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Article: Album Review

Benjamin Lackner: Last Decade

Read "Last Decade" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan


In a 2006 interview for All About Jazz written by Joao Moriera dos Santos, pianist/keyboardist Benjamin Lackner was asked: “What label would you like to be on in the near future?" He said, simply, “ECM." That seemed ambitious for Lackner at that stage of his career. He was 29 years old at the time and boasted ...

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Victor Haskins: Showing Up

Read "Showing Up" reviewed by Nicholas F. Mondello


Since he burst onto the scene, Victor Haskins has developed a robust reputation as a modern-day jazz storyteller. His utterly sincere approach to his art is in the highest jazz tradition of exploration and innovation. With Showing Up, Haskins has taken his message to yet another higher level. The album, Haskins' second, presents ...

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Article: Album Review

Manu Katche: Unstatic

Read "Unstatic" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan


French drummer Manu Katche always seemed something of an odd man at ECM Records on his four solo discs--warm, groove-centric, gregarious sets competing with the Nordic cool of Tord Gustavsen, or the thoughtful melancholy of trumpeter Tomas Stanko and pianist Marcin Wasilewski. And--like few artists in the ECM stable--he crossed successfully into the rock world via ...

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Article: Multiple Reviews

John Abercrombie on ECM - Part 1: Through the '80s

Read "John Abercrombie on ECM - Part 1: Through the '80s" reviewed by Budd Kopman


Now that the The First Quartet set of recordings by guitarist/composer John Abercrombie from 1979-1981 has been released, it is as good a time as any to explore Abercrombie's career on ECM as a leader/co-leader, plus some his work as a sideman. There is a famous epithet from Bill Evans: “Jazz is not a ...

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Article: Live Review

12 Points 2015

Read "12 Points 2015" reviewed by Ian Patterson


12 Points 2015 Project Arts Centrejny: Dublin, IrelandApril 15-18, 2015 In an international calendar absolutely bulging with jazz festivals, 12 Points--conceived in Dublin by Improvised Music Company in 2007--stands out as one of the more original. It's not just the diversity and quality of the music that sets Twelve Points apart, ...

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Makiko Hirabayashi/Flemming Agerskov: Binocular

Read "Binocular" reviewed by Budd Kopman


Binocular is an extraordinary piece of musical art. Pianist Makiko Hirabayashi has a distinct, recognizable style of composition and performance. Her music has a kind of floating quality created by melodic phrases and lines which imply tonality rather than stating it, phrase lengths and rhythmic accents which further weaken any overt tonality, plus a ...

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John Hébert: Floodgates

Read "Floodgates" reviewed by Mark Corroto


Finding three musicians that speak the same language--jazz--is not uncommon. However, finding three that are as compatible as bassist John Hébert, pianist Benoît Delbecq, and drummer Gerald Cleaver is, as the French say, recherché. French culture is the theme of Hébert's trio recording. The New Orleans born, Cajun bassist invited the Paris-based pianist ...

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Article: Live Review

Limerick Jazz Festival 2013

Read "Limerick Jazz Festival 2013" reviewed by Ian Patterson


Limerick Jazz Festival Various Venues Limerick Ireland September 26-29, 2013 There's a lot to be said for laying strong foundations. By the time the Limerick Jazz Society got it together to put on the city's inaugural jazz festival in 2012 it already had 30 years experience of hosting local and ...

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Article: Album Review

Giovanni Guidi Trio: City of Broken Dreams

Read "City of Broken Dreams" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan


Italian pianist Giovanni Guidi's ECM Records leader debut, City of Broken Dreams, fits in as a very fine addition to the label's ongoing introduction of a new guard of the art of the piano trio, European style. Recent entries into that elite club include Benedikt Jahnel's Equilibrium (2012), Stefano Battaglia's The River of Anyder (2011), and ...

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Article: Album Review

Michael Stephans / Spatial Edition: Open Spaces

Read "Open Spaces" reviewed by Chuck Koton


Michael Stephans--educator and published author of prose and poetry--also happens to be a master jazz drummer and percussionist. The Miami-born Stephans, who these days lives in the surprisingly jazz-heavy Pennsylvania Poconos, has performed with world renowned horn players like Pharoah Sanders, Dave Liebman and Bennie Maupin, as well as Grammy-winning pianist, Alan Broadbent, among others. On ...


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