Category: Album Reviews – Archive

February 7, 2013 / Album Reviews - Archive

Carta de Amor (ECM)  The boss of Germany’s ECM record label, Manfred Eicher, is given to light-bulb moments. He had one in 1979 when he decided to assemble three great improvising musicians from different corners of the world: Charlie Haden, Egberto Gismonti and Jan Garbarek.  Eicher once told me that…

February 7, 2013 / Album Reviews - Archive

Matane Malit (ECM)  Listening to someone sing in a foreign language is among the great joys of music. Perhaps it is because I am rubbish at catching the words as they tumble past when sung that I almost find myself more easily swept away by their sound than their meaning.…

February 6, 2013 / Album Reviews - Archive

  Now Here This (Abstract Logix/Planet)  Some artists tend to pare back their music’s freneticism as they age. John McLaughlin prefers to continue letting rip. The guitarist who was in on the ground floor of combining jazz and rock still relishes unleashing torrents of notes against backdrops studded with rhythmic…