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CD ECM Records Eleni Karaindrou: Trojan Women

2002

An exquisite musical fresco in black and white. This is how we can characterise and describe Eleni Karaindrou's musical work, which has emerged out of Antonis Antypas' theatrical interpretation of Euripides' "Trojan Women". The play was presented in Epidaurus in 2001 and is still intensely moving both for Easterners and Westerners. In the production the music accompanies and assists the drama as a faithful friend and companion. Now, in the recorded version, it is the drama which assists and serves the music as a faithful friend-companion. The thirty brief musical moments from the performance which form the discographic unit, thirty vibrations of sound and rhythm, umbued with the scent of genuineness, transform the grandeur of the drama in an awesome way, resurrecting memory and igniting imagination. A timeless anti-war cry, an incessant lament: this is what Euripides' tragedy is.
George B. Monemvasitis, Echo & Artis

  • Numar discuri: 1
  • Gen muzica: Contemporana

Pret: 70          

CD ECM Records Eleni Karaindrou: Concert In Athens

2013

ECM’s Manfred Eicher acted as artistic director for this 2010 live concert, bringing in the likes of Jan Garbarek and the brillant violinist Kim Kshkashian as soloists. There are marvellous things here. Karaindrou’s style is generally understated and subtle. Colours are muted, tempi tend to be restrained. Yet the music always moves, seems to be going somewhere and has something definite to say – there’s a welcome lack of ambient, moody blandness. [...] Kashkashian’s viola solos are sublime. The most remarkable thing about this CD is the wondrous sound. It’s warm, rich and detailed. I ended up listening to this in a darkened room, endlessly replaying the four-minute Dance from Ulysses’ Gaze. So good you’ll rush out immediately and buy copies for all your cinephile friends.
Graham Rickson, Theartsdesk.com

  • Numar discuri: 1
  • Gen muzica: Contemporana

Pret: 70          

CD ECM Records Eleni Karaindrou: David

2016

The stage cantata David features Eleni Karaindrou’s music for a unique piece of Aegean drama, a verse play with words by an unknown 18th century poet from the island of Chios. Its text (first published only in 1979), invites a musical response and Greek composer Karaindrou rises splendidly to the challenge, imaginatively moving between past and present in her settings for mezzo-soprano and baritone singers, instrumental soloists, choir and orchestra. Kim Kashkashian’s evocative viola against strings may trigger associations with Karaindrou’s acclaimed writing for Ulysses’ Gaze. The music also draws inspiration from the world of baroque opera as singers Irini Karagianni and Tassis Christoyannopoulos are brought to the foreground. Karaindrou’s David is a work of changing music colours . Recorded live at the Athens Megaron, it was edited and mixed by Manfred Eicher and Nikos Espialdis for CD release.

  • Numar discuri: 1
  • Gen muzica: Contemporana

Pret: 70          

CD ECM Records Keith Jarrett / Dennis Russell Davies: Ritual

1977

Dennis Russell Davies - pian

AllMusic: "Keith Jarrett does not actually play on this LP; rather, it is Dennis Russell Davies, a classical pianist and conductor with whom Jarrett collaborates frequently, who performs this 32-minute Jarrett composition on a grand piano.

  • Numar discuri: 1
  • Gen muzica: Contemporana

Pret: 70          

CD ECM Records Ralph Alessi: Quiver

2016

Ralph Alessi - trompeta
Gary Versace - pian
Drew Gress - contrabas
Nasheet Waits - tobe

The trumpeter seems to have found an ideal venue, his penchant for the oblique statement and ventilated ensemble nicely couched in a pristine recording and a magical ensemble. Alessi’s compositions have an allusive vibe, less outright statements than skeletons on which the band drapes its sounds […] The quality of bold indirectness that makes ‘Quiver’ so exceptional is also integral to Alessi’s playing. He can squeeze a run like a lemon, juicing a melody into a little pool of liquid, or he may croon as on ‘Heist’, growing animated but never brash, always reaching for refreshing notes.
John Corbett, Downbeat

