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Edward Vesala - Nordic Gallery (1994) {ECM 1541}  Music

Posted by tiburon at Dec. 14, 2016
Edward Vesala - Nordic Gallery (1994) {ECM 1541}

Edward Vesala - Nordic Gallery (1994) {ECM 1541}
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Genre: Jazz, Ethnic Fusion

Piggybacking on 1992’s Invisible Storm, ECM maverick Edward Vesala returned with his organic collective, Sound & Fury, as our guide for Nordic Gallery. Vesala draws a thinner circle around his ensemble this time around, weaving inside it a dreamcatcher for communal freedom, as exemplified in the 11-minute “Bird In The High Room,” a menagerie of cymbals, muted horns, drums, and birdsong.
Konstantia Gourzi - Music for Piano and String Quartet (2014) {ECM New Series 2309}

Konstantia Gourzi - Music for Piano and String Quartet (2014) {ECM New Series 2309}
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© ECM Records | ECM New Series 2309
Classical / Contemporary Classical

Athens-born and Munich-based composer Konstantia Gourzi makes her ECM New Series label debut. “What historical voices commingle in the current idiom of a composer whose cultural roots lie in the birthplace of rhetoric, but who emigrated to take a musical apprenticeship in European constructivism?” asks Ingrid Allwardt in the liner notes.

Old And New Dreams - Old And New Dreams (1979) {ECM 1154}  Music

Posted by ruskaval at April 13, 2017
Old And New Dreams - Old And New Dreams (1979) {ECM 1154}

Old And New Dreams - Old And New Dreams (1979) {ECM 1154}
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© 1979 ECM Records | ECM 1154
Jazz / Post Bop / Avant-Garde Jazz

The second recording by Old and New Dreams was, like its first from three years earlier, named after the group. Trumpeter Don Cherry, tenor saxophonist Dewey Redman, bassist Charlie Haden, and drummer Ed Blackwell made for a mighty team, performing high-quality free bop in the tradition of the Ornette Coleman Quartet (of which they were all alumni). In addition to two of Ornette's tunes (including a lengthy exploration of "Lonely Woman"), the musicians each contributed an original of their own. Stirring music in a setting that always brought out the best in each of these musicians.

Paul Giger - Alpstein (1991) {ECM 1426]  Music

Posted by ruskaval at April 12, 2017
Paul Giger - Alpstein (1991) {ECM 1426]

Paul Giger - Alpstein (1991) {ECM 1426]
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© 1991 ECM Records | ECM 1426
Jazz / Contemporary Jazz / Chamber Music / Folk Jazz / Violin

Violin virtuoso Paul Giger revisits his roots with this, his second solo recording, Alpstein, which features pieces for violin, saxophone, and percussion based on the folk traditions of the Alpstein region of Switzerland. Three pieces here are entitled "Zäuerli" – named after the sad majestic "natur yodel" tradition of the Outer Rhoden region. These are sweeping and majestic with high harmonic bowstrokes. This recording features the saxophone work of Jan Garbarek and the percussion of Pierre Favre. Both add an incredible warmth to the recording on the pieces they are featured on, most notably "Alpsegen" with its soaring sax lines and manic percussion. Also notable is "Chlauseschuppel," featuring the sounds of cowbells specific to that region. Informative booklet included.

Jacob Young - Sideways (2007) {ECM 1997}  Music

Posted by ruskaval at April 11, 2017
Jacob Young - Sideways (2007) {ECM 1997}

Jacob Young - Sideways (2007) {ECM 1997}
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© 2007 ECM Records | ECM 1997
Jazz / Modern Jazz / Modern Creative / Post Bop / Folk Jazz / Guitar

Norwegian guitarist Jacob Young’s sophomore effort follows coolly on the heels of his debut, Evening Falls. The wealth of Scandinavian talent at his side is enviable, to say the least. Trumpeter Mathias Eick, reedman Vidar Johansen, bassist Mats Eilertsen, and drummer Jon Christensen bring their uniquely tessellated feel for rhythm and hues to ten of Young’s originals, of which the title track sets the stage with the bandleader’s unmistakable acoustic. Mallet-caressed cymbals, trumpet, bass clarinet, and upright bass comingle in simpatico resonance, riding a slow and steady frequency from start to finish.

