ECM: Between the Lines

On June 4, 2018, WKCR DJ Andrew Castillo and I presented an encore of sorts to our 15-hour traversal of the entire ECM catalog. Under the theme “Between the Lines,” I curated a playlist of world music and folk-leaning tracks that explore yet another major facet of the label’s output. The episode is now available to listen by clicking the PLAY button below. You may also download the full episode by clicking here. Scroll down for a full playlist, including links to my reviews of each album:

LEAD-IN
Bengt Berger
Bitter Funeral Beer (ECM 1179)
“Tongsi”

[INTRODUCTION @ 00:04:59]

00:09:14
CODONA
Codona 3 (ECM 1243)
“Goshakabuchi”

00:20:07
Jean-Louis Matinier / Marco Ambrosini
Inventio (ECM 2348)
“Wiosna”

00:24:46
Trio Mediaeval
Folk Songs (ECM 2003)
“Det Lisle Banet”

[BREAK @ 00:29:23]

00:32:29
Eleni Karaindrou
The Weeping Meadow (ECM New Series 1885)
“The Weeping Meadow”

00:36:14
David Darling
Cello (ECM 1464)
“No Place Nowhere”

00:40:52
Ketil Bjørnstad / David Darling
The River (ECM 1593)
“The River II”

[BREAK @ 00:46:37]

00:49:32
Stephan Micus
Twilight Fields (ECM 1358)
“Part 4”

00:59:27
Stephan Micus
Desert Poems (ECM 1757)
“Adela”

01:05:07
Stephan Micus
on the wing (ECM 1987)
“The Bride”

[BREAK @ 01:11:20]

01:15:26
Anja Lechner / Vassilis Tsabropoulos
Chants, Hymns and Dances (ECM New Series 1888)
“Assyrian Women Mourners”

01:21:27
The Gurdjieff Folk Instruments Ensemble
Music of Georges I. Gurdjieff (ECM 2236)
“Atarnakh, Kurd Song”

01:25:17
The Gurdjieff Ensemble
Komitas (ECM 2451)
“Hov Arek”

[BREAK @ 01:28:47]

01:31:42
Savina Yannatou
Songs Of An Other (ECM 2057)
“Ah, Marouli”

01:35:05
Savina Yannatou
Songs of Thessaloniki (ECM 2398)
“Qele-Qele”

01:38:20
Robin Williamson
The seed-at-zero (ECM 1732)
“Skull And Nettlework”

[BREAK @ 01:41:06]

01:44:28
Sinikka Langeland
The half-finished heaven (ECM 2377)
“The Light Streams In”

01:48:54
Per Gudmundson / Ale Möller / Lena Willemark
Frifot (ECM 1690)
“Metaren”

01:52:04
Nils Økland Band
Kjølvatn (ECM 2383)
“Mali”

[BREAK @ 01:56:00]

01:59:10
Yeahwon Shin
Lua ya (ECM 2337)
“The Orchard Road”

02:01:19
Ambrose Field / John Potter
Being Dufay (ECM New Series 2071)
“Je Me Complains”

[BREAK @ 02:07:38]

02:09:43
Amina Alaoui
Arco Iris (ECM 2180)
“Fado menor”

02:15:01
Arianna Savall / Petter Udland Johansen
Hirundo Maris (ECM New Series 2227)
“Buenas Noches”

02:20:42
Jan Garbarek
Visible World (ECM 1585)
“Evening Land”

[CONCLUDING REMARKS @ 02:33:10]

LEAD-OUT @ 02:35:12
Shankar
Who’s To Know (ECM 1195)
“Ragam-Tanam-Pallavi”

Back on the air tonight with “ECM: Between the Lines”

Join me and host Andrew Castillo tonight (June 4) on WKCR’s Jazz Alternatives program, from 6-9pm EST for a special standalone program called “ECM: Between the Lines.” After chronicling a wealth of personal favorites from the label’s inception to the present along the jazz spectrum, I wanted to offer a specially curated playlist of music that leans closer to “folk” and “world music.” ECM has historically blurred the lines between such idioms, and tonight’s program will, I hope, serve to deepen that impression. We’ll be hearing some fantastic music from the label’s least definable genre-benders, including Stephan Micus, Robin Williamson, and Savina Yannatou, even as we chart worldly intersections with jazz per se, as in the foundational work of CODONA. There’ll be plenty to explore and discover, so the more the merrier!

