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Jakob Bro - Gefion (2015) {ECM 2381}

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Jakob Bro - Gefion (2015) {ECM 2381}

Jakob Bro - Gefion (2015) {ECM 2381}
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Genre: Jazz, Avant-Garde Jazz

Gefion, named for the Norse goddess associated with ploughing, prophecy and premonition, is the ECM leader debut of Danish guitarist Jakob Bro. Bro first recorded for ECM with Paul Motian on Garden of Eden in 2004, followed by Tomasz Stanko’s Dark Eyes album of 2009. The guitarist’s feeling for melody, sound-colour and atmosphere served him well in those contexts, as it does here in the realization of his own free floating ballads and drifting, spacious-yet-focused pieces.

Wolfert Brederode - Currents (2007) {ECM 2004}

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Wolfert Brederode - Currents (2007) {ECM 2004}

Wolfert Brederode - Currents (2007) {ECM 2004}
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Genre: Jazz

The gentle pulsations of the piano of Wolfert Brederode have played a significant role on “April” and “Compass”, ECM recordings of singer Susanne Abbuehl. Now the Dutch pianist (born 1974, in Wassenaar near Den Haag) steps forward to lead a group of gifted players – clarinettist Claudio Puntin and drummer Samuel Rohrer from Switzerland, and Norwegian bassist Mats Eilertsen – all of whom commit their improvisational energies to the lyric flow of his music, its chamber music sensibility, and the slow-drifting currents of its river of sound. “Currents”, recorded at Oslo’s Rainbow Studio, is Brederode’s ECM leader debut.

Susanne Abbuehl - Compass (2006) {ECM 1906}

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Susanne Abbuehl - Compass (2006) {ECM 1906}

Susanne Abbuehl - Compass (2006) {ECM 1906}
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Genre: Vocal Jazz, Avant-Garde Jazz, Folk Songs

Susanne Abbuehl startled listeners in 2001 with her debut release, April, in which she took on the poems of e.e. cummings, and created lyrics for a Carla Bley composition. A studied and original vocalist – she worked with Jeanne Lee – she is also a solid composer. Her aesthetic and restrained approach lend themselves easily to Manfred Eicher's production M.O. On Compass, Abbuehl and her band, which features the wonderful clarinetist Christoph May, dig deep into the words of James Joyce, William Carlos Williams, and the music of Sun Ra and Chick Corea. The project is once more refined and mannered yet utterly ambitious beginning with her original composition "Bathyal."

Susanne Abbuehl - The Gift (2013) {ECM 2322}

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Susanne Abbuehl - The Gift (2013) {ECM 2322}

Susanne Abbuehl - The Gift (2013) {ECM 2322}
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Genre: Jazz

Singer Susanne Abbuehl has a unique approach to setting verse, getting inside the texts, exploring their inner melodies and rhythms, setting them free to float and sway. The approach is beautifully realized on “The Gift”, recorded in the South of France in the summer of 2012. Poetry embraced on this occasion includes words by Emily Dickinson, Emily Bronté, Sara Teasdale, Wallace Stevens, and Susanne’s own lyrics. In the seven years that have elapsed since the release of “Compass”, Abbuehl’s band has been reorganized. Wolfert Brederode remains an important, central presence. New to the ensemble are Matthieu Michel, a highly intuitive musical partner since 2009, whose flugelhorn is a wonderful second voice here, and Olavi Louhivouri, whose sensitive drumming was previously heard on Tomasz Stanko’s “Dark Eyes”.

Keller Quartett, Alexei Lubimov - Alfred Schnittke, Dmitri Shostakovich: Lento (2003)

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Keller Quartett, Alexei Lubimov - Alfred Schnittke, Dmitri Shostakovich: Lento (2003)

Keller Quartett, Alexei Lubimov - Alfred Schnittke, Dmitri Shostakovich: Lento (2003)
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Genre: Classical | Label: ECM | # ECM New Series 1755, 461 815-2 | Time: 01:05:00

Schnittke's Piano Quintet, a creative response to his mother's death, is an austere, haunting work full of grief and tenderness that marks one of his early ventures into polystylistic writing. The opening piano solo is unique, a spare statement of puzzlement in the face of tragedy. It gives way to a waltz, as if recapturing a lost past, then the graceful dance melody literally disintegrates as the strings venture off into other regions, vainly trying to reassemble the theme and failing. At the end of its touching five movements the music's despair is transformed into serene, hard-won acceptance. Shostakovitch's 15th Quartet, his final statement in that form, premiered just months before his death. It's six slow movements are shot through with contemplative sadness and regret. The music is so rich in texture and substance that attention never flags.

