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Masabumi Kikuchi: Black Orpheus *
Masabumi Kikuchi: Black Orpheus *

1 CD / ECM Records (USA) / 2016-04-29

Artists: Masabumi Kikuchi

A document of a 2012 Japanese solo recital - not only the last in his homeland but the last anywhere - by idiosyncratic improviser Masabumi...continue...
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Nik Bärtsch/Nik Bärtsch's Mobile: Continuum *
Nik Bärtsch/Nik Bärtsch's Mobile: Continuum *

1 CD / ECM Records (USA) / 2016-04-22

Tracks: Modul 29-14; Modul 12; Modul 18; Modul 5; Modul 60; Modul 4; Modul 44; Modul 8-11
Artists: Nik Bärtsch/Nik Bärtsch's Mobile

After four ECM recordings with Ronin, Bärtsch's new album features Mobile, his all-acoustic group. Mobile is effectively the wellspring of Bärtsch's ritualistic approach to music...continue...
Personnel: Ola Sendecki, Etienne Abelin (violin); David Schnee (viola); Ambrosius Huber, Solme Hong (cello); Sha (bass clarinet, contrabass clarinet); Nik Bärtsch (piano); Kaspar Rast, Nicholas S...continue...
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Ferenc Snétberger: In Concert
Ferenc Snétberger: In Concert

1 CD / ECM Records (USA) / 2016-04-08

Tracks: Budapest, Pt. 1; Budapest, Pt. 2; Budapest, Pt. 3; Budapest, Pt. 4; Budapest, Pt. 5; Budapest, Pt. 6; Budapest, Pt. 7; Budapest, Pt. 8; Somewhere Over the Rainbow [Live]
Artists: Ferenc Snétberger

The ECM debut of Ferenc Snétberger features the acclaimed Hungarian guitarist in solo performance before a rapt audience at the Liszt Academy in Budapest. Snétberger's...continue...
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Anat Fort Trio/Gianluigi Trovesi: Birdwatching
Anat Fort Trio/Gianluigi Trovesi: Birdwatching

1 CD / ECM Records (USA) / 2016-04-08

Tracks: First Rays; Earth Talks; Not the Perfect Storm; It's Your Song; Jumpin' In; Milarepa, Pt. 1; Song of the Phoenix, Pt. 1; Song of the Phoenix, Pt. 2; Murmuration; Meditation for a New Year; Inner Voic...
Artists: Anat Fort Trio/Gianluigi Trovesi

For her third ECM album, Israeli pianist Anat Fort augments her long-established trio with a special guest: Italian reedman Gianluigi Trovesi. Fort and Trovesi have...continue...
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Jon Balke: Warp *
Jon Balke: Warp *

1 CD / ECM Records (USA) / 2016-04-08

Tracks: Heliolatry; This Is the Movie; Bucolic; On and On; Bolide; Amarinthine; Shibboleth; Mute; Slow Spin; Boodle; Dragoman; Kantor; Geminate; Telesthesia; Geminate [Variation]; Heliolatry [Variation]
Artists: Jon Balke

Warp situates the solo piano of Norway's Jon Balke within a subtle architecture of composed soundscapes, in fluctuating dimensions of space. And what begins as...continue...
Personnel: Jon Balke (piano); Mattis Myrland, Wenche Losnegaard (vocals).

Audio Mixers: Jon Balke; Manfred Eicher; Stefano Amerio.

Recording information: Madstun (09/2014); Rainbow Studi...continue...
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Nils Okland Ensemble/Nils Okland: Kjolvatn
Nils Okland Ensemble/Nils Okland: Kjolvatn

1 CD / ECM Records (USA) / 2016-04-08

Tracks: Mali; Undergrunn; Drev; Kjolvatn; Puls; Fivreld; Start; Skugge; Blå Harding; Amstel
Artists: Nils Okland Ensemble/Nils Okland

Hard on the heels of Lumen Drones, his distortion-saturated collaboration with rock players in comes the next fine album from Norway's Hardanger fiddle master -...continue...
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Vijay Iyer/Wadada Leo Smith: A Cosmic Rhythm with Each Stroke
Vijay Iyer/Wadada Leo Smith: A Cosmic Rhythm with Each Stroke

1 CD / ECM Records (USA) / 2016-03-18

Tracks: Passage; All Becomes Alive; Empty Mind Receives, The; Labyrinths; Divine Courage, A; Uncut Emeralds; Cold Fire, A; Notes on Water; Marian Anderson
Artists: Vijay Iyer/Wadada Leo Smith

Vijay Iyer has previously played extensively with Wadada in Smith's Golden Quartet, but this album, produced by Manfred Eicher, is the first documentation of their...continue...
Personnel: Vijay Iyer (piano, Fender Rhodes piano, electronics); Wadada Leo Smith (trumpet).

Liner Note Author: Vijay Iyer.

