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Benedikt Jahnel Trio: The Invariant

Read "The Invariant" reviewed by Niccolò Lucarelli

Il jazz di scuola europea si caratterizza per una maggior vicinanza alla musica classica e per certe atmosfere placide e riflessive, dove la melodia sembra attaccarsi alla pelle dell'ascoltatore come vento del deserto, e aprire una finestra sull'indagine della propria interiorità. Non fa eccezione The Invariant, ultima fatica del pianista tedesco Benedikt Jahnel, autore degli otto ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Colin Vallon: Danse

Read "Danse" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

In questa terza incisione per l'ECM il trio di Colin Vallon prosegue e amplifica quant'aveva evidenziato in Le Vent, inciso nel 2014 con gli stessi partner e caratterizzato da un cambio di direzione rispetto al precedente Rruga (2011), con Samuel Rohrer alla batteria. Se in quest'ultimo lavoro l'interplay improvvisato restava un elemento centrale, combinandosi con tempi ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

Aaron Parks: Rising To The Challenge

Read "Aaron Parks: Rising To The Challenge" reviewed by R.J. DeLuke

"I'm always trying to put myself into scenarios with people who play in a way that challenges me and gives me a chance to grow," says pianist Aaron Parks, who has carved an impressive career in jazz since going to jny: New York City early in the new century and eventually garnering a major gig with ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Stefano Battaglia: Pelagos

Read "Pelagos" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Italian pianist Stefano Battaglia, an ECM artist since 2005, is a player possessed of an alluring refinement and polish carried over into his jazz work via his classical training. His best recordings, 2015's In the Morning (ECM Records) and River Of Anyder (ECM Records, 2011), are studies intricate and understated beauty. Both are piano trio outings--a ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Anouar Brahem: Blue Maqams

Read "Blue Maqams" reviewed by John Kelman

Following an unusually long, five-year gap between 2009's low register-driven The Astounding Eyes of Rita and 2014's particularly ambitious orchestral collaboration, Souvenance, Tunisian oudist Anouar Brahem returns with Blue Maqams, another game-changing release on ECM Records. Change--or, in some cases, natural evolution--has never been hard to find on Brahem's previous nine albums for the label, the ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Django Bates: Beloved

Read "Beloved" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic

With boundless humor and flexible grace, pianist Django Bates offers us The Study of Touch the perfect piano trio music for the significant other who absolutely hates piano trio music.

This is the first I have heard of Django Bates though he has been making shrewd music since 1979. He has played with a ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Anouar Brahem: Blue Maqams

Read "Blue Maqams" reviewed by Mario Calvitti

Fin dal suo disco d'esordio (Barzakh del 1991, pubblicato, come tutti i successivi lavori, dalla ECM e preceduto solo da alcune cassette autoprodotte) il compositore e suonatore di oud tunisino Anouar Brahem è stato tra i principali esponenti di una musica a cavallo tra Medio Oriente e Occidente, cercando una fusione tra musica araba, improvvisazione jazzistica ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Bjorn Meyer: Provenance

Read "Provenance" reviewed by Mark Sullivan

Swedish electric bass guitarist Björn Meyer has worked with Persian harpist-singer Asita Hamidi (the program is dedicated to her memory), Swedish nyckelharpa player Johan Hedin and Tunisian oud master Anouar Brahem, and was a member of Nik Bärtsch's Ronin for a decade, often filling a lead instrument role. So he has a history of fitting his ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Stefano Battaglia: Pelagos

Read "Pelagos" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

Stefano Battaglia has a ten-plus year history on the ECM label where he has covered much ground in terms of formations, style and genre. The effort has not always paid off. His label debut Raccolto (2005) was a meandering affair that squandered the opportunities that come with two-discs of music. All of Battaglia's considerable talents were ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

David Virelles: Gnosis

Read "Gnosis" reviewed by Mark Sullivan

Cuban-American pianist/composer David Virelles continues the exploration of Afro-Cuban musical traditions begun with his first recorded collaboration with vocalist/percussionist Román Díaz on Continuum (Pi Recordings, 2012), continuing through Mbókò (ECM, 2013) and Antenna (ECM, 2016). He uses “gnosis" to refer to ancient collective knowledge, and this music is about the intersection of cultures--contemporary improvisational language and ...


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