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Jazz - Verschenen op 14 februari 2020 | ECM

Hi-Res Booklet Onderscheidingen Choc de Classica
A sage piano stylist audibly influenced by Basie and Monk among others, Carla Bley has over the past 60 years also become one of jazz's preeminent composers. Originally influenced by '60s jazz avant-garde, Bley, as evidenced by her latest, Life Goes On, has fashioned her own jazz ethos—what ECM's Manfred Eicher has called her "radical originality." In jazz groups of any size longevity is often impossible as the essence of the music is often dependent on the potential of new combinations of talent, and yet a large part of Bley's recent success is keyed by her working trio of bassist/life partner Steve Swallow and saxophonist Andy Sheppard, who've been together for 25 years. Based around three suites—her most preferred form of composition—the lean and spacious Life Goes On is wonderfully confident and distinct. The opening movement of the title track is sly blues before turning to two parts that explore her trademark melodic mingling of classical music discipline and free jazz adventure. It concludes with "And Then One Day," where Bley holds down the rhythm with a repeated figure, over which Sheppard plays jaunty lines that have more than a whiff of Paul Desmond's cool tone. "Beautiful Telephones," based upon the current chief executive's comment about the Oval Office's exceptional phones, begins with Bley downshifting emotionally and exploring a more somber mood with Swallow plucking out his notes and Sheppard's tenor saxophone providing an equally unsettling counterpoint. In this work's final movement, the tempos pick up and her characteristic humor comes to the fore as she wryly quotes "The Battle Hymn of the Republic," "The Star-Spangled Banner," "America the Beautiful," and other patriotic hymns in a modern echo of her '70s composition, "Spangled Banner Minor and Other Patriotic Songs." The final suite, "Copycat" explores the hallowed jazz device of call-and-response as a conversation between three supremely accomplished players, whose clairvoyant togetherness shifts between agreeable and discordant. While it's right to applaud the current rush of praise for the fresh energies that youth are bringing to music these days, the deep wisdom and impeccable craft of a pioneer like Bley deserves to be equally acclaimed. © Robert Baird / Qobuz
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Jazz - Verschenen op 30 november 2018 | Cam Jazz

Hi-Res Onderscheidingen Choc de Classica
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Jazz - Verschenen op 19 januari 2018 | ECM

Hi-Res Booklet Onderscheidingen 3F de Télérama - Choc de Classica - 5 Sterne Fono Forum Jazz
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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Jazz - Verschenen op 8 september 2017 | Universal Music Division Decca Records France

Hi-Res Booklet Onderscheidingen 4F de Télérama - Choc de Classica
One year on from Note from New York, Bill Charlap is digging into his deep-New-York identity with his brilliant Uptown Downtown. As discreet as he is refined, the pianist from the Big Apple has for years been working on transmitting and celebrating an eternal jazz. With him, you are guaranteed a flawless journey into the 1940s and 1950s. The Great American Songbook that shook the boards on Broadway and Hollywood cinema screens could find no greater ambassador. It is magic every time! Even on the most-covered standards like Sophisticated Lady that closes the album. Supported by a rhythm section worth its weight in gold (Peter Washington on the double bass and Kenny Washington on drums), Bill Charlap mixes a nectar of swing, a marvel of refinement and good taste. The heat coming off this sound is just so New York. This unique way of playing the melody. An art in itself. Art that demands humility and attention; experience and intuition. An approach that makes Charlap the heir apparent of a certain tradition of piano jazz, in which Hank Jones, Tommy Flanagan and Shirley Horn are essential figures (he knew all three), and likewise Teddy Wilson, Art Tatum, Ahmad Jamal or Sonny Clark... this is a record with mind-blowing class. © CM/Qobuz
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Jazz - Verschenen op 1 september 2017 | Fremeaux Heritage

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Jazz - Verschenen op 16 juni 2017 | Sam Records

Hi-Res Booklet Onderscheidingen Choc de Classica - Indispensable JAZZ NEWS - Jazzwise Five-star review
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Jazz - Verschenen op 26 mei 2017 | Blue Note (US1A)

Hi-Res Onderscheidingen Choc de Classica
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Jazz - Verschenen op 19 mei 2017 | Resonance Records

Hi-Res Onderscheidingen Choc de Classica - 5 Sterne Fono Forum Jazz
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Jazz - Verschenen op 21 oktober 2016 | Columbia - Legacy

Hi-Res Onderscheidingen Choc de Classica - Qobuz Referentie
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Jazz - Verschenen op 14 oktober 2016 | Universal Music Division Decca Records France

Hi-Res Booklet Onderscheidingen Choc de Classica
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Jazz - Verschenen op 26 augustus 2016 | ECM

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Vocale jazz - Verschenen op 25 september 2015 | RPM Records - Columbia

Hi-Res Onderscheidingen 4F de Télérama - Choc de Classica - Grammy Awards
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Jazz - Verschenen op 8 juni 2015 | Concord Jazz

Hi-Res Booklet Onderscheidingen Choc de Classica - 5 Sterne Fono Forum Jazz
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Jazz - Verschenen op 8 mei 2015 | ECM

Hi-Res Booklet Onderscheidingen Choc de Classica - Sélection JAZZ NEWS - 5 Sterne Fono Forum Jazz
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Jazz - Verschenen op 1 mei 2015 | Fremeaux Heritage

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Jazz - Verschenen op 28 november 2014 | ECM

Hi-Res Booklet Onderscheidingen 4F de Télérama - Choc de Classica - The Qobuz Ideal Discography - Indispensable JAZZ NEWS
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Jazz - Verschenen op 16 juni 2014 | Impulse!

Hi-Res Booklet Onderscheidingen 4F de Télérama - Choc de Classica - Sélection JAZZ NEWS
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Jazz - Verschenen op 13 juni 2014 | ECM

Hi-Res Booklet Onderscheidingen Choc de Classica - Indispensable JAZZ NEWS
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Jazz - Verschenen op 31 juli 2013 | Fremeaux Heritage

Hi-Res Onderscheidingen Choc de Classica
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Jazz - Verschenen op 24 augustus 2012 | ECM

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