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Enrico Rava - Joe Lovano: Roma

Read "Roma" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic

Pristinely recorded in November 2018, at Rome's Auditorium Parco della Musica, Roma rises from fertile, anticipatory mists like a great host of ECM recordings past, present, and future do and will. Quietly coalescing around the polyphonic, noir-impressionism of master Italian trumpeter Enrico Rava's vaporous “Interiors" are Rava's masterful saxophone counterpart Joe Lovano, accompanied by the avant ...

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Kit Downes: Dreamlife of Debris

Read "Dreamlife of Debris" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

Kit Downes' ECM debut marked a substantial departure from his earlier recordings with saxophonist Tomas Challenger. Wedding Music (Loop Records, 2013) and Vyamanikal (Slip Imprint, 2016) were rhythmically complex with abstruse melodies that tended toward repetitive patterns and drones. With his ECM title Obsidian (2018), Downes, still on organ, worked in a more solidly constructed environment, ...

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Keith Jarrett: Munich 2016

Read "Munich 2016" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

The second coming of Keith Jarrett—post-Chronic Fatigue Syndrome—was well behind him by the time he performed in Munich, Germany in 2016. The piano prodigy is captured in ECM's home town at a Philharmonic Hall solo concert at the end of his European tour. His improvisational skills in top form, he displays his genius across twelve extemporaneous ...

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Enrico Rava and Joe Lovano Release Roma on ECM Records. Out Now!

Enrico Rava and Joe Lovano Release Roma on ECM Records. Out Now!

Enrico Rava, the doyen of Italian jazz, joined forces with Joe Lovano, masterful US tenorist of Sicilian heritage, for a brief tour in November 2018. On this album, recorded live at Rome’s Auditorium Parco della Musica, the two masters lead a spirited quintet that includes lyrical pianist Giovanni Guidi, dynamic drummer Gerald Cleaver and virtuosic bassist ...

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Avishai Cohen and Yonathan Avishai Release Playing The Room on ECM Records. Out Now!

Avishai Cohen and Yonathan Avishai Release Playing The Room on ECM Records. Out Now!

Playing The Room bears testimony to the long musical friendship of Avishai Cohen and Yonathan Avishai. They began to explore jazz as teenagers in Tel Aviv, and have continued to play together over many years, with Yonathan recently making important contributions to Avishai’s group albums on ECM. Their first duo recording begins with music composed by ...

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Siril Malmedal Hauge & Jacob Young: Last Things

Read "Last Things" reviewed by Geno Thackara

Personal, thoughtful, starkly minimal and yet sublimely atmospheric--this is the kind of session that's terribly easy to overlook, but if it tried to grab your attention, that would really defeat the purpose. The appeal of Last Things is in its disarming straight-from-the-heart intimacy. Simple but never simplistic, it offers the aural equivalent of late-night relaxation amid ...

Silent Fires

An unconventional quartet initiated in Oslo, Silent Fires reunites four young emerging talents from the European improvised music scene: singer Karoline Wallace (Øra Fonogram), trumpeter Hilde Marie Holsen (Hubro Records), violinist Håkon Aase (ECM Records) and composer-pianist Alessandro Sgobbio (Umbria Jazz Contest winner). Their cross-genre intermixture of lyrics and acoustic-electronic fragments, merged into written and improvised soundscapes, investigates the theme of spirituality in its multiple meanings. Silent Fires performs and improvises on stage with contemporary dancer Synne Garvik, offering a multi-art experience of improvised music and realtime choreography. “Forests” (AMP Records) will be officially presented with release concerts in France, Germany, Italy, Norway and Portugal.

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Michele Rabbia - Gianluca Petrella - Eivind Aarset: Lost River

Read "Lost River" reviewed by Geno Thackara

There is a bewitching soundscape from a group of subtle and skilled aural sculptors on this beautifully abstract ECM Records session. The players' backgrounds touch on jazz, electronics, European folk and much more, but none of that really matters here. Their approach on Lost River is free of form and convention in the most liberating sense. ...

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Stephan Micus: White Night

Read "White Night" reviewed by Mario Calvitti

Giunto al ventitreesimo album per la ECM, il musicista tedesco Stephan Micus non cambia la formula a cui si è attenuto per la maggior parte delle sue realizzazioni discografiche. Anche questo lavoro consiste in una raccolta di brani costruiti attorno a una selezione di strumenti etnici da lui personalmente raccolti nel corso dei suoi numerosi viaggi ...

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Michele Rabbia/Gianluca Petrella/Eivind Aarset: Lost River

Read "Lost River" reviewed by Mark Sullivan

The ECM catalog includes a broad range of musical genres: the only things they have in common are a forward outlook and excellent musicianship. But there are some that are truly beyond category, and this largely improvised album is one of them. Italian percussionist Michele Rabbia, Italian trombonist Gianluca Petrella and Norwegian guitarist Eivind Aarset came ...