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The entire ECM and ECM New Series catalogue is finally available in streaming Hi-Res and CD quality! Listen to the latest albums by Keith Jarrett, Brian Blade, Momo Kodama, Andras Schiff, Aaron Parks, Avishai Cohen, Gary Peacock and Steve Reich in the best sound quality.

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Title Artist Album Duration
1
Langsam gehend, immer zögernd, mit unsicheren, schleppenden Schritten
Frode Haltli Air 00:03:51

Christoph Stickel, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Manfred Eicher, Producer, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Frode Haltli, Accordion, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Irvine Arditti, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Hans Abrahamsen, Composer - Sean Lewis, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Arditti Quartet, String Quartet, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Lucas Fels, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Ralf Ehlers, Viola, AssociatedPerformer - Ashot Sarkissja, Violin, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2016 ECM Records GmbH, under exclusive license to Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

2
Father And Sun
Wolfgang Muthspiel Rising Grace 00:08:14

Brad Mehldau, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Larry Grenadier, Double Bass, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Wolfgang Muthspiel, Composer, Guitar, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Gerard De Haro, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Brian Blade, Drums, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Ambrose Akinmusire, Trumpet, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Manfred Eicher, Producer - Nicolas Baillard, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2016 ECM Records GmbH, under exclusive license to Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

3
The Circuit
Benedikt Jahnel Trio The Invariant 00:05:14

Jan Erik Kongshaug, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Manfred Eicher, Producer - António Miguel, Double Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Benedikt Jahnel Trio, MainArtist - Benedikt Jahnel, Composer, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Owen Howard, Drums, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2017 ECM Records GmbH, under exclusive license to Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

4
Smile
Colin Vallon Danse 00:05:21

Manfred Eicher, Producer - Julian Sartorius, Drums, FeaturedArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Patrice Moret, Double Bass, FeaturedArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Colin Vallon, Composer, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Stefano Amerio, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2017 ECM Records GmbH

5
Adrift
Aaron Parks Find The Way 00:05:47

Gerard De Haro, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Billy Hart, Drums, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Aaron Parks, Composer, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Manfred Eicher, Producer - Ben Street, Double Bass, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Nicolas Baillard, Mixer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2017 ECM Records GmbH, under exclusive license to Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

6
Bom Dia Rio
Anouar Brahem Blue Maqams 00:09:23

JACK DEJOHNETTE, Drums, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Dave Holland, Double Bass, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - James A. Farber, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Django Bates, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Manfred Eicher, Producer - Anouar Brahem, Composer, Oud, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2017 ECM Records GmbH, under exclusive license to Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

7
Lamma Bada Yatathanna
Stefano Battaglia Pelagos 00:04:51

Traditional, Composer - Manfred Eicher, Producer - Stefano Battaglia, Arranger, Piano, Work Arranger, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Stefano Amerio, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2017 ECM Records GmbH

8
For Amiri Baraka
Vijay Iyer Sextet Far From Over 00:03:23

Vijay Iyer, Composer, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - James A. Farber, Mastering Engineer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Graham Haynes, Cornet, AssociatedPerformer - Manfred Eicher, Producer - Stephan Crump, Double Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Tyshawn Sorey, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Steve Lehman, Alto Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Mark Shim, Tenor Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Nate Odden, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Vijay Iyer Sextet, MainArtist

℗ 2017 ECM Records GmbH

9
Pärt: Summa
Vox Clamantis Arvo Pärt : The Deer's Cry 00:06:02

Arvo Pärt, ComposerLyricist - Manfred Eicher, Producer - Vox Clamantis, Choir, MainArtist - Jaan-Eik Tulve, Conductor, Chorus Conductor, MainArtist - Helena Tulve, Recording Supervisor, StudioPersonnel - Margo Kolar, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Igor Kirkwood, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2016 ECM Records GmbH

10
O Jesu Dulcissime
Trio Mediæval Rímur 00:05:06

Traditional, ComposerLyricist - Peter Laenger, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Manfred Eicher, Producer - Arve Henriksen, Arranger, Trumpet, Work Arranger, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Anna Maria Friman, Arranger, Voice, Work Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Trio Mediaeval, MainArtist - Berit Opheim, Arranger, Voice, Work Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Linn Andrea Fuglseth, Arranger, Voice, Work Arranger, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2017 ECM Records GmbH, under exclusive license to Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