Click the logo below to be directed to the WKCR website, where you may stream us live by clicking the “LISTEN” icon on the top-right corner of the screen. As always, if you’re unable to tune in, we’ll be archiving the program here for future streaming and downloads.

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ECM by the Decades: The 2010s

On May 21, 2018, WKCR DJ Andrew Castillo and I presented the last in our five-part series, “ECM by the Decades,” focusing this time on the 2010s. The episode is now available to listen by clicking the PLAY button below. You may also download the full episode by clicking here. Scroll down for a full playlist, including links to my reviews (where available) of each album:


LEAD-IN
Nik Bärtsch’s Ronin
Awase (ECM 2603)
“Modul 36”

[INTRO @ 00:13:32]

00:17:20
Eivind Aarset
Dream Logic (ECM 2301)
“Homage To Greene”

00:22:47
Dominic Miller
Silent Light (ECM 2518)
“Water”

00:28:09
Björn Meyer
Provenance (ECM 2566)
“Provenance”

[BREAK @ 00:34:13]

00:36:47
Stefano Battaglia Trio
Songways (ECM 2286)
“Songways”

00:45:22
Colin Vallon Trio
Danse (ECM 2517)
“Kid”

00:51:28
Django Bates’ Belovèd
The Study Of Touch (ECM 2534)
“Little Petherick”

[BREAK @ 00:57:48]

01:01:03
Sokratis Sinopoulos Quartet
Eight Winds (ECM 2407)
“In Circles”
(April 2014)

01:06:18
Michel Benita Ethics
River Silver (ECM 2483)
“Back From The Moon”

01:12:01
Anouar Brahem
Blue Maqams (ECM 2580)
“Bahia”

[BREAK @ 01:20:42]

01:22:46
Jacob Young
Forever Young (ECM 2366)
“Bounce”

01:30:29
Ferenc Snétberger
Titok (ECM 2468)
“Rambling”

01:37:50
Jakob Bro
Streams (ECM 2499)
“Heroines”

[BREAK @ 01:43:21]

01:45:53
Andrew Cyrille Quartet
The Declaration of Musical Independence (ECM 2430)
“Say”

01:50:48
Thomas Strønen
Time Is A Blind Guide (ECM 2467)
“The Stone Carriers”

01:57:27
Mathias Eick
Ravensburg (ECM 2584)
“Children”

[BREAK @ 02:03:10]

02:07:30
Aaron Parks
Find The Way (ECM 2489)
“Adrift”

02:13:07
Bobo Stenson Trio
Contra la indecision (ECM 2582)
“Élégie”

02:19:14
Shinya Fukumori Trio
For 2 Akis (ECM 2574)
“Mangetsu no Yube”

[BREAK @ 02:22:37]

02:26:56
Kristjan Randalu
Absence (ECM 2586)
“Sisu”

02:31:39
Maciej Obara Quartet
Unloved (ECM 2573)
“Unloved”

02:38:49
Ralph Towner / Wolfgang Muthspiel / Slava Grigoryan
Travel Guide (ECM 2310)
“Duende”

[CONCLUDING REMARKS @ 02:43:18]

LEAD-OUT
Elina Duni
Partir (ECM 2587)
“Amara Terra Mia”

ECM by the Decades: Final Installment Tonight

Join me and host Andrew Castillo tonight (May 21) on WKCR’s Jazz Alternatives program, from 6-9pm EST. We’re continuing where we left off, closing out our series with a selection of personal ECM catalog favorites from 2010 to the present. Click the logo below to be directed to the WKCR website, where you may stream us live by clicking the “LISTEN” icon on the top-right corner of the screen. As always, if you’re unable to tune in, we’ll be archiving the program here for future streaming and downloads.

