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Julian Priester - Love, Love (1974) {ECM 1044}

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Julian Priester - Love, Love (1974) {ECM 1044}

Julian Priester - Love, Love (1974) {ECM 1044}
EAC 0.95b4 | FLAC tracks level 8| Cue+Log+M3U | Full Scans 300dpi | 278MB + 5% Recovery
MP3 CBR 320 Kbps | 87MB + 5% Recovery
Genre: Jazz, Fusion

Trombonist Julian Priester, after playing with many different groups, including those of Sun Ra, Lionel Hampton, Dinah Washington, Max Roach, and Duke Ellington, was a member of the Herbie Hancock Sextet during 1970-1973. Hancock's intriguing ensemble went from funk to free blowing, and in its later period was experimenting with synthesizers. On Love, Love, Priester continues in that vein. The two lengthy improvisations are mostly on one-chord repetitive rhythmic vamps stated by the bass, featuring sound explorations and plenty of electronics. Only on the last half of the second medley does Priester himself emerge a bit from the electronic sounds. One is reminded of Bitches Brew, since that is an obvious influence, but also Hancock's group and Weather Report.

Paul Motian Trio - Lost In A Dream (2010) {ECM 2128}

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Paul Motian Trio - Lost In A Dream (2010) {ECM 2128}

Paul Motian Trio - Lost In A Dream (2010) {ECM 2128}
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Genre: Jazz

Birth of a great new band, captured live at New York’s celebrated Village Vanguard, with repertoire emphasizing Paul Motian’s wonderful ballad writing. New Motian tunes are juxtaposed with “Bird Song” (from “Tati”) and “Drum Music” and “Abacus” (first heard on Paul’s now legendary album “Le Voyage”). A free exploration of Irving Berlin’s “Be Careful It’s My Heart” completes a programme distinguished by gloriously supple playing from all three participants who are in tune at a high level. Or, as the New York Times noted, reviewing the concerts from which this album was drawn: “The accumulated wisdom within the band was clear.”

Markku Ounaskari / Samuli Mikkonen / Per Jorgensen - Kuara (2010) {ECM 2116}

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Markku Ounaskari / Samuli Mikkonen / Per Jorgensen - Kuara (2010) {ECM 2116}

Markku Ounaskari / Samuli Mikkonen / Per Jorgensen - Kuara (2010) {ECM 2116}
EAC 0.99pb5 | FLAC tracks level 8 | Cue+Log+M3U | Full Scans 600dpi | 254MB + 5% Recovery
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Genre: Jazz

Finnish percussionist Markku Ounaskari made a strong impression on producer Manfred Eicher during the recording of Sinikka Langeland’s “Starflowers” album and was invited to present his own project. The inspirational genesis for Kuara would be Russian psalms and Finno-Ugrian folk songs from Finnish tribes living in Russian territories. Similar to western jazz musicians drawing inspiration from their cultural surroundings this effort embraces the simple melancholy that is their cultural starting point for improvised melody.

Julia Hulsmann Trio - The End Of A Summer (2008) [Re-Up]

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Julia Hulsmann Trio - The End Of A Summer (2008) [Re-Up]

Julia Hülsmann Trio - The End Of A Summer (2008)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 238 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 112 Mb | Scans included
Contemporary Jazz, Piano Jazz | Label: ECM | # ECM 2079, 177 3156 | 00:47:48

Since they started in the early 1970’s, ECM has been giving the world one excellent jazz piano disc after another–significant names include Keith Jarrett, Chick Corea, and Paul Bley, more recently Anat Fort, Bo Stenson, and now Julia Hulsmann. Leading a trio on her ECM debut, THE END OF SUMMER, Hulsman displays a graceful, muted, and melancholy air. In the manner of Stenson and Bley, Hulsmann expresses maximum emotion and mood using the fewest (but well-placed) notes. Unlike the aforementioned gentlemen however, Hulsmann favors almost folk-like, affable, and concise melodies. Her bassist and drummer seem subdued at times, but they’re constantly lending the tunes a sense of forward motion.