11
Tüür: L'ombra della croce
Tallinn Chamber Orchestra Gesualdo / Erkki-Sven Tüür / Brett Dean 00:06:57

Maido Maadik, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Tonu Kaljuste, Conductor, MainArtist - Erkki-Sven TUUR, Composer - Manfred Eicher, Producer - Tallinn Chamber Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist

℗ 2015 ECM Records GmbH

12
11. Pour les Arpèges composés
Momo Kodama Point And Line 00:04:53

Claude Debussy, Composer - Stephan Schellmann, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Manfred Eicher, Producer - Momo Kodama, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2017 ECM Records GmbH

13
Thatpujai
Julia Hülsmann Trio Sooner And Later 00:04:59

Heinrich Köbberling, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Marc Muellbauer, Double Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Jan Erik Kongshaug, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Manfred Eicher, Producer - Julia Hülsmann Trio, MainArtist - Julia Hülsmann, Composer, Piano, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2017 ECM Records GmbH, under exclusive license to Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

14
Water
Dominic Miller Silent Light 00:05:28

Miles Bould, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - DOMINIC MILLER, Composer, Guitar, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Jan Erik Kongshaug, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Manfred Eicher, Producer

℗ 2017 ECM Records GmbH

15
Subconscious Lee
Bill Frisell Small Town 00:07:32

Lee Konitz, Composer - Bill Frisell, Mixer, Guitar, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Paul Zinman, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - James A. Farber, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Thomas Morgan, Mixer, Double Bass, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Manfred Eicher, Producer, Mixer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2017 ECM Records GmbH

16
Menuet I & II (Live)
András Schiff Encores After Beethoven 00:02:32

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - András Schiff, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Stephan Schellmann, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Manfred Eicher, Producer

℗ 2016 ECM Records GmbH, under exclusive license to Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

17
2. Allegro
Yuuko Shiokawa Bach - Busoni - Beethoven 00:03:09

Yuuko Shiokawa, Violin - András Schiff, Piano - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - (Stephan Schellmann, Recording Engineer - Manfred Eicher, Producer)

℗ 2017 ECM Records GmbH

18
1. Prélude
Thomas Demenga J.S. Bach: Préludes & Sarabandes 00:03:07

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Thomas Demenga, Cello, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Manfred Eicher, Producer - Laurentius Bonitz, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2017 ECM Records GmbH, under exclusive license to Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

19
Traditional: The Dromer (Arr. For String Quartet)
Danish String Quartet Last Leaf 00:03:01

Traditional, Composer - Markus Heiland, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Rune Tonsgaard Sorensen, Arranger, Violin, Work Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Danish String Quartet, Producer, Strings, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Frederik Øland, Arranger, Violin, Work Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Asbjørn Nørgaard, Arranger, Viola, Work Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Fredrik Sjølin, Arranger, Cello, Work Arranger, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2017 ECM Records GmbH, under exclusive license to Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

20
Quant ien congneu a ma pensee
François Couturier Nuit blanche 00:05:05

Anonymous, Composer - Manfred Eicher, Producer - François Couturier, Arranger, Work Arranger - Anja Lechner, Arranger, Work Arranger - Stefano Amerio, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Tarkovsky Quartet, MainArtist

℗ 2017 ECM Records GmbH

21
Pilgrim
Ralph Towner My Foolish Heart 00:04:32

Ralph Towner, Composer, Guitar, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Manfred Eicher, Producer - Stefano Amerio, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2017 ECM Records GmbH, under exclusive license to Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

22
Daylight Ghosts
Craig Taborn Daylight Ghosts 00:07:37

Dave King, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Chris Speed, Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - James A. Farber, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Manfred Eicher, Producer - Craig Taborn, Composer, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Chris Lightcap, Double Bass, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2017 ECM Records GmbH

23
Joy
John Abercrombie Quartet Up And Coming 00:04:12

John Abercrombie, Composer, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Joey Baron, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - James A. Farber, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Marc Copland, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Manfred Eicher, Producer - Drew Gress, Double Bass, AssociatedPerformer - John Abercrombie Quartet, MainArtist

℗ 2017 ECM Records GmbH

24
Lacrimosa
Rias Kammerchor Tigran Mansurian : Requiem 00:05:52

Peter Laenger, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - RIAS Kammerchor, Choir, MainArtist - Alexander Liebreich, Conductor, MainArtist - Manfred Eicher, Producer, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Münchener Kammerorchester, Orchestra, MainArtist - Tigran Mansurian, Mixer, StudioPersonnel, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2017 ECM Records GmbH, under exclusive license to Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

