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ECM @ 50

Read "ECM @ 50" reviewed by Mark Sullivan

2019 marks the 50th anniversary of German record label ECM Records. Since its founding by Manfred Eicher the label has maintained unwavering standards of excellence, characterized by an unmistakable visual identity and rigorous production values. In addition to some 20 concerts featuring ECM artists, the 2019 Big Ears Festival (full review here) also hosted an “ECM ...

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

Sonar: Live At Moods

Read "Live At Moods" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

Recorded Live at Moods jazz club in Zürich (Switzerland) in May 2018, this set reconnects guitar electronics visionary David Torn with the band Sonar. Torn played with Sonar on their previous album Vortex, and this live set picks up three tunes ("Waves and Particles," “Red Shift" and “Lookface!") from that earlier collaboration.

How does ...

Put It Where You Want It (But Find It Where You Put It)

Read "Put It Where You Want It (But Find It Where You Put It)" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

Hip Spanic All-Stars
Old-School Revolution
Self-Produced
2018

If you think that Old School Revolution sounds both familiar and new, you're right.

In the late 2000s, bassist and singer Happy Sanchez, saxophonist Norbert Stachel (Tower of Power), percussionist Karl Perazzo (a longstanding member of Santana), ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Jakob Bro: Bay of Rainbows

Read "Bay of Rainbows" reviewed by John Kelman

Few ECM artists, barring perhaps longtime label stalwart, pianist Keith Jarrett, have been afforded the opportunity of releasing two albums within the same calendar year. That Manfred Eicher has chosen to follow up Jakob Bro's impressive quartet date, Returnings, less than seven months later with Bay of Rainbows clearly speaks to the label head/primary producer's appreciation ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Oslo Jazz Festival 2018

Read "Oslo Jazz Festival 2018" reviewed by John Sharpe

Oslo Jazz Festival
Oslo, Norway
August 15-17, 2018

Introduction The Norwegian capital Oslo bills itself as a festival city and, with around a thousand concerts each year, claims that it has the most concerts per inhabitant of any city in Europe. Included among those are the 70 plus events which made ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Kerava Jazz 2018

Read "Kerava Jazz 2018" reviewed by Anthony Shaw

Kerava Jazz Festival
Kerava, Finland
May 25-27, 2018

The town of Kerava plays as much roll in the lives of most Finns as just its fleeting name on the station that express trains speed through on their way to the capital Helsinki, 20 miles south. Or for the international traveler ...

ARTICLE: IN PICTURES
ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Torino Jazz Festival 2018

Read "Torino Jazz Festival 2018" reviewed by Libero Farnè

Torino Jazz Festival
Varie sedi
23-30.04.2018

La sesta edizione del Torino Jazz Festival ha rappresentato una nuova tappa di una manifestazione importante alla ricerca di una propria identità. Chiusa l'epoca della direzione artistica di Stefano Zenni, quest'anno le redini sono passate nelle mani dei musicisti torinesi Giorgio Li Calzi e Diego ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Arild Andersen/Paolo Vinaccia/Tommy Smith: In-House Science

Read "In-House Science" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

Arild Andersen's superb trio with tenor saxophonist Tommy Smith and drummer Paolo Vinaccia had previously released two ECM albums, Live at Belleville (2008), and Mira (2014). Smith and Andersen joined the saxophonist's frequent collaborators, the Scottish National Jazz Orchestra for Celebration (2015) which included “Independency, Pt. 4" from Belleville. In-House Science is the second live album ...