A duo album for Vijay Iyer with trumpeter Wadala Leo Smith.A Cosmic Rhythm With Each Stroke features pianist Viay Iyer and the musician he has described as his “hero, friend and teacher”, trumpeter Wadada Leo Smith. Vijay has previously played extensively with Wadada in Smith’s Golden Quartet, but t..
A Humdrum Star (2018) is the second album from Manchester's instrumental trio GoGo Penguin for the Blue Note Label.Inspired by electronic and contemporary (minimalist, notably) music, the trio's jazz is exciting and exhilirating!Tracklist-A /Player/Raven/Bardo/-B /A Hundred Moons/Strid/ -C /Transien..
A Pouting Grimace is an audacious release from pianist and composer Matt Mitchell. Not only Mitchell is one of the most in-demand pianists in jazz, he has also established himself as a composer of bold distinction. Substantial in scope, the album - which features twelve musicians (five woodwin..
The Heliocentrics are primarily an instrumental group, which operates out of their vintage analogue studio in East London, called the Quatermass Sound Lab. For their fourth album, they brought in a young Slovakian singer named Barbora Patkova. Rooted in far-reaching psych-funk grooves, this is cosmi..
With All This I Do for Glory, his first solo outing since 2013’s “To See More Light”, Colin Stetson ventures into a territory both familiar and mysterious.His approach to performance and recording is decisively stripped-down; all songs were recorded live with no overdubs or loops. The invasive and t..
Taking inspiration from everyday objects, sculpture, and nature, Ryuichi Sakamoto has composed and arranged his music while paying close attention to the essence of each piece and carefully balancing the sonic elements with a less-is-more perspective. async is a singular expressions of Sakamoto’s cu..
After studying with Anthony Braxton and performing with great names from the current jazz scene (including Braxton himself, Marc Ribot, Trevor Dunn and Tim Berne), Mary Halvorson is one of the most astonishing guitarists and composers of her generation.Her innovative musical approach, whether atonal..
Keyboardist Craig Taborn has been at the forefront of avant-garde jazz for more than a decade. Daylight Ghosts, a quartet album, is his third album for ECM as a leader. Along with Taborn on piano and electronic keyboards, the quartet of Daylight Ghosts features two other luminaries from the New York..
Functional Arrhythmias is the most ambitious chapter in alto saxophonist Steve Coleman’s ongoing study into patterns found in nature in this case the various rhythms found inside the human body and using them as the building blocks for his highly individual musical language. The new CD follows on th..
Avant-garde jazz titan Kamasi Washington has unveiled his first new solo project since 2015’s remarkable jazz opus The Epic.Harmony of Difference which premiered as part of the Whitney Museum of American Art 2017 Biennial alongside a film by A.G. Rojas, features five original movements, fused into o..
25 years after his highly influential “Power Spot” album, Jon Hassell returns to ECM with his collective Maarifa Street and some spacious Fourth World dub-montage music, his uniquely vocal trumpet sailing forth into mysterious soundscapes. Jon Hassell describes “Last night the moon” as “a continuous..
Moving Still is the eagerly-awaited follow-up to trumpeter Jonathan Finlayson’s Moment and the Message (Pi 2013), which was voted the “Top Album by a Debut Artist” in the 2013 NPR Jazz Critics PollWell regarded among fellow musicians for his ability to negotiate complex musical material and his deci..