One of the few ECM sides recorded by the Art Ensemble Of Chicago – easily some of the hippest work the label issued at the time, and a key way for the avant collective to get a bit of large audience exposure! The sound is still very much in the best AEC style here – and if anything, ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A live set from 1980 – and one that shows the Art Ensemble still able to capture some of the warmth and imagination from their early years. Most tracks are fairly long, and the group move through their usual panopoly of instruments along the way. Titles include "Urban Magic", " ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A seminal session that forever put the British improvisational scene on the map – a great little record that features guitar by Bailey, soprano sax by Evan Parker, electronics by Hugh Davies, and work by Jamie Muir and Christine Jeffrey. Tracks are longish, and relatively free – and ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Germany pressing. Cover has a cutout hole.)
Richard Beirach —
Eon ... LP ECM, 1974. Used ...
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One of our favorite 70s albums from pianist Richie Beirach – a set that has this wonderfully flowing energy – almost a more forceful take on the ECM sound of the 70s, yet still a bit warmer than some of Beirach's other work too! The group's a trio – with Frank Tusa on bass and ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(German pressing. Cover has a piece of clear tape on the bottom seam.)
Beautiful solo piano work from Paul Bley – spare, stark, and almost lovely – and a real contrast to some of his more aggressive experiments of the late 60s. The Bley here has almost a hint of sadness and longing, especially on the numbers that have him revisiting tunes he'd done on ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A 70s ECM album from Paul Bley, but one that features work from much earlier years – one session recorded in 1963, the other from 1968 – both done with Gary Peacock on bass, and either Billy Elgart or Paul Motian on drums! These early sides from Bley are quite interesting examples of ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A very groovy set from Gary Burton – almost funky at points, and a great step forward for his unusual approach to the vibes! The group's definitely a new quartet, with a very fresh feel – and include Michael Goodrick on guitar, Abraham Laboriel on bass, and Harry Blazer on drums – ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
An unusual 2LP set – one that brings together important duo albums on ECM by vibist Gary Burton! Hotel Hello is a beautiful showcase of the early ECM style at its best – as the set features Gary Burton on organ and marimba, in addition to his usual vibes – alongside bass and ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Gary Burton takes on the music of Carla Bley – in a wonderfully sensitive set that opens up rich new colors in her music! The group here is a particularly well-chosen one for the effort – a quintet with Burton on vibes, Mick Goodrick on guitar, Steve Swallow on bass, and Bob Moses on ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(US pressing. Cover has light wear & a sticker spot.)
A really great record from David Byrne – songs and spoken bits that were originally designed to be used in Robert Wilson's Civil Wars – but which work great on their own! Byrne is completely charming in the spoken bits – with a sense of dry wit mixed with humanism, not that ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
An essential 2LP set that's just about the only vinyl release you can find that documents the work of the legendary (and short-lived) Circle group – an important avant jazz combo that featured Anthony Braxton, Chick Corea, Dave Holland, and Barry Altschul. The record captures a Parisian ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Beautiful solo piano from Chick Corea – almost in a Keith Jarrett mode on ECM – mostly original improvisations, plus extrapolations on work by Thelonious Monk and Wayne Shorter! (Jazz) LP, Vinyl record album
One of Chick Corea's greatest moments on record – the self-titled album by the legendary Return To Forever group – a combo that included Joe Farrell on saxes, Flora Purim on vocals, Airto on percussion, and Stanley Clarke on bass! The sound is archetypal 70s fusion at its best – ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Some of the most outside work ever recorded by Chick Corea – a great session from the post-Circle trio that included Barry Altschul on percussion and Dave Holland on bass! The sound here is in a vast space of dark corners, sharp edges, and some slightly warmer moments – similar to some ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Jan Garbarek —
Dis ... LP ECM, 1977. Very Good+ ...
Not a various artists collection, as you might guess from the cover – but a cool extended piece – with keyboards by Gruntz, plus percussion from Dom Um Romaeo, David Friedman, Pierre Favre, and Jack DeJohnette! Includes drums, cymbals, gongs, vibes, marimba, and more! (Jazz) LP, Vinyl record album
(German pressing. Cover has a lightly bent corner.)
