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Jazz - Verschenen op 19 maart 2021 | ECM

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Baring your soul can sometimes allow you to take stock. The pandemic also plays an obvious introspective role for artists cut off from their audience and the stage. With Entendre, recorded in Lugano in September 2020, Nik Bärtsch sets aside his various outfits (Ronin, Mobile) to find himself alone at the piano. Paradoxically, the Swiss musician finds great freedom in aesthetic restrictions, while seizing the opportunities to take his music to new horizons. That project developed in parallel with his group activities. For Bärtsch, key moments included celebrations of the 50th anniversary of the ECM label at Lincoln Center in New York in 2019, and his collaboration with artist and videographer Sophie Clements. Then there was his 2017 solo piano tour, which took him to Tehran, Alexandria, Cairo, Calcutta and Delhi, which sparked his reflection on the relationship between performance and ritual music in different cultures. Those elements and experiences fed into the preparatory work for Entendre…The numbered pieces entitled Modul, five of the six tracks on the album, seem more like models than fixed, definitive compositions. Bärtsch likens them to “a basic training in martial arts, which can be adapted to all sorts of situations. My way of working is to create new contexts. Each piece plays with the idea of composition, interpretation and improvisation, and is nourished by the same force, yet can create very surprising results”. That is apparent in Modul 58-12, which mixes two old compositions played in group formats, Modul 58 with Ronin on the album Awase (2018) and Modul 12 with Mobile on the album Continuum (2016). “It just developed in that direction in the studio. I didn’t plan it or expect it to open up in that way. The combination of these two pieces is maybe not a coincidence but more of an inner call”. Solo, Bärtsch doesn’t offer a classically jazz piano touch, his style rather intertwining chamber music, solo performance in the classical tradition, but also contemporary and minimalist stylings with a groove. Most interesting of all, Entendre may seem very cerebral but in fact delivers a decidedly carnal collection. It’s a long human adventure with a very narrative approach. At times lyrical, at others refined and minimalist, Entendre ultimately offers a palette as wide as life itself… © Marc Zisman/Qobuz
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Jazz - Verschenen op 25 september 2009 | ECM

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Jazz - Verschenen op 25 augustus 2017 | ECM

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Following a beautiful and quite daring duo album with trumpeter Wadada Leo Smith (A Cosmic Rhythm With Each Stroke), Vijay Iyer releases an impressively rich record. His first as a sextet, which is actually his usual trio (with Stephan Crump on bass and Tyshawn Sorey on drums), with the addition of Graham Haynes’ trumpet, and Steve Lehman and Mark Shim’s saxophones. A very modern jazz ensemble that launches into a mad and plural swerving action, drawing from both electric Miles from the end of the 60s (Iyer playing the Fender Rhodes - stunning) and European jazz, even slightly world jazz. The bar is set high, with the pianist from New York playing some ambitious compositions. By his sides, his accomplices deliver improvisations that switch between cerebral and sensual, diving head first in their leader’s themes. More than anything, this album confirms the talent of one of the most fascinating pianists of his generation. © MZ/Qobuz
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Jazz - Verschenen op 30 juni 1980 | ECM

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Jazz - Verschenen op 1 januari 1975 | ECM

Onderscheidingen The Qobuz Ideal Discography - Qobuz Referentie
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Jazz - Verschenen op 16 januari 2015 | ECM

Hi-Res Booklet Onderscheidingen 4F de Télérama - Top du mois de Jazznews - 5 Sterne Fono Forum Jazz
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Jazz - Verschenen op 13 januari 2017 | ECM

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Jazz - Verschenen op 3 november 2017 | ECM

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Django Bates will have waited until his 57th birthday to make his beginnings as a leader at ECM. The British pianist, whose discography is already quite wide (fifteen albums or so under his name, and sixty or so alongside Bill Bruford, Anouar Brahem, Sidsel Endresen, Billy Jenkins, Tim Berne, Hank Roberts or even within Loose Tubes) reactivates for the occasion his trio Belovèd with the Swedish bass player Petter Eldh and the Danish drummer Peter Bruun. Two colleagues met several years ago at the Rhythmic Music Conservatory in Copenhagen where Bates taught and with whom he has ascended with originality the mountain called Charlie Parker. Released in 2010, Beloved Bird was the beautiful singular fruit born of this union, followed, two years later, by Confirmation. With a beautiful and free reinterpretation of Passport, Parker is less omnipresent on The Study Of Touch, recorded at the Rainbow Studio in Oslo in June 2016 and produced by Manfred Eicher. What hasn’t changed, however, is Django Bates’ singular point of view on the art of the piano/bass/drums trio. The Brit manages to provide a great freedom of tone while maintaining a true sturdiness of the links that bind him and his two accomplices. Reconciling avant-garde and fluidity with such virtuosity is a new proof of the talent of a musician whose aura could easily be much greater… © CM/Qobuz
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Jazz - Verschenen op 28 februari 2014 | ECM

