Manfred Eicher And ECM's amazing recordings

I also like La Fenice.

At the moment, I’m very much enjoying John Balke’s Discourses:

Perfect title!


Another “Amazing ECM Recording” of Keith Jarrett and with Charlie Haden’s double-bass what’s not to like! Very different in style and ambience from the concert at La Fenice, this was recorded at Jarrett’s home studio with the intention that the recording sounds exactly like what they were hearing. In the sleeve notes Keith says he hopes it can be heard on a good system as “there are nuances abounding”…


Thanks. That’s a fantastic recommendation!

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This was released last month. Accordion player Jean-Louis Matinier, who played on the Tarkovsky Quartet albums and others, is joined by the guitarist Kevin Seddiki. It’s a super album and makes a refreshing change.


That sounds interesting, thanks. Cuing it up…

I really enjoyed that! Thanks.

Matinier also in a very organic trio with Anouar Brahem and pianist Fr. Couturier


Yes, he was part of that group. He also played with Brahem on Le voyage de Sahar.

Another new ECM I’m enjoying immensely is this. The singing is really beautiful. Creek was an Estonian composer who died in the early 60s and Vox Clamantis are excellent.


Will give this a listen. Do you like Harry Christophers and the Sixteen?

Can also recommend the albums Souvenance and The Astounding Eyes of Rita.


I wasn’t aware of them until now and will take a listen. Thanks.

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“Souvenance and The Astounding Eyes of Rita” are fantastic albums!

…I am biased however since I enjoy his music and have purchased a number of his albums. You may also want to give ‘Madar’ a listen which has Jan Garbarek and Ustad Shaukat Hussain along with Anouar.

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Thanks for the this, will give it a listen :+1:

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Talking of having fun, your recommendation of La Feniche prompted me to listen to Inside Out by Jarrett, Peacock and DeJohnette.

2000 Royal Festival Hall.

Wonderful music, and a great recording.

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I was at the first night of the two nights that make up Inside Out. At the time it was a bit of a surprise as we were expecting standards…

Must be interesting to listen to it having been there.

(I have a CD of Sonic Youth gig in Central Park, N.Y. that I attended in 1992, which reminds me viscerally of that memorable time.)

I lived in Battersea in 2000 when you saw that gig, so I could have gone to it myself, had I known how good it was going to be.

But I saw almost all my jazz at Ronnie Scott’s in those days.

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Both wonderful!

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This is a great album; the brilliant pianist Django Bates in a trio setting.


brilliant album!

This thread prompted me to listen to Alina last night. Its been quite a while since my last listen and my system is set up better than it was. With the system resolving greater detail, I noticed many nuances I hadn’t realised were there and it made me wonder how to play this recording.

It is recorded at particularly low volume and Im not sure if thats because it’s meant to be listened to that way. If I turn up the volume to my usual listening levels (75 - 80dB(A) average) some background sounds seem to add to more than just ambience and fidelity, they are occasionally distracting. I have tried to find information about the volume but other than comments that yes, it is recorded at low volume, I can’t find any information about why this is or if the intention is for it to be played that way.

I listened last night at lower volume than I normally would, enough to detect everything that was going on but not enough to be distracted by anything other than the music. I think playing this at a lower volume really enhances its delicacy and last night I enjoyed one of those moments where the music just embraces you and carries you away. The rain falling on the skylight was the perfect accompaniment…