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CD ECM Records Stefano Battaglia Trio: Songways

2013

Stefano Battaglia - pian
Salvatore Maiore - contrabas
Roberto Dani - tobe

Italian pianist Stefano Battaglia and his trio develop directions established on their acclaimed 2011 release “The River of Anyder” with a new selection of chants, hymns and dances, all written by Battaglia and inspired by descriptions of visionary places from art and literature – from Alfred Kubin, Jonathan Swift or Charles Fourier to Italo Calvino. “Songways” finds “a new harmonic balance between archaic modal pre-tonal chant and dances, pure tonal songs and hymns and abstract texture,” Battgalia says, “thus documenting the natural development of the Trio life, with a larger space for action from the drums”.

  • Numar discuri: 1
  • Gen muzica: Jazz

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CD ECM Records Stefano Battaglia Trio: In The Morning - Music Of Alec Wilder

2015

Stefano Battaglia - pian
Salvatore Maiore - contrabas
Roberto Dani - tobe

Piano trios are becoming something of a speciality within the Italian jazz fraternity and now reaching the venerable age of fifty, leader and pianist Stefano Battaglia demonstrates why he is one of the leading exponents in both his country and on the European continent with this live recording from the Teatro Vittoria in Turin in April 2014. […] Battaglia is very much his own man and devotes the album to an exploration of one of the major, yet lesser known composers of what has become known as the great American songbook in Alec Wilder […] once again an ECM recording of distinction with impeccable sound as ever. [ Tim Stenhouse, UK Vibe ]

  • Numar discuri: 1
  • Gen muzica: Jazz

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CD ECM Records Stefano Battaglia: Pelagos

2017

Stefano Battaglia - pian


Without exception, he approaches each piece reverentially, coaxing out its harmonies with classical precision. His is an undemonstrative style of playing, with rarely any flourish or excess but with considerable hypnotic allure, and in places, great beauty. [ Simon Adams, Jazz Journal ]

  • Numar discuri: 2
  • Gen muzica: Jazz

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CD ECM Records Harrison Birtwistle: Chamber Music

2014

Amy Freston - soprana
Roderick Williams - bariton
Lisa Batiashvili - vioara
Adrian Brendel - violoncel
Till Fellner - pian

Whatever the medium and the accretions of tradition you might expect a composer of Birtwistle’s independence of mind to react against - in composing a piano trio, for example – he finds something fresh to say and an accommodation for his intensely personal vision of the world. […] Roderick Williams is very fine in ‘Bogenstrich’ and the three instrumentalists, quite closely recorded, are in a class any composer would die for.
Stephen Plaistow, Gramophone

  • Numar discuri: 1
  • Gen muzica: Contemporana

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CD ECM Records Till Fellner - Beethoven, Liszt: In Concert

2018

Till Fellner - pian

Franz Liszt - Années de pèlerinage, Première année - Suisse
Ludwig van Beethoven - Sonata No. 32 in c minor op. 111

Speaking to the New York Times in 2007, Alfred Brendel said of fellow pianist Till Fellner: “It has impressed me how ambitiously he has developed his repertory, being equally at home in solo and concerto repertoire, chamber music and lieder… I heard him do the best live performance of Liszt’s Années de pèlerinage”. Fellner’s insightful playing of the Premiere année from that collection of suites, underlines the contention, vividly conveying Franz Liszt’s literal and imaginative journeys.

  • Numar discuri: 1
  • Gen muzica: Clasica

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CD ECM Records Andrew Cyrille, Wadada Leo Smith, Bill Frisell: Lebroba

2018

Andrew Cyrille - tobe
Wadada Leo Smith - trompeta
Bill Frisell - chitara electrica

Andrew Cyrille’s title Lebroba is a contraction of Leland, Brooklyn and Baltimore, birthplaces of the protagonists of an album bringing together three of creative music’s independent thinkers.

