“Recently ECM Records founder and head honcho Manfred Eicher has been corralling some of the most talented jazz musicians working in NYC into his record label: the additions of Tim Berne, Vijay Iyer, Craig Taborn and Ches Smith have given this traditionally Euro-centered label a tilt toward the west side of the pond a little more than before. But with Eicher’s spotless work behind the boards, the personality of the ECM brand is often just as strong as the personalities of the musicians themselves.
Now, trumpeter Avishai Cohen becomes the latest from the New York gang to record as a leader for this fabled label, and for Cohen’s ECM debut Into The Silence (February 12, 2016), the music bears the strong mark of Eicher’s production touch. For this particular case, it’s exactly what Cohen needed.”
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