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Content by tag "Manfred Eicher"

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 ...

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 ...

Bill Frisell / Thomas Morgan: Small Town

Read "Small Town" reviewed by John Kelman

In Emma Franz's revelatory documentary, Bill Frisell: A Portrait, the guitarist talks about the many guitars he owns, and how he rarely gets to plays them--the consequence, amongst other things, of the plight musicians face when traveling by air these days. Not three months after the film's premiere at South By Southwest this past March, comes ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Matt Mitchell: Forage

Read "Forage" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Alto saxophonist Tim Berne could have been called, at the dawn of the new millennium, the American artist least likely to join the ECM Records roster. The thought here was that Berne's relentless momentum and frequent agitation and flat out wild man brazenness wouldn't fit in well enough with the European impressionism/Nordic cool approach (a definite ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Mats Gustafsson & Craig Taborn: Ljubljana

Read "Ljubljana" reviewed by Mark Corroto

Congratulations to whomever conceived of this pairing of two improvised music giants. Pianist Craig Taborn and saxophonist Mats Gustafsson, both born in the great white north (so to speak), Taborn in Minneapolis and Gustafsson, Umeå, in Northern Sweden. Both are original and distinctive improvisers whose paths had never crossed until the 2015 Ljubljana Jazz Festival.

ARTICLE: REDISCOVERY

Five Classic ECM Titles in High Res

Read "Five Classic ECM Titles in High Res" reviewed by John Kelman

If ever there were a label that deserved to have its catalog released in a high resolution format, it's Munich's ECM Records. Since its inception in 1969, the multiple award-winning record label headed by producer Manfred Eicher has truly redefined how, initially, jazz and improvised music recordings could--and, at least for some, perhaps should--sound. Attention to ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

John Abercrombie Quartet: Up and Coming

Read "Up and Coming" reviewed by Matthew Aquiline

Guitarist John Abercrombie has long been a stalwart artist for Manfred Eicher's ECM Records, steadily releasing albums as a leader since 1975's fusion masterpiece Timeless (ECM). A true guitar virtuoso, Abercrombie's adaptability and dexterous command over his instrument have secured his exalted rank within the jazz realm and beyond. Now, over 40 years after his debut, ...


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