One of the avant garde classics in the early catalog of ECM Records – a set that has bassist Dave Holland working with two key bandmates from the Circle group – Anthony Braxton on saxes and flute, and Barry Altschul on percussion – as well as the great Sam Rivers on flute and sax, ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(German pressing. Cover has light aging along one edge, but is great overall.)
Following in the tradition of many US improvisers, Holland issues a set of solo pieces, all performed on bass. While most of the material is composed, the wide open setting allows Holland lots of room for inventive stretching out. 6 of his own tunes, plus one by Miles Davis and one by Anthony ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of Holland's excellent small group sides for ECM, showcasing his angular yet swinging take on modern jazz, that sidestepped the 80s by numbers jazz molds of revisionist young lions and too smooth jazz lite. The quintet here features Julian Priester, Steve Coleman, Kenny Wheeler, and Steve ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(US pressing. Cover has a promo sticker and some wear on one corner.)
Although Dave Holland has led and participated in many great groups, large and small, his 80s quintet that recorded for ECM is arguably the best. Featuring Steve Coleman, Julian Priester, Marvin Smitty Smith and Kenny Wheeler, the group manages to swing and dance hard around some fairly complex ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A very unusual record – one that has Keith Jarrett playing some solo organ – and a baroque organ at that – but in ways that are quite different than you might expect! The sounds here are amazing – almost noisy at points, as Jarrett really works the instrument in an ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of Jarrett's numerous solo piano recordings for ECM, and one that actually predates the watershed Koln Concert set. Ultimately very much in the same vein as that more well known recording, these 3 albums worth of material find Jarrett exploring the piano in a contemplative, lyrical, but still ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(German pressing, includes the booklet.)
Keith Jarrett —
Spirits ... LP ECM (Germany), 1986. Very Good+ 2LP Gatefold ...
A second great set of standards from Keith Jarrett – and like the first one, a great reminder to many that the pianist was still very strongly schooled in jazz! Although Keith really opened up ways for pianists to stretch out in the 70s, his move to material like this in the early 80s was a ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the crowning moments of Keith Jarrett's longform improvised style of the 70s – a huge batch of concert material recorded in Japan – done in a style that's similar to his famous Koln and Berlin concert records! The album features different performances from Kyoto, Osaka, Nagoya, ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(US pressing. Cover has some aging, unglued binding, light stains and some edge wear.)
An unusual session for Robin Kenyatta – featuring the leader on alto and flute, plus Wolfgang Dauner on clavinet and piano, Arild Andersen on bass, and Fred Braceful on drums. (Jazz) LP, Vinyl record album
Katrina Krimsky & Trevor Watts —
Stella Malu ... LP ECM (Germany), 1981. Used ...
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Beautiful duets – with Katrina Krimsky on piano and Trevor Watts on alto and soprano sax! (Jazz) LP, Vinyl record album
Steve Kuhn & Sheila Jordan —
Playground ... LP ECM, 1980. Used ...
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One of Steve Kuhn's amazing collaborations with vocalist Sheila Jordan! Although Kuhn's a pianist at heart, he always seems to have an ear for singers – especially at this time in his career, when both his playing and his compositions gave such new inspiration to a 70s decade of vocal ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of Metheny's seminal sides for ECM, in a trio with Jaco Pastorius and Bob Moses. 8 tracks in all, including "Bright Size Life", "Sirabhorn", "Unity Village", "Missouri Uncompromised", "Midwestern Nights Dream", "Ubiquity Road", "O ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Arguably the last great album to come from the classic Pat Metheny collaboration with Lyle Mays – a record that's tightened up considerably from some of the group's earlier efforts, but which gives as its reward some wonderfully compelling tunes! Pat's still very much influenced here by a ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A completely solo album from Pat Metheny – but one that still sparkles with the same sort of energy as his fuller group sessions for ECM! At a point when Pat could be content to simply scrawl a few simple lines on the strings of his guitar, he instead does a great job of complicating things ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A really wonderful little record from Pat Metheny – quite possibly our favorite by the man, thanks to some really inventive sounds that still resonate strongly in the groove scene today! Pat's skirting nicely here between the sound-based quality of earlier records, and some of the more fluid ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A near-legendary album from Pat Metheny – the real birth of the "Metheny sound" on record, and a perfect example of the magically fluid groove that he crafted with keyboardist Lyle Mays! The sound here is hard to describe – and even harder when you try to pick out the ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Pat Metheny —
Travels ... LP ECM, 1982. Near Mint- 2LP Gatefold ...
