Jon Balke returns with Discourses

It's noun or never: each of the 16 titles on Discourses containing at least one 'the', solo piano from Jon Balke is in focus once again on this upcoming album to be released on ECM in mid-May. Recorded in Lugano four months ago you can listen to …

Published: 20 Apr 2020. Updated: 21 months.

It's noun or never: each of the 16 titles on Discourses containing at least one 'the', solo piano from Jon Balke is in focus once again on this upcoming album to be released on ECM in mid-May.

Recorded in Lugano four months ago you can listen to 'The Why', a dark lento meditation, sequenced in the middle of the album above.

This latest is the Norwegian's third such album, and is the next on from Warp released four years ago Balke notes: "As the political climate hardened in 2019 with more and more polarized speech, the lack of dialogue pointed me towards the terms that constitute the titles for the tracks."

Jon Balke, photo: ECM

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Track of the day: 'Te Conocí de Nuevo'

Wonderful vocal here from Rubén Blades on pianist Carolina Calvache's upcoming Vida Profunda. Sunnyside are putting the record out at the end of May. Blades inhabits a compelling, night-time, if you make the leap Mark Murphy atmosphere, Calvache's …

Published: 19 Apr 2020. Updated: 21 months.

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Wonderful vocal here from Rubén Blades on pianist Carolina Calvache's upcoming Vida Profunda.

Sunnyside are putting the record out at the end of May.

Blades inhabits a compelling, night-time, if you make the leap Mark Murphy atmosphere, Calvache's careful accompaniment, like an omniscient shadow, just right.

There are lots of guests on the album. The title of the track in question means translated from Spanish, 'I Met You Once More' and the lyrics are by Calvache, the languorous ballad a tale of a ''failed couple that meets together again, this time for good.''