ECM Records New Releases

Source: ECM Records.

Bley / Sheppard / Swallow – Life Goes On
Carla Bley piano
Andy Sheppard tenor & soprano saxophones
Steve Swallow bass
“Musical mastery of a rare order” is how The Telegraph recently described the unique, collective sound of Carla Bley’s long-standing trio. This striking album of three suites of new music begins with a stoical blues, at first melancholic then hopeful. The second piece is full of plenty of Bley’s dark wit, and the third explores the notion of call-and-response. Throughout, Carla’s distinctive piano is beautifully framed by Swallow’s eloquent, elegant bass guitar and Sheppard’s yearning saxes.

Oded Tzur – Here Be Dragons
Oded Tzur tenor saxophone
Nitai Hershkovits piano
Petros Klampanis double bass
Johnathan Blake drums
This is the ECM debut of New York based, Tel Aviv born saxophonist Oded Tzur, a strikingly original player and musical storyteller. His graceful and fluid tenor sax sound has been influenced by studies with bansuri master Hariprasad Chaurasia, and the concept of raga is subtly embedded in his elegant compositions, played with verve and imagination by his outstanding Israeli-Greek-American jazz group.

Avishai Cohen – Big Vicious
Avishai Cohen trumpet, effects, synthesizer
Uzi Ramirez guitar
Yonatan Albalak guitar, bass
Aviv Cohen drums
Ziv Ravitz drums, live sampling