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Ches Smith: The Bell *
Ches Smith: The Bell *

1 CD / ECM Records (USA) / 2016-01-15

Tracks: Bell, The; Barely Intervallic; Isn't It Over?; I'll See You on the Dark Side of the Earth; I Think; Wacken Open Air; It's Always Winter Somewhere; For Days
Artists: Ches Smith

Ches Smith's ECM leader debut, The Bell, features dynamic chamber music compositions written for masterful improvisers Craig Taborn and Mat Maneri. Smith infuses seductively narcotic...continue...
Despite appearing on more than 50 recordings since the beginning of the 21st century, drummer/percussionist Ches Smith has led only a handful of dates. His credits sprawl across the catalogs of indie ...continue...
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John Abercrombie/John Abercrombie Quartet: The  First Quartet [Box] *
John Abercrombie/John Abercrombie Quartet: The First Quartet [Box] *

3 CD / ECM Records (USA) / 2015-12-04

Tracks: Arcade; Nightlake; Paramour; Neptune; Alchemy; Blue Wolf; Rain; Stray; Madagascar; Riddles; Foolish Dog; Boat Song; M; What Are the Rules; Flashback; To Be; Veils; Pebbles
Artists: John Abercrombie/John Abercrombie Quartet

This 3-CD set, remastered from analog recordings, returns some historically-important material to the catalog, namely the albums Arcade, Abercrombie Quartet and M. This quartet was...continue...
Personnel: John Abercrombie (guitar, mandolin); Richie Beirach (piano); George Mraz (double bass); Peter Donald (drums).

Liner Note Author: John Kelman .

Recording information: Talent St...continue...
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Mette Henriette (Norwegian Saxophonist): Mette Henriette
Mette Henriette (Norwegian Saxophonist): Mette Henriette

2 CD / ECM Records (USA) / 2015-11-20

Tracks: So; .oOo.; Taboo, The; All Ears; But Careful; Beneath You; Once; We Were To; 3-4-5; Hi Dive; Void, A; Lost One, The; In Circles; I Do; O; Passé; Pearl Rafter; Veils Ever After; Unfold; Wildheart...
Artists: Mette Henriette (Norwegian Saxophonist)

The untitled ECM 2-CD debut of this young Norwegian saxophonist, composer and improviser is an arrestingly original musical statement. Her music shapes its own world,...continue...
Mette Henriette is a Norwegian composer, saxophonist, and bandleader. At 25, she is well established in Europe and the United States. She has collaborated with Tom Rainey, Tim Berne, Christian Wallumr...continue...
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Food: This Is Not a Miracle *
Food: This Is Not a Miracle *

1 CD / ECM Records (USA) / 2015-11-20

Tracks: First Sorrow; Where Dry Desert Ends; This Is Not a Miracle; Concept of Density, The; Sinking Gardens of Babylon; Death of Niger; Exposed to Frost; Earthly Carriage; Age of Innocence; Grain Mill, The;...
Artists: Food

The British/Norwegian Food duo of Iain Ballamy and Thomas Strønen are joined again by Austrian guitarist and electronics player Christian Fennesz for a new album...continue...
Personnel: Christian Fennesz (guitar, electronics); Iain Ballamy (saxophone, electronics); Thomas Stronen (Fender Rhodes piano, Moog synthesizer, drums, percussion, electronics).

Audio Mixer: T...continue...
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Thomas Stronen: Time Is a Blind Guide
Thomas Stronen: Time Is a Blind Guide

1 CD / ECM Records (USA) / 2015-10-30

Artists: Thomas Stronen
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Robert Simpson (Conductor)/Steven Schick (Percussion)/Sarah Rothenberg (Piano)/Kim Kashkashian (Viola)/Houston Chamber Cho: Rothko Chapel: Morton Feldman, Erik Satie, John Cage
Robert Simpson (Conductor)/Steven Schick (Percussion)/Sarah Rothenberg (Piano)/Kim Kashkashian (Viola)/Houston Chamber Cho: Rothko Chapel: Morton Feldman, Erik Satie, John Cage

1 CD / ECM Records (USA) / 2015-10-23

Tracks: Rothko Chapel; Gnossienne No. 4; Four2; Ogive: No. 1; ear for EAR (Antiphonies); Ogive: No. 2; Gnossienne No. 1; Five; Gnossienne No. 3; In a Landscape
Artists: Robert Simpson (Conductor)/Steven Schick (Percussion)/Sarah Rothenberg (Piano)/Kim Kashkashian (Viola)/Houston Chamber Cho

Morton Feldman described the score as his "canvas." Amongst his most important influences were abstract painters, and his spectacular piece Rothko Chapel was named for...continue...
Programmer: Sarah Rothenberg .

