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Paul Bley - Ballads (1967) {ECM Japanese Reissue UCCE-3003 rel 2007}

Paul Bley - Ballads (1967) {ECM Japanese Reissue UCCE-3003 rel 2007}
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© 1967, 2007 ECM Records / Universal Japan | UCCE-3003 / ECM 1010
Jazz / Avant-Garde Jazz / Piano

Ballads, which really seems to make ballads out of ballads, has been considered both worthy of hanging on the museum wall alongside the other masterpieces and being accorded special merit as the jazz record most used for background music. Since no less a genius than the great French composer Erik Satie invented the concept of background music, this might not be such a contradiction or insult. Only the short "Circles" invites a real comparison with the piano music of Satie; elsewhere you're in extremely extended territory, Paul Bley's desire to play the slowest music in history meshing with a new style of rhythm section accompaniment that sounds like everything from tuning the drums to adjusting the drapes.
Jan Garbarek / Egberto Gismonti / Charlie Haden - Magico-Carta De Amor (2012) [2CD] {ECM 2280/81} [Re-Up]

Jan Garbarek / Egberto Gismonti / Charlie Haden - Magico-Carta De Amor (2012) [2CD] {ECM 2280/81}
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Genre: Jazz

A fascinating set from three strong and contrasting musical personalities: Norwegian saxophonist, Brazilian guitarist-pianist, and US bassist making purposeful and creative music together on this previously unreleased live recording. “Carta de Amor” documents music captured at Munich’s Amerika Haus in April, 1981. Two years on from the much-loved albums “Magico” (ECM 1151) and “Folk Songs” (ECM 1170), the trio’s improvisational empathy and sensibilities were further honed by experiences as a touring group. Repertoire includes five pieces from Gismonti’s pen, with the title track heard in two variations, opening and closing this enthralling double album.

Nils Okland - Monograph (2009) {ECM 2069}  Music

Posted by ruskaval at Nov. 22, 2016
Nils Okland - Monograph (2009) {ECM 2069}

Nils Okland - Monograph (2009) {ECM 2069}
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© 2009 ECM Records | ECM 2069
Jazz / Nordic Folk / Contemporary Jazz / Chamber Jazz / Fringes of Jazz

First ECM solo album from the Norwegian violinist who has gained many friends for his work with the Christian Wallumrød Ensemble. Økland’s solo music is strongly inspired by the rich Norwegian fiddle tradition and its freedom, variation and individuality, yet what he plays is not purely ‘folk music’ rather a reinvention of folk forms, with free improvisation and contemporary composition also powerful influences. The ‘personality’ of the instruments themselves is also an inspiration: on “Monograph” Økland makes the most of the ‘drone’ qualities of the viola d’amore and the Hardanger fiddle (he plays both old and modern models) as well as an old violin from 1700, in a recital of subtle and melodic invention.

Craig Taborn - Avenging Angel (2011) {ECM 2207} [Re-Up]  Music

Posted by tiburon at Nov. 15, 2016
Craig Taborn - Avenging Angel (2011) {ECM 2207} [Re-Up]

Craig Taborn - Avenging Angel (2011) {ECM 2207}
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Genre: Jazz, Avant-Garde, Minimalism

“Avenging Angel” is Craig Taborn’s distinguished contribution to the great solo piano tradition at ECM, a powerful, purposeful and rigorous album, which rises to the challenges of the format and transcends them. The disc explores the textural dimensions of sound, builds new structures, uncovers a rugged lyricism. Recorded in the optimal acoustics of the recital room at Lugano’s Studio RSI, with Manfred Eicher producing, it’s Taborn’s first disc under his own name for ECM, following on from inspired sessions with Roscoe Mitchell, Evan Parker, David Torn and Michael Formanek.

Wolfgang Muthspiel - Rising Grace (2016) {ECM 2515}  Music

Posted by ruskaval at Nov. 3, 2016
Wolfgang Muthspiel - Rising Grace (2016) {ECM 2515}

Wolfgang Muthspiel - Rising Grace (2016) {ECM 2515}
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© 2016 ECM Records | ECM 2515
Jazz / Modern Creative / Modern Jazz / Guitar

Wolfgang Muthspiel – whom The New Yorker has called “a shining light” among today’s jazz guitarists – made his ECM leader debut in 2014 with the trio disc Driftwood, featuring him alongside two longtime colleagues, bassist Larry Grenadier and drummer Brian Blade. For his follow-up – Rising Grace – the Austrian guitarist has convened a very special quintet, adding jazz luminary Brad Mehldau on piano and the outstanding young trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire to the subtly virtuosic Grenadier/Blade rhythm section.