25
1. In kräftigem, nicht zu schnellem Tempo
Carolin Widmann Felix Mendelssohn - Robert Schumann 00:15:38

Robert Schumann, Composer - Chamber Orchestra of Europe, Orchestra, MainArtist - Manfred Eicher, Producer - Carolin Widmann, Violin, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Rainer Maillard, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2016 ECM Records GmbH, under exclusive license to Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

26
2. Pesante moderato (Live)
Kremerata Baltica Mieczysław Weinberg: Chamber Symphonies, Piano Quintet 00:05:23
27
Far From Over
Vijay Iyer Sextet Far From Over 00:06:16

Vijay Iyer, Composer, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - James A. Farber, Mastering Engineer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Graham Haynes, Cornet, AssociatedPerformer - Manfred Eicher, Producer - Stephan Crump, Double Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Tyshawn Sorey, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Steve Lehman, Alto Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Mark Shim, Tenor Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Nate Odden, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Vijay Iyer Sextet, MainArtist

℗ 2017 ECM Records GmbH

28
50 Years And Counting
Avishai Cohen (tp) Cross My Palm With Silver 00:07:03

Gerard De Haro, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Avishai Cohen, Composer, Trumpet, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Nasheet Waits, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Barak Mori, Double Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Manfred Eicher, Producer - Yonathan Avishai, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Nicolas Baillard, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2017 ECM Records GmbH, under exclusive license to Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

29
Burning Hot
Tomasz Stańko December Avenue 00:05:06

Gerard De Haro, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Reuben Rogers, Double Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Tomasz Stanko, Composer, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - Manfred Eicher, Producer - Gerald Cleaver, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - David Virelles, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Tomasz Stanko New York Quartet, MainArtist - Nicolas Baillard, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2017 ECM Records GmbH, under exclusive license to Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

30
Tempei Tempo
Gary Peacock Tangents 00:04:11

Joey Baron, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Marc Copland, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Gary Peacock, Composer, Double Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Manfred Eicher, Producer - Gary Peacock Trio, MainArtist - Stefano Amerio, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2017 ECM Records GmbH, under exclusive license to Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

31
Provenance
Björn Meyer Provenance 00:06:11

Manfred Eicher, Producer - Björn Meyer, Composer, Bass Guitar, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Stefano Amerio, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2017 ECM Records GmbH, under exclusive license to Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

32
Sonic Anomaly
Chris Potter The Dreamer Is The Dream 00:05:34

Chris Potter, Composer, Mixer, Tenor Saxophone, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - James A. Farber, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Joe Martin, Double Bass, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Marcus Gilmore, Drums, Percussion, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Manfred Eicher, Producer, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - David Virelles, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Luke Klingensmith, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2017 ECM Records GmbH, under exclusive license to Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

33
Asian Fields
Louis Sclavis Asian Fields Variations 00:06:49

Gerard De Haro, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Manfred Eicher, Producer - Dominique Pifarély, Violin, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Louis Sclavis, Composer, Clarinet, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Vincent Courtois, Cello, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Nicolas Baillard, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2017 ECM Records GmbH, under exclusive license to Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

34
Komitas: Msho Shoror
Lusine Grigoryan Komitas: Seven Songs 00:10:08

Markus Heiland, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Manfred Eicher, Producer - Vertapet Komitas, Composer - Lusine Grigoryan, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2017 ECM Records GmbH

35
Wither
Theo Bleckmann Elegy 00:05:33

James A. Farber, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ben Monder, Guitar, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Manfred Eicher, Producer - John Hollenbeck, Drums, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Theo Bleckmann, Voice, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Shai Maestro, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Chris Tordini, Double Bass, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2017 ECM Records GmbH, under exclusive license to Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

36
Ante Lucem – Before Dawn…
Iro Haarla Quintet Ante Lucem - For Symphony Orchestra And Jazz Quintet 00:16:28

Manfred Eicher, Producer - Trygve Seim, Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Mika Kallio, Drums, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Iro Haarla Quintet, MainArtist - Iro Haarla, Composer, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Ulf Krokfors, Double Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Norrlands Operans Symfoniorkester, Orchestra, MainArtist - Jukka Iisakkila, Conductor, MainArtist - Torbjörn Samuelsson, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Hayden Powell, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2016 ECM Records GmbH, under exclusive license to Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

