Gary Peacock and Marilyn Crispell Harlem in the Himalayas
Part of the ECM CD Release Concert Mini-Series
Gary Peacock and Marilyn Crispell made outstanding music together in Marilyn’s trio with the late Paul Motian, on ECM albums including Nothing ever was, anyway and Amaryllis, but their duo project also has an extensive history, until now undocumented on disc. With their shared sense of lyricism, their individual compositional styles and their profound background in free playing, Peacock and Crispell are exceptional musical partners. The new album, Azure, recorded in upstate New York, home territory for both musicians, contains pieces written by Peacock ("Lullaby," "The Lea," "Puppets") and by Crispell ("Patterns," "Goodbye," "Waltz after David M"), duo improvisations ("Azure," "Blue," "Leapfrog") and highly inventive piano and bass solos.
SPECIAL CD RELEASE MINI-SERIES WITH ECM RECORDS
On three consecutive weeks in June the Rubin Museum of Art presents a mini-series of CD-launch concerts featuring artists from the ECM label. The musicians each stretch the boundaries of jazz in their unique ways and each evening promises compelling listening in its own right.
On June 7th, Romanian pianist-composer Lucian Ban and US violist Mat Maneri will perform a program of self-penned ballads, blues, hymns, spirituals and abstract improvisations the whole informed by the twin traditions of jazz and European chamber music. Bassist Gary Peacock and pianist Marilyn Crispell share an extensive history and will play music from their first recorded duo disc on June 14th. And finally, on June 21st, Norway’s Christian Wallumrød Ensemble – making its New York debut – will perform multi-dimensional chamber music highlighting Wallumrød’s singular compositional style.