A live album, but every bit as seminal as the studio sides that Pat Metheny cut for ECM at the time – and proof that the Metheny magic was clearly his own, and not just a product of studio tricks by Manfred Eicher! The set reprises tunes and themes from a variety of Metheny's earlier ECM ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Paul Motian didn't always record that much as a leader, but the dates under his own name are always compelling ones – and quite a change from his more famous work with Bill Evans! This set is a sparkling showcase of original tunes by Motian – played by a shifting array of players that ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Features the great bassist with John Surman on a range of reeds, plus a bit of electronics – plus John Abercrombie on guitar, Stu Martin on drums, and Dieter Feichtner on more electronics! (Jazz) LP, Vinyl record album
An excellent bit of spacey funk from Julian Priester – the Chicago hardbop trombonist who grooved mightily in the late 50s and early 60s with the likes of Sun Ra and Max Roach, but who here is reemerging as a 70s electric funk maestro, in the lineage of Herbie Hancock. Here, he's working ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of Enrico Rava's more over-the-top albums – recorded with a full-on trumpet sound that reminds us a bit of Freddie Hubbard in early CTI years, set into some harder jamming post-Miles arrangements! The backing is by a John Abercrombie on guitar, Palle Danielsoon on bass, and Jon ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A groundbreaking set of modal minimal tracks that stands as one of Reich's most popular and accessable works. The music is extremely subtle, and features 18 musicians playing a variety of violins, cellos, clarinets, pianos, marimbas, and vibes – all in short cyclic passages that move in and ... (Out Sound) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Classic mid-period Reich – with an approach that's a lot more sophisticated than the earlier works, but a sound that's still filled with whimsey and surprise! The winner here is Music For A Large Ensemble, which features some excellent interplay between marimbas, vibes, and xylophone – ... (Out Sound) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Terje Rypdal —
Odyssey ... LP ECM (Germany), 1976. Used 2LP Gatefold ...
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A great setting for the spacey tones of Terje Rypdal's guitar – a double-length set for ECM that lets Terje stretch out in very spacious splendor! The album features a fair bit of very long tracks, plus a few shorter ones – and Rypdal's working here on string ensemble and soprano sax, ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Shankar was one of the few flying the flag of jazz/Indian music crossovers in the 80s – pushing the genre a bit farther forward at a time when most other players had abandoned it! Given that his instrumentation here is violin and drum machine, the sound's a bit different than some of the ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
John Taylor/Norma Winstone/Kenny Wheeler —
Azimuth ... LP ECM, 1977. Near Mint- ...
An overlooked gem from the early years of ECM – featuring vibist Tom Van Der Geld at the helmp of a group that also features Larry Porter on electric and acoustic piano, Roger Jannotta on reeds, Richard Appleman on bass, and Jamey Haddad on drums! (Jazz) LP, Vinyl record album
Tom Van Der Geld & Children At Play —
Out Patients ... LP ECM/Japo (Germany), 1980. Near Mint- ...
One of the more obscure albums from this vibist on ECM! The set features Tom Van Der Geld on vibes – plus Roger Jannotta on saxes and flute, Wayne Darling on bass, and Bill Elgart on drums and percussion! (Jazz) LP, Vinyl record album
Tom Van Der Geld & Children At Play —
Patience ... LP ECM, 1978. Near Mint- ...
Features Van Der Geld on vibes and percussion, plus Roger Jannotta on saxes and flute, Kent Carter on bass, and Bill Elgart on drums and percussion! (Jazz) LP, Vinyl record album
Precisely the sort of hippy-jazz that made us ridicule the ECM label for years, but saved by some lyrical contributions from Don Cherry and energetic playing by Dom Um Romao and John Abercrombie. Sample seekers take note, there's loads of spacious atmospheric bits on this wide open recording! ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(White label promo. Cover has light wear & a promo stamp.)