37
3. Credo
John Potter Secret History 00:10:24

Jacob Heringman, Arranger, Guitar, Work Arranger, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Tomás Luis de Victoria, ComposerLyricist - John Potter, Arranger, Voice, Work Arranger, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Manfred Eicher, Producer - Ariel Abramovich, Arranger, Guitar, Work Arranger, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Peter Länger, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2017 ECM Records GmbH

38
Freye Fantasie fis-Moll, Wq. 67
Alexei Lubimov C.P.E. Bach : Tangere 00:11:19

Alexei Lubimov, Piano - Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach, Composer - (Stephan Schellmann, Recording Engineer - Manfred Eicher, Producer - - Guido Gorna, Recording Supervisor)

℗ 2017 ECM Records GmbH

39
II. Cinis
Kim Kashkashian Arcanum 00:07:03

Lera Auerbach, Composer, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Manfred Eicher, Producer - Kim Kashkashian, Viola, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Peter Länger, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2016 ECM Records GmbH

Pablo Marquez, Guitar - Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana - Dennis Russell Davies, Conductor - Luciano Berio, Composer - Michael Rast, Recording Engineer - Manfred Eicher, Producer

℗ 2017 ECM Records GmbH

Netherlands Radio Choir, Choir, MainArtist - Reinbert de Leeuw, Conductor, MainArtist - Manfred Eicher, Producer - Gyorgy Kurtag, Composer - Bastiaan Kuijt, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Marina Tsvetaeva, Author - Asko/Schönberg, Chamber Orchestra, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Guido Tichelman, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2017 ECM Records GmbH

42
Langsam gehend, immer zögernd, mit unsicheren, schleppenden Schritten
Frode Haltli Air 00:03:51

Christoph Stickel, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Manfred Eicher, Producer, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Frode Haltli, Accordion, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Irvine Arditti, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Hans Abrahamsen, Composer - Sean Lewis, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Arditti Quartet, String Quartet, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Lucas Fels, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Ralf Ehlers, Viola, AssociatedPerformer - Ashot Sarkissja, Violin, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2016 ECM Records GmbH, under exclusive license to Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

About Playlist

The entire ECM and ECM New Series catalogue is finally available in streaming Hi-Res and CD quality! Listen to the latest albums by Keith Jarrett, Brian Blade, Momo Kodama, Andras Schiff, Aaron Parks, Avishai Cohen, Gary Peacock and Steve Reich in the best sound quality.

ECM in 10 Albums

by Marc Zisman

“The most beautiful sound next to silence.” That’s been ECM’s motto for the past fifty years. Manfred Eicher, the charismatic founder of the Munich label, seems to live in a parallel universe. And jazz sounds different on planet ECM. It is often thanks to this label that artists such as Keith Jarrett, Charles Lloyd, Jan Garbarek, Chick Corea have recorded their best records. Even more so than with Blue Note or Impulse! Limiting the whole history of this extraordinary label to just 10 records would be mission impossible. So, these 10 albums will tell not “the” story but “a” story of ECM.

Art Ensemble of Chicago – Nice Guys (1979)
ECM may have been created in the golden age of free jazz, but Manfred Eicher approached the genre with a twist: “I didn't want to work too much with the free jazz scene because I thought it was mostly made for live performance. And that the entire strength of that intensity was difficult to capture on tape.” When he brought together the Art Ensemble of Chicago in Tonstudio Bauer in Ludwigsburg in May 1978 to record this aptly named album Nice Guys, the storm suddenly grew calm. Born ten years earlier, the Chicago gang continued their unique Great Black Music for their first ECM record by mixing together improvisations, music from their elders, tribal sequences and freedom in all its forms. For Lester Bowie, Malachi FavorsJoseph JarmanRoscoe Mitchell and Don Moye, Great Black Music was plural. It therefore seemed only logical that they built more bridges between continents and decades than usual. And while Nice Guys looks more like a patchwork than an entity, that’s only because it perfectly documents an original avant-garde vision and an exciting era. Not one for sensitive souls.

John Surman – Road to Saint Ives (1990)
This album is the work of one man and one man only: John Surman. On soprano and baritone saxophone, bass clarinet, keyboard, synthesizer and percussion, the British musician played everything here himself, skilfully superimposing each instrument in measured layers. The result is magnificent. It alternates between an introspective journey and a wide range of sonic landscapes. When he released this record at the age of 46, Surman was already a major figure in European jazz and a first-class resident at ECM, having already signed off on several records for the label. However, this solitary journey, which was captured in April 1990 at Rainbow Studio in Oslo, gave his sound universe a new density. The harmonic strength makes it one of his most beautiful recordings. Road to Saint Ives was inspired by the landscape and history of Cornwall, which have fascinated him since his childhood, even though the saxophonist insists in the cover notes that he comes from a city further to the east and isn’t truly Cornish. “The pieces are not intended to be musical portraits of particular places or events, the tracks being simply a collection of some of the intriguing place-names found on and around the road to St. Ives…” John Surman's eclecticism is what makes his journey so fascinating. He alternates between mystical passages from ancient times that are rooted in a folk tradition and sequences with almost futuristic sounds. A journey like no other...

