Barre Phillips in New York

Barre Phillips Zürcher Gallery By Christian Carey Sequenza 21 May 20, 2019 NEW YORK – ECM Records has released a number of great solo bass recordings. The label’s producer, Manfred Eicher, was himself a bassist, and he has invited a number of fellow low string players to record for ECM. Barre Phillips is a pathfinderContinue reading “Barre Phillips in New York”

Best of 2018: Orchestral CDs with Voices

Best of 2018: Orchestral CDs with Voices   Requiem John Harbison Nashville Symphony Chorus and Nashville Symphony Orchestra, Giancarlo Guerrero, conductor Naxos Records   John Harbison’s Requiem Mass had a long and fragmented gestation, but it certainly sounds of a piece. This debut recording by Nashville Symphony Chorus and Orchestra, led by Giancarlo Guerrero, emphasizesContinue reading “Best of 2018: Orchestral CDs with Voices”

Best Chamber Music CDs of 2018

Best Chamber Music 2018  Danish String Quartet Prism I ECM Records Prism I is the first of five CDs by the Danish String Quartet, each featuring a work by Bach, a work by Beethoven, and a complementary piece. The key of E-flat is the central focus of this recording. J.S. Bach’s Fugue in E-flat majorContinue reading “Best Chamber Music CDs of 2018”

Bill Frisell/Thomas Morgan at Jazz Standard

  Bill Frisell and Thomas Morgan The Jazz Standard December 10, 2017 Sequenza 21 By Christian Carey NEW YORK – Like the dearly departed duo of Jim Hall and Charlie Haden, guitarist Bill Frisell and bassist Thomas Morgan make a sound much greater than the sum of their parts. This is not an issue ofContinue reading “Bill Frisell/Thomas Morgan at Jazz Standard”

Maderna and Berio on ECM (CD Review)

Now, and Then Orchestra Della Svizzera Italiana; Dennis Russell Davies, conductor Pablo Márquez, guitar ECM 2485 November 17 sees the release of Now, and Then, an ECM recording of transcriptions by composers Bruno Maderna and Luciano Berio. In addition to his creative pursuits and new music advocacy, Maderna (1920-1973) was in demand as a conductorContinue reading “Maderna and Berio on ECM (CD Review)”

Steve Reich on ECM

Steve Reich The ECM Recordings Steve Reich and Musicians ECM New Series 3xCD 2540-42   After some one-off studio LPs for a variety of imprints, composer Steve Reich found his first label “home” with ECM Recordings (his second, Nonesuch, came after this triptych of recordings). Initially known primarily as a jazz label, ECM had decidedContinue reading “Steve Reich on ECM”

Thursday 11/19: De Mare at Symphony Space

Last month, I heard the second installment of Anthony De Mare’s Liasons: Re-Imagining Sondheim from the Piano project at Sheen Center. De Mare has commissioned dozens of composers to fashion arrangements of Sondheim songs. The results are as fascinating as they are eclectic. On Thursday at Symphony Space, De Mare completes his live presentations ofContinue reading “Thursday 11/19: De Mare at Symphony Space”

Tre Voci on ECM

Tre Voci Works by Debussy, Takemitsu, and Gubaidulina Marina Piccinini, Flute; Kim Kashkashian, viola; Sivan Magen, harp ECM New Series CD 2345   One of his last completed works, Claude Debussy’s Sonata for Flute, Viola, and Harp (1915) has been variously construed as a crystallization of Impressionism into a neoclassical mold, a nod to Debussy’sContinue reading “Tre Voci on ECM”

Paul Bley’s Oslo Concert (ECM)

Paul Bley Play Blue (Oslo Concert) ECM CD 2373 Four originals and “Pent-Up House,” a Sonny Rollins tune, are captured on this recording of pianist Paul Bley in a solo setting at the 2008 Oslo Jazz Festival. Bley, then 75, displayed undiminished creativity and well preserved chops. Indeed, many a younger postmodern jazz pianist couldContinue reading “Paul Bley’s Oslo Concert (ECM)”