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Favorite ECM Records of the 21st Century

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Please name your favorite ECM Records of the 21st century, (2000-2020). Thanks!

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Anouar Brahem - Le Voyage de Sahar

Anouar Brahem - Le Pas Du Chat Noir

Eleni Karaindrou - The Weaping Meadow

Elina Duni - Matanë Malit

Tomasz Stanko - Dark Eyes

Tomasz Stanko - Lontano

Tord Gustavsen - What Was Said

 

Something like that I guess.

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Andrew Cyrille - The Declaration of Musical Independence 

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I like the Nik Bartsch titles I have heard.   Not much use for the label overall at this late date.

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Posted (edited)

Trio Beyond - Saudades (Tony Williams Lifetime tribute)

Enrico Rava - On the Dance Floor (Michael Jackson tribute)

Edited by danasgoodstuff

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44 minutes ago, felser said:

I like the Nik Bartsch titles I have heard.   Not much use for the label overall at this late date.

Yeah, that's actually why I made it specific to the 21st century. Most of the time when people list their favorite ECM records, there's a lot of stuff from back in the 1970s. Given how much music ECM puts out, I figured there's probably some good stuff that I've missed. 

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

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I agree about Stanko, definitely. Also, everything by Anouar Brahem is of a consistently high standard. Louis Sclavis has hit a rich seam too.

Other artists that have released strong albums are Misha Alperin, John Surman, Stefano Battaglia, Enrico Rava, Christian Wallumrod, Markku Ounaskari, Francois Couturier, Tim Berne, Michael Formanek, Giovanni Guidi and I could easily go on.

Any drop off for me has been in the last five years or so

 

 

 

 

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Don't know how I forgot Dino Saluzzi whose recent 'Albores' is a quiet masterpiece

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Favorites:

Paul Motian, I Have the Room Above Her

Billy Hart, One Is the Other

Charles Lloyd, Lift Every Voice

David Torn, Prezens

David Torn, Sun of Goldfinger

Tim Berne, Incidentals

Michael Formanek, The Rub and Spare Change

Fly, Year of the Snake

Lee Konitz, Live at Birdland

Vijay Iyer, Far from Over

Jack DeJohnette, Made in Chicago

Mark Turner, Lathe of Heaven

Michael Formanek, The Distance

Tim Berne, The Shadow Man

Tim Berne, You’ve Been Watching Me

Paul Motian, Lost in a Dream

Charles Lloyd, Rabo de Nube

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I also really like "Rabo De Nube" by Lloyd, and "Athens Concert" is amazingly good in spots.  His work in general has been miraculous on ECM and then Blue Note, given that I was one of the many who had written him off as a burnout case in the early 70's.

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20 minutes ago, Guy Berger said:

Favorites:

Paul Motian, I Have the Room Above Her

Billy Hart, One Is the Other

Charles Lloyd, Lift Every Voice

David Torn, Prezens

David Torn, Sun of Goldfinger

Tim Berne, Incidentals

Michael Formanek, The Rub and Spare Change

Fly, Year of the Snake

Lee Konitz, Live at Birdland

Vijay Iyer, Far from Over

Jack DeJohnette, Made in Chicago

Mark Turner, Lathe of Heaven

Michael Formanek, The Distance

Tim Berne, The Shadow Man

Tim Berne, You’ve Been Watching Me

Paul Motian, Lost in a Dream

Charles Lloyd, Rabo de Nube

Great list. Would add the following:

Carla Bley, Life Goes On

Bill Frisell/ Thomas Morgan, Small Town

 Craig Taborn, Avenging Angel

Michael Formanek, Small Places

Paul Motian, Time and Time Again

Dave Holland Quintet, Extended Play

Vijay Iyer, Break Stuff

 

LWayne

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Yes, the Dave Holland titles are sttong.

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Funny to see how so many mention American names exclusively with such a European label. But I know the ECM sound isn’t much appreciated here.

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Anouar Brahem ‎"Blue Maqams"

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34 minutes ago, soulpope said:

Anouar Brahem ‎"Blue Maqams"

that one is a big favorite over here... another one I like a lot is Masabumi Kikuchi's Sunrise - but I guess that is an acquired taste

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I've been really enjoying a lot of the recent ECM titles. I just wish I had time and money to explore more of what's been released over the past few years, but I've particularly liked these:

 

Andy Sheppard- Movements in Colour

Marilyn Crispell and David Rothenburg- One Dark Night I Left My Silent House

Ketil Bjornstad- La Notte

Marcin Wasilewski- January

Sinikka Langeland- Starflowers, The half-finished heaven

Markku Ounaskari, Samuli Mikkonen, Per Jørgensen- Kuara

Misha Alperin- Her First Dance

Anouar Brahem- The Astounding Eyes of Rita

 

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Too many, BUT agree about Stanko, no sloppy records AFIK, I would add Charles Lloyd, Paul Motian and Dave Holland in the same league.

Trovesi and Coscia strong records too. Both records of Jarrett and Haden are excellent IMMV.

Edited by porcy62

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6 hours ago, Niko said:

that one is a big favorite over here... another one I like a lot is Masabumi Kikuchi's Sunrise - but I guess that is an acquired taste

That's a great one

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I'm a big fan of Wolfgang Muthspiel's Where the River Goes and Barre Phillips' End to End.

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Carla Bley - The Lost Chords Find Paolo Fresu, Carla's Christmas Carols

Ralph Alessi - Baida

Michael Formanek - The Rub and Spare Change

Charles Lloyd - Rabo de Nube

Louis Sclavis - Dans la Nuit

Tomasz Stanko - Soul of Things, Suspended Night, Wislawa

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