Kiev Chamber Choir, Mykola Hobdych - Valentin Silvestrov: Sacred Songs (2012)

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Kiev Chamber Choir, Mykola Hobdych - Valentin Silvestrov: Sacred Songs (2012)

Valentin Silvestrov - Sacred Songs (2012)
Kiev Chamber Choir; Mykola Hobdych, conductor

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Classical, Contemporary, Choral | Label: ECM | # ECM New Series 2279, 476 4990

The Book of Genesis tells us that in the beginning was the Word and that the Word was sound. But what if it was music? What if God, in contemplating the creation of Creation, sang being into being? If so, it might have sounded something like the Sacred Songs of Valentin Silvestrov. In this seventh ECM album devoted to the Ukrainian composer’s music, we thusly encounter a sense of space unique to the Russian liturgy: the more the voices unify in movement, the more they lift from one another like temporary tattoos, leaving behind mirror images that wash away with baptism into infinite oneness with the Holy Spirit. Sin as sun. Firmament as fundament.

Ensemble Belcanto, Dietburg Spohr - Hildegard von Bingen: Ordo Virtutum (2013)

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Ensemble Belcanto, Dietburg Spohr - Hildegard von Bingen: Ordo Virtutum (2013)

Ensemble Belcanto, Dietburg Spohr - Hildegard von Bingen: Ordo Virtutum (2013)
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Classical, Medieval, Contemporary, Choral | Label: ECM | # ECM New Series 2219, 476 4633

This is the second New Series album to feature the Stuttgart-based Ensemble Belcanto. Where its 2001 predecessor focused on contemporary composition by Wolfgang Rihm and others (Come un'ombra di luna), this disc looks at Hildegard of Bingen's Ordo Virtutum, written around 1150 and generally considered the first large-scale musical work beyond the prescribed form of the Mass liturgy. This is sacred music reflecting Medieval thought, as music and morality play are intertwined. In her creative interpretation, Belcanto leader Dietburg Spohr waives claims to 'objective' historical literalness. Instead, she and her fellow singers encounter the work as if it were written specifically for the Ensemble Belcanto: "We sought to free Hildegard from mystical-esoteric associations and to emphasize the work of an emancipated woman and composer." They have been performing the music of Hildegard von Bingen since the early 1990s, and view her compositions as a joyously experimental bridge between the Middle Ages and contemporary music.

Jack DeJohnette - Oneness (1997) {ECM 1637}

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Jack DeJohnette - Oneness (1997) {ECM 1637}

Jack DeJohnette - Oneness (1997) {ECM 1637}
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Genre: Jazz, Post-Bop

Jack DeJohnette has played with almost all the architects of modern jazz history, from the members of the AACM to Coltrane, Miles, Rollins, Ornette Coleman and Bill Evans and is, of course, currently a member of the world's most celebrated piano trio, Keith Jarrett's "Standards" band. For a quarter-century the drummer has also been a bandleader in his own right. Oneness joins a line of distinguished groups that includes New Directions and Special Edition and is perhaps Jack's most all-embracing unit to date: its members share the leader's utopian vision of a multi-directional music that includes, but is not limited to, jazz. The heart of the band is the uncanny rhythmic alliance between DeJohnette and Don Alias, first tested on Miles's innovative On The Corner and revitalized on the road with Herbie Hancock's The New Standard project.

Wadada Leo Smith - Kulture Jazz (1993) {ECM 1507}

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Wadada Leo Smith - Kulture Jazz (1993) {ECM 1507}

Wadada Leo Smith - Kulture Jazz (1993) {ECM 1507}
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Genre: Avant-Garde Jazz

The ECM folks do much better by Wadada Leo Smith than ever before with this solo recording, a true masterwork of its kind and one of the purest, most enlightening demonstrations of the connected natures of folk, blues, jazz, and creative music. That Smith is the man to do this is certainly no surprise; he laid it all down in print years before this release in his self-published books and liner notes. But the way he does it, with so much grace and style (and with the excellent production by Steve Lake), really results in a totally polished statement. It is a deep and rich recording, with Smith playing in a manner that incorporates both versatility and the genius of simplicity, sometimes all in one note. Not just for fans of "out" music, this is one to pull out when you are trying to get friends to go beyond their Phish records.

