Norwegian trumpeter Mathias Eick and Minneapolis-born pianist Craig Taborn have albums in the latest series of releases from ECM Records.
Eick, whose wistful sound and melodic compositions have won international acclaim, releases When We Leave on September 24. As with his previous album, Ravensburg, he is joined by Håkon Aase (violin, percussion), Andreas Ulvo (piano) Auden Erlien (bass) Torstein Lofthus (drums), Helge Andreas Norbakken (drums, percussion), with a new addition, Stian Carstensen (pedal steel guitar).
Taborn’s solo piano album Shadow Plays follows on October 8 and was recorded in the Mozart-Saal of the Wiener Konzerthaus. Although released ten years after his Avenging Angel album brought strikingly fresh ideas to the solo piano idiom, he regards Shadow Plays as part of the same continuum. “Unlike Avenging Angelng, this one is live,” he says. “But that process of spontaneous composition goes onward.”