Audio Mixer: Judith Sherman.

Recording information: Stude Hall, Rice University, Houston, TX (02/2013); The Brown Foundation Performing Arts Theater, Asia ...continue...
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Tigran Hamasyan/Yerevan State Chamber Choir: Luys i Luso [Digipak] *
Tigran Hamasyan/Yerevan State Chamber Choir: Luys i Luso [Digipak] *

1 CD / ECM Records (USA) / 2015-10-02

Tracks: Ov Zarmanali (1); Ankanim araji Qo; Ov Zarmanali (2); Hayrapetakan Maghterg (1); Bazum en Qo gtutyunqd; Nor Tsaghik; Hayrapetakan Maghterg (2); Hayrapetakan Maghterg (3); Havoun Havoun; Voghormea ind...
Artists: Tigran Hamasyan/Yerevan State Chamber Choir

Pianist Tigran Hamasyan s ECM debut is an extraordinary exploration of Armenian sacred music. Hamasyan has selected hymns and sharakans (Armenia s liturgical songs) as...continue...
Audio Mixers: Tigran Hamasyan; Manfred Eicher; Markus Heiland.

Liner Note Authors: Tigran Hamasyan; Manfred Eicher.

Recording information: Argo Studio, Yerevan, Armenia (10/2014).
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Gary Burton (Vibes)/Jan Garbarek/Pat Metheny: Hommage to Eberhard Weber
Gary Burton (Vibes)/Jan Garbarek/Pat Metheny: Hommage to Eberhard Weber

1 CD / ECM Records (USA) / 2015-09-11

Tracks: Résumé Variations; Hommage; Touch; Maurizius; Tübingen; Notes After an Evening
Artists: Gary Burton (Vibes)/Jan Garbarek/Pat Metheny

This live CD celebrates the 75th birthday of Eberhard Weber, and centers around a commissioned 35-minute suite by Pat Metheny, with whom Weber had played...continue...
Tributee: Eberhard Weber.

Personnel: Gary Burton (vibraphone); Jan Garbarek (soprano saxophone); Pat Metheny (guitar); Klaus-Peter Schopfer (guitar); Axel Kühn (flute, alto flute, tenor sa...continue...
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Dominique Pifarély (Violin): Time Before & Time After
Dominique Pifarély (Violin): Time Before & Time After

1 CD / ECM Records (USA) / 2015-08-28

Artists: Dominique Pifarély (Violin)
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Stefano Battaglia Trio: In the Morning [Slipcase]
Stefano Battaglia Trio: In the Morning [Slipcase]

1 CD / ECM Records (USA) / 2015-08-28

Tracks: In the Morning; River Run; Moon and Sand; When I am Dead My Dearest; Lake Isle of Innisfree; Where Do You Go?; Chick Lorimer
Artists: Stefano Battaglia Trio

On his sixth album for ECM the Italian pianist and his trio reflect on the work of American composer Alec Wilder (1907 - 1980). "My...continue...
Recording information: Teatro Vittoria, Torino (04/28/2014).

Director: Stefano Zenni.

Photographer: Caterina di Perri....continue...
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Manu Katché: Touchstone for Manu [Slipcase] *
Manu Katché: Touchstone for Manu [Slipcase] *

1 CD / ECM Records (USA) / 2015-08-07

Tracks: Song for Her [From Playground]; Number One [From Neighbourhood]; Take off and Land [From Neighbourhood]; So Groovy [From Playground]; Morning Joy [From Playground]; Keep on Trippin' [From Third Round...
Artists: Manu Katché