Herbert Henck: John Cage - Early Piano Music (2005) [Re-Up]

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Herbert Henck: John Cage - Early Piano Music (2005) [Re-Up]

Herbert Henck: John Cage - Early Piano Music (2005)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 188 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 184 Mb | Scans included | 01:09:20
Contemporary Classical, Minimalism | Label: ECM | # ECM New Series 1844, 476 1515

John Cage: Early Piano Music comes from Herbert Henck, an experienced hand with the work of Cage, having previously recorded Music for Piano, Music of Changes, and Sonatas and Interludes in addition to a mighty swath of first-tier twentieth-century literature for piano for various labels, most notably Wergo and ECM New Series. These are early works for standard, not prepared, piano, and some of these pieces will be as familiar to dyed-in-the-wool Cageans as "Happy Birthday." This puts the pressure on Henck to excel, and he does so spectacularly well here. The disc includes the two sets entitled Two Pieces for Piano, the piano version of The Seasons, Metamorphosis, In a Landscape, Ophelia, and the fragmentary Quest. The pieces date from 1935 to 1948, the same range covered by pianist Jeanne Kirstein in her pioneering 1967 survey of Cage's piano music for CBS Masterworks.

Alexei Lubimov, Alexander Trostiansky, Kirill Rybakov - Misterioso: Valentin Silvestrov, Arvo Part, Galina Ustvolskaya (2006)

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Alexei Lubimov, Alexander Trostiansky, Kirill Rybakov - Misterioso: Valentin Silvestrov, Arvo Part, Galina Ustvolskaya (2006)

Misterioso: Valentin Silvestrov, Arvo Pärt, Galina Ustvolskaya (2006)
Alexei Lubimov, piano; Alexander Trostiansky, violin; Kirill Rybakov, clarinet

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 245 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 199 Mb | Scans ~ 41 Mb | 01:19:54
Contemporary Classical, Chamber | Label: ECM | # ECM New Series 1959, 476 3108

The title of ECM's release of works by three composers born in the former Soviet Union perfectly captures the mood of the CD – it is truly mysterious. Although more than half a century separates the first of these pieces from the most recent, they share a sense of otherness that defies easy explanation. The pieces are not so much mysterious in the sense of being eerie (although there are several moments that might raise the hairs on the back of your neck if you were listening alone in the dark); they are unsettling because they raise more questions than they answer.

The Hilliard Ensemble, Alexei Lubimov, Stuttgart RSO, Andrey Boreyko - Arvo Part: Lamentate; Da pacem Domine (2005)

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The Hilliard Ensemble, Alexei Lubimov, Stuttgart RSO, Andrey Boreyko - Arvo Part: Lamentate; Da pacem Domine (2005)

Arvo Pärt - Lamentate; Da pacem Domine (2005)
Alexei Lubimov, piano; The Hilliard Ensemble
SWR Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Andrey Boreyko

EAC | APE | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 145 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 118 Mb | Artwork included
Classical, Contemporary | Label: ECM | # ECM New Series 1930, 476 3048 | 00:42:44

The brief opening piece for chorus on this new release, "Da Pacem Domine," is based on a 9th century Gregorian work and has the usual, familiar–and very beautiful–Pärt-ian characteristics: a soft, endless stream of easy tritones and harmonies that make this plea for peace immensely moving. The major work, Lamentate, is scored for large orchestra and solo piano–a very unusual combination for Pärt. Even his fans will be surprised. In ten brief sections, it begins with a quiet drum roll, immediately followed by horn calls. There are forte explosions for full orchestra and piano, with heavy percussion. At times the only thing we hear is a hushed piano part with strings supporting very quietly. The effect is dark yet alluring. It ends peacefully. This is another stunning CD of Pärt's music for his fans–old and new.

Evan Parker Electro-Acoustic Ensemble ‎– Toward The Margins (1997) {ECM 1612}

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Evan Parker Electro-Acoustic Ensemble ‎– Toward The Margins (1997) {ECM 1612}

Evan Parker Electro-Acoustic Ensemble ‎– Toward The Margins (1997) {ECM 1612}
EAC 0.99pb5 | FLAC tracks level 8 | Cue+Log+M3U | Scans 200dpi | 234MB + 5% Recovery
MP3 CBR 320 Kbps | 139MB + 5% Recovery
Genre: Avant-Garde Jazz, Free Improvisation

