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Founded in Munich by producer Manfred Eicher in 1969, ECM has recorded more than 1000 albums spanning many idioms. Establishing an early reputation with standard-setting jazz and improvised music albums – by Keith Jarrett, Paul Bley, Jan Garbarek, Chick Corea, Pat Metheny, the Art Ensemble of Chicago and others – ECM began to include contemporary composition in its programme in the late 1970s. In 1984 a sister label, ECM New Series, was launched to introduce the music of Arvo Pärt with the aptly-titled “Tabula rasa”. Other featured composers include György Kurtág, Valentin Silvestrov, Tigran Mansurian, Erkki-Sven Tüür, Heinz Holliger, Giya Kancheli, Meredith Monk, and Heiner Goebbels.

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Presto Playlist, Solo Piano Music on ECM

Take a deep dive with us as we explore both classic and more recent recordings that feature such artists from this mighty oeuvre as Keith Jarrett, Paul Bley and Marilyn Crispell.

Recording of the Week, Wolfgang Muthspiel - Dance of the Elders

The Austrian guitarist's sophomore outing with previous sidemen Scott Colley and Brian Blade proves to be a winning formula in this symmetrical slice of electric and acoustic enchantment.

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