In 1969, a 26-year-old musician and jazz aficionado named Manfred Eicher founded a tiny independent record label in Munich he called Edition of Contemporary Music, … Read More “ECM Records’ Manfred Eicher: The Free Matrix”
Smooth-jazz artists started out like most modern jazz players, collecting records, hanging out at gigs and copping licks from their bop, cool and fusion forefathers. Eighteen of smooth’s most revered practitioners tell us about the jazz luminaries who influenced and inspired them.
The Esbjorn Svensson Trio–aka E.S.T.–is huge in Europe, but the highly melodic and immediately accessible Swedish piano trio has had a harder time making a … Read More “The Esbjorn Svensson Trio: Taking Five with E.S.T.”
The saxophone colossus turns 75 in September. Fellow tenor player Joshua Redman speaks to the master about his life, music and forthcoming live CD, recorded just days after 9/11. Plus, fellow musicians weigh in on the significance of Sonny.