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    Posted: 21 Aug 2011 at 7:06pm
Ok, I know there's a thread concerning this music label, but let's make it faster.

I'm interested in knowing what you guys would consider the 10 Essential ECM Albums at your criteria. 
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It was difficult for me to elect ten albums. However, I thought that these albums always started listing. This is personally favorite of me.

RTF - 1st
Steve Kuhn - Trance
Bright Size Life - Pat Metheny
The Koln Concert - Keith Jarrett
To Be Continued - Terje Rypdal

In addition, I recommend "Neighbourhood" of Manu Katche as a personal favorite album.

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^thanks, will have to check the Kuhn and Rypdal albums!

I'm just listening to Koln Concert for the first time, amazing.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Kazuhiro Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 21 Aug 2011 at 8:01pm

Yes. Koln Concert is a really wonderful album. Smile

And,a better recommendation is believed for Slarti to appear at once perhaps and to be done.Smile

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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote js Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 21 Aug 2011 at 9:32pm
I'm not a big ECM fan, but I remember being very impressed with Steve Reich's Music for 18 Musicians (or is it 16?)
Also, an ECM sampler i had from the late 70s seemed very modern at the time with its mix of minimalist composers and world jazz like Codona, that was a cool record.


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Originally posted by Kazuhiro Kazuhiro wrote:

It was difficult for me to elect ten albums. However, I thought that these albums always started listing. This is personally favorite of me.

RTF - 1st
Steve Kuhn - Trance
Bright Size Life - Pat Metheny
The Koln Concert - Keith Jarrett
To Be Continued - Terje Rypdal

In addition, I recommend "Neighbourhood" of Manu Katche as a personal favorite album.


I am here with Kazuhiro's ECM No.1 - Chick Corea's Returmn To Forever album is possibly greatest ECM release I ever heard. The other what comes to mind is Jan Garbarek's debut on ECM - "Afric Pepperbird". Overall almost all greatest ECM releases come from very early 70s when the label was really progressive. With mid 70s pop/world fusion and pop/third stream becoming their moving power for me ECM became respectable but boring label (with later new age/jazz cocktails they became not simply boring but sometimes just terribly boring). Few last decades long they try to refresh their program a bit with some success, but do it on very safe manner.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote idlero Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 22 Aug 2011 at 3:10am
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I think the problem with a lot of the fusion music is that it's extremely predictable, it's a rock rhythm and the solos all play the same stuff and they play it over and over again ...
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote snobb Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 22 Aug 2011 at 3:24am
^ You reminded me another great ECM album - the debut again: Nels Petter Molvaer "Khmer". Excellent Nordic folk roots and some simplistic electronics, cool airy sound.One of nu jazz cornerstone release. Quite unusual release for ECM (Molvaer will change the label soon after this release). 

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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Sean Trane Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 22 Aug 2011 at 4:12am
Wow, tricky question, because I'm not a big ECM fan either
 
I'll try to make out a list this week.... just picked up last year's ECM label catalogue... and I'll leaf through it to make sure I don't miss out on something unforgiveable.
 
to me, RTF's first album is certainly the best.... but i'll add to that soon.
 
 
 
my music collection increased tenfolds when I switched from drug-addicted musicians to crazy ones....

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Bennie Maupin - The Jewel In The Lotus is between ECM best releases as well.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Abraxas Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 22 Aug 2011 at 12:17pm
Thanks for all the recs, keep them coming.

Some favorites of mine that haven't been mentioned:

Theme to the Guardian by Bill Connors
Watercolours by Metheny (as well as all the early PMG albums)
Crystal Silence by Corea/Burton
Timeless by Abercrombie

And well, Manfred Schoof's albums belong to the JAPO label which derives from ECM, so that counts I think. 



