Like many jazz musicians waking up this morning, I’m eternally grateful to ECM for opening their catalogue to Spotify. This is a double-edged sword for me, as I recognize that individual album sales may drop for the company, but am thoroughly excited and inspired by the amazing music that has become available. I’m also inspired to share some of the recordings I’ve encountered, and will encounter, in the hope that doing so will encourage more plays for the albums, for whatever that’s worth.
I’m starting with an album I haven’t heard until today, but which is really blowing me away. Miroslav Vitous’ playing has always been great, and I’ve always been a fan. This album wasn’t released in the US, or at least not until recently, and I’m just now finding it. It’s great to hear Kenny Kirkland in this environment, and Vitous’ arco playing is sending me back to the shed. Please take a listen!