From ECM: Marcin Wasilewski Trio “Faithful”; and François Couturier”Tarkovsky Quartet”

Marcin Wasilewski Trio
ECM 2208

Marcin Wasilewski piano
Slawomir Kurkiewicz double-bass
Michal Miskiewicz drums

“Dazzling third ECM album by Poland’s Wasilewski Trio, which perfectly captures the group’s blend of energy and lyricism. There is space here for both the outgoing and the reflective, for profound composition and in-the-moment creativity. The wide-ranging repertoire on Faithful (named after the Ornette Coleman title track) includes five new tunes from the pen of Marcin Wasilewski and timeless pieces by Paul Bley and Hermeto Pascoal. From the standard repertory, the trio plays The Ballad of the Sad Young Men. Reaching beyond jazz, the players also find a new approach to Hanns Eisler’s An den kleinen Radioapparat.”

Marcin Wasilewski Trio

At Amazon, the CD $14.88 April 12, 2011; the .mp3 album no information.

François Couturier
Tarkovsky Quartet
ECM 2159

François Couturier piano
Anja Lechner violoncello
Jean Louis Matinier
Jean Marc Larché soprano saxophone

“The unique band founded by François Couturier continues to draw inspiration from the films of Andrey Tarkovsky as its frame of reference expands. Allusions to Pergolesi, Bach and Shostakovich are to be found in the compositions here, as are compelling group improvisations. As the Irish Times wrote of the earlier Nostalghia – Song for Tarkovsky album (recorded 2005): ‘ Mixing classical rigour with improvisation both formal and free, what emerges is austerely beautiful, etched in sombre hues and redolent of an unslakeable thirst to connect with a deeper well of the spirit.’ ”

François Couturier

At Amazon the CD $32.53 June 14, 2011;.mp3 album no information