Best ECM Albums: 50 Must-Hear Classics From The Legendary Jazz Label

Source: Yahoo Entertainment.

It wouldn’t be totally inaccurate to describe the German jazz label ECM as “the house that Keith Jarrett built.” After all, the American pianist’s 1975 album The Köln Concert has sold a staggering three and a half million copies and undoubtedly helped to establish – both financially and aesthetically – Manfred Eicher’s Munich-based imprint. More than that, Jarrett’s success transformed ECM into a major contender in the jazz world, and the best ECM albums reveal an astonishing commitment to quality control that has more than ensured its place in the jazz pantheon.

Jazzword Reviews

Source: Jazzword.

Samo Salamon/Arild Andersen/Ra Kalam Bob Moses
Pure and Simple

Stephen Gauci/Wendy Eisenberg/Franciso Mela
Live at Scholes Street Studio

Rudi Mahall/Jan Roder/Olaf Rupp
Skyhook

Kirk Knuffke Trio
Gravity Without Airs

Gordon Grdina’s Nomad Trio
Boiling Point

MC3
Sounds of the City

Music and More Reviews

Source: Music and More.

Miles Davis Quintet – 2nd Session 1956 Revisited (ezz-thetics, 2022)

OXBOW and Peter Brotzmann – An Eternal Reminder of Not Today / Live at Moers (Trost Records, 2022)

Jakob Bro / Joe Lovano – Once Around The Room: A Tribute To Paul Motian (ECM Records, 2022)

Thelonious Monk – Celebrating 75 Years Of His First Recordings, Revisited (ezz-thetics records, 2022)

Dusted Reviews 

Source: Dusted.

Tom Skinner — Voices of Bishara (Brownswood Recordings / International Anthem / Nonesuch)

Locrian — New Catastrophism/Ghost Frontiers (Profound Lore)

Michael Tau — Extreme Music: From Silence to Noise and Everything in Between (Feral House)

5:4 Reviews

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Rebecca Saunders – Skin

Francisco López – Untitled #400

Michael Gielen conducts Messiaen, Szymanowski & Penderecki

Shiva Feshareki – Turning World

Bára Gísladóttir & Skúli Sverrisson – Live from the Spirit Store /

Vital Weekly Reviews 1362

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SUSANA SANTO SILVA – ALL THE BIRDS AND A TELEPHONE RINGING (CD by Thanathosis Produktion) *
AGS – LAB RAT (CD by Ein Klang Records) *
CIRCLE OF SHIT – ALMOST THERE NOW (CD by Aussaat) *
ARASH AKBARI – AMNESTIC CONTINUUM (CD by Farpoint Recordings) *
MIKEL KUEHN – ENTANGLEMENTS (CD by New Focus Recordings) *
MICHAEL HERSCH – THE SCRIPT OF STORMS (CD by New Focus Recordings) *
MILTON BABBITT – WORKS FOR TREBLE VOICE AND PIANO (CD by New Focus Recordings) *
UN CADDIE RENVERSÉ DANS L’HERBE – nighturns (CD by Cellule 75) *
MARC RICHTER – MM​∞​XX Vol​.​1 & 2 (CD by Cellule 75) *
THE THREE OLDMEN’S BIRDS – RUSTINE (CD/book by Iikki Books) *
DAY EVANS DALE ENSEMBLE – GREEN MONEY (CD by Discus Music) *
MESON – OBSCURER OBJECTIVITY (CD by Discus Music) *
EAMON SPROD & DAVID PRESCOTT-STEED – CRAWLSPACE (CD by Unfathomless) *
DON MALFON & FLORIAN STOFFNER & VASCO TRILLIA – A TINY BELL AND ITS RESTLESS FRIENDS (CD by Multikulti Project) *
THE CALDAS CONCERT – LIVE AT GREGA DO ESPIRITO SANTO (CD by Multikulti Project) *
MATTHIAS MULLER & WITOLD OLESZAK & PETER ORINS & PAULINA OWCZAREK (CD by Spontaneous Live Series) *
SUPERIMPOSE WITH WITOLD OLESZAK & MARCELO DOS REIS (CD by Spontaneous Live Series) *
GUILHERME RODRIGUES’ SPONTANEOUS ENSEMBLE AND TRIO (CD by Spontaneous Live Series) *
K. MIZUTANI – INFERIOR’S BETRAYAL (2LP by Ferns) *
RELIEF – COAGULA (LP by Relict) *
VANESSA ROSSETTO – THE YEAR (7″ & DVD-R by Ballast)
RUTGER ZUYDERVELT – HINKELSTAP (bag, private) *
RUTGER ZUYDERVELT – TUIMELVAL (3″CDR, private) *

Don Cherry tribute at the EFG London Jazz Festival Review

Source: The Standard.

Sunday night proved a spectacular end to a magnificent week, as the EFG London Jazz Festival closed with a tribute to spiritual jazz legend Don Cherry at the Barbican. It was a family affair onstage, with Kahil El’Zabar’s legendary Ethnic Heritage Ensemble joined by Don’s daughter Neneh Cherry, eldest son and internationally renowned pianist, David Ornette Cherry, and granddaughters Naima Karlsson and TYSON.

The Free Jazz Collective Reviews

Source: The Free Jazz Collective.

Ben Lamar Gay – Certain Reveries (International Anthem, 2022)

Dave Rempis/Elisabeth Harnik/Michael Zerang – Astragaloi (Aerophonic, 2022)

Moor Mother –Jazz Codes (Anti, 2022)

Music Unlimited Festival 36

Black Music In (R)Evolution: The Cricket: Black Music in Evolution 1968–69 & Konjur Collective – Blood In My Eye (A Soul Insurgent Guide)

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Marco Colonna, Francesco Cigana – Shells (NES, 2022)

No Base Trio – NBT II (Setola di Maiale, 2022)
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Jessica Ackerley’s Interdisciplinary Approach

Source: Bandcamp Daily.

In 2021, Jessica Ackerley left New York to begin a doctorate in composition at the University of Hawai’i. In the preceding months, the guitarist, composer, and improviser worked hard to document their projects—groups SSWAN, MAW, and Petting Zoo, the latter a trio with reedist Yuma Uesaka and drummer Colin Hinton. “That was definitely the most concentrated amount of time that I spent improvising in a collaborative setting with other musicians,” they say over Zoom. One of the most exciting guitarists in avant-garde jazz and improvised music, Ackerley combines classic jazz chops with an openness to sonic exploration that has taken them from delicate acoustics to fuzzed-out skronk, noise-pop to ambient music.