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Björn Meyer

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For more than thirty years, Björn — Swedish-born and Swiss-based — has shaped a unique voice for his instrument inside the most diverse contexts. He has worked alongside Persian harpist and singer Asita Hamidi and is a long term collaborator with Tunisian oud master Anouar Brahem. He has spent more than twenty years with Swedish nyckelharpa player Johan Hedin and percussionist Fredrik Gille in Bazar Blå, co-defining the sound of contemporary Swedish folk music. For more than a decade he was a member of the minimalistic, zen-funk, groove-collective Nik Bärtsch’s Ronin. His first solo-album “Provenance” was released by ECM in the fall of 2017

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Article: Album Review

Marc Johnson: Overpass

Read "Overpass" reviewed by Mario Calvitti


I dischi di solo contrabbasso non sono così frequenti come quelli di altri strumenti che maggiormente si prestano a essere suonati senza accompagnamento, ma nel catalogo ECM ne sono presenti diversi fin dai primi anni di vita dell'etichetta, dovuti soprattutto a Barre Phillips e Dave Holland (presenti anche con un duo), oltre che a Eberhard Weber, ...

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Article: Album Review

Marc Johnson: Overpass

Read "Overpass" reviewed by Karl Ackermann


The virtuoso bassist Marc Johnson has kept a relatively low profile as a leader. A graduate of the prestigious North Texas State University jazz program, Johnson made his mark as a member of Bill Evans' trio from 1978 until the pianist's final album the following year. His ECM debut came as a member of John Abercrombie's ...

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Article: Interview

Simin Tander: No Looking Back

Read "Simin Tander: No Looking Back" reviewed by Ian Patterson


When an album receives widespread critical acclaim, generating extensive touring in its wake, the temptation must be to repeat the formula next time around. Especially for artists operating in the niche world of jazz/improvised music, where a sure gig can be something of a holy grail, it would make little sense to fix what ain't broken. ...

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Article: Album Review

Simin Tander: Unfading

Read "Unfading" reviewed by Henning Bolte


The newly formed quartet of German-Afghani vocalist Simin Tander with Swiss-Swedish electric bass guitarist Björn Meyer, Tunisian violinist Jasser Haj Youssef and Swiss drummer Samuel Rohrer from Berlin is a remarkable force field of igniting, merging and amplifying energies, temperaments and temperatures. Tander herself has provided 12 compositions here and three times her own lyrics as ...

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Unfading

Label: Jazzhaus Records
Released: 2020
Track listing: Hovering Winds; Nargees; Walk Each other Home; Feather/I Am Vertical; Sta Lorey; Walli De Haal Ne Wayee; Unfading; Yar Koh Laro; Deserted; Nana; The Sea Is Near; Breath; Nargees Afterglow; And the Water Stretches Far Away; The Times They Are A Changing.

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Article: Live Review

Manfred Eicher: ECM 50 at Centre Culturel Flagey, Brussels

Read "Manfred Eicher: ECM 50 at Centre Culturel Flagey, Brussels" reviewed by Mario Calvitti


This article first appeared at italia.allaboutjazz.com. ECM 50Centre Culturel FlageyBrussels, BelgiumNovember 21-24, 2019 During the year marking the 50th anniversary of the foundation of the German record company ECM, there have been numerous music festivals in Europe and America dedicated to the official celebration of the event. One of ...

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Article: Live Review

Manfred Eicher - L'uomo che fa accadere la musica: ECM 50 a Flagey, Bruxelles

Read "Manfred Eicher - L'uomo che fa accadere la musica: ECM 50 a Flagey, Bruxelles" reviewed by Mario Calvitti


ECM 50 Centro Culturale Flagey Bruxelles, Belgio 21-24.11.2019 Nell'anno in cui ricorre il cinquantesimo anniversario della fondazione della casa discografica tedesca ECM sono stati numerosi in Europa e America i festival musicali dedicati alla celebrazione ufficiale dell'evento. Uno dei più importanti è sicuramente stato quello svoltosi alla fine di Novembre a ...

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Article: Interview

Ronan Skillen: Telepathic Euphoria

Read "Ronan Skillen: Telepathic Euphoria" reviewed by Seton Hawkins


When one thinks of South African jazz, the didgeridoo and the tabla don't immediately jump to mind. Nevertheless, multi-instrumentalist, composer, and engineer Ronan Skillen has made them vital additions to a range of South African ensembles. While acclaimed for his work in the genre-smashing South African ensemble Babu, Skillen has engaged in ...

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Article: Interview

Dave Ledbetter: Diversity and Unity

Read "Dave Ledbetter: Diversity and Unity" reviewed by Seton Hawkins


Even the most cursory listen to South African music yields an embarrassment of riches in the realm of guitar talents. Indeed, throughout the country's musical history innovative figures have forged a near universe of unique approaches to the instrument, fusing the many musical traditions of Southern Africa with popular styles into a staggering array ...


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