vincent Courtois: Asian Fields Variations

Read "Asian Fields Variations" reviewed by John Kelman

Few artists on the ECM roster reinvent themselves as regularly--and with such consistent success--as Louis Sclavis. While it is true that the French clarinetist (and occasional soprano/baritone saxophonist) often draws (and re-draws) from a gradually expanding pool of musicians, there are few label mates who have released as many albums as Sclavis, where the lineups literally ...