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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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Stephan Thelen: World Dialogue

Read "World Dialogue" reviewed by Mark Sullivan

Stephan Thelen's compositions for his band Sonar have a minimalist groove that clearly relates to other groups in the experimental sphere like Swiss pianist and composer Nik Bärtsch's band Ronin. These works for string quartet are not stylistically far removed from Thelen's Sonar music, but the classical chamber music context establishes them in the world occupied ...

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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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Ronin

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Label: ARC - Artists Recording Collective
Released: 2014
Duration: 6:04

Ronin

Label: ARC - Artists Recording Collective
Released: 2014
Track listing: Ronin; Rose for Noriko; Best Fiend; The Cost; Blues for C.P.; Manhattan Trane'in; Brother Sid; Diamonds for Lil; The Code.

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B.J. Jansen: Ronin

Read "Ronin" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian

Baritone saxophonist B.J. Jansen demonstrates his versatility as a composer and performer on Ronin, his third release as a leader. The nine originals that comprise the album cover a gamut of styles while remaining firmly in the jazz mainstream. On the boppish “Manhattan Trane'in" for instance Jansen wields his horn with agility as he ...

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Portland Jazz Festival 2011 - A Look Back

Read "Portland Jazz Festival 2011 - A Look Back" reviewed by Lloyd N. Peterson Jr.

Portland Jazz FestivalPortland, OregonFebruary 18-27, 2011 Promoter Bill Royston and general manager Don Lucoff have once again pulled off a hat trick of significant proportions. With the arrival and guest appearance of perhaps the greatest “star" that jazz has welcomed since Wynton Marsalis, this year's Portland Jazz Festival had the makings to ...


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