Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Manfred Eicher appearing in NYC - open to the public

Don’t miss a rare opportunity to hear Manfred Eicher (Producer and Founder of ECM Records)
in conversation with Gary Giddins (critic /author)

November 19th, Thursday, 6:30pm

Proshansky Auditorium
The Graduate Center, CUNY
365 Fifth Ave (at 34th St)
Information: 212/817.2005


Manfred Eicher founded ECM Records in 1969 specifically aiming to record jazz with great attention to sonic detail. Now 40 years later, the ECM catalog contains well over a thousand recordings of jazz, classical and world music from around the globe. The imprint is known for not only for the stellar musicianship of its roster and the clear, rich recorded sound, but also for remarkable artwork and graphics.
Gary Giddins is a critic and author widely recognized as a leading voice in jazz criticism.

Carla Bley – Carla’s Christmas Carols.

On November 3rd, ECM released its very first CD of Christmas music! Carla Bley, one of jazz’s greatest arrangers, turns her attention this time to a delightful collection of traditional and non-traditional seasonal fare which she’s titled: Carla’s Christmas Carols

Christmas music has been an enthusiasm of Carla Bley’s for decades, and the pieces she has chosen here are subjected to her offbeat wit and idiosyncratic arranging skills. Selections include “O Tannenbaum”, “Away In A Manger”, “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen”, “Jingle Bells”, “O Holy Night” and “Joy To the World”, plus Mel Tormé’s "The Christmas Song” and a brace of Carla’s own pieces – “Jesus Maria” (first recorded by Jimmy Giuffre back in 1961), and, giving the devil his due, “Hell’s Bells”.

You should be able to find this album in fine record stores but for your convenience click here to be linked to the correct page on Amazon.com