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ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Yonathan Avishai: Joys and Solitudes

Read "Joys and Solitudes" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

Dopo due dischi pubblicati con altre etichette, Yonathan Avishai entra nella scuderia Ecm riproponendo il trio di Modern Times, con cui aveva debuttato nel 2015.
Nato a Tel Aviv nel 1977, da madre francese e padre israeliano, il pianista è in Francia dal 2001. Per un decennio ha vissuto a Bordeaux, dove ha studiato ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Sungjae Son: Near East Quartet

Read "Near East Quartet" reviewed by Ian Patterson

Billed since its 2009 inception as Near East Quartet, the elevation of saxophonist Sungjae Son's name reflects the saxophonist's status as founder and de facto leader of this South Korean outfit, which forges a contemporary path from traditional roots. Its only previous album, the instrumental Chaosmos (KT Music, 2010) featured two percussionists alongside Son and co-founder, ...

MUSICIAN Born:

Stefan Frommelt Trio

Stefan Frommelt (* 1966) is a pianist, composer, arranger und music teacher from Liechtenstein. He studied at Musikhochschule Wien (graduation 1992),Hochschule Luzern (Performing, Composing, Arranging, Diplom 2000) und in Numerus master classes, including work with Simon Nabatov, Uli Rennert, Art Lande and Uli Scherer. He is the founder and bandleader of many ensembles, such as the award-winning "Jazzzirkus". As a sideman he worked with Sandy Patton, Marianne Racine, Carlo Lorenzi, Herbert Walser, Alfred Vogel, the Big Band Liechtenstein and many more. Stefan Frommelt was the artistic director for the Art & Music Company in Bern from 1993 to 1998 and for the TAK Liechtenstein in 2004 and 2006.

ARTICLE: YEAR IN REVIEW

John Kelman's Best Releases of 2018

Read "John Kelman's Best Releases of 2018" reviewed by John Kelman

Once again, the chronic health problem that has reduced my writing pace to a crawl continues without any respite. My best of the year lists have traditionally been predicated upon having reviewed the releases chosen, but with only a relative handful of reviews to choose from this year (and with those choices, more than ever now, ...

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Bjoern Meyer

For more than thirty years, Björn — Swedish-born and Swiss-based — has shaped a unique voice for his instrument inside the most diverse contexts. He has worked alongside Persian harpist and singer Asita Hamidi and is a long term collaborator with Tunisian oud master Anouar Brahem. He has spent more than twenty years with Swedish nyckelharpa player Johan Hedin and percussionist Fredrik Gille in Bazar Blå, co-defining the sound of contemporary Swedish folk music. For more than a decade he was a member of the minimalistic, zen-funk, groove-collective Nik Bärtsch’s Ronin. His first solo-album “Provenance” was released by ECM in the fall of 2017

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Joe Lovano: Trio Tapestry

Read "Trio Tapestry" reviewed by Giuseppe Segala

Joe Lovano approda in qualità di leader all'etichetta Ecm e approfitta di questa occasione per distillare la propria vena più astratta e sottile, legata allo scandaglio di geometrie spaziali, di un linguaggio costruito su libere, trasparenti digressioni. Con l'etichetta bavarese il sassofonista aveva registrato nelle formazioni di diversi musicisti, tra cui John Abercrombie, Marc Johnson, Steve ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Jakob Bro: Bay of Rainbows

Read "Bay of Rainbows" reviewed by John Kelman

Few ECM artists, barring perhaps longtime label stalwart, pianist Keith Jarrett, have been afforded the opportunity of releasing two albums within the same calendar year. That Manfred Eicher has chosen to follow up Jakob Bro's impressive quartet date, Returnings, less than seven months later with Bay of Rainbows clearly speaks to the label head/primary producer's appreciation ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Andrew Cyrille: Lebroba

Read "Lebroba" reviewed by Mark Sullivan

Veteran drummer Andrew Cyrille--best known for his long association with the avant-garde pianist Cecil Taylor--made his ECM debut as a leader with the quartet date Declaration Of Musical Independence (ECM, 2016). This is a trio session with chameleon guitarist Bill Frisell returning, along with legendary trumpeter/composer Wadada Leo Smith. Frisell is the glue that binds both ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

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 ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

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 ...