• Ralph Towner and Paolo Fresu: Chiaroscuro

    Ralph Towner and Paolo Fresu: Chiaroscuro

    This exquisite duo recording pairs one of ECM Records’ veterans with one of its rising stars. Sixty-nine-year-old American guitarist Towner made his ECM debut in 1972 after co-founding the pioneering world-fusion band Oregon. Forty-eight- year-old ...
  • Elina Duni Quartet: Matanë Malit

    Elina Duni Quartet: Matanë Malit

    When producer Manfred Eicher ventures into ethnic vocal music, in this case traditional and contemporary Albanian folk tunes sung by 31-year-old expatriate Duni, you can count on a recording with his label’s iconic cool and ...
  • Fred Hersch Trio: Whirl

    Fred Hersch Trio: Whirl

    The music should be enough when it comes to heralding Fred Hersch as one of the great jazz musicians of our time. But circumstances in the 54-year-old pianist’s personal life took his music—and consciousness—away for ...
  • Clare Fischer: Extension

    Clare Fischer: Extension

    Although improvisation is critical to what Whitney Balliett famously labeled the “sound of surprise,” the svelte and complex arrangements on this long-obscure masterpiece prove that extemporaneity is not the be-all and end-all of jazz. Extension, ...
  • Nels Cline: Dirty Baby

    Nels Cline: Dirty Baby

    Best known as Wilco’s lead guitarist and an avant-garde improviser, Nels Cline scores a major triumph as composer and arranger with this two-CD musical interpretation of paintings by Los Angeles artist Ed Ruscha. Producer/poet David ...
  • Mark Knopfler: Privateering

    Mark Knopfler: Privateering

    Nearly 35 years into a recording career that began with the self-titled Dire Straits album, singer-songwriter-guitarist-produ- cer Knopfler holds as steady on his course as such older baby-boom peers as Van Morrison, Eric Clapton, and ...
  • Giya Kancheli: Themes from the Songbook

    Giya Kancheli: Themes from the Songbook

    Outside Europe, Giya Kancheli is likely familiar only to classical music followers of conductor Dennis Russel Davies, the Kronos Quartet, violist Kim Kashkashian, and Latvian violinist Gidon Kremer. But closer to his birthplace in Tblisi, ...
  • Scott Amendola Trio: Lift

    Scott Amendola Trio: Lift

    Like many great drummers, Scott Amendola puts his percussion at the service of the music first, in support of his fellow players second, and in the spotlight third. The Bay Area-based Amendola, known for his ...
  • Gyan Riley: Stream of Gratitude

    Gyan Riley: Stream of Gratitude

    Given Gyan Riley’s pedigree and past collaborations, no one should expect him to pick up a classical nylon-string guitar and emulate Andrés Segovia. The 33-year-old son of new-music icon and minimalism innovator Terry Riley (In ...
  • Hiromi: Voice

    Hiromi: Voice

    In the 1960s, the term “energy music” was sometimes used as an alternative description of “free jazz.” In the following decade, it could be applied to the approach of the most intense jazz- rock groups. ...
  • Matthew Shipp: Art of the Improviser

    Matthew Shipp: Art of the Improviser

    During his long tenure in David Ware’s quartet, Matthew Shipp forged an oceanic, hurricane-force piano sound as personal and authoritative as that of McCoy Tyner, Cecil Taylor, or any other thunderous post-bop and free-jazz pianist ...
  • Bill Frisell: Sign of Life

    Bill Frisell: Sign of Life

    Known primarily as a jazz-fusion innovator, guitarist Frisell imparts his unique palette of timbres, textures, and colors to a chamber setting with his 858 Quartet (Jenny Scheinman, violin; Eyvind Kang, viola; Hank Roberts, cello), founded ...

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