A specially-price limited edition compilation of Manu Katché on ECM. Here the French drummer is joined in performances of his tunes by an outstanding cast...continue...
Recording information: Avatar Studios, New York (01/2007); Rainbow Studio, Oslo (01/2007); Studios La Buissonne, Pernes-Les-Fontaines (01/2007); Avatar Studios, New York (03/2012); Rainbow Studio, Osl...continue...
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Andy Sheppard Quartet/Andy Sheppard (Sax): Surrounded by Sea
Andy Sheppard Quartet/Andy Sheppard (Sax): Surrounded by Sea

1 CD / ECM Records (USA) / 2015-06-02

Tracks: Tipping Point; I Want to Vanish; Aoidh, Na Dean Cadal Idir, Pt. 1; Origin of Species; They Aren't Perfect and Neither Am I; Medication; Aoidh, Na Dean Cadal Idir, Pt. 2; Impossibility of Silence, The...
Artists: Andy Sheppard Quartet/Andy Sheppard (Sax)

Ambient drones and electronic textures provide the backdrop for the musicians to explore new compositions and open improvisations....continue...
Personnel: Andy Sheppard (soprano saxophone, tenor saxophone); Eivind Aarset (guitar); Michel Benita (double bass); Sebastian Rochford (drums).

Recording information: Auditorio Stelio Molo RSI,...continue...
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Third Reel: Many More Days
Third Reel: Many More Days

1 CD / ECM Records (USA) / 2015-06-02

Artists: Third Reel
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Elina Duni Quartet: Dallëndyshe
Elina Duni Quartet: Dallëndyshe

1 CD / ECM Records (USA) / 2015-06-02

Tracks: Fëllënza; Sytë; Ylberin; Unë Në Kodër, Ti Në Kodër; Kur Të Pashë; Delja Rude; Unë Do Të Vete; Taksirat; Nënë Moj; Bukuroshe; Ti R...
Artists: Elina Duni Quartet

A second, stunning album by the Albanian singer. Powerful, atmospheric songs rooted in her tradition but which she transforms into modern gems....continue...
Personnel: Elina Duni (vocals); Colin Vallon (piano); Patrice Moret (double bass); Norbert Pfammatter (drums).

Liner Note Author: Elina Duni .

Recording information: La Buissonne, Pernes...continue...
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Giovanni Guidi Trio/Guiovanni Guidi: This is the Day *
Giovanni Guidi Trio/Guiovanni Guidi: This is the Day *

1 CD / ECM Records (USA) / 2015-05-26

Tracks: Trilly; Carried Away; Game of Silence; Cobweb, The; Baiiia; Debate, The; Where They'd Lived; Quizas Quizas Quizas; Migration; Trilly Var.; I'm Through With Love; Night It Rained Forever, The
Artists: Giovanni Guidi Trio/Guiovanni Guidi

This trio plays jazz of uncommon originality and reflective depth. Pensive, abstract ballads shimmer with inner tension....continue...
Liner Note Author: Caterina di Perri.

Recording information: Auditorio Stelio Molo RSI, Lugano (04/2014)....continue...
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Gary Peacock/Gary Peacock Trio: Now This
Gary Peacock/Gary Peacock Trio: Now This

1 CD / ECM Records (USA) / 2015-05-26

Tracks: Gaia; Shadows; This; And Now; Esprit De Muse; Moor; Noh Blues; Christa; Vignette; Gloria's Step; Requiem
Artists: Gary Peacock/Gary Peacock Trio

His long-standing, exploratory trio play a collection of captivating pieces for their ECM debut which showcases their rhythmic, melodic and sonic chemistry....continue...
Personnel: Gary Peacock (double bass); Marc Copland (piano); Joey Baron (drums).

Recording information: Rainbow Studio, Oslo (07/2014).

Photographer: Eliott Peacock.

The release o...continue...
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Primavera en Salonico/Savina Yannatou: Songs of Thessaloniki
Primavera en Salonico/Savina Yannatou: Songs of Thessaloniki

1 CD / ECM Records (USA) / 2015-05-19

Tracks: Apolitikion Agiou Dimitriou; A La Scola Del Allianza; Tin Patrida Mou Ehasa; Dimo Is Solun Hodeshe; Cantiga Del Fuego, La; Una Muchacha En Selanica; Iptidadan Yol Sorarsan; Qele-Qele; Calin Davullari...
Artists: Primavera en Salonico/Savina Yannatou

Yannatou's dazzling evocation of her band's hometown, evocatively performed by her cast of characterful musicians....continue...
Liner Note Author: Sofia Giannatou.

