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Content by tag "ECM Records"

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 ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Colin Vallon: Danse

Read "Danse" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

In questa terza incisione per l'ECM il trio di Colin Vallon prosegue e amplifica quant'aveva evidenziato in Le Vent, inciso nel 2014 con gli stessi partner e caratterizzato da un cambio di direzione rispetto al precedente Rruga (2011), con Samuel Rohrer alla batteria. Se in quest'ultimo lavoro l'interplay improvvisato restava un elemento centrale, combinandosi con tempi ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

Aaron Parks: Rising To The Challenge

Read "Aaron Parks: Rising To The Challenge" reviewed by R.J. DeLuke

"I'm always trying to put myself into scenarios with people who play in a way that challenges me and gives me a chance to grow," says pianist Aaron Parks, who has carved an impressive career in jazz since going to jny: New York City early in the new century and eventually garnering a major gig with ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Bjorn Meyer: Provenance

Read "Provenance" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

Bassist Björn Meyer strongly believes that there are multiple functions for bass. Born just outside of Stockholm, he started out playing piano and some guitar but when he randomly picked up a bass, he realized that he had found his instrument. Self-taught, he had been inspired by the diverse styles of Marcus Miller and Jaco Pastorius. ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Gary Peacock Trio at the Jazz Standard

Read "Gary Peacock Trio at the Jazz Standard" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic

Gary Peacock Trio
Jazz Standard
New York, NY
November 7, 2017

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ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Maciej Obara Quartet: Dominik Wania/Ole Morten Vågan/Gard Nilssen: Unloved

Read "Unloved" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

A distinct vernacular, unabashedly quixotic lyricism and an authoritative style of playing are among the notable characteristics that define Maciej Obara. The Polish saxophonist and composer had performed with Tomasz Stańko in the trumpeter's “New Balladyna Quartet" project and he has recorded with John Lindberg, Ralph Alessi, Mark Helias and Nasheet Waits. Obara was also on ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Anouar Brahem: Blue Maqams

Read "Blue Maqams" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic

Oud-master Anouar Brahem's instantly intoxicating, Blue Maqams, caps off a truly remarkable year for ECM Records. Just think, the label's release schedule this year included essential recordings by Benedikt Jahnel Trio's The Invariant, Django Bates' breakthrough The Study of Touch, Colin Vallon Trio's Danse, Vijay Iyer Sextet's Far From Over, and Gary Peacock's Tangents, all of ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Bjorn Meyer: Provenance

Read "Provenance" reviewed by Geno Thackara

From the fact that his best-known role consisted of a decade in Nik Bartsch's Ronin (not to ignore his other style-bending collaborations either), it's already clear that Bjorn Meyer isn't interested in what a bass or bassist is normally supposed to do. In keeping with that attitude, his solo debut puts his low-end string work to ...

ARTICLE: PROFILES

John Abercrombie Remembered

Read "John Abercrombie Remembered" reviewed by Dave Allen

This past August the world lost one of the most distinctive voices of jazz guitar in the past 50 years. John Abercrombie's music was a strong influence and inspiration for many guitarists and musicians developing in the '80s and '90s. His sound, touch and thoughtfulness was immediately distinctive from other guitar heroes of that or any ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Gary Peacock: Tangents

Read "Tangents" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic

Throughout his storied career, bassist/composer Gary Peacock has gone a long way to make the bass an emotive and compelling solo instrument. Yet, when one looks back on--or better yet--listens back to the myriad of great recordings he has given us both as a sideman and leader, it is his emphatic, soul-intuitive, work within the piano ...


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