A Long Story

March 6, 2007 | Format: MP3

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  • Label: ECM
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  • Total Length: 56:18
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  • ASIN: B000V6Q7ZU
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #242,298 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

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47 of 49 people found the following review helpful By Jan P. Dennis on March 17, 2007
Format: Audio CD
. . . 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.
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By T. L. Throop on April 26, 2007
Format: Audio CD
"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.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Anne runs with scissors on October 22, 2007
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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
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Lovblad on July 18, 2007
Format: Audio CD
Whiel having the typical ECM sound that can be slightly unnerving, even if I like it a lot, this is a very nnice CD with intimate piano pieces by Anat Fort.
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