Jan Garbarek / Anouar Brahem / Ustad Shaukat Hussain – Madar (1994)
Whether he studies the music of ancient polyphonic composers or exchanges sounds with musicians from Asia or Africa, whether he transmits the folk tradition of his native Norway or joins Keith Jarrett's European quartet, the saxophonist Jan Garbarek has never stopped exploring. So much so that without him (being the musician who has recorded the most for ECM), Manfred Eicher's label would not be the same. Nor would European jazz... Garbarek has his own sound. A kind of atmosphere that’s immediately recognizable among thousands. In his extensive discography, Madar should be filed under the ‘world experiences’ section. Recorded in Oslo in the summer of 1992 with the Tunisian oudist Anouar Brahem and the Pakistani percussionist Ustad Shaukat Hussain, the album captured a dialogue between different cultures right from the start. Garbarek had already exchanged melodies with Pakistani musicians two years earlier as part of a sextet on the record Ragas and Sagas. But on this record, the smaller cast gave more strength to his interventions and his two accomplices were presented on an equal footing. Like Anouar Brahem’s improvised solo on Bahia, or Shaukat Hussain's tabla which carried the theme on Jaw, Garbarek added two pieces from his native folklore (Sull lull and Joron). The trio slalom from one landscape to another for over an hour and a quarter. In short, it’s a pure ECM record, and an expert in breaking down borders.



Nils Petter Molvær – Khmer (1997)
ECM has sometimes been criticized for only making ECM records. Always that same sound. That same aesthetic. That rich jazz that was occasionally imbued with world sounds and dominated by spaces and climatic improvisations... Manfred Eicher has also been accused of resting on his laurels and only working with the same musicians... With Khmers, the producer from Munich proved that his ears are not immune to what was being whispered around him. This record is a kind of UFO in his label's vast catalogue. It was Nils Petter Molvær’s first solo album, a musician who was formerly known for his work with the group Masqualero, and the record intrigued the jazz world when it was released in 1998. With a muted sound that linked him to the unique sound of Miles Davis, the Norwegian trumpeter explored new territories between the borders of jazz, electronic and world music. Being a big fan of Miles’ electric years, Molvaer aimed to merge Bill Laswell's productions with Massive Attack's trip hop, tribal world rhythms and the drum'n'bass and jungle that was popular in England at the time. With the help of samples and drum machines, the avant-garde Scandinavian compositions retain a great melodic sensuality. And without scratching too far beneath the surface, we even find some traces of that famous ECM DNA.

Charles Lloyd – The Water Is Wide (2000)
When Charles Lloyd signed with ECM in 1989, he couldn't have imagined that he would experience one of the most wonderful resurrections a jazzman of his generation has ever experienced. Adored by his peers and the public until the end of the 1960s, the Memphis saxophonist was 51 years old at the time of this resurrection. During the 1970s, he only occasionally picked up his instrument and it was only at the beginning of the following decade that he formed a new group with pianist Michel Petrucciani. From 1989 to 2013, Lloyd recorded sixteen albums for ECM. These records are cleverly thought out and always imbued with his own ethereal lyricism. He developed a dream-like style which kept its freshness, even though it was consistent with his work of yesteryear. Released in August 2000, The Water is Wide is one of the highlights from his long enchanting career, partly due to its five-star cast. Guitarist John Abercrombie, pianist Brad Mehldau, double bassist Larry Grenadier and his old drummer Billy Higgins provide Charles Lloyd with a rich backdrop onto which he adds his generous and spiritual phrases. With the help of a slow tempo repertoire that mixes jazz standards, traditional pieces (Georgia, The Water Is Wide, Black Butterfly, Lotus Blossom, Heaven, There Is a Balm in Gilead) and personal compositions, he accentuates the moving depth of his playing. The alchemy between the five men is constantly palpable and it amplifies the warmth of a record that you can listen to again and again without ever growing tired of it.


Translated by Georgia Eriksen.

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