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Shinya Fukumori: For 2 Akis

Read "For 2 Akis" reviewed by Neri Pollastri

Una bella sorpresa questo trio multinazionale (ma con sede a Monaco) al debutto per ECM, guidato dal trentaquattrenne giapponese Shinya Fukumori e completato dal trentacinquenne tenorsassofonista francese Matthieu Bordenave e dal cinquantasettenne pianista tedesco Walter Lang.

Fukumori, che prima di dedicarsi alla batteria aveva suonato il violino e il pianoforte, è giunto alcuni anni ...

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Keith Jarrett: La Fenice

Read "La Fenice" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic

Keith Jarrett stands alone in the history of improvised solo piano masterpieces. He comes close with La Fenice, a pristine, two-disc archival release. Recorded in July of 2006 at the Gran Teatro La Fenice in Venice, the phoenix rises with an inspiration and open communication only Jarrett can channel.

Emotionally captivating as all his ...

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Wolfgang Muthspiel: Where The River Goes

Read "Where The River Goes" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic

The inventiveness that Austrian guitarist Wolfgang Muthspiel displayed on 2016's Rising Grace (ECM) is on display once more on Where The River Goes--again made with an American quartet, this time comprising pianist Brad Mehldau, trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire, bassist Larry Grenadier and drummer Eric Harland (who replaces Rising Grace's Brian Blade).

Where The River Goes ...

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Wolfgang Muthspiel: Where The River Goes

Read "Where The River Goes" reviewed by Matt Hooke

A song titled “For Django" would usually feature a hard-swinging gypsy rhythm and rapid-fire guitar lines. Guitarist Wolfgang Muthspiel goes in the opposite direction, with a thoughtful mid-tempo piece that places pianist Brad Mehldau and trumpet player Ambrose Akinmusire in the starring role more than himself.

“For Django," despite being the second track, sets ...

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Wolfgang Muthspiel: Where The River Goes

Read "Where The River Goes" reviewed by Mark Sullivan

Austrian guitarist Wolfgang Muthspiel returns with the same lyrical magic that characterized his previous quintet recording Rising Grace (ECM, 2016). That quintet--with trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire, pianist Brad Mehldau and bassist Larry Grenadier--is altered only by the substitution of drummer Eric Harland for Brian Blade.

Muthspiel begins the title tune unaccompanied on electric guitar, with ...

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Keith Jarrett: La Fenice

Read "La Fenice" reviewed by Mario Calvitti

La pubblicazione di questo CD era attesa da molto tempo, già programmata quando il concerto fu registrato nel Luglio 2006 nel prestigioso scenario del Teatro La Fenice di Venezia, dove il pianista si era esibito in precedenza solo una volta come membro del gruppo di Miles Davis ben 35 anni prima. Non sappiamo quali siano stati ...

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Andrew Cyrille: Lebroba

Read "Lebroba" reviewed by Mario Calvitti

Il nuovo lavoro del batterista Andrew Cyrille per ECM, che segue di due anni The Declaration of Musical Independence, il suo debutto da leader per la label tedesca, lo vede nuovamente affiancato al chitarrista Bill Frisell, ma in un contesto strumentale abbastanza diverso. Non più un quartetto con contrabbasso e tastiere, ma un trio completato dalla ...

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Shai Maestro: The Dream Thief

Read "The Dream Thief" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic

Having built a considerable reputation with fellow Israeli, bassist Avishai Cohen, on his fully realized, fulfilling ECM debut, The Dream Thief, pianist Shai Maestro readily creates a searching lyrical atmosphere, a unique blend of chamber improvisation, emotional eloquence, and communal virtuosity that serves the music and its grand moment of creation.

Maestro sets off ...

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Keith Jarrett: La Fenice

Read "La Fenice" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

The archival gap tightens between the earlier solo release of Keith Jarrett's mid-90s concert, as captured on A Multitude of Angels (ECM, 2016), and his post-illness return to live performing. La Fenice was recorded at the Gran Teatro La Fenice in Venice, in 2006, four years after Jarrett had returned to solo performing in Japan. The ...

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Jakob Bro: Bay of Rainbows

Read "Bay of Rainbows" reviewed by Mark Sullivan

Danish guitarist Jakob Bro returns with another album made by his working trio with double bassist Thomas Morgan and drummer Joey Baron, previously heard on Streams (ECM, 2016). Recorded live at Jazz Standard in New York in July, 2017, it is also Bro's first live recording for the label. The repertoire mainly documents Bro originals that ...