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A Long Story
Anat Fort, Perry Robinson, Ed Schuller
A Long Story
Genres: Jazz, Special Interest, Pop
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A Long Story is Anat Fort's debut release on ECM, and is comprised entirely of her original compositions, with one joint effort between Fort and Perry Robinson. From the very first track, the standard-in-the-making "Just N...  more »


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All Artists: Anat Fort, Perry Robinson, Ed Schuller, Paul Motian
Title: A Long Story
Members Wishing: 4
Total Copies: 0
Label: ECM Records
Original Release Date: 1/1/2007
Re-Release Date: 3/6/2007
Genres: Jazz, Special Interest, Pop
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPCs: 602517014169, 0602517014169, 060251701416


Album Description
A Long Story is Anat Fort's debut release on ECM, and is comprised entirely of her original compositions, with one joint effort between Fort and Perry Robinson. From the very first track, the standard-in-the-making "Just Now Var. I," Fort's attractively melodic and Eastern-flavored jazz writing is apparent and ECM's storied history of piano-led groups (think Keith Jarrett, Bobo Stenson, and Tord Gustavsen) continues with the addition of this fine quartet. The "sidemen" on A Long Story are three well-known jazz veterans, led by the great Paul Motian on drums. Perry Robinson makes his ECM debut here and Ed Schuller rounds out the group on double-bass.

CD Reviews

Almost too subtle for me to catch the vibe . . .
Jan P. Dennis | Monument, CO USA | 03/18/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)

". . . but I finally did. This disc demands close listening. Its nuanced pleasures, from Fort's gently slurred piano notes and brilliant pedal deployment, to Ed Schuller's deep, woody bass played with precisely bent notes and sly overtones, to Paul Motian's magical, dancing cymbals and sprung time, reveal themselves only to those who pay attention. Casual listening makes it almost sound--heaven forbid--mundane.

Only after easing into its subtle sensibilities do the furtive melodies began to reveal their hidden beauty and rigor. And just when one gets used to the finely tuned piano-trio concept, enter Perry Robinson, who has a unique approach and beguiling tone on clarinet, to lift the session to new heights. What seemed an entirely lovely outing suddenly turns mysterious, and sometimes even scary, starting with the very Charlie Haden-ish "Lullaby," continuing with the spooky "Chapter Two," a Fort/Robinson duet, and resurfacing whenever Robinson joins the proceedings ("Not a Dream?" with its magical-realist soundscape, "As Two/Something 'Bout Camels," certainly the most ambitious number on the disc, drenched in longing until, about midway through, a huge angst surfaces with Robinson's skittish clarinet and Schuller's brave bass solo, soon resolving into a more familiar-yet-still-alien territory, Robinson playing obsessive ocarina over delicate piano chords, and, finally, "Just Now, Var. III," with such palpable Sehnsuct that the listener almost keels over from longing).

Two solo piano numbers underscore Fort's understated genius, "Just Now, Var. II," with its delicate wistfulness, and "Chapter One," a study in quiet virtuosity, full of spiky melodies and faux-Romantic yearnings, all dolled up in gloriously ruminative wrappings.

As I say, you might be fooled by the apparent ease of execution that permeates this remarkable disc. But take the time to listen closely, and I think you'll agree that only a musician of the highest accomplishment could conceive and imbue such seeming ordinary music with such magic.

Highest recommendation."
Already one of the years' best!
T. L. Throop | Austin, TX USA | 04/26/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)

""A Long Story" marks the ECM debut of the Israeli-born New York-educated
pianist Anat Fort. And what a great debut it is. Although it is only April it seems destined to be one of the year's 10 best jazz albums.
Fort's compositions run the gamut from wistful to whimsical. She can be introspective and contemplative without becoming dreary or cumbersome. The cohesiveness of this project is further enhanced by the rhythm section that not only provides the essential foundation but also the framework for many of the compositions. But what else would you expect from living legend Paul Motian?
While this album was not recorded at the ECM studios, it nonetheless has that characteristic ECM sound. Open. Spacious. Subdued. The only question is why this took 3 years to be released since it was recorded in early 2003. But, in the end, who cares? A great album all the way around. One can only hope that Fort's future efforts will build upon this impressive beginning."
This woman will be a force in jazz
Anne Mulligan | San Antonio, TX | 10/22/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Anat Fort has it all, classical training, jazz imagination, compositional technique, and courageous artistry. Her music is at once lyrical and complex. "The Long Road" is a journey one needs to make several times so as to explore every nook and cranny along the road. Ms Fort may run way ahead of the other and newer travellers, but the clarity of her voice is never lost in this remarkable first offering. The group she put together, musicians of reknown, are flawless and speak not only of their own talent, but of the regard in which they must hold Anat Fort's musicianship. I am so happy to have made this discovery. I want more.
A. Mulligan
San Antonio, Texas"