Todays ECM Recordings Playlist

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  1. Wildcat

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    I've been enjoying Holon quite a bit lately. "Modul 42" was featured on the ECM documentary Sounds and Silence, and that was just enough to get me to check out an album's worth. I have Continuum here but haven't listened to it much yet, although there is a lot of similarity between that and his other recordings I've heard so far. I don't mean that in a repetitive way (as in, the albums all sounding the same), but in that stylistically, there is no mistaking any of them for anything but Bartsch's style. And if you you like this one, you'll likely enjoy the others.

    Bartsch's music often reminds me of programmed synthesizer loops (and even electronica/trance), yet it's all done live, performed together as a group, with acoustic instruments. Maybe that's why it clicks with me? I like hearing when existing styles are "mashed" together to create something new. I also pick up on the subtle changes and little things going on in the background. I'll also admit it's not for everyone--at worst, it can all seem like endless repetitive patterns, and the improvisation (what little there is of it) does not stray far from the main theme.
     

     

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    This looks like one of those "What is different in these pictures" puzzles.

    1. The white van is now there
    2. The garbage can is on other side of the lamp post
    3. Painted lines on the street are a different color.
     
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    At the 2014 Detroit Jazz Festival Prism, (featuring Dave Holland, Kevin Eubanks, Eric Harland and Craig Taborn) played on the main stage. Some of my buddies went over to see it while I stayed at another stage to watch Gary Burton with Julian Lage. So glad I stayed for Gary as Prism was described to me as a Kevin Eubanks wank fest!

    Have not been able to listen to them since.
     
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    I have to admit I listened to the Prism album recently and wasn't too impressed, certainly not enough to ever play it again. IMHO it felt to me like the album was going in a way different direction than the others and was a bit "guitar heavy" for my taste, way outside Kevin's usual style. I guess that's the sound Holland was going for with this lineup--that's all I can figure. I figure everyone has a "clunker" of an album they've recorded in their lifetimes (and apparently, festival gigs to go with it).

    I prefer Kevin on his own, or on the earlier Dave Holland Extensions album, to be honest.
     
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    Big fan of Dave's big band recording, What Goes Around.
     
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    I am surprised few (if any) of the rooms at AXPONA used ECM, or ECM-like, recordings as demo discs. In one of the rooms, I requested "Alar" from Ralph Towner's Open Letter CD on ECM and had it played. It was nice to hear that on a system that is a few dollars above my pay grade. :D (It was also one of the only systems I heard with truly deep bass, so it was a good workout for the system.)
     
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    Just added that Towner recording to my list, although the review does mention one of the tunes almost sounds like a new age parody, Magic Pouch?

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    That was "Alar" they were complaining about, if we're reading the same review. I'm not hearing that myself. The New Age I'm thinking of has a lot less meat on its bones, and is a little too "precious" for its own good. (Think some of the more mainstream Windham Hill artists--beautifully played and recorded, but little if any improvisation or much of a melody to sink the teeth into.) If anything, New Age was probably more inspired by Oregon (and other similar artists) than much of anything else out there. ECM certainly predated New Age by a number of years.

    "Nightfall" is one of my favorite Towner/Oregon tunes, so this was nice to hear a different version of it. I am familiar with it from the Oregon album Northwest Passage.
     
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    Another LP from last Friday's purchase that I didn't get to spin before heading out of town Saturday. Another title for my ECM collection a surprisingly airy/ethereal effort from this group based on side 1 and the opening of side 2. I'm going to enjoy getting to know this one.
     
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    If you're at all familiar with "Quiet Departures" from Eberhard Weber's Fluid Rustle album, check out the sample backing on this cut by The Cinematic Orchestra:



     
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    David Torn ~ Only Sky

    Loopy looping guitar.

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    I am going to seek this one out. :thumbsup:

    One of the earliest loops was used on the hit "Stayin' Alive" by the Bee Gees. They used a piece of the drum track from "Night Fever." Interesting story if I can find a link to it again...
     

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