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Comments Off on Gary Burton – The New Quartet (ECM Touchstone) CD
Part of the Touchstone series
As well as being the great vibes innovator of the era, Gary Burton has been a most astute talent scout. In 1973, The New Quartet introduced Abraham Laboriel: this was the first recording of the bassist who would shortly become one of the most in-demand session players across all genres.
“It must be emphasised that Laboriel sounds like a major artist in the making with his astonishing bass work,” wrote Melody Maker. Guitarist Mick Goodrick also emerged as a player to watch with this album, shining in a well-conceived programme with compositions of Keith Jarrett, Chick Corea, Carla Bley, Mike Gibbs and bandleader Burton.
Personnel: Gary Burton (vibraphone); Mick Goodrick (guitar); Abraham Laboriel (bass); Harry Blazer (drums)
Open Your Eyes, You Can Fly / Coral / Tying Up Loose Ends / Brown-Out / Olhos De Gato / Mallet Man / Four Or Less / Nonsequence
ECM Touchstone 6743115
Comments Off on Gary Burton & Chick Corea – Crystal Silence (ECM Touchstone) CD
Crystal Silence launched one of jazz’s most long-lasting small groups, whose history would extend over more than 40 years. On this 1972 recording Gary Burton and Chick Corea, brought together by producer Manfred Eicher, raised the bar for the art of the duo. As Billboard perceptively noted, “The lyrical qualities of both men are displayed to maximum advantage, while the material at hand includes some of Corea’s most durable compositions. Recorded in Oslo, the album may prove a classic, for its revelation of the more delicate, contemplative strengths of these men.”
Personnel: Gary Burton (vibraphone); Chick Corea (piano)
Tracks: Senor Mouse / Arise, Her Eyes / I’m Your Pal / Desert Air / Crystal Silence / Falling Grace / Feeling And Things / Children’s Song / What Game Shall We Play Today
ECM Touchstone 6743112
Comments Off on Jan Garbarek & Bobo Stenson Quartet – Witchi-Tai-To (ECM Touchstone) CD
In the mid-1970s there was no European jazz group more popular than the Garbarek-Stenson Quartet, and Witchi-Tai-To was voted ‘Record of the Year 1974/75’ in Jazz Forum’s poll. Down Beat gave the album a five-star review: “Those who think that contemporary music from Europe lacks soul-fire are hereby advised to listen to Witchi-Tai-To.”
Bobo Stenson: “The quartet had a chemistry that I’ve very rarely known, and I look back at the whole period as a happy and creative time.” The wide-open programme includes tunes by Carla Bley and Don Cherry as well as the title track composed by Jim Pepper.
Personnel: Jan Garbarek: tenor and soprano saxophones}; Bobo Stenson (piano); Palle Danielsson (double bass); Jon Christensen (drums)
A.I.R. / Kukka / Hasta Siempre / Witchi-Tai-To / Desireless
ECM Touchstone 6743111
Comments Off on Edward Vesala – Lumi (ECM Touchstone) CD
Part of the Touchstone series
Recipient of a rare 5-Star review from the Penguin Guide to Jazz, Lumi is one of the key items in the discography of Finnish drummer-composer Edward Vesala.
It was the first of his ECM recordings to feature his Sound and Fury ensemble, with creative co-arranger Iro Haarla on piano and harp. “Each piece is full of melodic ideas, brilliantly scored”, wrote The Wire. A range of moods is explored, from the impressionist tone poem “The Wind” to the playful Finnish tango “Fingo,” and guitarist Raoul Bjorkenheim solos powerfully.
Personnel: Esko Heikkinen (trumpet, piccolo trumpet); Pentti Lahti (alto and baritone saxophones, flutes); Jorma Tapio (alto saxophone, clarinet, bass clarinet, flute); Tapani Rinne (tenor and soprano saxophone, clarinets); Keiri Heinil (tenor and soprano saxophones, flute) Tom Bildo (trombone, tuba); Iro Haarla (piano, harp); Raoul Bjorkenheim (guitar); Taito Vainio (accordion); Hak (bass); Edward Vesala (drums, percussion)
The Wind / Frozen Melody / Calypso Bulbosa / Third Moon / Lumi / Camel Walk / Fingo / Early Messenger / Together
ECM Touchstone 6743105
Comments Off on Don Cherry & Ed Blackwell – El Corazon (ECM Touchstone) CD
“The trumpeter sketches a succession of melodies and moods around and over the rich textural detail and earthy solidity of Mr Blackwell’s drumming,” noted Robert Palmer in The New York Times.
“The melodies come from Spain, Africa, Jamaica and the modern jazz compositions of Thelonious Monk, but Mr Cherry and Mr Blackwell transform them into a personal music that is as urbane and international as they are. Together, they make El Corazon one of the most impressive duet albums of recent years.”
