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Article: Album Review

Benjamin Moussay: Promontoire

Read "Promontoire" reviewed by Friedrich Kunzmann


The second in a trilogy of solo piano records released on ECM in 2020 (Jon Balke's Discourses being the first and Dominik Wania's Lonely Shadows the third), Benjamin Moussay's Promontoire captures the French pianist's cinematic spirit and gently romantic touch through 12 short pieces, each offering a different glance at the pianist's inner workings. A key ...

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Dominik Wania: Lonely Shadows

Read "Lonely Shadows" reviewed by Friedrich Kunzmann


Keith Jarrett's The Köln Concert (1975) may still be regarded as the undisputed milestone in ECM's rich history of solo piano recordings. But that doesn't mean that other landmark albums such as Paul Bley's Open, To Love (1973), Richie Beirach's Hubris (1973) or later releases like Stefano Bollani's Piano Solo (2005) and Marilyn Crispell's Vignettes (2007)—among ...

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Promontoire

Label: ECM Records
Released: 2020
Track listing: 127; Promontoire; Horses; Don't Look Down; Villefranque; L'oiseau d'Or; Chasseur de Plumes; Sotto Voce; The Fallen; Theme From Nana; Monte Perdido; Théa.

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Article: Radio

The French Scene - Part 3

Read "The French Scene - Part 3" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu


As we continue our journey in today's French jazz scene, we look at how it has been influenced by the many musical traditions that enrich the French society, in particular those from North Africa and the Middle-East, courtesy of Yacine Boularès, Ibrahim Maalouf, Naïssam Jalal, Smadj and Sophie Alour with Mohamed Abozekry and Wassim Halal). To ...

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Article: Live Review

French Connections - The Jazzdor Experience

Read "French Connections - The Jazzdor Experience" reviewed by Henning Bolte


Jazzdor is a French festival with two annual editions. The main part is held in the Strasbourg area (France) in November and the other one in Berlin (Germany) in June. Both editions present a considerable number of bilateral and multilateral collaborations; an essential part of the festival's philosophy and policy. The Strasbourg festival is ...

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Article: Album Review

Louis Sclavis / Dominique Pifarély / Vincent Courtois: Asian Fields Variations

Read "Asian Fields Variations" reviewed by John Kelman


Few artists on the ECM roster reinvent themselves as regularly--and with such consistent success--as Louis Sclavis. While it is true that the French clarinetist (and occasional soprano/baritone saxophonist) often draws (and re-draws) from a gradually expanding pool of musicians, there are few label mates who have released as many albums as Sclavis, where the lineups literally ...

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Article: Live Review

Jazz in Church Festival 2015

Read "Jazz in Church Festival 2015" reviewed by Adriana Carcu


Jazz in Church Festival Bucharest, Romania Lutheran Church April 16-19, 2015 The Jazz in Church Festival reaffirmed its call of unconventionality by bringing together artists of most diversified styles and orientations. A subtly assorted lineup consolidated the nascent tradition of open dialog and transgender interplay set forth three years ago. ...

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Louis Sclavis Quartet: Silk and Salt Melodies

Read "Silk and Salt Melodies" reviewed by Glenn Astarita


Iranian zarb (diagonally positioned drum)performer Kevyan Chemirani adds a worldly and exotic aspect to prominent French clarinetist, composer Louis Scalvis' band, featuring guitarist Gilles Coronado and keyboardist Benjamin Moussay who have performed with the leader on his Atlas Trio album, Sources (ECM Records, 2011). Sclavis' highly praised and disparate body of work for ECM Records is ...

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Article: Extended Analysis

Now's the time III: The best in contemporary jazz from France and [tax haven] Luxembourg

Read "Now's the time III: The best in contemporary jazz from France and [tax haven] Luxembourg" reviewed by John Ephland


Every. One. Of. These. Tracks. Is. A. Keeper. To be swept up in a fervor when listening to music (always an unexpected pleasure) and finding it next to impossible not to write about the experience--during as well as after--is the dream all music journalists crave and celebrate every time they find themselves returning to that zone. ...


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