Manfred Eicher

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Blue Note: the label’s respect for music, and the musicians who made it, set it apart. Photograph: Tony Cenicola/NYT

“The Finest in Jazz since 1939” says the famous tag line, and 80 years later it’s still hard to disagree. The Blue Note label, which celebrates that r(...)

The instrumentation on Vijay Iyer’s fifth release for Manfred Eicher’s ECM label couldn’t be more traditional – trumpet, alto, tenor and a rhythm sect(...)

“I’ve been doing this long enough that I just follow my muse, do what feels right.” So says John Abercrombie of the latest chapter in his long-standi(...)

Guitarist Jakob Bro’s glowing, delay-drenched guitar sound is clearly descended from that of the great Bill Frisell, but the 38-year-old Dane is gradu(...)

It’s hard to resist these gorgeously austere “Old and New Masters” sets from ECM. The latest music hoard from Munich collects the four recordings mad(...)

Bassist Mats Eilersten is a consummate “side man”, open- minded and musically omni- vorous. His supporting roles on the ECM label have included rec(...)

Italian pianist Glauco Venier is best known for his work with vocalist Norma Winstone and reeds player Klaus Gesing. Their trio albums for Manfred (...)

Over a career that spans six decades, composer and pianist Carla Bley has guarded her independence jealously, running her own recording sessions and r(...)

Trumpeter Ralph Alessi is a musician who is growing into himself. For the past two decades, he has been a much sought-after side-man on New York’s d(...)

Mette Henriette Martedatter Rølvåg, to give her her full title, is not a name that will be known to many outside Norway. A tenor saxophonist of Sam(...)

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