John Abercrombie - November (1993) {ECM Japan 1502}

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John Abercrombie - November (1993) {ECM Japan 1502}

John Abercrombie - November (1993) {ECM Japan 1502}
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Genre: Fusion, Post-Bop

This 1993 recording of John Abercrombie's trio with a guest appearance by British saxophone giant and composer John Surman is, without question, a trademark ECM session. There's the spacious, pristine, icy production by label boss Manfred Eicher from his studio in Oslo. Next, all the players are ECM staples with the exception of Erskine, who plays everything from pop jazz to classical music. But there are many things that distinguish it as well. For one, Surman is playing here with a fire not heard since the early '70s. Whether he is blowing a baritone or soprano saxophone or his bass clarinet, he's cutting loose. There are long, looping lines that quote everyone from John Carter to Jim Pepper to Eric Dolphy and Ben Webster. His willingness to seek out the heart of dissonance inspires his bandmates, particularly on "The Cat's Back."

John Abercrombie / Marc Johnson / Peter Erskine - Abercrombie / Johnson / Erskine (1989) {ECM 1390}

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John Abercrombie / Marc Johnson / Peter Erskine - Abercrombie / Johnson / Erskine (1989) {ECM 1390}

John Abercrombie / Marc Johnson / Peter Erskine - Abercrombie / Johnson / Erskine (1989) {ECM 1390}
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Genre: Fusion, Post-Bop

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 improvisational support from bass and drums.

John Abercrombie - Wait Till You See Her (2009) {ECM 2102}

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John Abercrombie - Wait Till You See Her (2009) {ECM 2102}

John Abercrombie - Wait Till You See Her (2009) {ECM 2102}
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Genre: Jazz, Fusion, Post-Bop

John Abercrombie's longstanding partnership with Mark Feldman has yielded several albums of exquisite music, and Wait Till You See Her is no different. The mood is naturally restrained, contemplative, and introspective as you would expect, while there's a common thread of healthy respect that keeps the quartet in the softer mezzo piano range. With acoustic bassist Thomas Morgan and the irrepressible drummer Joey Baron, the electric guitarist and violinist weave their way through one standard and seven originals from Abercrombie that comes straight from the heart.

Kenny Wheeler - Songs For Quintet (2015) {ECM 2388}

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Kenny Wheeler - Songs For Quintet (2015) {ECM 2388}

Kenny Wheeler - Songs For Quintet (2015) {ECM 2388}
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Genre: Avant-Garde Jazz, Post-Bop

Songs for Quintet, Kenny Wheeler’s final recording, features compositions of relatively recent vintage, plus a fresh approach to “Old Time” – which the Azimuth trio used to play – and “Nonetheless”, a piece introduced on Angel Song. The album was recorded at London’s Abbey Road Studios with four of Kenny’s favourite players. Stan Sulzmann, John Parricelli, Chris Laurence and Martin France work together marvellously as an interactive unit, solo persuasively, and provide support for the tender and lyrical flugelhorn of the bandleader.

David Darling - Cycles (1982) {ECM 1219}

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David Darling - Cycles (1982) {ECM 1219}

David Darling - Cycles (1982) {ECM 1219}
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Genre: Fusion, Ethnic Fusion

Cellist David Darling, best known at the time for his long stint with Paul Winter's Consort, mostly performs spacy ballads on this ECM release. Teamed up in different combinations (three unaccompanied solos, a duet, two trios and a quintet number) with Collin Walcott (who doubles on sitar and tabla), pianist Steve Kuhn, Jan Garbarek (on tenor and soprano), acoustic guitarist Oscar Castro-Neves and bassist Arild Andersen, Darling and his sidemen give the music a wide variety of sounds. However, the sleepy mood is very much in the stereotypical ECM mold, making this set mostly of interest for selected tastes.

Marilyn Crispell / Gary Peacock / Paul Motian - Amaryllis (2001) {ECM 1742}

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Marilyn Crispell / Gary Peacock / Paul Motian - Amaryllis (2001) {ECM 1742}

Marilyn Crispell / Gary Peacock / Paul Motian - Amaryllis (2001) {ECM 1742}
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Genre: Jazz

The gathering of this trio in February of 2000 guaranteed little except that they had demonstrated ably – on Nothing Ever Was Anyway: The Music of Annette Peacock – the ability to play together almost symbiotically. This follow-up attempts to extend the trio's reach across Peacock's music and into the terrain of the trio as an entity in and of itself. That said, not all the pieces here are new; in fact, some of them are decades old – Marilyn Crispell's "Rounds" is from 1981, Gary Peacock's "Voices of the Past" and "December Greenwings" are both from the early '80s, and Paul Motian's "Conception Vessel/Circle Dance" is from the early '70s. The trio brings to these vintage pieces not only new eyes, but the freshness of this relationship and the willingness to reinvent them.