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Keith Jarrett, Gary Peacock, Jack DeJohnette: After the Fall

Read "After the Fall" reviewed by Mario Calvitti

Sembra ormai definitivamente tramontata la speranza di rivedere in concerto il trio Standards di Keith Jarrett, Gary Peacock e Jack DeJohnette, che in trent'anni di attività ha riportato il moderno trio pianistico ai vertici dell'espressione jazzistica, ponendosi come punto di riferimento obbligato per tutti coloro che hanno adottato la stessa formula strumentale negli ultimi tre decenni. ...

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Andy Sheppard Quartet: Romaria

Read "Romaria" reviewed by Geno Thackara

Where so much music treats silence as an exception, Andy Sheppard's recordings find it serving more as the rule. He's never been one for weaving flashy speed runs or feeling pressure to fill space. Even when his sax lines speed up from time to time through Romaria, they serve the mood with tasteful restraint, smoothly evoking ...

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Mathias Eick: Ravensburg

Read "Ravensburg" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

On his previous ECM release, Midwest (2015), trumpeter and composer, Mathias Eick plotted the course of his Norwegian ancestors to the heartland of America. Drawn from his own travels as well, Eick applies personal experiences and family lore once again on Ravensburg, named for the German town of his grandmother. Here the journey is closer to ...

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Kit Downes: Obsidian

Read "Obsidian" reviewed by Mark Sullivan

British jazz pianist Kit Downes has been previously heard on ECM on drummer/composer Thomas Stronen's first Time Is A Blind Guide album (2015). But in his early years Downes sang in a cathedral choir and took organ lessons. He recently returned to the pipe organ in a series of experimental projects with saxophonist Tomas Challenger, who ...

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John Surman: Invisible Threads

Read "Invisible Threads" reviewed by Samuel Stroup

Half a century into his musical career, English reed player John Surman continues to find outlets to explore a wide variety of introspective compositions. Invisible Threads, out on ECM, finds Surman exploring folk and world music, accompanied by pianist Nelson Ayres and mallet percussionist Rob Waring. The album features Surman's woodwind melodies bouncing atop piano and ...

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Keith Jarrett / Gary Peacock / Jack DeJohnette: After The Fall

Read "After The Fall" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

In the year between ECM releases Tokyo '96 (1997) and Whisper Not (1999), Keith Jarrett's iconic Standards Trio returned to live performances following a two-year break. Jarrett's bout with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome left him physically and emotionally drained, but with the condition in check, his expressive passion and physical enthusiasm return in full force with After ...

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Thomas Stronen: Lucus

Read "Lucus" reviewed by Don Phipps

With Lucus, the reflective, somber, and gentle timbres of composer/drummer Thomas Strønen and his ensemble, Time Is a Blind Guide, brings to mind poet T.S. Eliot's line, “Winter kept us warm." And even as the cold Norwegian waves rise up or lap gently against the rocks along this craggy musical shore, Lucus elicits warmth, like a ...

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Thomas Stronen: Lucus

Read "Lucus" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic

With a minimalist sense of minutes moving--elegantly, stubbornly, inexplicably--veteran drummer/percussionist/composer Thomas Strønen's music mutates from chamber abstractions to dream orchestrations on Lucus, his second outing on ECM.

Space, and the shadows it reveals and then envelopes, is the driving force behind Lucus and, indeed, the players in Time Is a Blind Guide, the name ...

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Bobo Stenson: Contra la indecision

Read "Contra la indecision" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

With a few exceptions, Swedish pianist Bobo Stenson has spent his long recording career with the prestigious ECM label, dating back to his oddly named Underwear in 1971. That particular album turned out to be more a showcase for bassist Arild Andersen and drummer Jon Christensen than for Stenson, and the pianist did not lead again ...

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Kit Downes: Obsidian

Read "Obsidian" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

In 2013, pianist/organist Kit Downes, along with saxophonist Tomas Challenger, released Wedding Music (Loop Records) featuring Downes on the B-3 organ at Huddersfield University's St Paul's Church. That recording was moored in an ethereal setting that gave it an ambient, but stately quality and the duo reunited under similar conditions for Vyamanikal (Slip Imprint, 2016). In ...