Recording information: Sierra Studios, Athens (02/2014).

Photographer: Joseph Pigassou.

Arranger: Kostas Vomvolos.

The title of Savina Y...continue...
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Mathias Eick: Midwest
Mathias Eick: Midwest

1 CD / ECM Records (USA) / 2015-05-19

Tracks: Midwest; Hem; March; At Sea; Dakota; Lost; Fargo; November
Artists: Mathias Eick

Norwegian improviser-composer Eick, strongly influenced by North American jazz, integrates the colors and textures of his native folk music in these intensely melodic, original compositions....continue...
Personnel: Mathias Eick (trumpet); Gjermund Larsen (violin); Jon Balke (piano); Mats Eilertsen (double bass); Helge Norbakken (percussion).

Recording information: Rainbow Studio, Oslo (05/2014)...continue...
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Keith Jarrett: Creation
Keith Jarrett: Creation

1 CD / ECM Records (USA) / 2015-05-12

Tracks: Creation, Pt. 1; Creation, Pt. 2; Creation, Pt. 3; Creation, Pt. 4; Creation, Pt. 5; Creation, Pt. 6; Creation, Pt. 7; Creation, Pt. 8; Creation, Pt. 9
Artists: Keith Jarrett

Jarrett selects the most revelatory moments from six improvised solo concerts recorded in 2014 and shapes a new dramaturgy from the intuitive sequencing of the...continue...
Personnel: Keith Jarrett (piano).

Recording information: 04/2014-07/2014.

ECM celebrates the occasion of pianist Keith Jarrett's 70th birthday with two simultaneous releases. One is a cl...continue...
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Richie Beirach: Hubris
Richie Beirach: Hubris

1 CD / ECM Records (USA) / 2015-04-21

Tracks: Sunday Song; Leaving; Koan; Osiris; Future Memory; Hubris; Rectilinear; Pearl; Invisible Corridor/Sunday Song - Monday
Artists: Richie Beirach

Personnel: Richie Beirach (piano).

Having already established himself playing electric piano in David Liebman's Lookout Farm group in the early '70s, pianist Richie Beirach set up his solo care...continue...
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Tim Berne's Snakeoil/Tim Berne: You've Been Watching Me *
Tim Berne's Snakeoil/Tim Berne: You've Been Watching Me *

1 CD / ECM Records (USA) / 2015-04-14

Tracks: Lost in Redding; Small World in a Small Town; Embraceable Me; Angles; You've Been Watching Me; Semi-Self Detached; False Impressions
Artists: Tim Berne's Snakeoil/Tim Berne

Expedition Audio Recommended
Listeners who fully and sympathetically engage with this music – by turns boisterous, sweeping, moody, spacious, angular but generally free of jaggedness, ...continue...
Personnel: Ryan Ferreira (acoustic guitar, electric guitar); Oscar Noriega (clarinet, bass clarinet); Tim Berne (alto saxophone); Matt Mitchell (piano, electronics); Ches Smith (vibraphone, drums, tim...continue...
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Sinikka Langeland: The Half-Finished Heaven *
Sinikka Langeland: The Half-Finished Heaven *

1 CD / ECM Records (USA) / 2015-04-07

Tracks: Hare Rune; Light Streams In, The; White Burden, The; Half-Finished Heaven, The; Woodcock's Flight, The; Caw of the Crane; Tree and the Sky, The; Magical Bird, The; Hymn to the Fly; Animal Miniatures;...
Artists: Sinikka Langeland

Vocalist, Kantele-player Sinikka Langeland sets verse by Tomas Tranströmer. The words conjure vivid images establishing a tone for what is primarily an instrumental album this...continue...
Personnel: Sinikka Langeland (vocals, kantele); Lars Anders Tomter (viola); Trygve Seim (tenor saxophone); Markku Ounaskari (percussion).

