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Favorite ECM Records of the 21st Century

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Barre Phillips' End to End, definitely.

The Evan Parker run is quite interesting too. I guess the Maneris mostly were released prior to the 2001 cutoff, but they feel relevant (as they should).

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21 hours ago, Milestones said:

Mostly Coltrane--Steve Kuhn, with Lovano prominently featured.

  

Yes!  Coltrane tributes are a crowded space but this one is excellent.

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Manu Katche’s Neighborhood is another good one. From ‘04 with Stanko. 
 

Charles Lloyd’s Mirror is damn fine too. A 2009 recording with Jason Moran :tup

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Found this one and like it a lot (Goodwill of all places!) Stefano Bollani-Piano Solo (2006).

On 12/31/2020 at 9:57 PM, Dub Modal said:

Did Stanko ever make a bad album? Even if he's a sideman I'm down for it. 

...no, I don't think he ever made a bad album too, but he never got to me either. I had two of his ECM's and never went back to them and sold them. I can't put my finger on it, but like he sounds so mechanical about his business I guess. Excellent musician, maybe he's just too ECM'd, I don't know how to put it. Safe, maybe. 

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10 hours ago, clifford_thornton said:

Barre Phillips' End to End, definitely.

Also treasure this one, and was wondering how much it was appreciated.

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Five Ralph Towner CDs released this century.  All tend toward tasteful rather than groundbreaking, but worth checking out.

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You have to be in a certain mood to listen to Stanko, or at least I have to be.  

He very much typifies the "ECM sound."

 

 

 

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34 minutes ago, randyhersom said:

Five Ralph Towner CDs released this century.  All tend toward tasteful rather than groundbreaking, but worth checking out.

I need to check those out. All of the Towner albums I have are older. 
 

33 minutes ago, Milestones said:

You have to be in a certain mood to listen to Stanko, or at least I have to be.  

He very much typifies the "ECM sound."

 

 

 

For the most part, yeah. Once settled in though, I find those albums riveting. His sideman work on that Katche album doesn’t necessarily fit that mold however.

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