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ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

ECM @ Winter Jazzfest 2019

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ECM @ Winter Jazzfest 2019
(Le) Poisson Rouge
New York, NY
January 11-12, 2019

On January 11th and 12th, Winter Jazzfest attendees were treated to two nights of performances by some of the ECM's most vibrant affiliates. The impressions left in their wake verged on moving pictures, comprising a montage of ...

ARTICLE: WHAT IS JAZZ?

Winter JazzFest's Weekend Marathon: A Survival Guide

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With each passing year, Winter JazzFest--New York's premiere jazz festival--has expanded the number of venues presenting an increasingly diverse array of musicians. There are several ways to approach a programme as dense and exciting as the 2019 edition of the two-day Marathon spanning January 11th and 12th. Thanks to an embarrassment of riches, festival goers face ...

ARTICLE: YEAR IN REVIEW

Friedrich Kunzmann's 2018 Top 5: A fine year for the ECM catalogue

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When looking back at the year one won't find more peace or joy than on the musical side of things. For in this realm there are nor real losers. Here, disappointment is relative and success is all over the place because everyone is trying to be their best possible selves, constantly on a path of self-improvement ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Shai Maestro Trio At BIMHUIS Amsterdam

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Shai Maestro began playing classical piano at the age of five an,d after discovering Oscar Peterson at the age of eight, he fell in love with jazz. After turning down offers from prestigious American music schools, at 19 he joined the band led by bassist Avishai Cohen featuring Mark Guiliana on drums. With that trio he ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Ben Wendel: The Seasons

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For many centuries composers have set to music the different seasons each new year has to offer (lately, some show the tendency of disappearing more and more. Seasons, not composers). Baroque composer Vivaldi's very straightforward division in four on “Le Quattro Stagioni" has to be one of the most prominent examples. Saxophonist and composer Ben Wendel ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Ben Wendel: The Seasons

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Stepping out as he occasionally does from the genre-mashing ensemble Kneebody, Grammy-nominated saxophonist / bassoonist Ben Wendel takes up the challenge of interpreting the seasons as they exist in this time of climate upheaval and delivers the dynamic, visceral The Seasons.

In 2015, inspired by Tchaikovsky's “The Seasons," Wendel set about writing and performing ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Shai Maestro: The Dream Thief

Read "The Dream Thief" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic

Having built a considerable reputation with fellow Israeli, bassist Avishai Cohen, on his fully realized, fulfilling ECM debut, The Dream Thief, pianist Shai Maestro readily creates a searching lyrical atmosphere, a unique blend of chamber improvisation, emotional eloquence, and communal virtuosity that serves the music and its grand moment of creation.

Maestro sets off ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Aretha in Jazz & New Releases

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This week we pay homage to the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin, looking into her early jazz forays and her influence on many jazz musicians. We'll then dive into a bin full of extraordinary new albums.

Happy listening!

Playlist Ben Allison “Mondo Jazz Theme (feat. Ted Nash & Pyeng Threadgill)" from ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Noam Wiesenberg: Roads Diverge

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A title such as Roads Diverge probably isn't surprising from someone as well-traveled as Noam Wiesenberg. The sound largely sticks to one category--mostly-acoustic contemporary jazz with a high dose of rollicking cheer--and yet still reflects how much the young bassist has learned from his travels through life so far. The confident smoothness, eclectic writing-style and casting ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Or Bareket: OB1

Read "OB1" reviewed by Luca Casarotti

Il primo disco del bassista Or Bareket, dal didascalico titolo OB1, raccoglie sette sue composizioni originali e due arrangiamenti di brani altrui. Bareket dirige un quartetto formato dal batterista Ziv Ravitz, apprezzato sideman (ad esempio con Shai Maestro) oltreché a sua volta leader esperto, dal chitarrista Shachar Elnatan e dal pianista Gadi Lehavi, giovani talenti molto ...