  • Numar discuri: 1
  • Gen muzica: Jazz

Pret: 70          

CD ECM Records Ralph Alessi: Baida

2013

Ralph Alessi - trompeta
Jason Moran - pian
Drew Gress - contrabas
Nasheet Waits - tobe

On these 10 pieces he sounds quietly wired and fascinated by what his partners are firing at him, while not remotely detached from his signature virtues of tonal purity and unflustered invention. All the pieces are his, from the initially free-fluttering title track with its soft trumpet doodles over slow-moving piano and percussion, through the delicately prancing ‘Chuck Barris’, to the weaving ‘Throwing Like a Girl’ with its shivery snare-drum tattoo and prodding piano lines. Moran is as attuned to his surroundings as ever, Gress and Waits keep the pressure up but not the volume, and occasionally the whole set sounds eerily like the mid-60s Miles Davis quintet reinvented as a shyly slinky, contemporary-cool-jazz tribute.
John Fordham, The Guardian

  • Numar discuri: 1
  • Gen muzica: Jazz

Pret: 70          

CD ECM Records Michael Cain: Circa

1997

Michael Cain - pian
Ralph Alessi - trompeta, flugelhorn
Peter Epstein - saxofon sopran si tenor

Pianist Michael Cain teams up with trumpeter Ralph Alessi and soprano saxophonist Peter Epstein for some unusual trio performances on this ECM CD. The 11 group originals (by Cain and/or Alessi) alternate complex written-out sections with fairly free group improvising. Epstein's soprano and Alessi's trumpet blend together almost as if they were one person playing two horns simultaneously, while Cain's rumbling keeps the music from ever getting too tonal or comfortable. Ranging from what sounds like chamber music (it is often difficult to determine when the musicians are improvising) to stretched-out long tones and heated sections, this episodic and continually intriguing music is never predictable and rewards repeated listenings. [ AllMusic ]

  • Numar discuri: 1
  • Gen muzica: Jazz

Pret: 70          

CD ECM Records Stefano Battaglia: Raccolto

2005

Stefano Battaglia - pian
Giovanni Maier - contrabas
Michele Rabbia - percutie

BBC Music Magazine - Jazz Choice

Battaglia approaches improvising as if it were an exercise in classical form and line: these are spacious, unhurried episodes where every gesture seems suspended in still, cooling air, dissonance and rhythmical daring seamlessly integrated into abstract yet curiously songful shapes. If anything, the pieces with Pifarely are darker than those with Maier: a recitative in memory of Luciano Berio reminds us forcefully of that master’s vision. Difficult, demanding and fascinating too.
Richard Cook, BBC Music Magazine

Although two CDs of essentially free jazz is essentially something for committed fans, rather than those who like it as an extra colour on the music’s palette, it has to be said that the two trios featured here offer some highly focused playing throughout. At their best there’s little to choose between them.
Ray Comiskey, Irish Times

  • Numar discuri: 2
  • Gen muzica: Jazz

Pret: 105          

CD ECM Records David Virelles: Mboko

2013

David Virelles - pian
Thomas Morgan - contrabas
Robert Hurst - contrabas
Marcus Gilmore - tobe
Roman Diaz Biankoméko, voce

On his ECM debut, ‘Mbókó- Sacred Music For Piano, Two Basses, Drum Set And Biankoméko Abakuá’, the wildly original New York-based Cuban pianist David Virelles deploys folkloric sacred music from his homeland in a dynamic conversation with percussionist Román Díaz, fueled by improvisation. […] The participation of kit drummer Marcus Gilmore and double bassists Thomas Morgan and Robert Hurst is intricately woven into the music’s fabric, but the heart of the music pulses within the interactions of Virelles and Díaz. […] Boundaries between jazz, classical and Afro-Cuban music seem irrelevant for Virelles, and he has noted an embrace of the art’s social function, whether sacred or profane.
Peter Margasak, DownBeat (4 ½ stars)

