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ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Benedikt Jahnel Trio: The Invariant

Read "The Invariant" reviewed by Mark Sullivan

Sometimes there's no substitute for experience, as demonstrated by this trio as it celebrates its tenth anniversary as a working unit. Last heard on Equilibrium (ECM, 2012), it's an international group that met through a series of lucky coincidences: Berlin-based pianist/composer Benedikt Jahnel is joined by Spanish bassist Antonio Miguel and Canadian drummer Owen Howard. Jahnel ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Cyminology: Phoenix

Read "Phoenix" reviewed by Vic Albani

Lo scrivevamo qualche anno fa da queste stesse colonne: lei si chiama Cymin Samawatie, iraniana nata a Braunschweig anche se da molti anni berlinese acquisita, capace di lavorare ad alti livelli sulle metriche della poesia classica di Rumi o Hafez. Accanto ad un trio formato dal pianista Benedikt Jahnel, dal bassista Ralf Schwarz e dal batterista ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Benedikt Jahnel: Equilibrium

Read "Equilibrium" reviewed by John Kelman

He may be better known internationally to ECM fans for his participation in the pan-cultural Cyminology, but German pianist Benedikt Jahnel has been devoting just as much attention to his multinational trio featuring Spanish bassist Antonio Miguel and American drummer Owen Howard. Releasing the trio's debut in 2008 on Viennese guitarist Wolfgang Muthspiel's Material Records imprint, ...

ARTICLE: YEAR IN REVIEW

Hrayr Attarian's Best Releases of 2011

Read "Hrayr Attarian's Best Releases of 2011" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian

Jazz is a distinctly American art form with a universal appeal. Rooted in African-American culture, its various branches cover almost every country on earth. For this year end list I have chosen nine albums by international jazz musicians that were released in 2011. Here they are, in alphabetical order.


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ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Cyminology: Saburi

Read "Saburi" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

Suoni di casa ECM in questo nuovo lavoro del gruppo Cyminology. Quelli chiari, sicuri, familiari che ci accompagnano da mezzo secolo. C'è una voce femminile che assomiglia a quella di Norma Winstone di un famoso trio di tanti, tanti anni fa inciso sotto lo stesso tetto e l'atmosfera sembra pescare a piene mani proprio da quell'avventura. Lei però ...

NEWS: RADIO

The Jazz Session #101: Cyminology

The Jazz Session #101: Cyminology

Cymin Sawamatie was born in Germany to Iranian parents, and that mix of cultures informs the music of her band, Cyminology. On their third CD, and their first for ECM, Cyminology (ECM, 2009), the quartet explores the poetry of Rumi, Hafiz and Forugh Farrokhzad, combining these disparate poetic influences with a rich palette of composed and ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Cyminology: As Ney

Read "As Ney" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

Cyminology è dal 2002 il gruppo della cantante tedesco-persiana Cymin Samawatie, che arricchisce il catalogo ECM con questo primo lavoro per l'etichetta di Monaco di Baviera dopo tre album precedentemente realizzati per altre label. La musica è un raffinato jazz da camera basato su un classico trio pianistico, ma costruito in funzione della voce della Samawatie, che canta in ...

NEWS: INTERVIEW

New ECM Group Cyminology Interviewed at AAJ

New ECM Group Cyminology Interviewed at AAJ

After forming in 2002, Berlin-based Cyminology has been exploring the rich musical territory bound by the backgrounds of members Cymin Samawatie, pianist Benedikt Jahnel, drummer Ketan Bhatti and bassist Ralf Schwarz. Holding the foursome's unique tapestry of styles together is Samawatie's vocal and compositional work, built around classical Persian poetry, as well as her own writing. ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Cyminology: Exploring New Compositional Frontiers

Read "Cyminology: Exploring New Compositional Frontiers" reviewed by John Patten

After forming in 2002, Berlin-based Cyminology has been exploring the rich musical territory bound by the backgrounds of members Cymin Samawatie, pianist Benedikt Jahnel, drummer Ketan Bhatti and bassist Ralf Schwarz. Holding the foursome's unique tapestry of styles together is Samawatie's vocal and compositional work, built around classical Persian poetry, as well as her own writing.

Cyminology: As Ney

Read "As Ney" reviewed by John Kelman

More than many others, ECM has pursued the kind of stylistic and, in particular, cross-cultural pollination alluded to in the recent documentary series, Icons Among Us. But as much as albums like Savina Yannatou's Songs of Another (ECM, 2008) and Dino Saluzzi/Anja Lechner's Ojos Negros (ECM, 2007) looked to dissolve the boundaries between geographic and disciplinary ...