Steve Tibbetts

Life Of (ECM 2599)

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Life Of

Steve Tibbetts



ECM 151974

ECM 2599



CD 13,21 €

One-of-a-kind guitarist and record-maker Steve Tibbetts has an association with ECM dating back to 1981, with his body of work reflecting that of an artist following his own winding, questing path. The BBC has described his music as “an atmospheric brew… brilliant, individual.”

Life Of, his ninth album for the label, serves as something of a sequel to his previous ECM release, Natural Causes, which JazzTimes called “music to get lost in.” Like the earlier album, Life Of showcases the richness of his Martin 12-string acoustic guitar, along with his gamelan-like piano and artfully deployed field samples of Balinese gongs; the sonic picture also incorporates the sensitive percussion of long-time musical partner Marc Anderson and the almost subliminal cello drones of Michelle Kinney. Tibbetts, though rooted in the American Midwest, has made multiple expeditions to Southeast Asia, including Bali and Nepal; not only the sounds but the spirits of those places are woven into his musical DNA as much as the expressive inspiration of artists from guitarist Bill Connors to sarangi master Sultan Khan.

Life Of has a contemplative shimmer like a reflecting pool, with most of the album’s pieces titled after friends and family, living and past.


STEVE TIBBETTS, guitar, piano
MARC ANDERSON, percussion, handpan
MICHELLE KINNEY, cello, drones

Recorded on 2016 at Dave Ray Avenue, St. Paul, Minnesota, U.S.A.


01. Bloodwork
02. Life Of Emily
03. Life Of Someone
04. Life Of Mir
05. Life Of Lowell
06. Life Of Joel
07. Life Of Alice
08. Life Of Dot
09. Life Of Carol
10. Life Of Joan
11. Life Of El
12. End Again
13. Start Again