  • Numar discuri: 1
  • Gen muzica: Jazz

Pret: 70          

CD ECM Records David Virelles: Gnosis

2017

He uses ‘Gnosis’ to refer to ancient collective knowledge, and this music is about the intersection of cultures—contemporary improvisational language and Cuban sources, especially the sacred Abakuá percussion ensemble. There are over a dozen instrumentalists and vocalists employed, but they are mostly broken up into various small ensembles: the concert premiere was billed as ‘futuristic Afro-Cuban chamber music.’ […] Sections with the full ensemble (often with Allison Loggins-Hull's flute in the lead) such as ‘Tierra’ and ‘Visiones Sonoras’ alternate with more vocal selections, another feature for Morgan's bass with percussion (‘Nuná’), and solo piano. In fact Virelles closes out the set on piano with two unaccompanied tracks (‘De Cuando Era Chiquita’ and ‘De Coral’). Yet the entire program maintains a consistent tone, simultaneously ancient and contemporary: a ritual for the modern world.
Mark Sullivan, All About Jazz

In this vivid and exciting project, the Santiago-raised and New York-based pianist-composer David Virelles looks towards one melting pot from the vantage point of another. A far-reaching work with deep cultural roots, Gnosis speaks of transculturation and traditions, and of the complex tapestry of Cuba’s music – the sacred, the secular, and the ritualistic – but the work’s shapes and forms could only have been created by a gifted contemporary player thoroughly versed in the art of the improvisers. Strings, woodwinds and percussion all have their roles to play in Gnosis, viewed by Virelles as “several families functioning within one unit: this dynamic symbolizes multicultural interaction.” Virelles’ responsive piano and the vocals and percussion of Román Díaz, a profound figure in the transmission of Afro-Cuban musical history, are at the centre of the action. Gnosis was recorded at New York’s Avatar Studios in May 2016 and produced by Manfred Eicher.

  • Numar discuri: 1
  • Greutate Vinil: Normal
  • Gen muzica: Jazz

Pret: 70          

CD ECM Records Mats Eilertsen Trio: And Then Comes The Night

2019

Mats Eilertsen - contrabas
Harmen Fraanje - pian
Thomas Stronen - tobe

Norwegian bassist Mats Eilertsen has been a distinctive presence on ECM recordings by, amongst others, Tord Gustavsen, Trygve Seim, Mathias Eick, Nils Økland, Wolfert Brederode and Jakob Young and has long maintained several projects of his own, including this trio, now in its 10th year of existence. And Then Comes The Night (named after the novel by Icelandic writer Jón Kalman Stefánsson), was recorded at Lugano’s Audiotorio Stelio Molo and Eilertsen, drummer Thomas Strønen, and Dutch pianist Harmen Fraanje make full use of what Mats calls the studio’s “special character and atmosphere” and the acutely-focused interplay the room encourages. “We came in with a number of compositional sketches and the intention of seeing what could be shaped from them, with Manfred Eicher’s help, in that specific space.“ The result is an album of subtle group music, sidestepping many of the conventions of trio playing, in a recording that demands and rewards concentrated listening.

  • Numar discuri: 1
  • Gen muzica: Jazz

Pret: 70          

CD ECM Records Iro Haarla: Ante Lucem

2016

Iro Haarla - pian, harpa
Hayden Powell - trompeta
Trygve Seim - saxofoane
Uffe Krokfors - contrabas
Mika Kallio - tobe
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Norrlands Operans Symfoniorkester, dirijor Jukka Iisakkila

Ante Lucem, a powerful suite for jazz quintet and symphony orchestra by Finnish pianist/harpist/composer Iro Haarla, was premiered at the Umeå Jazz Festival in October 2012. It was recorded at the Concert Hall of NorrlandsOperan in Umeå, and the album is drawn both from the premiere concert and from sessions on the following days. Ante Lucem is comprised of four separate yet closely linked pieces which reflect in different ways, the composer says, upon the “struggle between darkness and light.” In a review of the premiere for All about Jazz, John Kelman observed that “Haarla’s writing moved from maelstrom-like turbulence to deeper melancholy … Whether it was more dramatic turns with the full orchestra or breakdowns into smaller subsets, it was an evocative and provocative performance.”

