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Article: Jazz Poetry

Poetry and Jazz: A Chronology

Read "Poetry and Jazz: A Chronology" reviewed by Duncan Heining


My intention here is to offer a detailed but inevitably incomplete chronology of poetry and jazz. The focus is solely on the combination of the two art forms in performance, not on poetry about jazz or jazz musicians or poetry inspired by jazz but not performed to music. My definition of 'poetry' is fairly broad and ...

Article: Interview

Il tocco di Django!

Read "Il tocco di Django!" reviewed by Enrico Bettinello


Il pianista e compositore inglese Django Bates è sempre stato un artista versatile e originale. Nel suo ultimo disco per la ECM, The Study of Touch, guida il proprio trio Belovèd (completato dal bassista Petter Eldh e dal batterista Peter Bruun) attraverso una manciata di intriganti brani originali, ma rilegge anche un classico parkeriano ...

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Article: Rediscovery

Eberhard Weber: Fluid Rustle

Read "Eberhard Weber: Fluid Rustle" reviewed by John Kelman


Eberhard Weber Fluid RustleECM1979 Today's Rediscovery, after a bit of a hiatus, looks at an album by Eberhard Weber that is of particularly significance in the German bassist's discography. Fluid Rustle, released by ECM Records in 1979, was, in fact, one of many anomalies in Weber's discography for its unusual instrumentation ...

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Article: Extended Analysis

Keith Jarrett/Charlie Haden/Paul Motian: Hamburg '72

Read "Keith Jarrett/Charlie Haden/Paul Motian: Hamburg '72" reviewed by John Kelman


With Sleeper: Tokyo, April 16, 1979 (2012) and Magico: Carta de Amor (2012), ECM Records began digging into its archives, unearthing two live recordings that revealed even more about a collection of artists whose reputations were already plenty secure as some of the label's most important from its early years--in the first case, pianist Keith Jarrett's ...

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Article: Album Review

Nils Petter Molvær: Switch

Read "Switch" reviewed by Karl Ackermann


From his first major recording date almost thirty years ago, Norwegian trumpeter Nils Petter Molvær has been a unique innovator with a seemingly insatiable appetite for testing new waters. Beginning with Masquarelo's seminal ECM Records debut, Bande à Part (1985), Molvær joined with the already established bassist Arild Andersen and his long-time collaborator, drummer Jon Christensen. ...

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Article: Album Review

Obara International: Live at Manggha

Read "Live at Manggha" reviewed by Eyal Hareuveni


The sophomore release of Polish-Norwegian quartet Obara International, led by rising Polish alto saxophonist Maciej Obara, solidifies his affinity with cool Nordic jazz. The group is not only the powerful rhythm section of resourceful Norwegians--double bassist Ole Morten Vågan and drummer Gard Nilssen. Lush phrasing by Obara himself and emphatic, profound interplay rounded out by the ...

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Article: Live Review

Vinterjazz Copenhagen: Carsten Dahl Trio w/ Reuben Rogers and Greg Hutchinson at Jazzhus Montmartre

Read "Vinterjazz Copenhagen: Carsten Dahl Trio w/ Reuben Rogers and Greg Hutchinson at Jazzhus Montmartre" reviewed by Henning Bolte


Carsten Dahl Trio w/ Reuben Rogers Vinterjazz 2014 Jazzhus Montmartre Copenhagen, Denmark February 20-21, 2014 Vinterjazz Vinterjazz has the same setup as the Jazzfestival Copenhagen in the summer. It is spread over the whole city but on a smaller scale. During the ten days in February ...

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Article: Live Review

ELBJazz Festival 2013: Hamburg, Germany, May 24-25, 2013

Read "ELBJazz Festival 2013: Hamburg, Germany, May 24-25, 2013" reviewed by John Kelman


ELBJazz FestivalHamburg, GermanyMay 24-25, 2013Attending a multitude of festivals each year, there's always the challenge of finding the hook--the thing that makes a festival different from any other. When it comes to Hamburg's ELBJazz Festival, now only in its fourth year, it's easy. A harbor town on the Elbe River, located just 70 ...


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