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In a somawhat chronoligical and preferrence order
 
Chick Corea - Return To Forever
Mal Waldron - The Call
Terje Rypdal - Whenever I seem To Be So Far Away  & What Comes After
Julian Priester & Pepo Mtoto - Love, Love
Bernie Maupin - The Jewel In The Lotus
Keith Jarrett - The Koln Concert
Azimuth - Departure
John Surman/John Warren - The Brass Project
 
 
Worth a mention (but not that I would one day own them)
Metheny's New Chateauqua, Offramp  and Amzerican Garage
Abercrombie's Gateway series
 
 
I still have to explore (after that I think, I'll have to give iot a rest)
Kenny Wheeler's Music For Large Ensemble (90) and Long Time Ago (98)
Miroslav Vitous's The Journey (82) and Universal Syncopations (03)
John Surman Stranger Than Fiction (93) and Adventure Playground (91)
The Music Improvisation Company 's ST album with Jamie Muir (70)
Globe Unity Improvisation's Compositions and Improvisations (79 & 77)
Jan Garbarek's Sart (71) Afric Pepperbird (72) and Places (77)
Steve Khun's Trance (74)
Dave Holland Quintet's Jumping In and Shades Of Time (83 & 84)
Holland/Phillips's Music For Two Basses (71)
Bill Connors - Of Mist And Meting (78)
Elton Dean - Boundaries (80)
Gary Burton Quintet w Eberhard Weber's Rong, Dream So Real and Passengers (74 to 76)
 
 
I'm also looking for recommendations in
Michael Mantler's and Charles Lloyd's ECM and/or Watt discography
Art Ensemble Of Chicago's ECM catalogue
 
 
my music collection increased tenfolds when I switched from drug-addicted musicians to crazy ones....

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Originally posted by idlero idlero wrote:

in chronological  order
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Idlero ... One of these days I'm gonna cut you up into little pieces ... that's too much music !!!
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Hi,
 
Ok ... my top ten? ... just don't call me an ol' foggie!
 
The order is negligeable and not important.
 
Keith Jarrett - The Koln Concert (the best piano concert ever recorded, classic or otherwise!)
Egberto Gismonti - No Caipira
Egberto Gismonti - Sol do Meio Dia
Jan Garbarek - Eventyr
Jan Garbarek/Gismonti/Haden - Magico
Terje Rypdal - (with David Darling) Eos
....
I have to look at the names of the albums ... but th eartists are:
Eberhard Weber
John Abercrombie
Charlie Haden
David Darling
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Originally posted by Moshkito Moshkito wrote:

Hi, ...  ...
Keith Jarrett - The Koln Concert (the best piano concert ever recorded, classic or otherwise!)
Egberto Gismonti - No Caipira
Egberto Gismonti - Sol do Meio Dia
Jan Garbarek/Gismonti/Haden - Magico

Those are all great albums. Egberto é um gênio.


The only ECM album I physically own is this one:


and it's really good.

That's Kenny G with Miles Davis on my avatar, by the way.
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Originally posted by Polo Polo wrote:


Those are all great albums. Egberto é um gênio.
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... muito especial! Musica maravilhosa!
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Julian Priester's Love,Love is my personal favorite, Ironically it is not what I would call a typical ECM release, It's sound is not icy cold nor European sounding, Meaning, blues less , This is atmospheric Jazz funk, sort of a sister album of the Hancock Mwandishi Albums, and maybe better. I am leaning that way after years of comparison. I don't mean this  as a slam of ECM, I happen to really like the chamber jazz sound of Terje Rypdal, and John Surman and the like.  That Trio Beyond saudades live double cd is killer,  any of the 21st Century Paul Motian albums are real good, Metheny's Off ramp, any of the Dave Holland albums are worth while. 
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Tough one, just 10 favorites:
Abercrombie, John Timeless
Rypday, Terje Singles Collection, The
Isham, Mark/Arte Lande We Begin
Gruntz, George et. Al. Percussion Profiles
Gismonti, Egberto Sol Do Meio Dia
Towner, Ralph Solstice
Torn, David Cloud About Mercury
Bruninghaus, Rainer Freigeweht
Metheny, Pat Group Pat Metheny Group
Burton, Gary Quintet Dreams So Real


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Terje Rypdal - 1st
Terje Rypdal - Odyssey
Terje Rypdal - Waves
Barre Phillips - Mountainscapes
Barre Phillips - Three Day Moon
Markus Stockhausen - Karta
Jon Hassell - Power Spot
Pat Metheny Group - s/t
Pat Metheny & Lyle Mays - As Wichita Falls So Falls Wichita
Julian Priester - Love Love
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Originally posted by js js wrote:

I'm not a big ECM fan, but I remember being very impressed with Steve Reich's Music for 18 Musicians (or is it 16?)


GREAT STUFF! Thanks for that.
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