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Marc Sinan: White

Read "White" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic

Many of us won't understand all the scalar, metronomic, Lydian, meter, or modal intricacies and subtleties that guitarist Marc Sinan and clarinetist Oguz Buyukerber work off of or against, but for those seeking some kind of rhythm in our lives, it can be found it at times, and it flows. And on White the music flows ...

Elina Duni: Partir

Read "Partir" reviewed by John Kelman

Sometimes a change in musical direction is instigated by life experiences; sometimes it's driven by nothing more than choice. Following two recordings for ECM Records with her Switzerland-based quartet, Elina Duni makes a significant directional shift with the entirely solo Partir. Given the generally introspective nature of 2012's Matanë Malit (Over the Mountain) and 2015's Dallёndyshe ...

Nik Bärtsch's Ronin at World Cafe Live

Read "Nik Bärtsch's Ronin at World Cafe Live" reviewed by Geno Thackara

Nik Bärtsch's Ronin
World Cafe Live
jny: Philadelphia, PA
May 8, 2018

Of the oddest sights Philadelphia's art scene might offer on any given Tuesday night, a stern-faced figure in samurai hatama whacking a piano with a mallet should probably be in the top five. (Unless there's something like the Fringe ...

Steve Tibbetts: Life Of

Read "Life Of" reviewed by Mark Sullivan

Minnesota-based guitarist Steve Tibbetts has always gone his own way, crafting his albums in the recording studio with deliberate care. Many of those albums have featured his scorching electric-guitar playing, for example Exploded View (ECM, 1986) and the later A Man About a Horse (ECM, 2002). But beginning with his previous album, Natural Causes (ECM, 2010), ...

Nik Bärtsch: Awase

Read "Awase" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian

The exquisite Awase is Swiss pianist Nik Bärtsch's eighth release with his band Ronin. Although the ensemble has had a few personnel changes, the album maintains the creative energy and the spirit of its previous work.

The title refers to a principle of martial arts that translates to coming together and an appropriately dynamic ...

Maciej Obara: Unloved

Read "Unloved" reviewed by Mario Calvitti

Al suo esordio su etichetta ECM, l'altosassofonista polacco Maciej Obara, classe 1981, è in realtà al suo nono disco da titolare, e al quarto (ma primo realizzato in studio) con il quartetto di cui è leader, completato dal connazionale pianista Dominic Wania (conosciuto quando entrambi militavano nel gruppo del trombettista Tomasz Stanko) e da una sezione ...

Nicolas Masson: Travelers

Read "Travelers" reviewed by John Kelman

Following two recordings for ECM Records as a member of the cooperative Third Reel (including the trio's self-titled 2013 debut), reed multi-instrumentalist Nicolas Masson strikes out on his own with Travelers, his first album as a leader for the label.

Third Reel's Swiss/Italian lineup of reeds, guitar (Roberto Pianca) and drums (Emanuele Maniscalco), along ...

Third Reel

A collaborative group brimming with creative potential, Third Reel consists of reed multi-instrumentalist Nicolas Masson, guitarist Roberto Pianca and drummer Emanuele Maniscalco, three committed improvisers and gifted writers, each with a distinct compositional signature. The contrasts, and a shared sensitivity for space, shape the group’s sonic identity. Each member of this Swiss-Italian trio is a bandleader is his own right but the cooperative Third Reel is a priority for all of them. Conceived as a trio without bass from the outset – “it means more responsibility for each player, as well as more risk-taking” – Third Reel went through various drummers until Pianca brought along Emanuele Maniscalco in 2010 (drummer and guitarist had previously collaborated in the band Food Chain).

Gary Peacock: Tangents

Read "Tangents" reviewed by Mario Calvitti

Nel corso della sua lunghissima carriera, il nome di Gary Peacock è stato molto frequentemente associato ad alcuni grandi pianisti che hanno rivoluzionato la concezione del piano trio, a cominciare dai suoi sodalizi negli anni '60 con Paul Bley e Bill Evans; con quest'ultimo il rapporto è stato di breve durata, ma ha lasciato tracce evidenti ...

John Surman: Invisible Threads

Read "Invisible Threads" reviewed by Mario Calvitti

Dopo oltre 50 anni di attività professionale, il sassofonista britannico John Surman è ancora in grado di sorprenderci. Lo fa con il suo nuovo lavoro, pubblicato sempre dalla ECM, a 6 anni di distanza dal precedente Saltash Bells. Questo Invisible Threads è nato quasi per caso, da un incontro fortuito del sassofonista con la musica brasiliana ...