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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
Comments Off on Vijay Iyer & Craig Taborn – The Transitory Poems (ECM) CD
Pianists Vijay Iyer and Craig Taborn, two of creative music’s most resourceful players and two of its most distinctive improvisers, learned to meld and mesh their artistic approaches inside Roscoe Mitchell’s Note Factory ensemble in 2002.
Since then, Iyer and Taborn have continued to play concerts together. The Transitory Poems, recorded live at the Franz Liszt Academy, Budapest, in March 2018, is their first duo album. A marvel of shared invention, it incorporates pieces offered as tributes to formative influences including pianists Cecil Taylor, Muhal Richard Abrams and Geri Allen, and the painter and sculptor Jack Whitten.
Iyer and Taborn’s first shared ECM credit was the 2007 Roscoe Mitchell album Far Side (recently reprised in the box set The Art Ensemble of Chicago and Associated Ensembles) but each has a considerable body of acclaimed recordings made for the label over the past decade.
Personnel: Vijay Iyer (piano); Craig Taborn (piano)
Life Line (seven tensions)
Meshwork/Libation (When Kabuya Dances)
Comments Off on David Torn, Tim Berne, Ches Smith – Sun Of Goldfinger (ECM) CD
Guitarist-composer David Torn, a longstanding ECM artist, has enjoyed a particularly fruitful 21st-century with the label, releasing two albums under his own name – the solo ‘only sky’ and quartet disc ‘Prezens’ – in addition to producing records by Tim Berne and Michael Formanek.
With Sun of Goldfinger, Torn returns in a trio alongside the alto saxophonist Berne and percussionist Ches Smith (a member of Berne’s Snakeoil band who made his ECM leader debut in 2016 with The Bell). The Torn/Berne/Smith trio, also dubbed Sun of Goldfinger, features alone on two of this album’s three intense tracks of 20-plus minutes; the vast sonic tapestries of “Eye Muddle” and “Soften the Blow” – each spontaneous group compositions – belie the fact that only a trio is weaving them, with live electronics by Torn and Smith expanding the aural envelope.
The third track, the Torn composition “Spartan, Before It Hit,” showcases an extended ensemble with two extra guitars (played by Mike Baggetta and Ryan Ferreira), keyboards (Craig Taborn) and a string quartet (the Scorchio String Quartet); it’s an otherworldly creation, ranging from hovering atmospherics to dark-hued lyricism to storming, sky-rending grandeur.
The words of LondonJazz, reviewing Sun of Goldfinger live, also suit the band’s debut on record: “This is dangerous music – at times angry, at others blissedout and illuminating – with its thunderous rumblings… delivering not so much a wash of sound, more a tidal wave.”
Personnel: David Torn (electric guitar, live looping, electronics), Tim Berne (alto saxophone), Ches Smith (drums, electronics, tanbou)
Eye Meddle / Spartan, Before It Hit / Soften The Blow
Comments Off on Dominic Miller – Absinthe (ECM) CD / LP
With Absinthe, his second release for ECM, guitarist Dominic Miller has created an album coloured by a distinct atmosphere. “The first thing that came to me before I wrote any tunes was the title,” he says. “Living in the South of France, I am fascinated by Impressionism. Sharp light and witchy mistrals, combined with strong alcohol and intense hangovers must have
driven some of these artists toward insanity. Skies that are green, faces blue, perspective distorted.”
While Miller’s ECM debut, Silent Light, emphasized intimacy in solo and duo settings, Absinthe finds the guitarist fronting a quintet that brings his everlyrical compositions to textured life. Miller, switching between nylon- and steelstring acoustic guitars, has a key harmonic-melodic foil in the bandoneon of Santiago Arias.
The vivid presence at the drum kit is Manu Katche, an ECM veteran and for years a colleague with Miller in the band of Sting (whom the guitarist has accompanied now for three decades). Mike Lindup’s keyboard tones add a ghostly air to such highlights as the title track, while bassist Nicholas Fiszman roots the sound.
As for Miller, JazzTimes described him as a guitarist who “milks every note, thriving on the pauses between them and whispery effects of fingers sliding across strings,” while Stereophile agreed, declaring that “his ability to express emotion through a guitar is amazing to hear.”
Personnel: Dominic Miller (guitar), Santiago Arias (bandoneon), Mike Lindup
(keyboards), Nicolas Fiszman (bass), Manu Katche (drums)
Absinthe / Mixed Blessing / Verveine / La Petite Reine / Christiania /
tude / Bicycle / Ombu / Tenebres / Saint Vincent
ECM CD: 6788468
Comments Off on Giovanni Guidi – Avec Le Temps (ECM) CD
Giovanni Guidi is one of the most consistently creative pianists in Europe today, focussing inspirations from contemporary jazz and free playing in a strongly lyrical approach of his own.
Guidi’s core trio with bassist Thomas Morgan and drummer Joao Lobo opens ‘Avec le temps’ with a deeply-felt interpretation of the title track, the song of love and loss by the Monaco-born poet-composer-chansonnier Leo Ferre, and closes the album with “Tomasz”, a Guidi original dedicated to the late Tomasz Stanko, take Giovanni’s conception of the art of the trio to the next level, extending the work begun on the critically-praised albums City of Broken Dreams and This Is The Day.
In between, the band swells to quintet size, with saxophonist Francesco Bearzatti and guitarist Roberto Cecchetto contributing to Guidi originals and group improvising in a programme of strikingly contrasting energies and colours, with outstanding playing by all participants. ‘Avec le temps’ was recorded at Studios La Buissonne in November 2017 and produced by Manfred Eicher.
Giovanni Guidi: piano;
Francesco Bearzatti: tenor saxophone;
Roberto Cecchetto: guitar;
Thomas Morgan: double bass;
Joao Lobo: drums
Avec Le Temps / 15th of August / Postludium And A Kiss / No Taxi / Caino / Johnny The Liar / Ti stimo / Tomasz