  • Numar discuri: 1
  • Gen muzica: Jazz

Pret: 70          

CD ECM Records Iro Haarla: Northbound

2005

Iro Haarla - pian, harpa
Mathias Eick - trompeta
Trygve Seim - saxofoane
Uffe Krokfors - contrabas
Jon Christensen - tobe

Further, closer listens uncover the unique beauties of Haarla’s music, which sits at that mystical point halfway between improv and composition. “Barcarole” has one of those folky tunes that seems to have been around for years, just waiting for someone to pluck it from the air. Other pieces offer the barest wisps of melody, relying on the group’s ability to generate structure spontaneously. Haarla’s approach to the piano has the weightless, displaced qualities of Paul Bley, while her harp brings a delicate romanticism to the proceedings. … Seim’s blurry, slurred soprano curls are also gorgeously expressive, and a good foil for Eick’s pure toned excursions. … Eick constructs logical, probing solos that hang in the spaces left by the rest of the group. Christensen and Krokfors … never turn up the heat too much, they generate enough momentum to coax the frontline into some gorgeous performances. Let’s hope we get to hear more from them…
Peter Marsh, BBC

  • Numar discuri: 1
  • Gen muzica: Jazz

Pret: 70          

CD ECM Records Iro Haarla: Vespers

2011

Iro Haarla - pian, harpa
Mathias Eick - trompeta
Trygve Seim - saxofoane
Uffe Krokfors - contrabas
Jon Christensen - tobe

Six years after the much-loved “Northbound” – described by All About Jazz as “lovely, articulate, river-deep music” -, a new album of emotionally-powerful ballads from outstanding composer-pianist-harpist Iro Haarla and her remarkable Finnish-Norwegian ensemble. The line-up is unchanged, likewise the commitment of the players, top-flight improvisers, every one. “Vespers” continues a tradition of music - and a scope feeling - that Iro helped establish in the Far North in her years as composer/arranger/orchestrator for Edward Vesala’s bands (and magical ECM recordings including “Lumi”, “Ode To The Death Of Jazz”, “Invisible Storm” and “Nordic Gallery”). Iro has, furthermore, composed music for the UMO Jazz Orchestra (in 2002 for Tomasz Stanko as soloist, and in 2006 for a “UMO plays Haarla” event in Helsinki and for a suite of pieces premiered in Tampere). In 2008, at the instigation of Manfred Eicher, she premiered new music for string quartet and piano and harp in Helsinki.

  • Numar discuri: 1
  • Gen muzica: Jazz

Pret: 70          

CD ECM Records Dominique Pifarely, Francois Couturier: Poros

1998

Francois Couturier - pian
Dominique Pifarely - vioara


As on the album’s cover, the duo crosshatches incidentals in a knitted bruise. Pifarély trembles with the motion of a leaf obsessed with the fear of falling. His attention to detail and the precision of his agitations are thus remarkable. Couturier’s intricate astrology calls strangely from below, goading that leaf into decomposition. Only then do we see that the forest has been there all along, tilting, spinning, blurring into a looming mask of greens and browns. Traction is hard to come by, paths invisible. Our mind becomes the score, the stand on which its pages are turned, the sound dying to be released from within it. In thinking we believe, and in believing we know. [ ecm reviews ]

  • Numar discuri: 1
  • Gen muzica: Jazz

Pret: 70          

CD ECM Records Abdullah Ibrahim: African Piano

Octombrie 1969

Abdullah Ibrahim ( aka. Dollar Brand ) - pian

AllMusic (Scott Yanow) :

"Pianist Abdullah Ibrahim was still known as "Dollar Brand" when he recorded this solo piano set for ECM; it has been reissued on CD under his original name. The continuous live performance (which is under 39 minutes) explores eight of Ibrahim's originals...Ibrahim was still in the process of finding his own sound at the time, although his improvisations (which use repetition and vamps effectively) have their interesting moments. Still, Ibrahim's later work is more significant."

