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Giovanni Guidi: Avec le temps

Read "Avec le temps" reviewed by Mark Sullivan

Italian pianist Giovanni Guidi leads a quintet through a lyrical, mostly original program. The core band is the Giovanni Guidi Trio with American double bassist Thomas Morgan and Portuguese drummer João Lobo, as heard on This Is The Day (ECM Records, 2015) and City Of Broken Dreams (ECM Records, 2013). They are joined by tenor saxophonist ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Carla Bley's Trio at the Jazz Standard

Read "Carla Bley's Trio at the Jazz Standard" reviewed by Akinfe Fatou

Carla Bley's Trio
Jazz Standard
New York, NY
March 19, 2019

Carla Bley is extraordinary, savvy, and enigmatic. The Guggenheim Fellow (1972), German Jazz Trophy winner ("A Life of Jazz"—2009), 5-time GRAMMY-nominee and NEA Jazz Master (2015) was joined by her spouse Steve Swallow on electric bass and Andy Sheppard on ...

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Peter Erskine

Peter Erskine has played the drums since the age of four and is known for his versatility and love of working in different musical contexts. He appears on over 600 albums and film scores, and has won two Grammy Awards, plus an Honorary Doctorate from the Berklee School of Music (1992). Fifty albums have been released under his own name or as co-leader. He has played with the Stan Kenton and Maynard Ferguson Big Bands, Weather Report, Steps Ahead, Joni Mitchell, Steely Dan, Diana Krall, Kenny Wheeler, Mary Chapin Carpenter, The Brecker Brothers, The Yellowjackets, Pat Metheny and Gary Burton, John Scofield, et al, and has appeared as a soloist with the London, Los Angeles, Chicago, Frankfurt Radio, Scottish Chamber, Ensemble Intercontemporain, Royal Opera House, BBC Symphony, Oslo and Berlin Philharmonic Orchestras

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Wolfgang Muthspiel: Where The River Goes

Read "Where The River Goes" reviewed by Luigi Sforza

Per poter apprezzare When the River Goes, occorre saper vivere (potendo farlo) ad un ritmo lento. L'ultima esperienza discografica di Wolfgang Muthspiel non si presta ad un ascolto frugale, né tantomeno superficiale. Necessita di tempo e dedizione, neglige ogni forma di voracità fruitiva, ha bisogno di essere gustata nei minimi dettagli, nota per nota, accordo per ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Bill Frisell, Thomas Morgan: Epistrophy

Read "Epistrophy" reviewed by Mario Calvitti

Il ritorno di Bill Frisell nel 2017 in casa ECM come titolare, anche se in coabitazione col contrabbassista Thomas Morgan, era stato accolto con entusiasmo, e il loro disco Small Town, registrato dal vivo al Village Vanguard di New York, unanimemente considerato uno dei migliori album dell'anno. Viene pubblicato ora, preannunciato dallo stesso chitarrista nel corso ...

ARTICLE: JUST FOR FUN

ECM Records Announces Change in Name, Direction

Read "ECM Records Announces Change in Name, Direction" reviewed by Geno Thackara

European label turns its eye toward the future as EDM.

ECM Records will mark its golden anniversary with a defining change in direction, according to an announcement released today. After operating as Edition of Contemporary Music since its small-scale beginning in 1969, the eclectic European label has confirmed plans to adopt the new title ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Vijay Iyer and Craig Taborn: The Transitory Poems

Read "The Transitory Poems" reviewed by Mark Corroto

The Transitory Poems might be the first improvised solo piano recording accomplished by a pair of pianists. Vijay Iyer and Craig Taborn are 21st century masters and descendants from the likes of Cecil Taylor, Keith Jarrett, Andrew Hill, Anthony Davis, and Paul Bley. This live duo recording, from 2018 in Budapest, is an act of improvisatory ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Vijay Iyer and Craig Taborn: The Transitory Poems

Read "The Transitory Poems" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic

Perhaps curiously or perhaps purposely for these two inspired alumni of Roscoe Mitchell's Note Factory, The Transitory Poems enters existence with the anticipatory, lets-get-acquainted improvisation “Life Line (Seven Tensions)," before each pianist's creative wanderlust and imagination takes hold and the music becomes a ranging, raging real-time white-hot collaborative statement.

Recorded live at the Franz ...

3x3: Piano Trios, vol. IV

Read "3x3: Piano Trios, vol. IV" reviewed by Geno Thackara

Yonathan Avishai
Joys and Solitudes
ECM Records
2019

Though Yonathan Avishai isn't exactly alone on his debut as leader, half the recording is well suited to quiet times away from the world, or perhaps being enjoyed with minimal company--the trio at hand is comfortable with silence as any ECM ensemble should ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Dominic Miller: Absinthe

Read "Absinthe" reviewed by Mark Sullivan

Guitarist Dominic Miller''s 2017 ECM debut Silent Light was a low key affair that focused on his solo classical guitar (plus a bit of light percussion). The sequel features a full quintet with a rhythm section. A bigger sound, but with a similar impressionistic flavor. Miller's liner notes make that visual art reference explicit: as a ...