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These musicians -- drummer Paul Motian, guitarist Bill Frisell and saxophonist Joe Lovano -- are of the generation which has, by the attrition of age of those who preceeded them, are becoming the senior statesmen of jazz.
Yes, figures such as Ornette Coleman and Joe Henderson are still around, but their output is so minimal as to be of...
With the same refined band as on his ECM debut of three years or so ago, this Norwegian-American guitarist has once again crafted an album of subtle shades, gentle lyricism and persuasive melodies.
At times you may hear suggestions of Pat Metheny at his most quietly romantic, at other times Young steps aside to let trumper Matthias Eick or...
Another in the mid-price reissue of early albums on the ECM label, this one from 1973 under drummer Paul Motian's name is an oddity in the ECM catalogue: unlike virtually every other album on the imprint where stable groups or studio-arranged line-ups present a cohesive music, this one has only Motian as the constant.
And it is almost a...
At 55, Joe Lovano is one of the leading saxophonists of his generation, and has a career notable for its diversity. He has played straight ahead and swing, worked with Cuban musicians and orchestras, done an album of Sinatra songs, and has enjoyed two longtime musical relationships: one is with guitarist John Scofield whom he met at Berklee in...
It’s disappointing and embarrassing that one encounter may put you off a musician for such a long time. Then, shame-faced, you crawl your way back later and have to concede everybody else was right.
When I first heard The Band I was into loud rock’n’roll and these country music guys just seemed exceptionally dull and -- the...
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...
For the first two-thirds of this album featuring guitarist Abercrombie, violinist Mark Feldman, bassist Thomas Morgan and drummer Joey Baron, the more vigorous emotions are kept in check: the tunes breeze by on Abercrombie's fluid and smooth, warm tone, Feldman offers the barests of suggestions of gypsy violin (and its attendant humours) -- and...
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...
By the merest shift of the prism Moon Beams, the album by the jazz trio lead by pianist Bill Evans, could easily be under Essential Elsewhere. But that of course would deny the genius of his recordings with bassist Scott LaFaro in late Fifites (and drummer Paul Motian) with whom he developed an intuitive understanding.
But 10 days after...
This album under the name of mutli-culti French drummer Katche (who has worked with Pat Metheny, Jan Garbarek, Joe Zawinul, Al Di Meola, Sting, Tori Amos, Tomasz Stanko, Peter Gabriel et al) has to be counted a major disappointment for its sheer lack of bite.
This is polite, spacious, mostly inoffensive if gently listenable jazz...
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,”
The great jazz bassist Scott LaFaro didn't have a long time -- he was killed in a car accident in 1961 at age 25 -- but his impact on acoustic jazz was, and remains, significant for his work in the classic Fifties trio with pianist Bill Evans and drummer Paul Motian.
His gentle, often high, singing tone allowed for great emotional dexterity...
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...
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...
Pianist Wasilewski who leads this trio has appeared a number of times previously at Elsewhere, with this group, as a member of Tomasz Stanko's ensemble and with trumpetr Enrico Rava. He -- and his trio -- has impressed every time.
But this album finds them really pushing themselves: Night Train to You is a 10 minute piece which swings and is...
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...
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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