Founded in 1992, Evan Parker's Electro-Acoustic Ensemble is a highly sophisticated grouping, which for this recording conceptually pairs three acoustic musicians with electronic tone manipulators. What keeps it so interesting is the different approaches to electronics, with Walter Prati transforming Parker's sounds, Marco Vecchi reformulating Paul Lytton's percussion, and violinist Philipp Wachsmann processing his own acoustic sounds and those of bassist Barry Guy. It is all fascinating stuff, and if it does not swing or fit into any easy definitions of "jazz," it takes the concept of improvisation to a new level. There is sometimes an aimlessness to it all that can be off-putting, but concentrated listening can produce wonderful rewards for the patient consumer. Parker's role seems less that of a leader than an instigator. He does, nonetheless, afford himself the opportunity to press his revolutionary technique to action.

Marilyn Mazur & Jan Garbarek - Elixir (2008) {ECM 1962}

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Marilyn Mazur & Jan Garbarek - Elixir (2008) {ECM 1962}

Marilyn Mazur & Jan Garbarek - Elixir (2008) {ECM 1962}
EAC 0.99pb4 | FLAC tracks level 8 | Cue+Log+M3U | Full Scans 300dpi | 248MB + 5% Recovery
MP3 CBR 320 Kbps | 127MB + 5% Recovery
Genre: Jazz, Ethnic Fusion

Elixir is the first album Danish percussionist Marilyn Mazur has recorded as a leader for ECM in 14 years. It is an interesting number for Mazur, because she has also spent 14 years as a member of saxophonist Jan Garbarek's recording and touring ensembles. He appears on about half of Elixir as Mazur's only collaborator (apart from producer Manfred Eicher). That said, the solo pieces are the first remarkable aspect of this set. When Mazur works alone, her pieces defy everything we think we know about solo percussion recordings: there is a warmth and directness in these proceedings that is songlike rather than merely hypnotic or virtuosic.

Marcin Wasilewski / Slawomir Kurkiewicz / Michal Miskiewicz - Trio (2005) {ECM 1891}

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Marcin Wasilewski / Slawomir Kurkiewicz / Michal Miskiewicz - Trio (2005) {ECM 1891}

Marcin Wasilewski / Slawomir Kurkiewicz / Michal Miskiewicz - Trio (2005) {ECM 1891}
EAC 0.99pb3 | FLAC tracks level 8 | Cue+Log+M3U | Full Scans 300dpi | 298MB + 2% Recovery
MP3 CBR 320 Kbps | 147MB + 5% Recovery
Genre: Jazz, Post-Bop

These three young Poles are known to ECM listeners worldwide for their sensitive playing in the Tomasz Stanko Quartet. In their homeland, however, they are also have a strong reputation as an autonomous group. Their first international release shows why. With a wide-open repertoire that intersperses original material with interpretations of pieces by Bjork, Wayne Shorter and Szymanowski, Wasilewski, Kurkiewicz and Miskiewicz bring something new to the piano trio tradition.

Marilyn Mazur's Future Song - Small Labyrinths (1997) {ECM 1559}

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Marilyn Mazur's Future Song - Small Labyrinths (1997) {ECM 1559}

Marilyn Mazur's Future Song - Small Labyrinths (1997) {ECM 1559}
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Genre: Jazz

Marilyn Mazur is best known today as the flamboyant percussionist at the heart of the Jan Garbarek Group (Twelve Moons, Visible World), speeding around an ever burgeoning array of multi-ethnic metal, wood and clay instruments. Garbarek: "Marilyn is like the wind. An elemental force." Prior employers Gil Evans, Wayne Shorter, and Miles Davis have similarly valued her pervasive, penetrating percussion. Marilyn drew up the blueprint for Future Song - an American-Danish-Nowegian-Yugoslavian musical alliance - while working the stadiums with Miles in 1989 and the group has survived with intact personnel for eight years. Mazur says: "The music is intended to be like a living organism, expanding through specific dramatic sequences into more open structures. It represents a wide dynamic spectrum, explores many emotions."