Charles Lloyd - Hyperion With Higgins (2001) {ECM 1784}  Music

Posted by ruskaval at April 4, 2017
Charles Lloyd - Hyperion With Higgins (2001) {ECM 1784}

Charles Lloyd - Hyperion With Higgins (2001) {ECM 1784}
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© 2001 ECM Records | ECM 1784
Jazz / Post Bop / Saxophone

The December 1999 sessions that produced The Water Is Wide yielded enough material for a second album. Hyperion With Higgins is the result, and its title reflects the sad fact that Billy Higgins, Lloyd's friend and soul mate and the session's drummer, passed away not long after the music was put to tape. The music's spiritual quality is heightened by the after-the-fact dedication. Quite unlike The Water Is Wide, Hyperion With Higgins is comprised entirely of Lloyd's original compositions, although the same lineup is featured: Lloyd, Higgins, John Abercrombie, Brad Mehldau, and Larry Grenadier.

Ralph Towner - Solstice (1975) {ECM 1060}  Music

Posted by ruskaval at April 3, 2017
Ralph Towner - Solstice (1975) {ECM 1060}

Ralph Towner - Solstice (1975) {ECM 1060}
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© 1975 ECM Records | ECM 1060 / 825 458-2
Jazz / Contemporary Jazz / Post Bop / Folk Jazz / Guitar

This is arguably the first recording to fully flesh out the aural expanse for which ECM has come to be known. Although I am well aware of the immense groundswell of musical activity that was the 1970s, certainly an album like this was a refreshing and altogether mind-altering experience for those fortunate enough to be young musical explorers at the time. Featuring a lineup of musicians who would go on to weave ECM’s significance into the fabric of time, Solstice is a tour de force of musicianship, writing, arrangement, and recording.
Francois Couturier / Tarkovsky Quartet - Nuit Blanche (2017) {ECM 2524}

Francois Couturier / Tarkovsky Quartet - Nuit Blanche (2017) {ECM 2524}
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Genre: Jazz, Classical

François Couturier leads his Tarkovsky Quartet on their third album dedicated to the great film director Andrej Tarkovsky. The two previous volumes, released in 2006 and 2011, were greeted with unanimous international praise; the musical and human experience during the recordings and subsequent tours and concerts revealing the huge potential of the highly original formation consisting of piano, cello, saxophone and accordion.

Egberto Gismonti & Nana Vasconcelos - Duas Vozes (1985) {ECM 1279}  Music

Posted by ruskaval at March 28, 2017
Egberto Gismonti & Nana Vasconcelos - Duas Vozes (1985) {ECM 1279}

Egberto Gismonti & Nana Vasconcelos - Duas Vozes (1985) {ECM 1279}
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© 1985, 2008 ECM Records | ECM 1279
Jazz / Contemporary Jazz / Brazilian Jazz / Guitar / Percussion

"Aquarela do Brasil," an unofficial anthem of Brazil, may have received literally thousands of different version and interpretations, but even then, Egberto and Brazilian percussionist Naná Vasconcelos (his sole accompanist here) were able to devise an extremely original version, which opens with an unassuming stylized samba introduction, slowly bringing elements which conduce the listener to the piece's identification. Egberto is very fond of percussive attacks and ethereal configurations, both acquiring superior importance in his music, not being necessarily attached to or supportive for a musical theme or melody.

Egberto Gismonti - Sol Do Meio Dia (1978) {ECM 1116}  Music

Posted by tiburon at March 26, 2017
Egberto Gismonti - Sol Do Meio Dia (1978) {ECM 1116}

Egberto Gismonti - Sol Do Meio Dia (1978) {ECM 1116}
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Genre: Latin Jazz, Ethnic Fusion, Brazilian Folk

Inspired by his time spent with the Xingu Indians of the Amazon, to whom the album is also dedicated, Sol Do Meio Dia (Midday Sun) is a consistently intriguing transitional album from multi-instrumentalist Egberto Gismonti. With him are percussionists Nana Vasconcelos and Collin Walcott and guitarist Ralph Towner, as well as Jan Garbarek on soprano saxophone for a brief spell. At this point in his career, Gismonti was beginning to fill in the porous sound of his 8-string guitar. To this end, Vasconcelos and Walcott flesh out much of the dizzying rhythmic space that defines his sound, while Towner’s 12-string laces the background with more explicit chording. Walcott traces magical circles in “Raga,” for which Gismonti engages us with nimble fingerwork on the guitar’s highest harmonics.