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John Scofield Renews the Jazz Guitar Trio on 'Swallow Tales'

The jazz guitar trio is a classic format, and John Scofield, Steve Swallow, and Bill Stewart are as well-equipped to venerate it and renew it a bit on Swallow Tales.


Vijay Iyer and Craig Taborn Continue Their Explorations on 'The Transitory Poems'

The Transitory Poems is a live recording of two jazz masters, Vijay Iyer and Craig Taborn, playing four-handed, exploratory improvisations on two pianos.


Larry Grenadier Plays 45 Minutes of Riveting Solo Bass on 'The Gleaners'

Larry Grenadier offers solo jazz acoustic bass for about 45 minutes, but The Gleaners is varied and riveting, as we expect from an ECM recording.


Joe Lovano Keeps on Discovering  and Surprising on 'Trio Tapestry'

Joe Lovano's debut for the meditative ECM label both conforms to the meditative, gorgeous standard and transcends it through a sense of constant motion and surprise.


The Tord Gustavsen Trio Are Here to Melt Composition and Improvisation on 'The Other Side'

After 11 years, Norwegian pianist Tord Gustavsen is back with a new trio, peddling a blend of traditional, sacred, and original music.


The Andy Sheppard Quartet Creates Jazzy Beauty on 'Romaria'

The airy atmospherics of the Andy Sheppard Quartet move beautifully, slowly, and quite often in the same manner from performance to performance.


Guitar and Clarinet, Lovingly Processed by Electronics

On White, jazz's Marc Sinan and Oğuz Büyükberber prove that duet albums are only as limiting as your imagination.


Ketil Bjørnstad's Beautiful Ode to Solitary Travel

Pianist Ketil Bjørnstad, singer Anneli Drecker, and poet Lars Saabye Christensen have created an unassuming masterpiece with A Suite of Poems.


Steve Tibbetts Takes the Road Less... Everything on 'Life Of'

If you thought guitarist extraordinaire Steve Tibbetts was a subtle dude, you ain't heard nothing yet.


All Four of Arvo Pärt's Symphonies Are Brought Together to Show Us a Fascinating Journey

Arvo Pärt's symphonies have sometimes been dismissed as too bracing and academic to be enjoyed on a basic appreciative level. This new set from ECM seeks to prove otherwise.

Evan Sawdey

Nik Bärtsch and Ronin Make an Exceptional Return

Despite a lengthy break and some lineup changes, Nik Bärtsch's Ronin hasn't skipped a beat on Awase.


John Surman's 'Invisible Threads' Is Music for Quiet Spaces

John Surman's trio create a space where a listener can drift along without getting tired. There's an energy to the playing that lifts one into a pleasant state and a good-humor to the enterprise as a whole.


Manu Katche: Third Round

Third Round is a rare accomplishment: an instrumental, smooth jazz album where you can actually remember the melodies and hum them later. It's also one where the reward outweighs the effort.

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