Ricardo Villalobos / Max Loderbauer - Re: ECM (2011) [2CD's] {ECM 2211/12}

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Ricardo Villalobos / Max Loderbauer - Re: ECM (2011) [2CD's] {ECM 2211/12}

Ricardo Villalobos / Max Loderbauer - Re: ECM (2011) [2CD's] {ECM 2211/12}
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Genre: Electronic, Minimalism

Berlin-based DJs and composers Ricardo Villalobos and Max Loderbauer - two of the best-known names in contemporary electronica - share their admiration for music on ECM in a unique double-album of specially-created “sound-structures”. Their project “Re: ECM” will bring the label’s music to a new listenership. It is certain to be one of the most talked-about albums of the season. Using original ECM recordings as a starting point, Villalobos and Loderbauer create new music that bridges several worlds, including ECM’s world of space-conscious improvisation and composition and the worlds of ambient electronics and minimal techno.

Terje Rypdal / David Darling – Eos (1984) {ECM 1263}

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Terje Rypdal / David Darling – Eos (1984) {ECM 1263}

Terje Rypdal / David Darling – Eos (1984) {ECM 1263}
EAC 0.95b4 | FLAC tracks level 8 | Cue+Log+M3U | Full Scans 400dpi | 201MB + 5% Recovery
MP3 CBR 320 Kbps | 114MB + 5% Recovery
Genre: Jazz, Experimental Jazz

This is a collaboration between Rypdal (on electric guitar & synth), and David Darling (cello). If you think electric guitar & cello is an odd combination for a band, you're right! If you think it couldn't possibly work, you're wrong!! Moody and compelling, and definitely not for everyone.Worth it just for the track "Mirage", which lives up to its title sonically. The track "Laser" does the same also… a blistering solo electric guitar kills any semblance of peace and silence, and after it's over, sets up the hot-summer-day-let-me-lay-and-listen mood for the rest of the CD. All are well worth the listening effort.

Andras Schiff - Ludwig van Beethoven: Diabelli-Variationen; Piano Sonata No. 32; Sechs Bagatellen (2013) 2CDs [Re-Up]

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Andras Schiff - Ludwig van Beethoven: Diabelli-Variationen; Piano Sonata No. 32; Sechs Bagatellen (2013) 2CDs [Re-Up]

András Schiff - Ludwig van Beethoven: Diabelli-Variationen Op. 120;
Piano Sonata No. 32 Op. 111; Sechs Bagatellen Op. 126 (2013) 2CDs

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 393 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 342 Mb | Scans ~ 64 Mb
Classical | Label: ECM | # ECM New Series 2294-95, 481 0446 | Time: 02:29:32

ECM New Series is better known for its documentation of contemporary works, but the music of the past sometimes receives coverage when artists bring a new perspective to it. The Diabelli Variations, Op. 120; the Sonata No. 32 in C minor, Op. 111; and the Six Bagatelles, Op. 126, are among the most original and intellectually stimulating works Ludwig van Beethoven composed for the piano, and the sophisticated interpretations of András Schiff are especially worthwhile for their insights into authentic performance practice and reception. Here, Schiff gives the listener options between a relatively modern sounding version of the Diabelli Variations and a period interpretation, without favoring one or the other. On the first CD he plays the Sonata and the Diabelli Variations on a Bechstein piano from 1921, though with minimal pedaling and a restrained execution that allows every inner voice and subtle dynamic to be appreciated. While this piano is not as hard or bright sounding as a modern Steinway, it is familiar to modern ears and most listeners will readily accept it. On the second CD, Schiff plays the Diabelli Variations, along with the Six Bagatelles, on a smaller sounding Franz Brodmann fortepiano, an original instrument from around 1820, Beethoven's time period.

John Surman - Saltash Bells (2012) {ECM 2266}

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John Surman - Saltash Bells (2012) {ECM 2266}

John Surman - Saltash Bells (2012) {ECM 2266}
EAC 1.0b3 | FLAC tracks level 8 | Cue+Log+M3u | Full Scans 400dpi | 294MB + 5% Recovery
MP3 CBR 320 Kbps | 147MB + 5% Recovery
Genre: Jazz, Avant-Garde Jazz

John Surman is an exceptionally versatile musician and his instrumental prowess has been showcased in many contexts. Yet his solo albums may be the best sources for insights into his melodic imagination. If you want to understand the wellsprings of his creativity, the solo albums are the place to go.