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ECM @ 50

Read "ECM @ 50" reviewed by Mark Sullivan

2019 marks the 50th anniversary of German record label ECM Records. Since its founding by Manfred Eicher the label has maintained unwavering standards of excellence, characterized by an unmistakable visual identity and rigorous production values. In addition to some 20 concerts featuring ECM artists, the 2019 Big Ears Festival (full review here) also hosted an “ECM ...

ARTICLE: JUST FOR FUN

ECM Records Announces Change in Name, Direction

Read "ECM Records Announces Change in Name, Direction" reviewed by Geno Thackara

European label turns its eye toward the future as EDM.

ECM Records will mark its golden anniversary with a defining change in direction, according to an announcement released today. After operating as Edition of Contemporary Music since its small-scale beginning in 1969, the eclectic European label has confirmed plans to adopt the new title ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Atomic: Pet Variations

Read "Pet Variations" reviewed by Vincenzo Roggero

Sentirli e vederli dal vivo è un'esperienza auspicabile e appagante, il palco è la dimensione ideale per rimandare all'ascoltatore tutta l'energia della loro musica, una miscela esplosiva di free jazz, avanguardia, funky, tradizione europea. Stiamo parlando degli Atomic tra i primi a ribellarsi alle sonorità di un jazz scandinavo marchiato ECM e diventati nel corso degli ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Stephan Thelen: Fractal Guitar

Read "Fractal Guitar" reviewed by John Kelman

For his Moonjune Records debut, Stephan Thelen, USA-born/Swiss guitarist and primary composer for the post-minimalist/post-progressive band Sonar, challenges some of the foundational premises of a group that has, over almost the last decade, garnered increasing critical and popular acclaim. As informed by Robert Fripp and the guitarist's work with (and beyond) King Crimson as it is ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Nicolas Masson: Travelers

Read "Travelers" reviewed by Neri Pollastri

Il sassofonista e clarinettista svizzero Nicolas Masson è qui alla testa di una formazione di connazionali che include il ben noto trio del pianista Colin Vallon, autore di diversi dischi per ECM e di supporto anche alla cantante di origini albanesi Elina Duni. Di fatto questo quartetto, noto proprio con il nome che intitola questo album, ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Atomic: Pet Variations

Read "Pet Variations" reviewed by John Eyles

Formed in the spring of 2000, Scandinavian “supergroup" Atomic recorded and released their first album Feet Music (Jazzland) in 2001. The years since have been remarkably stable for the quintet; they have produced albums at an impressive rate of about a disc a year, including two collaborations with Ken Vandermark's School Days group. The only change ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Trygve Seim: Helsinki Songs

Read "Helsinki Songs" reviewed by Neri Pollastri

È molto lirico questo Helsinki Songs, ultimo lavoro del sassofonista norvegese Trygve Seim, ormai pilastro dell'etichetta ECM sia per presenza nel catalogo, sia per come contribuisce a svilupparne l'estetica. Qui il musicista scandinavo si presenta per la prima volta alla testa di un classico quartetto, che vede al pianoforte Kristjan Randalu, quarantenne estone cresciuto in Germania, ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Jeremy Rose: on new music, collaborations and running a label

Read "Jeremy Rose: on new music, collaborations and running a label" reviewed by Friedrich Kunzmann

On top of the highly praised 2017 release The Vampires meet Lionel Loueke (Earshift Music 2017) with his bandmates from The Vampires, Australian saxophonist Jeremy Rose unleashed his, somewhat overlooked, solo effort Within and Without (Earshift Music 2017) in June that same year. Featuring the unique language of American guitar innovator Kurt Rosenwinkel, the album demonstrates ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Magnus Broo Trio: Rules

Read "Rules" reviewed by Vincenzo Roggero

Tre improvvisatori tra i più attivi e innovativi della scena scandinava (in ordine sparso Atomic, Angles, The Thing, Jan Garbarek, per citare solo alcune collaborazioni) che si cimentano con una manciata di standard che più standard non si può. Non stiamo parlando di fake news ma Rules album a nome Magnus Broo Trio uscito per Moserobie, ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Jan Garbarek Group al Pavillon Kulturzentrum, Hannover

Read "Jan Garbarek Group al Pavillon Kulturzentrum, Hannover" reviewed by Mario Calvitti

Jan Garbarek Group
Pavillon Kulturzentrum
Hannover, Germania
20.11.2018

Nonostante un silenzio discografico che si prolunga ormai da parecchi anni (il suo ultimo disco in studio risale al 2004), il sassofonista norvegese Jan Garbarek mantiene sempre una intensa attività concertistica, svolta principalmente in Europa. L'essere stato per tanti anni forse il principale ...