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Subaqueous Silence

Ayumi Tanaka Trio

Jazz - Released October 29, 2021 | ECM

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Often forgotten in the rush to celebrate rhythm and melody is one of music's most powerful ingredients: complete and utter silence. Few artists today have made quiet a part of their art in more profound ways than Japanese pianist Ayumi Tanaka. The lack of any sound whatsoever, a huge empty space in which the preceding notes can linger and resonate, has become a chief ingredient in her avant and edgy form of improvised free jazz. On Subaqueous Silence, her musical vision is supported by drummer and percussionist Per Oddvar Johansen whose intricately placed exclamations with shakers and sifting, smoky brushwork is masterful and intriguing. His presence is joined by bassist Christian Meaas Svendsen who plucks and strums with an equal ear for Tanaka's dedication to a hushed method and ultimately, some measure of musical tranquility. In this her debut as a leader, she uses long pauses in a composition like "Ruins" to great advantage, allowing a note or chord to trail off into complete silence before moving on. Unlike a lot of jazz which tends to overvalue frenetic action and reaction, Tanaka's minimalist art, spare and full of open space, can embrace a bleak edge. As peaceful as the title track is, the uncertainness and eerie sound of Svendsen playing arco bass with a bow in "Towards the Sea" gives it the feel of a ghost story getting scarier. Svendsen's use of a bow adds an odd element that sometimes sounds like a human voice while at other moments taking on more of the timbre and attack of a woodwind in "Black Rain," which grows more insistent as it continues. Capturing all the richness of her deliberate art, the album was recorded in June 2019 at the Nasjonal Jazzscene Victoria in Oslo, Norway by engineers Daniel Wold and Ingar Hunskaar, and produced—as all ECM records are—by Manfred Eicher. Capturing silence has always been a potent yet overlooked part of Eicher's distinct aesthetic. An active presence on the Norwegian jazz scene, Tanaka plays in a three pianos ensemble, an open form improvising trio, and has also played with the ensemble Nakama. As her most intimate statement, Subaqueous Silence, is by its very title, a statement of Tanaka's belief that music is a fragile, mystical gift, one that demands much from the listener, and is only revealed by careful listening to every note and every empty space, rather than music as background or a gaggle of instrumental voices playing at once. Rarely has silence carried this much meaning. © Robert Baird/Qobuz
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Edizione Speciale

Enrico Rava

Jazz - Released October 8, 2021 | ECM

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Coda – Orchestra Suites

Michael Mantler

Jazz - Released July 16, 2021 | ECM

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Folly Suite

Michael Mantler

Jazz - Released June 18, 2021 | ECM

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Budapest Concert

Keith Jarrett

Jazz - Released October 30, 2020 | ECM

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On the 21st October, 2020, nine days before the release of Budapest Concert, Keith Jarrett revealed to the New York Times that he had fallen victim to two strokes in February and May of 2018. These unfortunately left him partially paralysed. "The most I'm expected to recover in my left hand is possibly the ability to hold a cup in it" lamented the 75-year-old pianist, who will likely never be able to perform again. In his vast discography there are many live recordings. For Jarrett, the concert recordings hold just as much value as those done in the studio, if not more...  On the 3rd July, 2016, the American was alone onstage in the Bela Bartok concert hall in Budapest. As is often the case for Jarrett, the material he plays here has no title and is instead divided into parts, here numbered from 1 to 12, just like on his Munich 2016 album which was released in November 2019 and recorded on the 16th of July 2016, a few days after his Budapest performance. For a Bartók fanatic like Jarrett, who on his mother's side is himself a great-grandson of Hungarian emigrants, this performance has a special flavour to it. Unsurprisingly, Jarrett's improvisational prowess is on show here, as well as his ability to make his piano swing like his elders and improvise in rhythmically and harmonically complex phrases with ease. A tsunami of notes (the middle of Part III draws from his 1977 Survivors' Suite) precedes a blues theme that has been reworked from scratch. A folkloric standard replaces an overtly classical construction. And so on and so forth. The parts don’t really communicate with each other but Keith Jarret’s ever fascinating style keeps the listener engaged with his sporadic stylistic decisions. As in Munich, this fusion creation closes with the standards It’s a Lonesome Old Town, popularised by Sinatra, and Answer Me, popularised by Nat King Cole. This is his way of reminding us where his heritage lies, even if it has been audaciously turned upside down here... An astounding new journey from Jarrett. © Marc Zisman/Qobuz
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Answer Me

