• Matthew Shipp Trio: To Duke

    Matthew Shipp Trio: To Duke

    You’d have to work insanely hard to make a Duke Ellington (or Billy Strayhorn) tune unrecognizable. Pianist Shipp, double bassist Michael Bisio, and drummer Whit Dickey work madly (as in “Love You Madly”) on seven ...
  • Keith Jarrett: The Köln Concert

    Keith Jarrett: The Köln Concert

    To commemorate the 40th anniversary of this landmark recording (the best-selling solo album in jazz history), ECM has released the double vinyl set in a 180-gram audiophile pressing. The sound is a revelation. Every note ...
  • The Cello Becomes Cool

    The Cello Becomes Cool

    When Lori Goldstein strolled onstage at Sony Music Studios in New York City on November 18, 1993, to accompany Nirvana through its videotaped MTV Unplugged session, few could predict the unassuming cellist would spark a ...
  • Abdullah Ibrahim: The Song Is My Story

    Abdullah Ibrahim: The Song Is My Story

    This beautiful solo piano concert performance touched my 60-year-old soul as profoundly as Keith Jarrett’s Köln Concert affected me as a 20-year-old. The CD includes songs Ibrahim composed in 1954, 1960, and 1970 interspersed with ...
  • Beyond High-Resolution

    Beyond High-Resolution

    Imagine a digital-audio encoding and decoding system that delivers far better sound quality than that of any previous analog or digital technology, including 192kHz/24-bit and quad-rate DSD. Now imagine that this system’s bit rate is ...
  • Hiding in the Light

    Hiding in the Light

    The influence of 20th-Century black gospel music on rock and pop is no secret, but many gospel singers and groups themselves have remained little known at best or downright ignored at worst. As Anthony Heilbut ...
  • Vijay Iyer Trio: Break Stuff

    Vijay Iyer Trio: Break Stuff

    Following on the heels of 2014’s acclaimed Mutations, the pianist-composer’s ECM debut that found him writing for piano, string quartet, and electronics, Iyer continues the momentum he established with bassist Stephan Crump and drummer Marcus ...
  • Duke Ellington: Masterpieces

    Duke Ellington: Masterpieces

    On December 19, 1950, the Duke Ellington Orchestra recorded four songs in an abandoned church Columbia Records had recently converted into a studio. By that point recording sessions were old hat to Duke, and three ...
  • BluePort Jazz, A Labor of Love

    BluePort Jazz, A Labor of Love

    Most of us have attended a concert so amazing that afterwards we would have killed for a recording of it, but Jim Merod doesn’t have that problem. Since 1965 Merod has recorded hundreds of jazz ...
  • Clean Feed Records

    Clean Feed Records

    About five years ago, I received the first of what would become a steady stream of small packages of compact discs sent from Lisbon, Portugal. The CDs were sleeved in slightly undersize cardboard foldout cases, ...

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