Joe Lovano

Trio Tapestry

January 25, 2019

Avant-Garde Jazz

Though most often associated with his swinging post-bop albums for Blue Note, saxophonist Joe Lovano is no stranger to the ECM label. He first recorded with producer Manfred Eicher's storied German institution in 1981 for drummer Paul Motian's album Psalm, playing alongside bassist Ed Schuller and guitarist Bill Frisell. Since then he has made several appearances on the label, including further hits with Motian (who died in 2011), as well as pianist Steve Kuhn and guitarist John Abercrombie. With 2019's deeply atmospheric Trio Tapestry, Lovano takes his relationship with ECM to the next logical and long-awaited plateau.

- Matt Collar

Tigercub

As Blue as Indigo

A gorgeous blend of bedroom pop, indie-rock vocals, and some heavy guitar technique will make even your most pretentious music friends nod in approval. Tigercub’s 2021 album assures that modern alternative rock is still relevant. The sentimental subject matter paired with the emotion-laden instrumental segments results in As Blue as Indigo being the perfect album for the seasonal transition from long summer days to cooler fall afternoons.

- Mivick Smith