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For a jazz musician, Jaco Pastorius died in pretty creditable rock n’ roll style: drug, delusions, alcohol and itinerancy. And beaten to a pulp by a nightclub manager who didn’t recognise the persistent drunk battering on his door at 4am as a former genius on electric bass.
Pastorius’ remarkable but brief life is inscribed...
Like many artists on the ECM label, the Norwegian guitarist Terje Rypdal is largely faceless: you could have listened to his albums for decades as I have done and still pass him in the supermarket and not recognise him.
By my count he’s done about 20 albums under his own name on ECM, and appeared on almost as many others as one of...
When my dad was boy he used to make his own crystal sets, small radio receivers so finely tuned if you breathed hard they’d go off the exotic overseas broadcast you were picking up.
Within his lifetime he lived from crystal sets into the CD age.
I thought of this when Jan Garbarek’s new album Dresden arrived in late 2009. I...
Norwegian saxophonist Garbarek scored a huge crossover album in 1995 with Officium which lined him up with the Hilliard Ensemble for an inspired marriage of the spiritual and the secular which ended up on many classical, jazz and even pop "best of" lists.
Garbarek's biting, sometimes clinically incisive, tone has often been...
The album title here perhaps suggest rather more shadowland than is evident in these beautiful, sometimes light-filled duets by acoustic guitarist Towner and flugel/trumpet player Fresu.
Certainly they head to the shadows for a lovely treatment of Blue in Green (from Miles Davis' classic Kind of Blue), but with Towner's rich and inclusive...
exceptional people, we make an exception. And saxophonist Charles
Lloyd is certainly exceptional.
because he enjoyed that rarity in jazz, a hit album (Forest
Flower in 66 which
anticipated the free spirit of the hippie era), or because he played
bills with Jimi Hendrix and Jefferson Airplane.
because he moved...
As much as a disembodied voice down a
phone line can, Manfred Eicher confirms the impression he made on
English journalist Richard Cook when he visited London in late ’89:
“He is a slim, rather careworn-looking man, whose great energy and
dedication don’t always break through a cautious temperament,”
Here is a rare one: this is Elsewhere regular, Keith Jarrett's first recording outside of his trio in . . . well, it almost seems like forever. And his choice of companion is the great bassist Charlie Haden with whom he hadn't played in over three deacdes. If you want a piano-bass duet album, why not have the best?
And these two are the best....
BEST OF ELSEWHERE 2010 Marilyn Crispell and David Rothenberg: One Dark Night I Left My Silent House (ECM/Ode)
American pianist Marilyn Crispell
is one of those rarities: classically trained, she jumped in at the
very deep and demanding end of the jazz pool – free jazz, Cecil
Taylor, the ferociously intellectual Anthony Braxton Quartet – and
used her instincts and training to keep afloat.
Then she struck out confidently.
Although you would be unwise to say any particular album seems unusual on ECM -- this is a label which has had Jan Garbarek with the Hilliard Ensemble, the noisecore of Lask and the Art Ensemble of Chicago -- this one out of Downtown NYC is unexpected.
The composer here is bassist Michael Formanek who has been a mainstay of the Mingus Big...
Anyone who has seen this extraordinary quartet recently -- they played in New Zealand earlier this year, Lloyd interviewed here -- will need not further prodding on this album other than to know it is released, the first studio album by this line-up.
These tunes -- many of them familiar in their concert repertoire and from previous albums (I...
Unfamiliar names, but this trumpet, piano and drum trio deliver an always interesting and often impressive line in meditative mood music
which steps lightly between the most refined Miles Davis,
contemporary classical and ambient world music.
In places Per Jorgensen's
trumpet sounds strangely discordant as it conjures up a primitive
Because music on the ECM label often invites a litany of familiar adjectives -- austere, cool, detached -- it's a pleasure to throw this disc into the player and find yourself thinking more along the lines of . . . muscular, vigorous, assertive.
Even the cover here suggests fireworks --- and while the music isn't exactly incendiary...
On a blindfold test -- "What record label is this on?" -- my money would be on greater than 90 percent of music-aware Elsewhere people saying immediately "ECM", and about half of those left over making an inspired guess and saying the same.
Much as this is all things which its oddly under-claiming promo makes for it...
The great jazz, post-Hendrix and entirely Elsewhere guitarist James Blood Ulmer delivered exceptional albums of post-Ornette Coleman harmolodic music such as Tales of Captain Black and Are You Glad To Be In America on John Snyder's short-lived but creditable Artist House label.
But then he slowly evaporated from...
While few would deny the gentle beauty of these trio recordings (and, not incidentally, the impressive playing of drummer Heinrich Kobberling), this too often suffers the fate of some similarly-conceived ECM albums: much of it just evaporates before your ears and it is only when applying diligent listening that it gives itself up to you....
This is ECM piano
trio jazz certainly, but young pianist/composer Colin Vallon brings something different and unusual to these 11 pieces, most of which are his originals or by drummer Samuel Rohrer. (There are two by bassist Patrice Moret).
It is hard to put your finger on but you might say his playing has the pace, phrasing and emphasis of...
As mentioned in a review of one his earlier albums, The Door (here), Norwegian trumpeter Eick has an inclusive approach to his art and has played in many different contexts, from big bands to psychedelic rock groups and in small, introverted jazz outfits.
This time out he gets in two drummers (very discreet, you'd hardly know it), electric...
A 2009 ECM superstar session where Lee,
Brad, Charlie and Paul played standards (Lover Man, Lullaby of
Birdland, Oleo etc) from which this finely wrought, sensitive
selection was drawn.
Pianist Mehldau offers exquisite, refined and
sometimes dissonant solos which seduce or bring astringency in the
turn of phrase.
Some of this is so...
The usually restrained ECM isn't a
risk-averse label -- how well some remember the textural noise of Lask and the guitar abuse of David Torn -- so when they open the vaults for manipulation you
know the result will be nothing like the Verve and Blue Note remix
Here this Berlin-based electronica duo improvise with pre-existing...
Meredith Monk's ethereal vocal music often seems to exist between the chapel and the arthouse, at home being bookended by a choral group and Laurie Anderson.
Over the decades her work has extended from its minimalist origins into instrumental works, theatrical productions, opera (Atlas) and film (Book of Days), and yet its spare, skeletal...
Because jazz is -- as the critic Leonard Feather noted in the closing overs of the last millennium -- the classical music of the 20th century, in it you can hear the human condition reflected.
Or in other words, each generation creates the jazz it requires.
In the post-war period things adopted a cooler and more sophisticated mood (less...
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