Keith Jarrett

Jazz - Released May 8, 2020 | ECM

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Keith Jarrett 75 - A Sequence by Manfred Eicher

Keith Jarrett

Jazz - Released May 8, 2020 | ECM

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To mark the 75th birthday of Keith Jarrett, his long-time partner has compiled an album of five tracks available exclusively on Qobuz. This close friend of the American pianist happens to be Manfred Eicher, producer and founder of ECM, Keith Jarrett’s label for almost 50 years. On the 10th of November 1971, Jarrett was alone at his piano and Eicher was behind the console cutting the pianist’s first record with ECM: Facing You. “I don’t even know anymore how many records we have made together”, the German producer told Qobuz some years ago. “But looking at this collection retrospectively, it was quite an amazing achievement. The continuity! Everything down to continuity! This is where you can create new things and develop them.” With dynamic group performances and solo improvisations of great depth, this Sequence by Keith Jarrett curated especially for Qobuz by Manfred Eicher, unveils the extraordinary creativity of the great pianist in a variety of musical contexts. Choosing from such an extensive discography couldn’t have been easy and Keith Jarrett 75 offers tracks in solo, duet, trio and quartet… The record opens with Never Let Me Go recorded in January 1983 with bass player Gary Peacock and drummer Jack DeJohnette, an extract from Standards, Vol.2. The song represents the beginnings of a great trio which never ceased to reinvent itself, endlessly referring back to the great pages of jazz history… This intense flurry of improvisation is followed by Creation, Part VII, recorded in the Auditorium Parco della Musica in Rome on the 11th of July 2014, taken from the album Creation; a long string of chords which evoke Jarrett’s ties to the classical repertoire… Next up, a spot of retro on the third title, Personal Mountains, recorded on the 16th of April 1979 in Tokyo with saxophonist Jan Garbarek, bass player Palle Danielsson and drummer Jon Christensen, and taken from the album Sleeper released only in July 2012. The track is packed with lyricism and fury and reminds us of how these Scandinavian sidemen allow the American to develop an original discourse. On No Moon at All recorded in 2007 bass player Charlie Haden and released three years later on the album Jasmine, we are met with a magic and moving reunion after thirty years of separation as they jump at each-other’s throats. The combination of these egos produces an ethereal and sublime interaction…. To finish off this celebration, Manfred Eicher returns to the Jarrett/Peacock/DeJohnette trio with Flying, Part 1, an extract from the album Changes. While it was recorded during the sessions for the albums Standards, Vol.1 and Vol. 2 in January 1983, this recording displays a very Jarrett sense of improvisation and demonstrates his interactions with rhythm sections to which he leaves a large degree of freedom. A magical finale for a musician whose universe seems infinite. © Marc Zisman/Qobuz
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Roma

