Customised five-string electric double bass, mostly in his own keyboard settings and treatments, but also with the saxophones and overtone flute of Jan Garbarek, and the percussion of Michael DiPasqua.
Two violins, moving slightly apart in tempo during a sixteen-note melody, and back again, out one-sixteenth of a note, in three cycles. Octet and Music explore ‘the human breath as the measure of musical duration’.
A village banda take on tunes from Italian opera — knees-up, sublime, lovely.
Live in Juan-les-Pins, 2002, with Peacock and DeJohnette, with two Miles’ and Autumn Leaves magnificently revisited.
A song-cycle life of Aisha, youngest wife of the prophet Mohammed, co-written by the Armenian-German guitarist and Julia Hulsmann, performed together with her trio and Serbian singer Yelena Kuljic.
In lyrical homage to French filmmaker Jacques Tati, with pianist Stefano Bollani and drummer Paul Motian.
Multi-tracking especially the raj nplaim from Laos and the nohkan from Japan (a free-reed pipe and flute, both bamboo), as well as many male voices, inspired by Georgian polyphony, sung by himself.
The Nordan Project, combining Swedish folk and jazz improvisation. With Palle Danielsson on bass, from various Charles Lloyd, Keth Jarrett and Jan Garbarek lineups.
The Norwegian-American guitarist — sparsely beautiful — with trumpeter Mathis Eick, and the great drummer Jon Christensen, amongst others.
With the brilliant Italian pianist Stefano Bollani — a mixture of their own compositions, improvisation, and covers, including two versions of Jobim’s Retrato Em Branco Y Preteo.
The German trumpeter’s own selection from his three seventies ECM/JAPOs — Scales, Light Lines, and Horizons. Beautiful, lyrical ballads, starkly dramatic post-bop, explosive improvisation.
Trumpet, flutes, doussn’gouni, melodica, organ, voice — with Nana Vasconcelos (berimbau, cuica, talking drum, percussion, voice), Collin Walcott (sitar, tabla, hammered dulcimer, sanza, timpani, voice).
Contemplative, mysterious excursions in the Russian psalms and folk-songs of the Finno-Ugric diaspora, songs of the Udmurtian, Vepsian and Karelian peoples. Drums, trumpet, piano.
The great Italian trumpeter’s homage to Michael Jackson, refreshingly focussing on the later work. Thriller’s here, but the History and Invincible albums are his favourites.
With Jan Garbarek, Palle Danielsson and Jon Christensen at Tokyo’s Nakano Sun Plaza in April 1979.
His own selection from two ECMs and an Emarcy — subverting the big-band tropes second-nature to a large improvising ensemble. ‘Inspired by Gil Evans, Claus Ogerman and Oum Khalsoum.’
Big-band arrangements of well-known pieces by Dave Holland, Chick Corea, Trygve Seim, Jan Garbarek, and Keith Jarrett, featuring Tommy Smith alongside the double-bassist.
Xavier Charles (clarinet, harmonica), Ivar Grydeland (electric guitar, banjo, sruti), Christian Wallumrod (prepared piano, harmonium), Ingar Zach (gran cassa, percussion).
The clarinettist with keys and electric guitar: chamber-improv, polyrhythms and ambience, rhapsodic piano and funky Fender, clarinet soliloquies, counterpoint, a little Bitches Brew, some North African…
Joyous interpretations of Bill Evans’ Interplay, Miles’ Flamenco Sketches, a Trane and a Rollins, Ornette’s Blues Connotation; several originals. With Joe Lovano, Drew Gress and Joey Baron.