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Perhaps his masterpiece. The finest music I have bought this year. Profound poetry with humane gravitas.

These arrived today direct from ECM, and their vinyl catalog, lots of good stuff there too. Sent from my SM-G930F using Tapatalk

My order arrived today, [emoji41] first up Le pas du chat noir, for @@guru M Shparkle! Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk

A new album by Nik Bartsch. CD available now. Vinyl to be released in May.

A fascinating solo album from the Swiss pianist, composer and conceptualist best known as leader of the bands Ronin and Mobile, Entendre offers deeper insight into Nik Bärtch’s musical thinking. As the album title implies Entendre is about hearing as a creative process, referencing the patient unfolding of Bärtch’s modular polymetric pieces, with alertness to the dynamics of touch, finding freedom in aesthetic restriction, serving the flow of each piece’s development while also taking the music to new places.  Recorded at Auditorio Stelio Molo RSI, Lugano, in September 2020, and produced by Manfred Eicher.

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NEW ECM Vinyl releases
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Dear listeners,

Three albums that opened the ECM release year 2021, Garden of Expression by Joe Lovano Trio Tapestry, Human by Shai Maestro and Uma Elmo by Jakob Bro, are now available on vinyl:


 Garden of Expression, "is about the spaces between sounds as much as sounds themselves – but, as in meditation, they´re spaces that resonate with stories." noted The Guardian in an in depth review of the new Trio Tapestry album. The music Joe Lovano writes for this group - tenderly melodic or declamatory, harmonically open, rhythmically free, and spiritually involving - encourages subtle and differentiated responses from his creative partners. Joe describes their interaction as “magical”.

"Lovano can render a memorable musical phrase into a poem, and his selfless cohorts are equally attuned to the vitality of restraint."
Steve Futterman, New Yorker

"Perhaps the most impressive thing about ‘Garden Of Expression’ is the emotional range these three pull from this music. From the spare, prayerful asceticism of ‘Zen Like’, to the sprightly post-bop interplay of ‘Dream On That’ and the epic sweep of the title tune, Trio Tapestry suggests a universe of possibilities within its deeply spacious sound."
J.D. Considine, Downbeat

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Joe Lovano Trio Tapestry
Garden of Expression

ECM 2685
180g LP

Joe Lovano: saxophones
Marilyn Crispell: piano
Carmen Castaldi: drums


Shai Maestro's new album Human, where his outgoing, highly-communicative band with fellow Israeli Ofri Nemheya on drums and Peruvian bassist Jorge Roeder becomes a quartet with the inspired addition of US trumpeter Philip Dizack is taking the music forward while also respecting its sense of tradition. Shai’s expansive pianism is well-matched by Dizack’s alert, quick-thinking approach to improvising.

“The density and virtuosity contrasts with moments of profound space, as on the title track, a chorale that ebbs and flows with poignancy.” - Gary Fukushima, Downbeat

"Altogether a rich and powerful delight, played with remarkable empathy and subtlety by a well-matched band of the top musicians of their generation. One to play often, and discover more and more, and yearn to see such a band live again!" - Chris K, Bebop Spoken Here
 
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Shai Maestro - Human

ECM 2688
180g LP

Shai Maestro: piano
Jorge Roeder: double bass
Ofri Nehemya: drums
Philip Dizack: trumpet


With Uma Elmo, his fifth album as a leader for ECM, Danish guitarist Jakob Bro presents a new trio featuring Norwegian trumpeter Arve Henriksen and Spanish drummer Jorge Rossy.

"This album is an antithesis to fidget culture. It resets listening, and exhumes a quiet concentration that’s so often neglected." - Debra Richards, Jazzwise

"Bro making fascinating use of loops, Henriksen producing his most lyrical flights, and Rossy proving himself to be a master colourist in this largely tempo-free music. Highly recommended, then." - Richard Williams, The Blue Moment

"What is fascinating is how much this record continues to offer new perspectives even after multiple listens. A Nordic beauty that is nevertheless bound neither to place nor time." - vinyl-fan.de
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On 21/02/2021 at 11:18 PM, mrbuzzardstubble said:

Eberhard Weber - The Following Morning.