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Jazz - Verschenen op 1 maart 1973 | ECM

Hi-Res Booklet Onderscheidingen The Qobuz Ideal Discography - Indispensable JAZZ NEWS
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Jazz - Verschenen op 4 september 2009 | ECM

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Jazz - Verschenen op 3 februari 2017 | ECM

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Jazz - Verschenen op 11 maart 2016 | ECM

Hi-Res Booklet Onderscheidingen Pitchfork: Best New Music - Indispensable JAZZ NEWS - 5 Sterne Fono Forum Jazz
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Jazz - Verschenen op 28 maart 2014 | ECM

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Jazz - Verschenen op 29 januari 2021 | ECM

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What if Trio Tapestry was one of the most crucial outfits in all of Joe Lovano's long career? A year after a first album for ECM, the Cleveland saxophonist has reunited with his two accomplices, pianist Marilyn Crispell and drummer Carmen Castaldi, for an even more moving recording. Upon the release of the first, Lovano had described this Trio as "a melodic, harmonic, rhythmic musical tapestry throughout, sustaining moods and atmospheres.” Trio Tapestry, above all, had all the hallmarks of a spirited piece of jazz. With this Garden of Expression, spirituality and calm once again underline each improvisation. Lovano, who writes all the compositions, is never a lider maximo but one third of a tightly-welded unit. A unique voice driven by a desire for purity. In what is unspoken, in the notes that are left unplayed, Crispell displays astounding precision. The depth of the playing of this unfairly underestimated pianist has rarely reached such a level. In terms of restraint too, Lovano blows a light wind of saving serenity in these turbulent times (the album is dedicated to the victims of Covid): a breeze that does good and is felt as a welcome pause for recollection. Wonderful. © Marc Zisman/Qobuz
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Jazz - Verschenen op 31 augustus 2018 | ECM

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Fifteen years on from Changing Places, his first album for the label ECM, Tord Gustavsen is once again offering up an album performed with a trio, which seems to be the line-up most in keeping with his jarrettian tendencies. With his trusty drummer Jarle Vespestad and Sigurd Hole on double bass (replacing Harald Johnsen who passed away in 2011), the Oslo pianist mixes original compositions with Norwegian folk standards and even pieces by Bach. He ties together these apparently disparate themes with lyricism, and with a groove that's all his own. What makes The Other Side even more thrilling is the perfect unison between the players. © Clotilde Maréchal/Qobuz
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Jazz - Verschenen op 27 januari 2012 | ECM

Hi-Res Booklet Onderscheidingen The Qobuz Ideal Discography - Qobuz Referentie - Hi-Res Audio - Stereophile: Recording of the Month
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Jazz - Verschenen op 4 september 2015 | ECM

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Jazz - Verschenen op 28 september 2018 | ECM

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Following four albums that have helped established him on the contemporary jazz scene, Shai Maestro is taking a major step by combining with the ECM label. Still in a trio with his double bass accomplice Jorge Roeder and drummer Ofri Nehemya (who replaces regular Ziv Ravitz), the Israeli pianist is once again going down the path of sublime multi-layered narratives. The melodies are taken from jazz as well as Eastern traditional music, and even Western classical music. Whether he feels introspective (on Israeli Matti Caspi’s My Second Childhood) or overtly provocative (surprising interpretation of the classic These Foolish Things), he has kept his soft touch and refined musical language. Ever since 2012, when he released the first album with him as the frontman, his profoundly personal aesthetic has continued to impress. He possesses a strong narrative force and stays well wired into the times, like on the final composition What Else Needs To Happen?, in which Shai Maestro very subtly inserts the voice of Barack Obama giving a speech about gun control. © Marc Zisman/Qobuz
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Jazz - Verschenen op 1 februari 1982 | ECM

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