Recording information: Avatar Studios, New York (10/2015).
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Simin Tander/Tord Gustavsen/Jarle Vespestad: What Was Said
Simin Tander/Tord Gustavsen/Jarle Vespestad: What Was Said

1 CD / ECM Records (USA) / 2016-02-26

Tracks: Your Grief; I See You; Imagine the Fog Disappearing; Castle in Heaven, A; Journey of Life; I Refuse; What Was Said to the Rose/O Sacred Head; Way You Play My Heart, The; Rull; Source of Now, The; Swe...
Artists: Simin Tander/Tord Gustavsen/Jarle Vespestad

"What Was Said" brings new colors to Tord Gustavsen's musical palette. His new project introduces the entrancing German-Afghan vocalist Simin Tander, and builds upon the...continue...
Personnel: Tord Gustavsen (piano, bass synthesizer, electronics); Jarle Vespestad (drums).

Recording information: Rainbow Studio, Oslo (04/2015).

Photographers: Francesco Saggio; Oyvind ...continue...
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Drew Gress (Double Bass)/Gary Versace/Ralph Alessi Quartet/Nasheet Waits/Ralph Alessi: Quiver
Drew Gress (Double Bass)/Gary Versace/Ralph Alessi Quartet/Nasheet Waits/Ralph Alessi: Quiver

1 CD / ECM Records (USA) / 2016-02-26

Tracks: Here Tomorrow; Window Goodbyes; Smooth Descent; Heist; Gone Today, Here Tomorrow; I to I; Scratch; Shush; Quiver; Do Over
Artists: Drew Gress (Double Bass)/Gary Versace/Ralph Alessi Quartet/Nasheet Waits/Ralph Alessi

Trumpeter Ralph Alessi's ECM leader debut - 2013's Baida - was the album where "everything came together for him," according to Nate Chinen in a...continue...
Personnel: Drew Gress (double bass); Gary Versace (piano); Nasheet Waits (drums); Ralph Alessi (trumpet).

Audio Mixers: James A. Farber; Manfred Eicher; Ralph Alessi.

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Ensemble Kolossus/Michael Formanek: The  Distance
Ensemble Kolossus/Michael Formanek: The Distance

1 CD / ECM Records (USA) / 2016-02-12

Tracks: Distance, The; Exoskeleton (Prelude); Exoskeleton: Impenetrable, Pt.1/Beneath the Shell, Pt. 2/@Heart, Pt. 3; Exoskeleton: Echoes, Pt.4/Without Regrets, Pt.5; Exoskeleton: Shucking While Jiving, Pt.6...
Artists: Ensemble Kolossus/Michael Formanek

The Distance represents a grand creative leap for the bassist-composer whose new album showcases his texturally rich compositions for the dynamic 18-piece big band he...continue...
Personnel: Michael Formanek (double bass); Mary Halvorson (guitar); Loren Stillman (flute, alto saxophone); Brian Settles (flute, tenor saxophone); Oscar Noriega (clarinet, bass clarinet, alto saxopho...continue...
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Michel Benita/Ethics (Michel Benita): River Silver *
Michel Benita/Ethics (Michel Benita): River Silver *

1 CD / ECM Records (USA) / 2016-02-12

Tracks: Back From the Moon; River Silver; I See Altitudes; Off the Coast; Yeavering; Toonari; Hacihi Gatsu; Lykken; Snowed In
Artists: Michel Benita/Ethics (Michel Benita)

Michel Benita 's ECM leader debut features an international band whose music, correspondingly, flows - like the glistening river of the title - beyond borders....continue...
Personnel: Michel Benita (double bass); Eivind Aarset (guitar, electronics); Mieko Miyazaki (koto); Matthieu Michel (flugelhorn); Philippe Garcia (drums).

Recording information: Auditorio Steli...continue...
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Avishai Cohen (Trumpet): Into the Silence *
Avishai Cohen (Trumpet): Into the Silence *

1 CD / ECM Records (USA) / 2016-02-12

Tracks: Life and Death; Dream Like a Child; Into the Silence; Quiescence; Behind the Broken Glass; Life and Death (Epilogue)
Artists: Avishai Cohen (Trumpet)

On Into The Silence, Charismatic Tel Aviv-born trumpeter makes his ECM leader debut in a program of expansive, impressionistic and haunting compositions. Avishai's tender muted...continue...
Trumpeter Avishai Cohen's ECM debut, 2016's Into the Silence, is a ruminative, elegiac album far -- if not completely -- removed from the kinetic, aggressive post-bop of his 2014 effort, Dark Nights. ...continue...
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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...
Personnel: Craig Taborn (piano); Mat Maneri (viola); Ches Smith (vibraphone, drums, timpani).

Liner Note Author: Paolo Soriani.

Recording information: Avatar Studios, New York (06/2015)....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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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 Strĝnen 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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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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