Tag Archives: ECM Records

KETIL BJORNSTAD AND ANNELI DRECKER-A SUITE OF POEMS.

Ketil Bjørnstad and Anneli Drecker-A Suite Of Poems. Label: ECM Records. Nowadays, part of the modern music industry is populated by third-rate wannabes, who in truth, have no right whatsoever to call themselves musicians. Many of this new breed of musicians, are DJs who also laughingly refer to themselves as a ‘producer’ despite having absolutely …

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STEVE TIBBETTS-LIFE OF.

Steve Tibbettss-Life Of. Label: ECM Records. Although Minnesota born composer and guitarist Steve Tibbetts signed to ECM Records in 1981, the  pioneer of sound-forming has only released nine albums for Manfred Eicher’s Munich-based label. This includes Life Of which has just been released by ECM Records, and is the much-anticipated followup to Natural Causes, which was …

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NIK BARTSCH’S RONIN-AWASE.

Nik Bärtsch’s Ronin-Awase. Label: ECM Records.  Pianist and composer Nik Bärtsch was born in Zurich on the ‘3rd’ of August 1971, and by the age of ten was already studying piano and clarinet and later, went the Zurich Musikhochschule. At the University Of Zurich Nik Bärtsch majored in musicology, linguistics and philosophy and also discovered …

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ELINA DUNI-PARTIR.

Elina Duni-Partir. Label: ECM Records. Elina Duni was born into an artistic family in Tirana, the capital of Albania, in March 1981, and by the age of five, was already singing on national radio and television. Those that heard Elina Duni sing, realised that she was already prodigiously talented, and had a great future ahead …

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KEITH JARRETT, GARY PEACOCK AND JACK DEJOHNETTE-AFTER THE FALL.

Keith Jarrett, Gary Peacock and Jack DeJohnette-After The Fall. Label: ECM Records. Imagine that one day, you’re struck down by a mystery illness, and go from being healthy to constantly exhausted, with your head, muscles and joints constantly aching. All you want to do is sleep, sleep and sleep some more. Even then, you don’t …

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BILL FRISELL-MUSIC IS.

Bill Frisell-Music Is. LABEL: Okeh-Sony Music. Sixty-seven year old American jazz guitarist, composer and arranger Bill Frisell was born in Baltimore, but grew up in Denver, Colorado, where his love of music blossomed. Bill Frisell’s  love of music is just as strong today, as it’s ever been, and proof of this is his new solo album Music Is …

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NORMA WINSTONE-DESCANSADO: SONGS FOR FILMS. 

Norma Winstone-Descansado: Songs For Films. Label: ECM Records. There aren’t many British jazz singers who have enjoyed the longevity, commercial success and critical acclaim that Norma Winstone MBE has enjoyed over a career that has lasted over fifty years. Despite all the commercial success, critical acclaim and awards, the seventy-six year old shows no signs …

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BEST NEW ALBUMS OF 2017-PART 1.

Best New Albums Of 2017-Part 1. At this time of year, the lists of the best albums of the previous year are published. This year, I’ve delved deep into the all the releases from 2017 and picked my 100 Best New Albums Of 2017. 1982-Chromola. Label: Hubro Music. Norwegian power trio 1982 celebrated their tenth anniversary with the release …

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BEST NEW ALBUMS OF 2017-PART 2.

Best New Albums Of 2017-Part 2. Ben Lukas Boysen and Sebastian Plano-Everything. Label: Erased Tapes Records. When it came for games designer David O’Reilly to commission composers to produce the score for Everything, he turned to German composers Ben Lukas Boysen and Sebastian Plano who were tasked with producing a sprawling four-hour, immersive soundtrack. This would …

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BEST NEW ALBUMS OF 2017-PART 3.

Best New Albums Of 2017-Part 3. Cluster-Konzerte 1972-1977.  Label: Bureau B. Although Cluster released seven studio albums between 1971 and 1979, they were also a legendary live band, whose marathon concerts usually lasted six hours or more. Sadly, Cluster never released a live album during the seventies. The nearest most people got to hearing Cluster …

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BEST NEW ALBUMS OF 2017-PART 4.