Enrico Rava

Jazz - Released September 6, 2019 | ECM

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Rather than a straight blowing session, this is a relaxed, panoramic meeting of two veteran jazz players conversing in the wise evening of their careers. Although he has appeared on previous ECM recordings from Paul Motian, John Abercrombie and Steve Kuhn, Joe Lovano—a post-bop traditionalist who has grown more adventurous—appears here on only his second ECM date as co-leader, marking the occasion by playing both the tenor saxophone and the tárogató, a Hungarian single-reed woodwind that looks like a large clarinet but with a more saxophone-like resonance. His bluesy original "Fort Worth," which subtly nods towards that Texas city's famous jazz duo of Dewey Redman and Ornette Coleman, is where he and Rava begin to mesh, their playing intertwining, the tempos and emotions heightened in both the solos and duet passages. Enrico Rava, once a free player who continues to show the influence of Dizzy Gillespie, is heard here only on flugelhorn with its distinct mournful tone. He tentatively leads the slow blossoming opening track, a slow, meditative reading of his own composition, "Interiors." Produced by Manfred Eicher and recorded live Rome at the Auditorium Parco della Musica, this quintet recording also features budding superstar pianist Giovanni Guidi, bassist Dezron Douglas and drummer Gerald Cleaver. The set comes to a thrilling conclusion on the remarkable, nearly 19-minute give-and-take suite of Lovano's "Drum Song," John Coltrane's "Spiritual" and the immortal "Over the Rainbow," where the interplay of intellects (and Guidi's lustrous playing) make this long overdue meeting between preeminent instrumental jazz voices worth the wait. © Robert Baird / Qobuz
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Lost River

Michele Rabbia

Jazz - Released June 14, 2019 | ECM

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ECM is used to going off-piste, and that’s exactly what they do here with Lost River. The project is led by drummer Michele Rabbia and guitarist Eivind Aarset, who have previously performed together as a duo. Rabbia has also collaborated with trombonist Gianluca Petrella, but this album is a first for the trio. As the brain behind the German label, it was Manfred Eicher’s idea to bring the three together. Composed largely from improvised sound textures, their music has the feel of an atmospheric symphony that’s speckled with electronic sounds. Like a distant relative to the renowned record Khmer - the album that Nils Petter Molvӕr released on ECM in 1998 - Lost Rivers plays on sensations, shapes and space. Everything is weightless - but never too fleeting - in this superb meditative jazz. © Max Dembo/Qobuz
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La Fenice

Keith Jarrett

Jazz - Released October 19, 2018 | ECM

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Keith Jarrett’s solo discography is a bottomless pit that he’s been digging out since the end of the ‘60s, with about 25 albums and counting. It’s an ever-changing collection, much like the career of this pianist from Allentown. In 2002, after some serious health problems, Jarrett got back up on stage alone in Japan. Four years later, on 19th July 2006, he’s still alone, this time on the stage of the prestigious Teatro La Fenice, THE great Venetian Mecca for opera. Unlike his past concerts, which consisted of long improvisations of thirty or even forty minutes, he now focuses his performances around shorter pieces that are often linked to each other. Such is the case for this album recorded at La Fenice. Jarrett immediately throws himself body and soul into an ocean of notes, one of his 17-minute improvisations, amazing in its technique and to which only he holds the secret. The atonality collides with highly melodic sequences, jazz and classical music irrigating each of his ideas. Hold on tight or you’ll fall out your saddle! The level of musicality and the originality of his phrasing leaves you constantly fascinated by his unparalleled playing. It’s a language that speaks to everyone, both expert and beginner. And even when he goes off the beaten track to cover My Wild Irish Rose, Blossom and Stella By Starlight, his music is quite irresistible. © Marc Zisman/Qobuz
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Live

Marcin Wasilewski Trio

Jazz - Released September 14, 2018 | ECM

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In-House Science

Arild Andersen

Jazz - Released March 16, 2018 | ECM

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Nightfall

Quercus

Jazz - Released April 28, 2017 | ECM

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Ante Lucem - For Symphony Orchestra And Jazz Quintet

Iro Haarla Quintet

Jazz - Released August 26, 2016 | ECM

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Continuum

Nik Bärtsch

Jazz - Released March 18, 2016 | ECM

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Hommage à Eberhard Weber

Various Artists

Jazz - Released September 11, 2015 | ECM

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Kjølvatn

Nils Økland Band

Jazz - Released June 26, 2015 | ECM

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Creation

Keith Jarrett

Jazz - Released May 8, 2015 | ECM

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Made In Chicago - Live At The Chicago Jazz Festival

Jack DeJohnette

Jazz - Released January 16, 2015 | ECM

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Radhe Radhe - Rites Of Holi (Music For The Film By Prashant Bhargava)

Vijay Iyer

Bandes originales de films - Released November 7, 2014 | ECM

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