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Jazz - To be released April 12, 2019 | ECM

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Jazz - To be released March 22, 2019 | ECM

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Jazz - To be released March 22, 2019 | ECM

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Free Jazz & Avant-Garde - Released March 15, 2019 | ECM

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Jazz - Released March 15, 2019 | ECM

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Free Jazz & Avant-Garde - Released March 15, 2019 | ECM

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Jazz - Released March 15, 2019 | ECM

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Jazz - Released March 1, 2019 | ECM

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Jazz - Released March 1, 2019 | ECM

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Jazz - Released March 1, 2019 | ECM

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Jazz - Released March 1, 2019 | ECM

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Jazz - Released February 15, 2019 | ECM

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Solo double bass albums are few and far between. Those who have dared to venture into the barren territories are mostly adventurous jazzmen: Barre Phillips, Joëlle Léandre, Malachi Favors, Alan Silva, William Parker, Dave Holland, Michael Formanek, Miroslav Vitous, Ron Carter, Eberhard Weber, Henri Texier, Renaud Garcia-Fons, Jonas Hellborg and so on. The American musician Larry Grenadier has played with famous names such as Paul Motian or Pat Metheny, though most will know him for his work from the 25 years that he spent in Brad Mehldau’s Trio. Recorded at Avatar Studios in New York and produced by Manfred Eicher from ECM, The Gleaners is the result of introspection. "The process for making this record began with a look inward, an excavation into the core elements of who I am as a bass player", writes Grenadier in the cover notes. "It was a search for a center of sound and timbre, for the threads of harmony and rhythm that formulate the crux of a musical identity." He adds that it was originally Eicher’s idea, being a trained bassist himself. "Few people truly know how to treat the double bass sonically in the studio, but Manfred concentrates on bringing out its special qualities. In making The Gleaners, he was important in the editing and the mix, really helping me to shape the album." Larry Grenadier uses several techniques and tunings here to make the record come alive and offers up a vast sound palette. With seven original compositions (including one, Pettiford, which is dedicated to the double bassist Oscar Pettiford, his childhood idol), a cover of Gershwin's My Man's Gone Now and a medley of John Coltrane's Compassion and Paul Motian's The Owl of Cranston, The Gleaners displays a rather wide array of emotions and is beautifully unique. © Marc Zisman/Qobuz
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Jazz - Released February 15, 2019 | ECM

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Solo double bass albums are few and far between. Those who have dared to venture into the barren territories are mostly adventurous jazzmen: Barre Phillips, Joëlle Léandre, Malachi Favors, Alan Silva, William Parker, Dave Holland, Michael Formanek, Miroslav Vitous, Ron Carter, Eberhard Weber, Henri Texier, Renaud Garcia-Fons, Jonas Hellborg and so on. The American musician Larry Grenadier has played with famous names such as Paul Motian or Pat Metheny, though most will know him for his work from the 25 years that he spent in Brad Mehldau’s Trio. Recorded at Avatar Studios in New York and produced by Manfred Eicher from ECM, The Gleaners is the result of introspection. "The process for making this record began with a look inward, an excavation into the core elements of who I am as a bass player", writes Grenadier in the cover notes. "It was a search for a center of sound and timbre, for the threads of harmony and rhythm that formulate the crux of a musical identity." He adds that it was originally Eicher’s idea, being a trained bassist himself. "Few people truly know how to treat the double bass sonically in the studio, but Manfred concentrates on bringing out its special qualities. In making The Gleaners, he was important in the editing and the mix, really helping me to shape the album." Larry Grenadier uses several techniques and tunings here to make the record come alive and offers up a vast sound palette. With seven original compositions (including one, Pettiford, which is dedicated to the double bassist Oscar Pettiford, his childhood idol), a cover of Gershwin's My Man's Gone Now and a medley of John Coltrane's Compassion and Paul Motian's The Owl of Cranston, The Gleaners displays a rather wide array of emotions and is beautifully unique. © Marc Zisman/Qobuz
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Jazz - Released February 15, 2019 | ECM

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Jazz - Released February 1, 2019 | ECM

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His double bass has often featured on albums by artists such as Tord Gustavsen, Trygve Seim, Mathias Eick and Jakob Young. But Mats Eilertsen has always kept some time free for his own projects. With Harmen Fraanje on piano and Thomas Strønen on drums, the Norwegian double bass player has once again unveiled his understated poetry on this superb record And Then Comes The Night, the third album by the ten-year-old trio. Following Sails Set (2013), which was released on the brilliant label Hubro, this record was recorded in Lugano in May 2018 and reveals a group who are at the height of their complicity. Fans of producer Manfred Eicher will find all the ingredients of ECM works here, especially since the group come from Scandinavia, but the trio still manage to add a fresh twist to the recipe. And Then Comes The Night is not just your umpteenth album in the dense ECM catalogue. Eilertsen and his accomplices give pride of place to their improvisations. And by sticking relatively closely to the melodic framework, they achieve a tone and a sound of their own. © Marc Zisman/Qobuz
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Jazz - Released February 1, 2019 | ECM

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Ralph Alessi’s ‘imaginary friends’ are very much real. They’re called Ravi Coltrane, Andy Milne, Drew Gress and Mark Ferber. And the world that they create together is drenched with pastel shades. The musical colours that this quintet paints on Imaginary Friends blend into each other perfectly, spreading out over the huge melodic canvas. On closer inspection, the details of these nine pieces are dense and complex, yet Ralph Alessi makes the whole thing ever so fluid... Upon joining the ECM label, the New York-based Californian asserted himself as a brilliant group leader with the album Baida in 2013 followed by Quiver three years later. Influenced by (but never imitating) the inescapable artists Miles Davis and Kenny Wheeler, Alessi has always unfurled elegant phrases that are as lyrical as they are refined. Manfred Eicher, who produced this record, ensures that the group allows for space. Alessi sounds much more mature here and his complicity with Ravi Coltrane is the cherry on top. © Marc Zisman/Qobuz
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Jazz - Released February 1, 2019 | ECM

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His double bass has often featured on albums by artists such as Tord Gustavsen, Trygve Seim, Mathias Eick and Jakob Young. But Mats Eilertsen has always kept some time free for his own projects. With Harmen Fraanje on piano and Thomas Strønen on drums, the Norwegian double bass player has once again unveiled his understated poetry on this superb record And Then Comes The Night, the third album by the ten-year-old trio. Following Sails Set (2013), which was released on the brilliant label Hubro, this record was recorded in Lugano in May 2018 and reveals a group who are at the height of their complicity. Fans of producer Manfred Eicher will find all the ingredients of ECM works here, especially since the group come from Scandinavia, but the trio still manage to add a fresh twist to the recipe. And Then Comes The Night is not just your umpteenth album in the dense ECM catalogue. Eilertsen and his accomplices give pride of place to their improvisations. And by sticking relatively closely to the melodic framework, they achieve a tone and a sound of their own. © Marc Zisman/Qobuz
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Jazz - Released February 1, 2019 | ECM

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