 

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Love this Lp! 

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New release #1

Vijay Iyer presents a powerful new trio, in which he is joined by two key figures in creative music, Tyshawn Sorey and Linda May Han Oh.  “We have an energy together that is very distinct. It has a different kind of propulsion, a different impulse and a different spectrum of colours”. Repertoire on UnEasy, recorded at Oktaven Audio Studio in Mount Vernon, New York in December 2019, includes Iyer originals written over a span of 20 years, plus Gerri Allen’s “Drummer’s Song” and a radical recasting of Cole Porter’s “Night and Day.”

Double gatefold album released May 28. CD available now.

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New release #2.

Wolf Rune, a solo album, casts a new light on the highly personal idiom of Sinikka Langeland, kantele player and folk singer from Finnskogen, Norway’s “Finnish forest”.  Sinikka integrates her own songs among folk hymns, shamanistic rune songs and traditional dance pieces, draws texts from multiple poetic sources, and expands the expressive range of her instruments. Few artists embody the spirit of place as comprehensively as Langeland, and her music ruminates upon the wildness of the natural world and the interrelationships of its inhabitants. Wolf Rune, recorded in December 2019 in Oslo’s Rainbow Studio, is an absorbing addition to Sinikka’s ECM discography, which has featured critically acclaimed projects including Starflowers, The Land That Is Not, Maria’s Song, The Half-Finished Heaven and The Magical Forest.

CD only.

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New release #3.

A fresh and open music, delicate and space-conscious, is shaped as drummer Thomas Strønen and Ayumi Tanaka, previously heard in the ensemble Time Is A Blind Guide on Lucus, resurface in a new trio with clarinettist/singer/percussionist Marthe Lea. The group first came together at Oslo’s Royal Academy of Music, where for two years the players would meet each week for exploratory music making. Strønen: “We always played freely- drifting between elements of contemporary classical music, folk music, jazz, whatever we were inspired by. Sometimes the music was very quiet and minimalistic: playing together generated some special experiences.” The spontaneous spirit of the music is reflected in the trio’s debut recording, which was made at the Lugano radio studio and produced by Manfred Eicher. With the exception of the title piece, based on a traditional Norwegian tune, the music on Bayou was collectively created in the moment.

CD available now. Vinyl released May 28.

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21 hours ago, mrbuzzardstubble said:

New release #3.

A fresh and open music, delicate and space-conscious, is shaped as drummer Thomas Strønen and Ayumi Tanaka, previously heard in the ensemble Time Is A Blind Guide on Lucus, resurface in a new trio with clarinettist/singer/percussionist Marthe Lea. The group first came together at Oslo’s Royal Academy of Music, where for two years the players would meet each week for exploratory music making. Strønen: “We always played freely- drifting between elements of contemporary classical music, folk music, jazz, whatever we were inspired by. Sometimes the music was very quiet and minimalistic: playing together generated some special experiences.” The spontaneous spirit of the music is reflected in the trio’s debut recording, which was made at the Lugano radio studio and produced by Manfred Eicher. With the exception of the title piece, based on a traditional Norwegian tune, the music on Bayou was collectively created in the moment.

CD available now. Vinyl released May 28.

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Somebody has been VERY busy... ?

 

How have you found the three?  (which obviously leads to the follow on question "should I also procure these?", the answer to which will be inferred from Martin's initial responses) 

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6 hours ago, Dilettanteque said:

Somebody has been VERY busy... ?

 

How have you found the three?  (which obviously leads to the follow on question "should I also procure these?", the answer to which will be inferred from Martin's initial responses) 

Hi Grant. I subscribed to the ECM newsletter, so I get regular updates. I'm also a subscriber to the ECM channel on Youtube. I haven't heard any of these, so I'm reluctant to recommend at this stage.

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17 minutes ago, mrbuzzardstubble said:

Hi Grant. I subscribed to the ECM newsletter, so I get regular updates. I'm also a subscriber to the ECM channel on Youtube. I haven't heard any of these, so I'm reluctant to recommend at this stage.

I have now subsrciebd to the ECM newsletter - and have therefore become a fellow traveller in the risk that this represents :) 

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