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Manfred Eicher

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Article: Interview

Meeco: Keeping It Real

Read "Meeco: Keeping It Real" reviewed by Chris May


The Berlin-based producer and composer Meeco has a niche but devoted following, built up over a series of romantically inclined and elegant albums released between 2009 and 2014. The discs, which have pronounced Latin flavours, are Amargo Mel (Connector, 2009), Perfume E Caricias (Connector, 2010), Beauty Of The Night (Connector, 2012) and Souvenirs Of Love (Double ...

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Article: Building a Jazz Library

From George Coleman to Meeco: Ten Overlooked Classics

Read "From George Coleman to Meeco: Ten Overlooked Classics" reviewed by Chris May


The only thread running through this installment of Building A Jazz Library is that of unsung quality. No particular artist is spotlighted, nor any particular genre. There are simply ten, randomly selected albums, recorded in the US and Europe between 1953 and 2021, which show jazz off at its finest, but which, for one reason or ...

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Article: Album Review

Jakob Bro: Uma Elmo

Read "Uma Elmo" reviewed by Mark Sullivan


After a break of a few years, Danish guitarist & composer Jakob Bro returns to ECM Records with a new trio. Bay Of Rainbows (ECM Records, 2018) was a live recording documenting his trio with double bassist Thomas Morgan and drummer Joey Baron, while Returnings (ECM Records, 2018) was a quartet reuniting Bro with Morgan and ...

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Article: Album Review

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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Article: Album Review

Arne Torvik: Northwestern Songs

Read "Northwestern Songs" reviewed by Friedrich Kunzmann


A vibrant modern jazz hub, Norway is famous for having introduced the likes of Jan Garbarek, Terje Rypdal, Jon Christensen and Arild Andersen to the international jazz landscape--all of whom had brought something fundamentally new to the jazz tradition in the '70s. As chance would have it, each of the mentioned heavyweights were also mainly at ...

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Article: Album Review

Nik Bartsch: Entendre

Read "Entendre" reviewed by Chris May


Back in 2006, Swiss composer and keyboard player Nik Bärtsch's ECM debut, Stoa, recorded with his group Ronin, sounded like the album James Brown might have made if he'd appointed Steve Reich musical director of his backing band, The J.B.'s. Simultaneously cerebral and on the good foot, it was minimalism, Jim, but not as we knew ...

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Article: Album Review

Keith Jarrett: Budapest Concert

Read "Budapest Concert" reviewed by Scott Gudell


Keith Jarrett has always chosen wisely. Early on, the pianist partnered with musicians who helped shape the transition of jazz from the classic cool sounds of the 1950s though the more aggressive fusion period of the late 1960s and early 1970s. In the early 1970s, Jarrett began a high wire act of recording and releasing a ...

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Article: Live Review

Enjoy Jazz and More 2020

Read "Enjoy Jazz and More 2020" reviewed by Henning Bolte


Various venues Enjoy Jazz and More Heidelberg, Mannheim, Ludwigshafen, Schwetzingen October 14-30, 2020 Enjoy Jazz is a festival that stretches across 7 weeks from the beginning of October to halfway through November in the urban area of Mannheim, Ludwigshafen and Heidelberg in southwestern Germany. The long stretch had ...

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Article: Interview

Elina Duni & Rob Luft: Songs Of Love And Exile

Read "Elina Duni & Rob Luft: Songs Of Love And Exile" reviewed by Chris May


The British guitarist Rob Luft has already released one of the great albums of 2020 with Life Is The Dancer (Edition), which came out back in the spring. Now Luft notches up another 2020 highlight with the collaborative Lost Ships (ECM), jointly conceived and co-led with the Albanian-Swiss singer Elina Duni. By turns passionate and grave, ...


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