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Invisible Threads

John Surman, Nelson Ayres, Rob Waring

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Like every great instrument blower, John Surman has a sound you’ll recognize from the first breath. A sound which is as much fed by the culture of his British motherland (local folklore is one of the components of his music) as by the culture from other countries. The saxophonist and clarinetist has crossed paths with pianist Nelson Ayres—well-known by the fans of Brazilian jazz for his work with Airto Moreira and Milton Nascimento—during a tour in South America. And it’s in Oslo that he met the American vibraphonist Rob Waring, an expat in Scandinavia… With Invisible Threads, the three men gathered to perform a programme mostly composed of Surman’s original pieces, recorded in Oslo in July 2017, under the artistic supervision of Mr. ECM, Manfred Eicher. This program is like an ode to melodies that transcend dialects. Once again, John Surman unfolds very singular and beautiful narrations, parcels of internal joys that are almost melancholic, at the heart of which the improvisations are drunk like divine elixirs. This jazz is of course different. And as the saxophonist has been a resident at ECM for decades, he’s also one of the components of the sound of the label from Munich, now more than ever. © MD/Qobuz

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1
At First Sight
00:02:33

Nelson Ayres, Piano - John Surman, Composer, Bass Clarinet, Soprano Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone - Rob Waring, Vibraphone, Marimba - Manfred Eicher, Producer - Jan Erik Kongshaug, Mixer, Recording Engineer - Manuscript (PRS/ MCPS/ PAMRA), MusicPublisher

℗ 2018 ECM Records GmbH, under exclusive license to Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

2
Autumn Nocturne
00:06:52

Nelson Ayres, Piano - John Surman, Composer, Bass Clarinet, Soprano Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone - Rob Waring, Vibraphone, Marimba - Manfred Eicher, Producer - Jan Erik Kongshaug, Mixer, Recording Engineer - Manuscript (PRS/ MCPS/ PAMRA), MusicPublisher

℗ 2018 ECM Records GmbH, under exclusive license to Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

3
Within The Clouds
00:04:48

Nelson Ayres, Piano - John Surman, Composer, Bass Clarinet, Soprano Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone - Rob Waring, Vibraphone, Marimba - Manfred Eicher, Producer - Jan Erik Kongshaug, Mixer, Recording Engineer - Manuscript (PRS/ MCPS/ PAMRA), MusicPublisher

℗ 2018 ECM Records GmbH, under exclusive license to Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

4
Byndweed
00:05:11

Nelson Ayres, Piano - John Surman, Composer, Bass Clarinet, Soprano Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone - Rob Waring, Vibraphone, Marimba - Manfred Eicher, Producer - Jan Erik Kongshaug, Mixer, Recording Engineer - Manuscript (PRS/ MCPS/ PAMRA), MusicPublisher

℗ 2018 ECM Records GmbH, under exclusive license to Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

5
On Still Waters
00:04:45

Nelson Ayres, Piano - John Surman, Composer, Bass Clarinet, Soprano Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone - Rob Waring, Vibraphone, Marimba - Manfred Eicher, Producer - Jan Erik Kongshaug, Mixer, Recording Engineer - Manuscript (PRS/ MCPS/ PAMRA), MusicPublisher

℗ 2018 ECM Records GmbH, under exclusive license to Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

6
Another Reflection
00:01:33

Nelson Ayres, Piano - John Surman, Composer, Bass Clarinet, Soprano Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone - Rob Waring, Vibraphone, Marimba - Manfred Eicher, Producer - Jan Erik Kongshaug, Mixer, Recording Engineer - Manuscript (PRS/ MCPS/ PAMRA), MusicPublisher

℗ 2018 ECM Records GmbH, under exclusive license to Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

7
The Admiral
00:05:15

Nelson Ayres, Piano - John Surman, Composer, Bass Clarinet, Soprano Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone - Rob Waring, Vibraphone, Marimba - Manfred Eicher, Producer - Jan Erik Kongshaug, Mixer, Recording Engineer - Manuscript (PRS/ MCPS/ PAMRA), MusicPublisher

℗ 2018 ECM Records GmbH, under exclusive license to Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

8
Pitanga Pitomba
00:07:06

Nelson Ayres, Piano - John Surman, Composer, Bass Clarinet, Soprano Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone - Rob Waring, Vibraphone, Marimba - Manfred Eicher, Producer - Jan Erik Kongshaug, Mixer, Recording Engineer - Manuscript (PRS/ MCPS/ PAMRA), MusicPublisher

℗ 2018 ECM Records GmbH, under exclusive license to Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

9
Summer Song
00:05:22

Nelson Ayres, Piano - John Surman, Composer, Bass Clarinet, Soprano Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone - Rob Waring, Vibraphone, Marimba - Manfred Eicher, Producer - Jan Erik Kongshaug, Mixer, Recording Engineer - Manuscript (PRS/ MCPS/ PAMRA), MusicPublisher

℗ 2017 ECM Records GmbH, under exclusive license to Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

10
Concentric Circles
00:06:32

Nelson Ayres, Piano - John Surman, Composer, Bass Clarinet, Soprano Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone - Rob Waring, Vibraphone, Marimba - Manfred Eicher, Producer - Jan Erik Kongshaug, Mixer, Recording Engineer - Manuscript (PRS/ MCPS/ PAMRA), MusicPublisher

℗ 2018 ECM Records GmbH, under exclusive license to Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

11
Stoke Damerel
00:03:37

Nelson Ayres, Piano - John Surman, Composer, Bass Clarinet, Soprano Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone - Rob Waring, Vibraphone, Marimba - Manfred Eicher, Producer - Jan Erik Kongshaug, Mixer, Recording Engineer - Manuscript (PRS/ MCPS/ PAMRA), MusicPublisher

℗ 2018 ECM Records GmbH, under exclusive license to Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

12
Invisible Threads
00:05:39

Nelson Ayres, Piano - John Surman, Composer, Bass Clarinet, Soprano Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone - Rob Waring, Vibraphone, Marimba - Manfred Eicher, Producer - Jan Erik Kongshaug, Mixer, Recording Engineer - Manuscript (PRS/ MCPS/ PAMRA), MusicPublisher

℗ 2018 ECM Records GmbH, under exclusive license to Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

Album Description

Like every great instrument blower, John Surman has a sound you’ll recognize from the first breath. A sound which is as much fed by the culture of his British motherland (local folklore is one of the components of his music) as by the culture from other countries. The saxophonist and clarinetist has crossed paths with pianist Nelson Ayres—well-known by the fans of Brazilian jazz for his work with Airto Moreira and Milton Nascimento—during a tour in South America. And it’s in Oslo that he met the American vibraphonist Rob Waring, an expat in Scandinavia… With Invisible Threads, the three men gathered to perform a programme mostly composed of Surman’s original pieces, recorded in Oslo in July 2017, under the artistic supervision of Mr. ECM, Manfred Eicher. This program is like an ode to melodies that transcend dialects. Once again, John Surman unfolds very singular and beautiful narrations, parcels of internal joys that are almost melancholic, at the heart of which the improvisations are drunk like divine elixirs. This jazz is of course different. And as the saxophonist has been a resident at ECM for decades, he’s also one of the components of the sound of the label from Munich, now more than ever. © MD/Qobuz

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