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August 25 , 2006

Jazz on the way

Upcoming Jazz releases on ECM include violinist Mark Feldman’s leader debut, Pierre Favre’s first ECM disc in a decade, a resumé from Michael Mantler, and Steve Swallow’s new reckoning with the poetry of Robert Creeley…

Mark Feldman
What Exit

John Taylor, Anders Jormin, Tom Rainey

Mark Feldman violin
John Taylor piano
Anders Jormin double-bass
Tom Rainey drums

He’s played on John Abercrombie’s “Open Land”, “Cat’n’Mouse” and “Class Trip” ,and with Sylvie Courvoisier on “Abaton”. Now violinist extraordinaire Mark Feldman, Chicago-raised and New York-based, leads his own project for ECM with an unorthodox transatlantic quartet – featuring England’s John Taylor, Sweden’s Anders Jormin and, making his debut for the label, Californian drummer Tom Rainey. Involving and detailed material, all written by Feldman, utilizes the potential of the individual players to the fullest, and makes sense of the violinist’s singular history - which has taken in jazz playing from swing to ‘abstract’ free playing, as well as baroque music, contemporary composition and Nashville sessioneering.

ECM 1928
Release date: September 26

Pierre Favre Ensemble

Hélène Breschand harp
Michel Godard tuba, serpent
Frank Kroll soprano saxophone, bass clarinet
Bänz Oester double-bass
Philipp Schaufelberger guitar
Wolfgang Zwiauer bass guitar
Pierre Favre drums, percussion

Released to coincide with the premiere of a film about the Swiss drummer by director/cameraman Pio Corradi. The album features Favre’s new ensemble, whose sound colours are, he says, established by his own solo playing: “Drums, harp, basses and guitar function as a rhythm group in which ideas are constantly exchanged”. Michel Godard’s tuba and serpent and Frank Kroll’s soprano sax and bass clarinet front the ensemble, but often all seven instrumental voices overlap contrapuntally, as Favre harnesses the motoric drive of New Orleans jazz, and sound colours that reach back to the renaissance, to the music of the 21st century.

ECM 1977
Release date: October 10

Michael Mantler: Review (Anthology)

Composer/trumpeter Mantler offers a review of his career (so far), a personal ‘best-of’ that goes all the way back to 1968 and traces his path from the Jazz Composer’s Orchestra onwards, though his highly personal body of work on JCOA, WATT and ECM which includes many settings of literary texts and juxtaposing of players from the worlds of jazz, classical music and rock. It’s good to be reminded of the extraordinary line-ups Mantler has assembled over the years. Drummers here, for instance, range from Tony Williams and Jack DeJohnette to the Pink Floyd’s Nick Mason. Singers include Jack Bruce, Robert Wyatt, Marianne Faithful. Don Cherry can be heard on trumpet, and Pharoah Sanders raises the roof with ecstatic tenor sax.

ECM 1689
Release date: November 10

Steve Swallow w/Robert Creeley
So There

Steve Kuhn / Cikada String Quartet

Bassist Steve Swallow had a long friendship with the great American poet Robert Creeley. Creeley’ s poems provided the impetus for Swallow’s “Home” album of 1979. Over the years they worked together on many projects, and shared many gigs. Very sympathetic to jazz, Creeley, in his prose, argued like an improviser: “Form is never more than an extension of content” and his poems have the same quality of being stripped of inessentials as, say, a solo by Thelonious Monk. On “So There” Creeley’s words are placed in the context of jazz and chamber music featuring the Cikada String Quartet, the piano of Steve Kuhn and Swallow’s own sensitive bass guitar.

Release date: November 10