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Giya Kancheli: Chiaroscuro

Read "Chiaroscuro" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian

Introspective Georgian composer Giya Kancheli turned 80 years old in on August 10, 2015. As a birthday commemoration ECM has released two of his most intimate works on the deeply mystical Chiaroscuro. In addition to the title track the album includes the musing “Twilight" for two violins and orchestra.

Inspired by Kancheli's brush with ...

Ralph Towner / Paolo Fesu: Chiaroscuro

Read "Chiaroscuro" reviewed by Martin Gladu

In a stuffed, empty room, rays of moonlight spill through a cobwebbed window and come licking a tired hardwood floor to the feet of an old, stiff chair. On it, the silhouette of a guitar; its strings, silent. At its side, a second chair with an embossed trumpet planted alongside a lonely music stand completes the ...

Ralph Towner / Paolo Fresu: Chiaroscuro

Read "Chiaroscuro" reviewed by John Kelman

Since moving to Italy over a decade ago, guitarist/pianist Ralph Towner's output as a leader has been woefully infrequent, with only two discs released this decade--2001's Anthem and 2006's Time Line, both on the label that's been his home for over 35 years, ECM. It's not that he hasn't been busy; he continues to work and ...

Ralph Towner / Paolo Fresu: Chiaroscuro

Read "Chiaroscuro" reviewed by Thomas Conrad

After Enrico Rava, the most important trumpet player in Italy is Paolo Fresu. The fact that he is not well known in the United States may be about to change, because he is now an ECM recording artist. The label has placed him with major people: Carla Bley on The Lost Chords Find Paolo Fresu in ...

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Ralph Towner / Paolo Fresu: Chiaroscuro

Read "Chiaroscuro" reviewed by David McLean

Continuing his long and fruitful relationship with Manfred Eicher's ECM Records--yielding a slew of successful solo records and concerts, acclaimed group work with Oregon and Solstice (also featuring Jan Garbarek), and duo work with John Abercrombie, Gary Peacock and Gary Burton--guitarist/pianist Ralph Towner has become something of an icon for the German label. Chiaroscuro marks another ...

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Ralph Towner - Paolo Fresu: Chiaroscuro

Read "Chiaroscuro" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

Il primo contatto tra i due protagonisti di questo lavoro è avvenuto nell'ormai lontano 1992, in occasione del festival jazz di Sant'Anna Arresi. Successivamente - ed in particolare negli ultimi anni - non sono mancate le occasioni di incontro che hanno dato origine anche ad alcuni concerti, ma solo ora emerge il frutto discografico di quella collaborazione. L'estetica musicale ...

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Arve Henriksen: Chiaroscuro

Read "Chiaroscuro" reviewed by John Kelman

Every now and then an album comes along that, with its purity, lack of assumption, sheer power and subtle grace, sets a new standard both for the instrument and the possibilities of music. Norwegian trumpeter Arve Henrkisen, who has been establishing a broader reputation over the past few years on recordings by Scandinavian artists including bassist ...