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Bobo Stenson: Contra la indecision

Read "Contra la indecision" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic

Swedish pianist Bobo Stenson could be considered an anomaly amongst the ECM roster of piano players. His work over the past decades has been more controlled and, not to be taken as an insult or affront to Stenson's earthy lyricism, less challenging than the works of past and current label-mates such as Paul Bley, Marilyn Crispell, ...

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Benedikt Jahnel Trio: The Invariant

Read "The Invariant" reviewed by Niccolò Lucarelli

Il jazz di scuola europea si caratterizza per una maggior vicinanza alla musica classica e per certe atmosfere placide e riflessive, dove la melodia sembra attaccarsi alla pelle dell'ascoltatore come vento del deserto, e aprire una finestra sull'indagine della propria interiorità. Non fa eccezione The Invariant, ultima fatica del pianista tedesco Benedikt Jahnel, autore degli otto ...

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Benedikt Jahnel Trio: The Invariant

Read "The Invariant" reviewed by David Rocheleau-Houle

The Invariant is the third album from the Benedikt Jahnel Trio and its second album on ECM Records. The Invariant follows Modular Concepts, released in 2008 on Material Records, and Equilibrium, released in 2012 on ECM. The trio remains intact with German pianist Benedikt Jahnel, Spanish double bassist Antonio Miguel, and Canadian drummer Owen Howard.

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Leandro Cabral: Alfa

Read "Alfa" reviewed by Tyran Grillo

Fans of ECM's trio recordings of the past decade: take note. Alfa is a worthy contender for your collection. Brazilian pianist and composer Leandro Cabral's second leader date is as multilayered and expansive as anything put out by Benedikt Jahnel, Colin Vallon, or Marcin Wasilewski, and has been captured at the peak of fidelity by engineer ...

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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 ...

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Benedikt Jahnel Trio: The Invariant

Read "The Invariant" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

The Invariant, as in a “constant," is a fitting title for Benedikt Jahnel Trio who have recorded as a unit since their debut Modular Concepts (Material label, 2008) and later moving on to the ECM label with Equilibrium (2012). Jahnel, a musician and mathematician in Berlin, has a deep appreciation for complex similarities between the two ...

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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 ...

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Take Five With Axel Schultheiss

Read "Take Five With Axel Schultheiss" reviewed by Axel Schultheiss

Meet Axel Schultheiss: I started playing the guitar at 15 and soon got into finger-style guitar when I heard players like Leo Kottke. Shortly after this I started to compose my own music and played concerts. My sound began to emerge more and more once I started combing acoustic finger-style techniques with delay and loop pedals. ...

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Giovanni Guidi Trio: City of Broken Dreams

Read "City of Broken Dreams" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Italian pianist Giovanni Guidi's ECM Records leader debut, City of Broken Dreams, fits in as a very fine addition to the label's ongoing introduction of a new guard of the art of the piano trio, European style. Recent entries into that elite club include Benedikt Jahnel's Equilibrium (2012), Stefano Battaglia's The River of Anyder (2011), and ...

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Craig Taborn Trio: Chants

Read "Chants" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Pianist Craig Taborn's first ECM Records release under his own name, Avenging Angel (2011), garnered well-deserved praise as a worthy entry into the German label's long line of solo piano recordings by stellar artists such as Paul Bley, Chick Corea and, of course, Keith Jarrett. With Chants, a piano trio outing, Taborn will be held up ...