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Sebastian Gille: Anthem

Read "Anthem" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Given that a picture can be worth a thousand words and that saxophonist Sebastian Gille only uses one to define this album, the album artwork may be the better descriptor here. The icy peaks that adorn the cover of Anthem can be seen as a visual representation of the wide open vistas that Gille explores and ...

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Sebastian Gille: Anthem

Read "Anthem" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

The most famous and venerable German record label is ECM Records, Manfred Eicher's brainchild, founded in 1969 and still going strong with now more than twelve hundred recordings in its catalog. But there is a German upstart, Pirouet Records, which has been in the business of offering up its own musical vision since the early 2000s, ...

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Young / Powell / Vespestad: Anthem

Read "Anthem" reviewed by John Kelman

Public perception can often be misleading. Those only familiar with Jacob Young's ECM recordings, including the sublime Evening Falls (2004), inevitably think of him as a painstakingly lyrical guitarist, informed by Jim Hall's economical forward- thinking and penchant for the sound of a warm, organic hollowbody or steely acoustic instrument. But that's only part of the ...

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Francesco Branciamore: Anthem

Read "Anthem" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

Album realizzato in completa solitudine, autoprodotto, di durata inferiore ai trenta minuti. Decisamente un album di ricerca. Poiché sperimentare significa innanzitutto esplorare e poi compiere delle scelte, e dato che questo documento discografico è comunque giunto nelle nostre mani, ci permettiamo dunque di indicare a Branciamore quelle che sono, a nostro avviso, le tracce che puntano verso le direzioni più riuscite ...

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Christian Scott: Anthem

Read "Anthem" reviewed by C.N. Harold

Two years have passed since the city of New Orleans was irrevocably changed by Hurricane Katrina, but the horrific images of death and devastation wrought by the lethal combination of natural disaster and political ineptitude remain firmly fixed in the minds of many Americans, especially those with roots in the Crescent City. A gifted musician born ...

Ralph Towner: Anthem

Read "Anthem" reviewed by David Adler

Ralph Towner recently turned 60, and his age has only made him more eloquent, more imaginative, more able to cast a spell. Anthem, his new solo guitar record and his 20th title for ECM, is the follow-up to 1997's solo recital, Ana. It also coincides with ECM's reissue of Diary, Towner's 1974 effort, on which he ...

Ralph Towner: Anthem

Read "Anthem" reviewed by C. Andrew Hovan

Now in his 61st year, guitarist and composer Ralph Towner can look back on the great tapestry that has made up his musical life over the preceding decades. For the past 30 years he's been associated with ECM Records, a distinction that has allowed him to express his own muse in a way that many artists ...

Ralph Towner: Anthem

Read "Anthem" reviewed by C. Andrew Hovan

Now in his 61st year, guitarist and composer Ralph Towner can look back on the great tapestry that has made up his musical life over the preceding decades. For the past 30 years he's been associated with ECM Records, a distinction that has allowed him to express his own muse in a way that many artists ...

Ralph Towner: Anthem

Read "Anthem" reviewed by David Adler

Ralph Towner recently turned 60, and his age has only made him more eloquent, more imaginative, more able to cast a spell. Anthem, his new solo guitar record and his 20th title for ECM, is the follow-up to 1997's solo recital, Ana. It also coincides with ECM's reissue of Diary, Towner's 1974 effort, on which he ...

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D. D. Jackson: Anthem

Read "Anthem" reviewed by John Sharpe

Pianist/composer D. D. Jackson recently received the Juno Award (“Best Contemporary (Instrumental) Jazz Album”) for his RCA debut ...so far. While that solo outing garnered raves from most critics, I’m not sure they will be as enamored with Anthem. Here, Jackson has decided to enhance his piano playing with organ overdubs, to no good effect. To ...