A generous leader, Cyrille gives plenty of room to his cohorts, and all three musicians bring in compositions, with “Turiya”, Wadada’s elegant dedication to Alice Coltrane, unfurling slowly over its 17-minute duration. In his own pieces, including the title track and the closing “Pretty Beauty”, Cyrille rarely puts the focus on the drums, preferring to play melodically and interactively, sensitive to pitch and to space. There are references to West African music and the blues as well as the history of jazz drumming, but Cyrille’s priority today is an elliptical style in which meter is implied rather than stated.

  • Numar discuri: 1
  • Gen muzica: Jazz

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CD ECM Records Ben Monder, Pete Rende, Andrew Cyrille, Paul Motian: Amorphae

2016

Ben Monder - chitara electrica
Pete Rende - sintetizator
Andrew Cyrille - tobe
Paul Motian - tobe

Ben Monder may be the most listened to jazz guitarist at the moment, thanks to his being on David Bowie’s swansong, ‘Blackstar’. […] It’s clear here why Monder’s playing appealed to Bowie: he uses his electric guitar to create otherworldly, sometimes disturbing, soundscapes, some of which even have sci-fi titles such as ‘Gamma Crucis’ and ‘Triffids’. What melody there is serves as a basis for free improvisation, heavy on the reverb. It has the intensity of hard rock, yet the mood is ponderous, abstract and hazy. [ Chris Pearson, The Times ]

  • Numar discuri: 1
  • Gen muzica: Jazz

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CD ECM Records Steve Swallow Quintet: Into The Woodwork

2012

Steve Swallow - bas
Chris Cheek - saxofon tenor
Steve Cardenas - chitara
Carla Bley - orga
Jorge Rossy - tobe



In the press sheet for Steve Swallow's Into the Woodwork, the award-winning electric bassist is quoted, saying: "Good humor before and after the red light goes on is very important. Music-making should be fun, after all." [...]

Into the Woodwork may lack the visuals, but it's clear that this quintet is having just as much fun, and is comfortable enough together to allow anything to happen—albeit within the structures of Swallow's writing. Other than life/music partner Carla Bley—focusing solely on organ and begging the question why she doesn't do so more often—this is a new constellation under the Swallow marquee, but guitarist Steve Cardenas and saxophonist Chris Cheek have intersected before, both with each other and with Swallow and Bley, in Paul Motian's Electric Bebop Band and Charlie Haden's Liberation Music Orchestra, respectively. [ AllAboutJazz ]

  • Numar discuri: 1
  • Gen muzica: Jazz

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CD ECM Records Steve Swallow: Always Pack Your Uniform On Top

2000

Steve Swallow - bas
Barry Ries - trompeta
Chris Potter - saxofon tenor
Mick Goodrick - chitara
Adam Nussbaum - tobe


The evidence indicates that Steve Swallow is a travelin’ man: this release was recorded on the road at Ronnie Scott’s venerable club in Soho. To call him a journeyman bassist would fall far short of his due: His is an irrepressible musical personality that suffuses any piece he touches. He has cultivated a unique sound, finding character in the bass guitar that few players can even imagine. [ JazzTimes ]

  • Numar discuri: 1
  • Gen muzica: Jazz

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CD ECM Records Steve Swallow: Damaged In Transit

2002

Steve Swallow - bas
Chris Potter - saxofon tenor
Adam Nussbaum - tobe

In November 2002, the Steve Swallow Trio, also known as Damaged In Transit, blazed its way across Europe in a three-week tour that reached peak performances at its climax in France. It is from these French dates that "Damaged In Transit", the album, is drawn. The stripped-down sax/bass/drums line-up gives all players room to move, and the context makes a particularly impressive showcase for Chris Potter, whose solos are supercharged by the interaction of bassist Swallow and drummer Adam Nussbaum.

