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Ketil Bjørnstad: La Notte I

Monday Music

Somehow I never got around to posting this on Saturday, and by Sunday afternoon it seemed a bit late to call it "Weekend Music." It's a track from a recent ECM release which is my current enthusiasm.

Bjornstad-LaNotte
I've been taking advantages of the low prices at eMusic.com to explore some of ECM's back catalog, and in browsing that I noticed this new one. I was immediately intrigued by the title, which refers to Antonioni's movie of the same name. It seems to be some sort of homage, and although I certainly wouldn't have made the connection without the title, but it's a rich association, especially in the hands of ECM, which put an evocative scene from the movie on the album cover.

 

I should point out to anyone who might consider purchasing the album that the quiet and sombre mood of this opening track is not continued throughout; it gets considerably more agitated, then slows down again. It's unclassifiable instrumental music--not exactly jazz, not classical, more substantial than New Age--but very much in keeping with the ECM tradition. Here are a couple of reviews:

At eMusic

At London Jazz News

And here's information at the ECM web site.

 

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