Monday, September 14, 2009

New from ECM in September

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John Abercrombie Quartet
Wait Till You See Her
Release date: September 8
John Abercrombie guitar; Mark Feldman violin; Thomas Morgan double-bass; Joey Baron drums

This is the fourth release by the Abercrombie Quartet which has become one of the most widely-admired groups in contemporary jazz. It is both a deeply swinging group and an adventurous one - with a range that can encompass everything from standards to bebop and from free play to chamber music. The quartet extends the jazz tradition yet there is a consistent warmth and humanity to the sound, always evident in the harmonic and melodic material that John writes for the group.

Release date: September 22
Jan Garbarek soprano and tenor saxophones; Rainer Brüninghaus keyboards; Yuri Daniel bass; Manu Katché drums

This is the first-ever live set from Norwegian star saxophonist Jan Garbarek who is on top form here. His group - an enormously popular touring band in Europe - powers through repertoire old and new. American fans will be delighted to get a chance to hear these fiery live performances.


Gary Burton and Chick Corea
Crystal Silence / The ECM Recordings 1972-79
4 CD set – release date September 8

The duo was a seldom-tested format in jazz when pianist Chick Corea and vibraphonist Gary Burton, at the instigation of Manfred Eicher, came together for “Crystal Silence”, but its luminous music proved a resounding success. This 4-CD box set reprises the history-making recordings Crystal Silence (1972), Duet (1978) and the live double album In Concert, Zürich, October 28, 1979 made for ECM at the beginning of the duo’s career. Both Duet and the Zürich recording won Grammy awards, and the duo has continued to make music together, for almost 40 years now. Two live selections appear on CD for the first time in this collection.

You should be able to find these albums in the fine record stores but for your convenience here is a link to the correct page on

For John Abercrombie
For Jan Garbarek
For Gary Burton and Chick Corea

Tuesday, September 8, 2009




Kim Kashkashian’s new album is a carefully composed program addressing fascinating connections between three contemporary composers from Israel and Armenia.

NPR’s All Things Considered aired a wonderful piece by Robert Siegel. Click here to listen.

J.S. Bach: Six Partitas

András Schiff returns with a superb interpretation of Bach’s Six Partitas, recorded live in September 2007 at Neumarkt Reitstadl one of the best piano music venues in Europe. The cycle, which in 1731 was the first group of works to be published by Bach himself, represents a unique stylistic synthesis of the suite form with a particular emphasis on most varied and imaginative opening movements.

"vigorously played, beautifully recorded… his ability to sustain it through a performance of all six works in one sitting is extraordinary". - Allan Kozinn, New York Times

Paganini 24 Capricci

Thomas Zehetmair brings his formidable intelligence to performances of Paganini’s 24 Caprices – some of the most technically challenging music n the violin repertoire.

"These Caprices aren't just studies, or showpieces. They're improvised character pieces, so full of poetry and fantasy." - Thomas Zehetmair

You should be able to find these albums in the fine record stores but for your convenience here is a link to the correct page on