This magical 1982 album, overflowing with character, has remained the reference recording for trumpet and drums duos.
Personnel: Don Cherry (pocket trumpet, piano, melodica, doussn’gouni); Ed Blackwell (drums, wood drum, cowbell)
Mutrion / Bemsha Swing / Solidarity / Arabian Nightingale (dedicated to Om Kaltsom) / Roland Alphonso / Makondi / Street Dancing / Short Stuff / El Coraz n/ Rhythm For Runner / Near-in / Voice of the Silence
Comments Off on Art Lande & Jan Garbarek – Red Lanta (ECM Touchstone) CD
Part of the Touchstone series
The album title is anagram of Art Lande, the idiosyncratic US pianist making his ECM debut in a set of his own tunes, very ably partnered by Jan Garbarek on a recording described by Down Beat as “one of the finest albums ECM has yet released…It is the interplay of the two artists that
elicits the full richness of the music. Lande and Garbarek have intelligently channelled their virtuosity, forging a uniquely inspired vision. The result is enthralling.” Recorded 1973.
Personnel: Art Lande (piano); Jan Garbarek (flutes, soprano and bass saxophones)
Quintennaissance / Velvet / Waltz For A / Awakening Midweek / Verdulac / Miss Fortune / Open Return – Cancion Del Momento / Meanwhile / Cherifen Dream Of Renata
ECM Touchstone 6743047
Comments Off on Arild Andersen Trio – The Triangle (ECM Touchstone) CD
Part of the Touchstone series
Arild Andersen’s trio emphasises the writing and playing of Greek pianist Vassilis Tsabropoulos, whose melodic improvising and sense of form are influenced by his background as a classical musician.
Tsabropoulos’s tunes, and his arrangement of Ravel here, cast the jazz ‘piano trio’ genre in another light – as do his contributions to Andersen’s pieces and the collective improvisation “European Triangle’. Arild Andersen’s driving bass and John Marshall’s inventive drums give the music its sense of propulsion. Recorded 2003.
Personnel: Vassilis Tsabropoulos (piano); Arild Andersen (double bass); John Marshall (drums)
Straight / Pavane / Saturday / Choral / Simple Thoughts / Prism / Lines / European Triangle / Cinderella Song
ECM Touchstone 6743046
Comments Off on Keith Jarrett At The Blue Note – Saturday June 4,1994, First Set (ECM Touchstone) CD
Part of the Touchstones series.
Previously released only in the US, this single disc drawn from the At The Blue Note box embodies all the characteristics that made Jarrett’s trio for many listeners the pre-eminent group in all of jazz.
The qualities of respect for the material and the freedom to take liberties with it co-exist here as Keith Jarrett, Gary Peacock and Jack DeJohnette play, with amazing gracefulness, the standards “Autumn Leaves”, “Days of Wine and Roses”, “You Don’t Know what Love Is” and “When I Fall In Love”, plus Keith’s tunes “Bop-Be” and “Muezzin”.
Personnel: Keith Jarrett (piano); Gary Peacock (double bass); Jack DeJohnette (drums)
Tracks: Autumn Leaves / Days Of Wine And Roses / Bop-Be / You Dont Know What Love Is / Muezzin / When I Fall In Love
ECM Touchstone 6743195
Comments Off on Bill Frisell & Thomas Morgan – Epistrophy (ECM) CD / 2LP
Like their acclaimed ECM release Small Town of 2017 – which The Guardian called “wistful and mesmerizing… tonally ingenious and haunting” – Epistrophy by guitarist Bill Frisell and bassist Thomas Morgan was recorded at New York City’s Village Vanguard.
The new album once again captures the rare empathy these two players achieve together in this intimate environment. There are further poetic takes on pieces from the duo’s Americana songbook (“All in Fun,” “Red River Valley,” “Save the Last Dance for Me”), as well as another intense version of a composition by Paul Motian (“Mumbo Jumbo”), an artist whom both the guitarist and
bassist knew well.
Frisell and Morgan communicate the essence of Billy Strayhorn’s “Lush Life” and the Frank Sinatra hit “In the Wee Small Hours of the Morning,” so much so that the famous words seem to hang in the air even without a singer. At the centre of the album is a pair of pieces by Thelonious Monk: the funky, angular “Epistrophy” and the ruminative ballad “Pannonica.” And as with “Goldfinger” on Small Town, Frisell and Morgan offer a glowing duo interpretation of a melody- rich John Barry title tune from a James Bond film – “You Only Live Twice”.
Personnel: Bill Frisell (guitar), Thomas Morgan (double bass)
FORMAT: LP 180 gram vinyl
All In Fun / Wildwood Flower/Save The Last Dance For Me / Mumbo Jumbo / You Only Live Twice / Lush Life / Epistrophy / Pannonica / Red River Valley / In the Wee Small Hours Of The Morning