Best New Albums Of 2017-Part 4. Erland Dahlen-Clocks.  Label: Hubro Music. When Erland Dahlen recorded his third solo album Clocks, he followed in the footsteps of American composer, music theorist and creator of bespoke musical instruments Harry Partch. He successfully transformed everyday items into musical instruments and inspired Erland Dahlen when he came to record …

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BEST NEW ALBUMS OF 2017-PART 6.

Best New Albums Of 2017 Part 6. Jon Balke and Siwan-Nahnou Houm. Label: ECM Records. Eight years after releasing their debut album Norwegian keyboardist, composer and arranger Jon Balke and Siwan return with Nahnou Houm, which marks the debut of the new lead singer Mona Boutchebak from Algeria. She joins a multitalented band and plays …

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BEST NEW ALBUMS OF 2017-PART 7.

Best New Albums Of 2017 Part 7. Linda Perhacs-I’m A Harmony. Label: Omnivore Recordings. Three years after releasing her long-awaited and much-anticipated sophomore album The Soul of All Natural Things in 2014, the Queen of psychedelic folk Linda Perhacs returns with I’m A  Harmony. It’s a flawless genre-melting album that veers between ambient and atmospheric …

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BEST NEW ALBUMS OF 2017-PART 9.

Best New Albums Of 2017-Part 9. Schneider-Kacirek-Radius Walk. Label: Bureau B. In 2017, two of the leading lights of the German music scene Schneider-Kacirek returned with their sophomore album Radius Walk. It features Sonia Jernberg on three soundscapes, which was something of a masterstroke, as she’s a truly talented singer who has honed her own inimitable …

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BEST NEW ALBUMS OF 2017-PART 10.

Best New Albums Of 2017-Part 10. The Souljazz Orchestra-Under Burning Skies. Label: Strut Records. Fifteen years after The Souljazz Orchestra was founded in Ottawa, Canada, in 2002, they returned with their seventh album Under Burning Skies. It’s without doubt, the finest album of their career, which has been said before. However, with every album they …

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THE BEST NORDIC WAVE RELEASES OF 2017-PART 1.

The Best Nordic Wave Albums Of 2017-Part 1. At this time of year, the lists of the best albums of the previous year are published. This year, a list of the best new albums, best reissues, best compilations and best box sets will be published. However, the first list covers the Nordic Wave albums released …

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THE BEST NORDIC WAVE RELEASES OF 2017-PART 2.

The Best Nordic Wave Releases Of 2017-Part 2. Danish String Quartet-Last Leaf. Label: ECM Records. Nowadays, the Danish String Quartet is regarded by many critics as the most exciting young string quartets in Europe, if not the world. They’ve been breathing new life and meaning into contemporary compositions and the classical repertoire. However, when the …

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THE BEST NORDIC WAVE RELEASES OF 2017-PART 4.

The Best Nordic Wave Releases Of 2017-Part 4. Motorpsycho-The Tower. Label: Rune Grammofon. When Motorpsycho released The Tower in 2017, it marked the debut of Tomas Järmyr, who became Motorpsycho’s fourth drummer in the band’s twenty-eight year history. He played his part in the creative birth of creative rebirth of Motorpsycho, and ensured that their vintage …

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SKY MUSIC: A TRIBUTE TO TERJE RYPDAL AND SKY MUSIC: A TRIBUTE TO TERJE RYPDAL VOL. 2

Sky Music: A Tribute To Terje Rypdal and Sky Music: A Tribute To Terje Rypdal Vol. 2. Label: Rune Grammofon. On August the ‘23rd’ 2017, Norwegian composer, bandleader, guitarist and sonic pioneer Terje Rypdal celebrated his seventieth birthday. That day, there was much to celebrate as Terje Rypdal looked back on a long and illustrious …

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