Nils Okland Band - Kjolvatn (2015) {ECM 2383}  Music

Posted by tiburon at Oct. 16, 2016
Nils Okland Band - Kjolvatn (2015) {ECM 2383}

Nils Okland Band - Kjolvatn (2015) {ECM 2383}
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Genre: Jazz, Ethnic Fusion, Nordic Folk

Norwegian Hardanger fiddle specialist Nils Okland has a broad range of musical interests, as illustrated by his eclectic discography. His solo album Monograph (ECM, 2011) spotlighted his lyrical, folkloric side; Lysøen—Hommage à Ole Bull (ECM, 2011) with keyboardist Sigbjorn Apeland payed tribute to the Norwegian classical tradition; Lumen Drones (ECM, 2014) found him making trance music with two rock musicians; and the recent Felt Like Old Folk (Smeraldina-Rima, 2016) collaboration with the Belgian duo Linus was almost completely improvised. He was also a member of Thomas Stronen's "Time is a Blind Guide" band, although he does not appear on the recording.
Kenny Wheeler - Music For Large & Small Ensembles (1990) {2CD ECM 1415-16}

Kenny Wheeler - Music For Large & Small Ensembles (1990) {2CD ECM 1415-16}
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© 1990 ECM Records | ECM 1415-16
Jazz / Contemporary Jazz / Modern Post Bebop / Avant-Garde Jazz / Trumpet / Modern Big Band

This two-disc set is a dazzling look at Kenny Wheeler's work as a composer. His breadth is stunning, from moody Oliver Nelson and Gil Evans-like expansiveness to compactly propulsive post-bop excursions. The first disc is taken up entirely with the eight-part "Sweet Time Suite." Wheeler's scoring is bracing and emotive. Singer Norma Winstone is on hand for portions of it, offering a gloriously soaring counterpoint to the massed horn section. Wheeler's diverse background serves him well, as he's quite comfortable with both the traditional and the avant-garde (he worked in one of Anthony Braxton's important combos in the mid-'70s). For anyone unfamiliar with this stellar musician's work, this is is an excellent starting point, as is his first album as a leader, the remarkable GNU HIGH.
Miranda Cuckson & Blair McMillen - Bartok, Schnittke, Lutoslawski (2016) {ECM New Series 2446}

Miranda Cuckson & Blair McMillen - Bartok, Schnittke, Lutoslawski (2016) {ECM New Series 2446}
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© 2016 ECM Records | ECM New Series 2446
Classical / Modern Classical / Chamber Music / Avant-Garde / Piano / Violin

The New York Times has praised violinist Miranda Cuckson’s “undeniable musicality,” while Gramophone has declared her “an artist to be reckoned with.” Born in Australia and educated in America, she makes her ECM New Series debut – alongside pianist Blair McMillen – with three 20th-century milestones: the Hungarian Béla Bartók’s Violin Sonata No. 2 (1922), the Russian Alfred Schnittke’s Violin Sonata No. 2 “Quasi una Sonata” (1968) and the Pole Witold Lutoslawski’s Partita for Violin and Piano (1984).

Trygve Seim - The Source (2006) {ECM 1966} [Re-Up]  Music

Posted by tiburon at Oct. 13, 2016
Trygve Seim - The Source (2006) {ECM 1966} [Re-Up]

Trygve Seim - The Source (2006) {ECM 1966}
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Genre: Jazz, Avant-Garde Jazz

The second ECM album by Norwegian cooperative group The Source gets back to basics. Since its formation in 1993, when founder-members Trygve Seim, Øyvind Brække and Per Oddvar Johansen were all students at the Trøndelag Conservatory of Music in Trondheim, The Source has been very much a moveable feast, its motto, "No two concerts alike!" The group has embraced the wildest stylistic collisions, working variously with poets and DJs, rai vocalists and rappers, ice hockey players, and conceptual and performance artists. Their collaborators have ranged from rock band Motorpsycho to classical musicians including the Cikada String Quartet (as on their 2000 ECM recording The Source and Different Cikadas). Nonetheless, the overwhelming majority of their performances have been as a quartet, most of their music was written for quartet, and this eponymously titled disc addresses a backlog of much-played material whose appearance on disc is overdue.
Morton Feldman, Erik Satie, John Cage - Rothko Chapel (2015) {ECM New Series 2378}

Morton Feldman, Erik Satie, John Cage - Rothko Chapel (2015) {ECM New Series 2378}
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© 2015 ECM Records | ECM New Series 2378
Classical / Avant-Garde / Chamber Music

This is a marvelous release, equally perfect in conception, execution, and engineering. The program locates the intellectual origins of the American avant-garde composers Morton Feldman and John Cage not in postwar European developments, but in the music of Erik Satie, who with each decade seems a more pioneering figure. Feldman and Cage here seem not modernists, but postmodernists. Front and center at the beginning is Feldman's masterpiece Rothko Chapel (1967), a chamber-ensemble-and-chorus evocation of the Houston, Texas, chapel adorned with paintings by, and partly designed by, the Abstract Expressionist painter Mark Rothko.