From ECM: Eight New Titles to its ongoing series of audiophile 180 gram LPs

“ECM is pleased to announce the addition of eight further titles to its ongoing series of audiophile 180 gram LPs. Seven back-catalogue classics are reintroduced, and one recent recording makes its vinyl debut…”

Nik Bärtsch’s Ronin: Llyría

ECM 2178/ 2-LP 264 2178

Nik Bärtsch piano
Sha alto saxophone, bass clarinet
Björn Meyer bass
Kaspar Rast drums
Andi Pupato percussion

“The third album from one of the most exciting young European bands, Llyrìa follows on from Stoa and Holon, the recordings that established Swiss band Ronin on the international scene. Leader Nik Bärtsch’s “modular” pieces still define the context of the group’s music but the committed input of the individual Ronin members has lifted the work to the next level, blurring the distinctions between composition, improvisation and interpretation. The music has become more open, so much so that Bärtsch’s old buzzwords like “Zen funk” and “ritual groove music” now scarcely apply and even “minimalism” is only a distant reference. Reed player Sha shines brightly here, and lyrical melodic themes make themselves felt, but perhaps this is, more than its predecessors, a drummer’s record, its beats lovingly crafted by Kasper Rast and percussionist Andi Pupato. Recorded in the South of France in March 2010, with Manfred Eicher producing.”

Keith Jarrett: Facing You
ECM 1017/ LP 233 1017

Keith Jarrett piano

“Jarrett’s first-ever solo disc, made at the beginning of his long creative association with ECM in 1971, and cited as an influence by innumerable pianists since then.”

“Jarrett’s first solo album, made in Oslo in 1971, initiated 40 years (so far) of continuous collaboration with ECM. “Facing You” is a landmark recording, meanwhile meticulously studied by generations of piano players. “Jarrett’s playing is a precise blend of eruptive romanticism, technique, historicism and musicality” – New York Times.

Keith Jarrett: Belonging
ECM 1050 / LP 233 1050

The “European Quartet”

Keith Jarrett piano
Jan Garbarek tenor and soprano saxophones
Palle Danielsson bass
Jon Christensen drums

“The coming-together of Jarrett’s European Quartet. “Three ballads and three powerfully rhythmic pieces demonstrate Jarrett’s genius for understanding and bringing out the musical essence of his associates”, as biographer Ian Car wrote. Jarrett composes for the springing rhythms of Jon Christensen’s drums and Jan Garbarek’s declamatory sax, with delightful results. – Jazz Forum Record of the Year 1975/76.”

Keith Jarrett: My Song

ECM 1115 / LP 233 1115

Keith Jarrett piano, percussion
Jan Garbarek tenor and soprano saxophones
Palle Danielsson bass
Jon Christensen drums

“The sequel to Belonging is one of the most perfectly lyrical small group recordings in jazz, with magical rapport between piano and saxophone. “Keith’s lovely, liquid melodies are played beautifully by Jan Garbarek, the unison lines sounding as though from one person ”
– Jazz Journal

Pat Metheny Group: American Garage

ECM 1155 / LP 233 1155

Pat Metheny guitars
Lyle Mays piano, oberheim, autoharp, organ
Mark Egan bass
Dan Gottlieb drums

Metheny’s young quartet paid homage to rock and pop roots in this 1979 album of breezy charm, whose tunes, all written by Metheny and Lyle Mays, often suggest the wide-open spaces of rural Missouri. Opening track (Cross the) Heartland was a Metheny Group signature song for many years, and the album topped the jazz best-seller lists and penetrated Billboard’s rock charts, too.”

Pat Metheny: 80/81
ECM 1180 / 2-LP 264 1180

Pat Metheny guitar
Charlie Haden bass
Jack DeJohnette drums
Dewey Redman tenor saxophone
Michael Brecker tenor saxophone

“Metheny’s strongest improvisational recording brought him into the orbit of some heavy players. On this double album, the 26-year-old guitarist could engage with the saxophones of Dewey Redman and Michael Brecker, and ride the surging pulsations supplied by a first-ever rhythm section teaming of Charlie Haden and Jack DeJohnette. “What results in an always fascinating, often provocative performance from all involved. Mike Brecker’s marvelous swooping and soaring improvisation of First Folk Song is one of his finest recorded moments” – High Fidelity.

Pat Metheny Group: Travels
ECM 1252 / 2-LP 264 1252

Pat Metheny guitars
Lyle Mays piano, synthesizers, organ, autoharp, synclavier
Steve Rodby basses
Dan Gottlieb drums
Nana Vasconcelos percussion, voice, berimbau

“On the live Travels, recorded on a 1982 US tour, the scope of Metheny’s music was being expanded in two different directions. Increasing use of guitar synthesizer, together with the banks of keyboard synths, suggested futuristic textures. At the same time, Nana Vasconcelos’s berimbau and percussion anchored the music in the earth. From here on, Brazilian rhythms would have an increasingly important role to play in Pat’s work.”

Jan Garbarek Group: I Took Up The Runes</em>
ECM 1419 / LP 233 1419

Jan Garbarek soprano and tenor saxophones
Rainer Brüninghaus piano
Eberhard Weber bass
Nana Vasconcelos percussion
Manu Katché drums
Bugge Wesseltoft synthesizer
Ingor Ántte Áilu Gaup voice

“1990’s Runes incorporated one of the most popular of Garbarek Group line-ups. By adding Manu Katche’s powerful drums to the established Eberhard Weber-Rainer Brüninghaus-Nana Vasconcelos axis, the Norwegian saxophonist had the most robust fundament from which to launch his melodic flights. Includes the five-part Molde Canticle, a major work, which The Wire suggested, “might be Garbarek’s ‘A Love Supreme’ ”.

All Text and graphics are from ECM’s newsletter of 26.11.2010, taken to a wider world with love and respect.