  • Numar discuri: 1
  • Gen muzica: Jazz

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CD ECM Records Steve Swallow: Real Book

1994

Steve Swallow - bas
Tom Harrell - trompeta, flugelhorn
Joe Lovano - saxofon tenor
Mulgrew Miller - pian
Jack DeJohnette - tobe


If Steve Swallow is known primarily as an ace session bassist, it's not because his compositions are less than top-notch. This program finds him showing off his considerable writing chops with the help of an all-star group: trumpeter Tom Harrell, saxophonist Joe Lovano, pianist Mulgrew Miller and drummer Jack DeJohnette. His focus on the upper registers and the polyester tone of his five-string bass guitar will continue to annoy those who prefer to hear the bass played dark, low and woody, but there's no denying the consistent inventiveness of his playing or the charm of these compositions. [ AllMusic ]

  • Numar discuri: 1
  • Gen muzica: Jazz

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CD ECM Records Jazz Composer's Orchestra

1968

Cecil Taylor, Carla Bley - pian
Don Cherry - cornet
Roswell Rudd, Jimmy Knepper - trombon
Pharoah Sanders, Gato Barbieri, Lew Tabackin, George Barrow - saxofon tenor
Larry Coryell - chitara electrica
Steve Lacy, Al Gibbons, Steve Marcus - saxofon sopran
Gene Hull, Frank Wess, Bob Donovan, Jimmy Lyons - saxofon alto
Charles Davis - saxofon bariton
Lloyd Michels, Randy Brecker, Stephen Furtado - flugelhorn
Bob Northern, Julius Watkins - french horn
Jack Jeffers - trombon bas
Howard Johnson - tuba
Kent Carter, Ron Carter, Richard Davis, Eddie Gomez, Bob Cunningham, Charlie Haden, Steve Swallow, Reggie Johnson, Alan Silva, Reggie Workman - contrabas
Andrew Cyrille, Beaver Harris - tobe
Michael Mantler - dirijor

German-born composer/trumpeter Michael Mantler and his then-wife Carla Bley were instrumental in developing within jazz the idea of self-sufficiency and independence from established record companies. Their creation of the Jazz Composer's Orchestra, with recordings released on their own label, was the culmination of this endeavor, and the first recording was one of the masterpieces of creative music in the '60s. Mantler had come from the European avant-classical tradition and sought to provide an orchestral framework supporting some of the most advanced musicians in avant-garde jazz -- and he succeeded magnificently. His style tends toward the brooding and darkly romantic with harsh, cynical edges, a perfect foil for the robust, shackle-breaking improvisations found herein. [ AllMusic ]

  • Numar discuri: 1
  • Gen muzica: Jazz

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CD ECM Records Dave Holland Quartet: Conference Of The Birds

1972

Dave Holland - contrabas
Sam Rivers - instrumente de suflat cu ancie, flaut
Anthony Braxton - instrumente de suflat cu ancie, flaut
Barry Altschul - percutie, marimba

An album of driving, progressive jazz it is also of historical significance as the only occasion when Sam Rivers and Anthony Braxton, two of the music’s most strikingly original saxophonists, recorded together. Inside Dave’s compositions they could meet – if briefly - and share ideas.

This summit meeting received raves from the press. “If you’ve found the new music lacking in swing, cohesion and variety, get to this album,” insisted Down Beat in a five star review. “It’s Holland’s date but each man contributes equally. The six Holland tunes offer great improvisational frameworks, and his bass playing, both arco and pizzicato, couldn’t be better… Don’t miss this one.”

  • Numar discuri: 1
  • Gen muzica: Jazz

Pret: 70          

CD ECM Records Chick Corea, Dave Holland, Barry Altschul: ARC

1971

Chick Corea - pian
Dave Holland - contrabas
Barry Altschul - percutie

This LP features pianist Chick Corea, bassist Dave Holland and drummer Barry Altschul during the brief period that, along with Anthony Braxton, they were members of the fine avant-garde quartet Circle. The music heard on this set is not quite as free as Circle's but often very explorative. Four of the six songs are Corea originals which, in addition to Holland's "Vedana" and Wayne Shorter's "Nefertiti," form a very viable set of adventurous jazz, recorded just a few months before Corea changed direction [ AllMusic ]

  • Numar discuri: 1
  • Gen muzica: Jazz

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CD ECM Records Kenny Wheeler, Lee Konitz, Dave Holland, Bill Frisell: Angel Song

1997

Kenny Wheeler - trompeta, Flugelhorn
Lee Konitz - saxofon alto
Dave Holland - contrabas
Bill Frisell - chitara electrica

Angel Song represents the uniting of four exceptional improvisors with unique artistic identities. This beautiful recording features the legendary Kenny Wheeler, Lee Konitz, Dave Holland and Bill Frisell coming together for the very first time. This unique drummerless quartet performs a program of all Kenny Wheeler compositions and has the undefinable hallmarks of a classics.

