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Bill Connors
Of Mist and Melting
[ ECM Touchstones / CD - released 17/May/2019 ]
A guitarist's guitarist, Bill Connors has always had the admiration of his peers. Steve Tibbetts recently praised Connors's "left-hand vibrato, his sense of space, his liquid phrasing, the way he lingers on a note" - all qualities in evidence on...
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George Adams
Sound Suggestions
[ ECM Touchstones / CD - released 18/Jan/2019 ]
George Adams made only one ECM recording, but it's a beauty, placing his powerful tenor sax at the front of a talent-packed group, with Adams, Kenny Wheeler and Heinz Sauer all contributing compositions to the programme. "The spirit of Mingus hovers...
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John Surman / Jack DeJohnette
The Amazing Adventures Of Simon Simon
[ ECM Touchstones / CD - released 17/May/2019 ]
John Surman and Jack DeJohnette first played together in 1968, but didn't make a duo album together until The Amazing Adventures of Simon Simon in 1981. Immediately recognised as a special album it won the Record of the Year Award in Jazz Forum's...
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Julian Priester / Pepo Mtoto
Love, Love
[ ECM Touchstones / CD - released 17/May/2019 ]
After leaving Herbie Hancock's Mwandishi band trombonist Julian Priester and synthesizer pioneer Dr Patrick Gleeson put together this now-legendary album in two sessions in 1973. Extending the experiments of the Hancock sextet this music can also be...
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Miroslav Vitous
Journey's End
[ ECM Touchstones / CD - released 17/May/2019 ]
This quartet was the primary context for the Czech bassist Miroslav Vitous's creativity in the late 70s and early 80s. "Like Mingus, Vitous is a real leader from the bass, and the music is all the stronger for it" - Gramophone. With three excellent...
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Stephan Micus
To The Evening Child
[ ECM Touchstones / CD - released 18/Jan/2019 ]
Stephan Micus shapes his music by taking the instruments of the world out of their cultural, historical or traditional contexts and blending them in new ways. The colours of To The Evening Child (recorded 1992) are established through instrumental...
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Terje Rypdal
Descendre
[ ECM Touchstones / CD - released 9/Oct/2020 ]
Among the pleasures of this group of Rypdal reissues is the presence throughout of drummer Jon Christensen. Terje and Jon, lifelong friends, played on dozens of albums and in many groups together. Christensen always alluded to the trio with Terje and...
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Barre Phillips
Mountainscapes
[ ECM Touchstones / CD - released 18/Jan/2019 ]
Barre Phillips's Mountainscapes brings together strongly contrasting elements, the furious high-energy playing of the Surman/Phillips/Martin trio juxtaposed with spacious impressionistic pieces originally created for Carolyn Carlson's ballet dancers....
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Chick Corea
Children's Songs
[ ECM Touchstones / CD - released 24/Oct/2008 ]
Recorded July 1983. These solo piano pieces, simple-yet-profound (comparisons have been made with Bartók's Makrokosmos), have lost none of their charm.
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Gary Burton / Chick Corea
Crystal Silence
[ ECM Touchstones / CD - released 17/May/2019 ]
The Corea/Burton duo was brought together by producer Manfred Eicher, and Crystal Silence (recorded in 1972) brought a new chamber music sensibility into jazz improvisation, distinguished by an effervescence of melody and countermelody, with...
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Chick Corea
Piano Improvisations Vol. 1
[ ECM Touchstones / CD - released 18/Jan/2019 ]
Chick Corea's first unaccompanied album initiated the solo piano idiom at ECM, and proved to be extremely influential. Alongside music created in the moment, some powerful melodies are explored here, not least that of "Sometime Ago", soon to be a...
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Dave Holland Trio
Triplicate
[ ECM Touchstones / CD - released 17/May/2019 ]
"The phenomenal strength of Dave Holland's bass pushes Steve Coleman and Jack DeJohnette into their most powerful work to date," opined the Sydney Morning Herald. "The subtlety of Coleman's inflections, the poise and complexity of his lines, are at...
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David Darling
Cello
[ ECM Touchstones / CD - released 17/May/2019 ]
The modestly titled Cello has a cover image by Jean-Luc Godard and much of the music featured here gradually made its way into the great director's films. This music paints images in the mind. Blogger Tyran Grillo wrote that "David Darling's Cello is...
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Don Cherry / Ed Blackwell
El Corazón
[ ECM Touchstones / CD - released 17/May/2019 ]
"The trumpeter sketches a succession of melodies and moods around and over the rich textural detail and earthy solidity of Mr Blackwell's drumming," noted Robert Palmer in The New York Times. "The melodies come from Spain, Africa, Jamaica and the...
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Eberhard Weber
The Following Morning
[ ECM Touchstones / CD - released 18/Jan/2019 ]
The interaction of Eberhard Weber's highly distinctive bass and Rainer Brüninghaus' lyrical piano is at the heart of a number of popular ECM recordings, starting with Weber's Colours of Chloë, and extending through the discographies of the Colours...
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Edward Vesala
Lumi
[ ECM Touchstones / CD - released 17/May/2019 ]
Recipient of a rare 5-Star review from the Penguin Guide to Jazz, Lumi is one of the key items in the discography of Finnish drummer-composer Edward Vesala. It was the first of his ECM recordings to feature his Sound and Fury ensemble, with creative...
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Enrico Rava
Easy Living
[ ECM Touchstones / CD - released 17/May/2019 ]
Self-taught Trieste-born trumpeter Enrico Rava is the grand master of Italian jazz. Originally a Dixieland trombonist, he switched to trumpet in his teens after hearing Miles Davis. In 1967, he moved to New York ("where my idols were, all the people...
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Gary Burton Quartet
The New Quartet
[ ECM Touchstones / CD - released 17/May/2019 ]
Born in 1943 and raised in Indiana, Gary Burton taught himself to play the vibraphone and, at the age of 17, made his recording debut in Nashville, Tennessee, with guitarists Hank Garland and Chet Atkins. Two years later, Burton left his studies at...
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Gary Peacock
Guamba
[ ECM Touchstones / CD - released 17/May/2019 ]
Gary Peacock's recordings of the 1980s are production projects on which great players convened to play the bassist's tunes. And the bass is fully a lead voice here, with title piece Guamba a Peacock solo to open the proceedings. As Paul Bley once...
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John Abercrombie / Marc Johnson / Peter Erskine
John Abercrombie / Marc Johnson / Peter Erskine
[ ECM Touchstones / CD - released 17/May/2019 ]
Recorded live at Boston's Nightstage club in 1988 this album found John Abercrombie both pushing sonic boundaries on guitar synthesizer and, on regular jazz guitar, deepening his relationship to the world of standards. In this trio he had exceptional...