John Potter and The Dowland Project

The Dowland Project began as an artistic collaboration between John Potter and ECM's Manfred Eicher, and was an attempt to re-discover the essence of renaissance song from the point of view of a modern performer. John suggested Dowland and Manfred Eicher proposed augmenting the obligatory early music players with jazz musicians. The first recording for … Continue reading John Potter and The Dowland Project

Tim Berne’s Snakeoil: Incidentals

Tim Berne: alto saxophone; Oscar Noriega: clarinet, bass clarinet; Ryan Ferreira: guitars; Matt Mitchell: piano; Ches Smith: drums, vibraphone, percussion, timpani. With David Torn: guitar on Hora Feliz (intro) and Sideshow (outro) Hora Feliz - 10:26 Stingray Shuffle - 7:36 Sideshow - 26:01 Incidentals Contact - 10:48 Prelude One / Sequel Two - 9:18 Incidentals … Continue reading Tim Berne’s Snakeoil: Incidentals

François Couturier : French pianist + Tarkovsky Quartet make genre-defying music

“I believe that the music belongs to the true interpreter, the true artist,” said 20th century Spanish composer and pianist Federico Mompou. “Here is the music. What does it suggest to you?” German cellist Anja Lechner and French pianist François Couturier took that challenge head-on in their album, Moderato cantabile. Though Moderato cantabile is Lechner and … Continue reading François Couturier : French pianist + Tarkovsky Quartet make genre-defying music

Duke Ellington’s First Sacred Concert : September 16, 1965

In the last decade of his life, Duke Ellington wrote three Sacred Concerts: 1965 - A Concert of Sacred Music 1968 - Second Sacred Concert 1973 - Third Sacred Concert Ellington called these concerts "the most important thing I have ever done". In the Sacred Concerts, Ellington took ecumenical ideals seriously. He didn't write a mass; … Continue reading Duke Ellington’s First Sacred Concert : September 16, 1965

Dieter Ammann : A synthesis of spontaneity and meticulous diligence

Dieter Ammann was born in Aarau (Aagau, Switzerland) in 1962 into a musical family. After graduating from high school he started his studies at the Academy for Music Education and Church Music in Lucerne. In addition, he spent several semesters at the Swiss Jazz School in Berne. Following that, he began to perform in the … Continue reading Dieter Ammann : A synthesis of spontaneity and meticulous diligence

Robert Glasper : Taking Jazz to New Audiences

Hailing from Houston, Texas, Robert Glasper is a jazz pianist with a knack for mellow, harmonically complex compositions that also reveal a subtle hip-hop influence. Inspired to play piano by his mother, a gospel pianist and vocalist, Glasper attended Houston's High School for the Performing Arts. After graduation, he studied music at the New School … Continue reading Robert Glasper : Taking Jazz to New Audiences

Andrew Hill : uniquely gifted composer, pianist and educator

Whenever the thumbnail sketch of the 1960s American jazz avant-garde is drawn, Ornette Coleman, John Coltrane, Cecil Taylor or Sun Ra appear in the foreground - and even a half-dozen other faces might materialize before that of Andrew Hill, who died at age 75 of lung cancer on this date in 2007. A uniquely gifted … Continue reading Andrew Hill : uniquely gifted composer, pianist and educator