  • Numar discuri: 1
  • Gen muzica: Jazz

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CD ECM Records Kenny Wheeler: Music For Large And Small Ensembles

1990

Kenny Wheeler Flugelhorn, trompeta
John Abercrombie - chitara
John Taylor - pian
Dave Holland - contrabas
Peter Erskine - tobe
Norma Winstone - voce
Derek Watkins - trompeta
Henry Lowther - trompeta
Alan Downey - trompeta
Ian Hamer - trompeta
Dave Horler - trombon
Chris Pyne - trombon
Paul Rutherford - trombon
Hugh Fraser - trombon
Ray Warleigh- saxofon alto
Duncan Lamont - saxofon tenor
Evan Parker - saxofon sopran si tenor
Stan Sulzmann - saxofon tenor, flaut
Julian Arguelles - saxofon bariton



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.
[ AllMusic ]

  • Numar discuri: 2
  • Gen muzica: Jazz

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CD ECM Records Kenny Wheeler Quintet: The Widow In The Window

1990

Kenny Wheeler - Flugelhorn, trompete
John Abercrombie - chitara
John Taylor - pian
Dave Holland - contrabas
Peter Erskine - tobe

Trumpeter Kenny Wheeler and his sidemen on this quintet CD (guitarist John Abercrombie, pianist John Taylor, bassist Dave Holland and drummer Peter Erskine) had all worked together previously in different settings. Their familiarity with each other's playing came in handy for the frequently intuitive session which consists of explorations of six of Wheeler's complex but often-melodic originals (including "The Widow in the Window," "Hotel Le Hot" and the lengthy "Ana"). Kenny Wheeler's music occupies its own unique area between post bop and free jazz and virtually all of his recordings are recommended to adventurous listeners, including this one. [ AllMusic ]

  • Numar discuri: 1
  • Gen muzica: Jazz

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CD ECM Records Jack DeJohnette: In Movement

2016

Jack DeJohnette: tobe, pian, percutie electronica
Ravi Coltrane: saxofoane
Matthew Garrison: bas electric, electronice

"There is something of the "six degrees of separation" theory at work in this newly formed trio, led loosely, by the great Jack DeJohnette. The drummer/multi-instrumentalist works in the company of saxophonist Ravi Coltrane whose lineage is well known, and bassist/electronic artist Matthew Garrison whose father Jimmy Garrison was the bassist in John Coltrane's classic quartet. And, of course, DeJohnette, early in his career, played with the fathers of both of his trio mates. [ AllAboutJazz ]

  • Numar discuri: 1
  • Gen muzica: Jazz

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CD ECM Records Avishai Cohen: Cross My Palm With Silver

2017

Avishai Cohen - trompeta
Yonathan Avishai - pian
Barak Mori - contrabas
Nasheet Waits - tobe

If trumpeter Avishai Cohen's ECM debut, Into The Silence was a work of deeply personal content, Cross My Palm With Silver plays out with the same emotional impact, but on a global stage. Cohen composed the five pieces on this album in his native Israel, while contemplating the impact of political division on the human psyche. His hope is that the music contributes to a healing process. [ AllAboutJazz ]

  • Numar discuri: 1
  • Gen muzica: Jazz

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CD ECM Records Keith Jarrett, Charlie Haden, Paul Motian: Hamburg '72

Iunie 1972

Keith Jarrett - pian
Charlie Haden - contrabas
Paul Motian - tobe

By the time German radio captured this live set at NDR Funkhaus in 1972, Keith Jarrett had been playing with Charlie Haden and Paul Motian for six years. Their first recording together was on 1967's Life Between the Exit Signs, followed by El Juicio with Dewey Redman (from which two of the pieces here are drawn), and Mourning of a Star, both from 1971

  • Numar discuri: 1
  • Gen muzica: Jazz

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