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New CDs From ECM On the Way

ECM-obsessed jazz fans will be sated later this month, and then again in early May, when the label releases three new albums, one apiece from guitarist John Abercrombie (pictured), pianist Marilyn Crispell and bassist Arild Anderson.

The Abercrombie disc, titled Class Trip, is a quartet date with violinist Mark Feldman, drummer Joey Baron and bassist Marc Johnson-the same band that Abercrombie used on his 2000 ECM effort, Cat ‘n’ Mouse. Like it’s predecessor, Class Trip is made up mostly of songs written either by Abercrombie or the whole band that head into free-improvisation land. The one exception among its 11 tracks is the next-to-last track, a three-minute version of classical composer Bela Bartok’s “Soldier’s Song.” The album comes out April 27. Here’s a track list:

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