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Julia Hülsmann/Julia Hülsmann Quartet/Theo Bleckmann: A  Clear Midnight: Kurt Weill & America
Julia Hülsmann/Julia Hülsmann Quartet/Theo Bleckmann: A Clear Midnight: Kurt Weill & America

1 CD / ECM Records (USA) / 2015-04-07

Tracks: Mack the Knife; Alabama Song; Your Technique; September Song; This is New; River Chanty; Clear Midnight, A; Noisless Patient Spider, A; Beat! Beat! Drums!; Little Tin God; Speak Low; Great Big Sky
Artists: Julia Hülsmann/Julia Hülsmann Quartet/Theo Bleckmann

Pianist Julia Hülsmann and singer Theo Bleckmann celebrate lesser-known Kurt Weill works alongside the master's best-loved songs including "Mack The Knife", "Speak Low" and "September...continue...
Tributee: Kurt Weill .

Personnel: Julia Hülsmann (piano); Theo Bleckmann (vocals); Tom Arthurs (trumpet, flugelhorn); Marc Muellbauer (double bass); Heinrich Köbberling (drums).
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Daniele Di Bonaventura/Paolo Fresu: In Maggiore *
Daniele Di Bonaventura/Paolo Fresu: In Maggiore *

1 CD / ECM Records (USA) / 2015-03-31

Artists: Daniele Di Bonaventura/Paolo Fresu
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Jakob Bro: Gefion
Jakob Bro: Gefion

1 CD / ECM Records (USA) / 2015-03-17

Tracks: Gefion; Copenhagen; And They All Came Marching Out of the Woods; White; Lyskaster; Airport Poem; Oktober; Ending
Artists: Jakob Bro

Thoughtful and poetic, Gefion is Danish guitarist Jakob Bro's first ECM album as leader, following his sideman work with Paul Motian and Tomasz Stanko. Like...continue...
Personnel: Jakob Bro (guitar); Jon Christensen (drums); Thomas Morgan (double bass).

Recording information: Rainbow Studio, Oslo (11/2013).

Photographer: Ryo Mitamura.

Though Gefi...continue...
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Eberhard Weber: Encore
Eberhard Weber: Encore

1 CD / ECM Records (USA) / 2015-03-17

Tracks: Frankfurt; Konstanz; Cambridge; Rankweil; Langenhagen; Granada; Sevilla; London; Klagenfurt; Bradford; Edinburgh; Hannover; Pamplona
Artists: Eberhard Weber

In Encore, a companion volume to his widely-praised solo album Résumé, issued in 2011, Weber returns once more to the many live recordings of his...continue...
Personnel: Eberhard Weber (keyboards, electric double bass); Ack Van Rooyen (flugelhorn).

Audio Mixers: Gérard De Haro; Sun Chung.

Recording information: 1990-2007.

Editors: ...continue...
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Jack DeJohnette: Made in Chicago *
Jack DeJohnette: Made in Chicago *

1 CD / ECM Records (USA) / 2015-03-10

Tracks: Chant; Jack 5; This; Museum of Time; Leave Don't Go Away; Ten Minutes; [Untitled]
Artists: Jack DeJohnette

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Experimentalism, exploration, individuality, reciprocity, radicalism, synchronous communication and collaborative unity, all on passionate, fiery display, will f...continue...
Personnel: Jack DeJohnette (drums); Larry Gray (violin, double bass); Henry Threadgill (bass flute, alto saxophone); Roscoe Mitchell (bass recorder, sopranino saxophone, soprano saxophone, alto saxoph...continue...
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Cyminology/Cymin Samawatie: Phoenix
Cyminology/Cymin Samawatie: Phoenix

1 CD / ECM Records (USA) / 2015-03-03

Tracks: Aaftaab; Che Gune Ast; Baraaye Ranj; Gozaraan; Harire Buse; Talaash Makon; Dishab; Phoenix, Pt. 1; Phoenix, Pt. 2; Baraaye To
Artists: Cyminology/Cymin Samawatie
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Anouar Brahem (Oud/Composer): Souvenance: Music for Oud Quartet & String Orchestra *
Anouar Brahem (Oud/Composer): Souvenance: Music for Oud Quartet & String Orchestra *

2 CD / ECM Records (USA) / 2015-02-24

Tracks: Improbable Day; Ashen Sky; Deliverance; Souvenance; Tunis At Dawn; Youssef's Song; January; Like a Dream; On the Road; Kasserine; Nouvelle Vague
Artists: Anouar Brahem (Oud/Composer)

The music is by turns graceful, hypnotic, and taut and starkly dramatic. The strings have a glowing transparency and fragility in these pieces, often providing...continue...
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