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Jon Balke – Discourses (2020) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Jon Balke – Discourses (2020)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 43:34 minutes | 725 MB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Digital Booklet, Front Cover | © ECM

Having worked with ECM Records over several decades, Jon Balke is the epitome of the versatile musician. For example, in 2009, the Norweigan pianist, who is now 65 years old, embarked on a new adventure with his album Siwan, an international collective that blurred the boundaries between world music, classical music and jazz. In his latest release, Discourses, Balke returns to his solo work mixing soundscapes made of compositions, improvisations and what we now call “sound design”. He continues the methodology employed on Warp, the deeply introspective album he released in 2016, and develops it further. As is often the case with his piano music the songs are layered with disparate textures that are often acoustic but are sometimes electronic. The flowing melodies are interrupted at times with subtle dissonances and even unexpected sounds. The concept for this 2020 vintage originates from one of Balke’s very own ideas. The Norweigan based his work on various observations about language, viewing the notions of discourse and dialogue as fading concepts in light of the surge of rhetoric characterised by confrontation and conflict. “In this work I had the framework of language with me from the very beginning”, he says. “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”. That being said, you don’t need this discourse in mind to enjoy this vast array of piano figurations which are delightful as they are. – Marc Zisman


1. Jon Balke – the self and the opposition
2. Jon Balke – the facilitator
3. Jon Balke – the container
4. Jon Balke – the assumptions
5. Jon Balke – the certainties
6. Jon Balke – the suspension
7. Jon Balke – the polarization
8. Jon Balke – the second argument
9. Jon Balke – the why
10. Jon Balke – the deliberation
11. Jon Balke – the first argument
12. Jon Balke – the how
13. Jon Balke – the mutuality
14. Jon Balke – the first afterthought
15. Jon Balke – the second afterthought
16. Jon Balke – the third afterthought


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