  • Numar discuri: 1
  • Gen muzica: Jazz

Pret: 70          

CD ECM Records Carla Bley: The Very Big Carla Bley Band

1991

Lew Soloff - trompeta
Guy Barker - trompeta
Claude Deppa - trompeta
Steven Bernstein - trompeta
Gary Valente - trombon
Richard Edwards - trombon
Fayyaz Virji - trombon
Ashley Slater - trombon bas
Roger Jannotta - oboi, flaut, saxofon
Wolfgang Puschnig - saxofon alto, flaut
Andy Sheppard - saxofon tenor si sopran
Pete Hurt - saxofon tenor, clarinet
Pablo Calogero - saxofon bariton
Steve Swallow - bas
Karen Mantler - orga
Victor Lewis - tobe
Don Alias - percutie

Five striking Bley compositions are featured here, including two extended works, 'United States' and 'All Fall Down'. The lasting impression is one of unusual voicings, adventurous soloists, unconventional arranging touches, and dissonant shadings. 'Delightfully quirky, chaotically dynamic, delicately impressionistic, buoyantly upbeat, and brashly bold.' - Downbeat

  • Numar discuri: 1
  • Gen muzica: Jazz

Pret: 70          

CD ECM Records David Torn, Tim Berne: Sun Of Goldfinger

2019

David Torn - chitara electrica, electronice, loops
Tim Berne - saxofon alto
Ches Smith - tobe, electronice, tanbou

“This is dangerous music – at times angry, at others blissed-out and illuminating – with its thunderous rumblings… delivering not so much a wash of sound, more a tidal wave.”

  • Numar discuri: 1
  • Gen muzica: Jazz

Pret: 70          

CD ECM Records Trygve Seim: The Source And Diferent Cikadas

2002

Trygve Seim - saxofoane
Oyvind Braekke - trombon
Per Oddvar Johansen - tobe
Finn Guttormsen - contrabas
Frode Haltli - acordeon
Arve Henriksen - trompeta
Christian Wallumrod - pian
Odd Hannisdal - vioara
Henrik Hannisdal - vioara
Marek Konstantynowicz - viola
Morten Hannisdal - violoncel

As you may have guessed ..., this isn’t exactly dinner jazz, but neither is it a dry, difficult academic exercise. The writing is vibrant, witty and often beautiful. Throughout the cast of players shifts, giving each piece a distinctive character. ... But these guys can make it up as they go along just as well as they can write it down; the two free improvisations are stuffed with ideas yet marked by a restraint and a sense of space rarely found in jazz (except maybe on other ECM records). The closing „Tutti Free“ finds the whole 11 piece slowly expanding and contracting as one with a sensitivity and power that’s almost unfathomable. Beautiful.
Peter Marsh, BBC Online

  • Numar discuri: 1
  • Gen muzica: Jazz

Pret: 70          

CD ECM Records Trygve Seim: Sangam

2004

Trygve Seim - saxofoane
Oyvind Braekke - trombon
Helge Sunde - trombon
Nils Jansen - saxofon bas, contrabas clarinet
Lars Andreas Haug - tuba
Tone Reichelt - french horn
Per Oddvar Johansen - tobe
Frode Haltli - acordeon
Arve Henriksen - trompeta
Morten Hannisdal - violoncel

“Sangam”, means “coming together”, in Sanskrit, sometimes taken to signify “the meeting point of three rivers”. Interpret that literally in Trygve Seim’s case and the different rivers might symbolize the cross-referencing of jazz, contemporary composition and diverse world folk traditions in his work. On the second ECM album issued under his name, the Norwegian saxophonist draws inspiration from musical and non-musical sources both local and far-flung, bringing these influences to bear on compositions and arrangements that are uniquely personal. Seim has been heard recently with The Source, the improvising group he co-leads with Øyvind Brække and Per Oddvar Johansen (both featured here), and has guested on Christian Wallumrød’s “Sofienberg Variations”, but “Sangam” is closer in spirit to “Different Rivers”, the ECM debut that overwhelmed international critics in 2001.

  • Numar discuri: 1
  • Gen muzica: Jazz

Pret: 70          
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