Stefano Bollani: Gleda (2006)

Stefano Bollani: piano
Jesper Bodilsen: bass
Morten Lund: drums

1. Aldrig Som Aldrig (5:14)
2. Den Allersidste Dans (6:16)
3. Moder, Jeg Er Traet, Nu Vil Jeg Sove (5:49)
4. Armband (5:52)
5. Dansen Og Valsen (7:02)
6. Morgenlys Over Kobenhavn (7:26)
7. Kimer, I Klokker (4:04)
8. Glemmer Du (6:36)
9. Gleda (8:43)

Juan de Araujo et al.: Baroque Music from Latin America

Ex Cathedra Consort and Baroque Ensemble revel in a third program of the exuberant Latin American Baroque repertoire for which the group has received rapturous acclaim. Particularly featured on this disc is the rhythmically arresting music of Juan de Araujo with his settings of wonderfully evocative, indigenous, imagery. ‘For fire burning in snow is the effect of love’. The final line of Juan de Araujo’s Dime, amor gives the recording its title and conjures up the passion and dramatic contrasts of the music…

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Oded Tzur: Here Be Dragons (2020)

Oded Tzur: tenor saxophone
Nitai Hershkovits: piano
Petros Klampanis: double bass
Johnathan Blake: drums

1. Here Be Dragons (8:29)
2. To Hold Your Hand (6:20)
3. 20 Years (9:55)
4. Miniature 1 (1:42)
5. Miniature 2 (1:44)
6. Miniature 3 (2:30)
7. The Dream (5:25)
8. Can’t Help Falling In Love (3:33)

‘Here Be Dragons’ is the ECM debut of New York based, Tel Aviv born saxophonist Oded Tzur, a strikingly original player and musical storyeller. Tzur’s graceful and fluid tenor sax sound has been influenced by studies with bansuri master Hariprasad Chaurasia, and the concept of raga is subtly embedded in his elegant compositions, played with verve and imagination by his outstanding Israeli-Greek-American jazz group. As DownBeat has observed: “Tzur and his colleagues are definitely on to something.” Recorded in June 2019 at Auditorio Stelio Molo in Lugano, and produced by Manfred Eicher, the album is issued as Tzur embarks on an international tour.