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Elina Duni: Partir

Read "Partir" reviewed by John Kelman

Sometimes a change in musical direction is instigated by life experiences; sometimes it's driven by nothing more than choice. Following two recordings for ECM Records with her Switzerland-based quartet, Elina Duni makes a significant directional shift with the entirely solo Partir. Given the generally introspective nature of 2012's Matanë Malit (Over the Mountain) and 2015's Dallёndyshe ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Nik Bärtsch: Possibility in Paradox

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Like the master-less samurai his primary band is named for, Nik Bärtsch forges a path and follows a code all his own. The pianist's music is best described by his own key phrases “ritual groove music" and “Zen funk," merging Eastern minimalist simplicity and patient trance with the interplay and communal aspect of jazz. It makes ...

Norma Winstone: Descansado - Songs For Films

Read "Descansado - Songs For Films" reviewed by John Ephland

Norma Winstone has had her current trio since 2001, long enough to have released five albums (four for ECM). Descansado, a celebration of cinema through the language of music, is that fourth CD, and it's a winner from start to finish. The album's title derives from a Armando Trovajoli composition, used in Italian director Vittorio De ...

Il Sogno: Birthday

Read "Birthday" reviewed by Mark Corroto

I know what you're thinking, the world doesn't need another piano trio. But I say, make way for the next wave. In order for jazz to perpetuate the species it must be continually reborn. New blood and more importantly, new approaches are crucial, lest we all get relegated to Lincoln Center.

Exhibit one, Birthday ...

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

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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: INTERVIEWS

Eric Ineke: Surveying the European Jazz Scene

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

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[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 ...