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ECM by the Decades: The 2000s

On May 7, 2018, WKCR DJ Andrew Castillo and I presented the fourth in our five-part series, “ECM by the Decades,” focusing this time on the 2000s. The episode is now available to listen by clicking the PLAY button below. You may also download the full episode by clicking here. Scroll down for a full playlist, including links to my reviews of each album:


LEAD-IN
Marc Johnson
Shades of Jade (ECM 1894)
“Don’t Ask of Me”

[INTRO @ 00:05:10]

00:10:36
Miroslav Vitous
Universal Syncopations (ECM 2013)
“Bamboo Forest”

00:15:05
Enrico Rava
Easy Living (ECM 1760)
“Hornette And The Drums Thing”

00:22:12
Manu Katché
Neighbourhood (ECM 1896)
“Number One”

[BREAK @ 00:28:19]

00:33:05
Anouar Brahem
Le Voyage de Sahar (ECM 1915)
“Halfaouine”

00:35:06
Arve Henriksen
Cartography (ECM 2086)
“Migration”

00:40:37
Wolfert Brederode Quartet
Currents (ECM 2004)
“Frost Flower”

[BREAK @ 00:45:41]

00:48:24
Tord Gustavsen Trio
Being There (ECM 2017)
“At Home”

00:54:25
Keith Jarrett / Charlie Haden
Jasmine (ECM 2165)
“For All We Know”

01:04:03
Nik Bärtsch’s Ronin
Holon (ECM 2049)
“Module 41_17”

[BREAK @ 01:18:50]

01:24:11
Bobo Stenson Trio
Cantando (ECM 2023)
“M”

01:32:09
Food
Quiet Inlet (ECM 2163)
“Tobiko”

01:39:11
Andy Sheppard
Movements in Colour (ECM 2062)
“Bing”

[BREAK @ 01:45:10]

01:48:37
Julia Hülsmann Trio
The End of a Summer (ECM 2079)
“Quint”

01:52:42
Marilyn Crispell / David Rothenberg
One Dark Night I Left My Silent House (ECM 2089)
“Evocation”

01:57:00
Jon Hassell
Last night the moon came dropping its clothes in the street (ECM 2077)
“Blue Period”

[BREAK @ 02:04:57]

02:08:02
Stefano Bollani Trio
Stone In The Water (ECM 2080)
“Un sasso nello stagno”

02:13:47
Louis Sclavis
Lost on the Way (ECM 2098)
“De Charybde en Scylla”

02:19:14
Anat Fort Trio
And If (ECM 2109)
“Lanesboro”

[BREAK @ 02:24:28]

02:26:22
Markku Ounaskari / Samuli Mikkonen / Per Jørgensen
Kuára (ECM 2116)
“Psalm CXXI”

02:29:46
Tarkovksy Quartet
s/t (ECM 2159)
“Tiapa”

02:35:35
Paolo Fresu / A Filetta / Daniele di Bonaventura
Mistico Mediterraneo (ECM 2203)
“Rex tremendae”

[BREAK @ 02:40:31]

02:43:32
Colin Vallon Trio
Rruga (ECM 2185)
“Telepathy”

02:48:21
Marcin Wasilewski Trio
Faithful (ECM 2208)
“Night Train To You”

ECM by the Decades: Fourth Installment Tonight

Join me and host Andrew Castillo yet again tonight (May 7) on WKCR’s Jazz Alternatives program, from 6-9pm EST. We’re continuing where we left off, moving on to a selection of personal ECM catalog favorites from the 2000s. Click the logo below to be directed to the WKCR website, where you may stream us live by clicking the “LISTEN” icon on the top-right corner of the screen. As always, if you’re unable to tune in, we’ll be archiving the program here for future streaming and downloads.

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Next ECM Radio Show Postponed

Although I was planning on wrapping up my “ECM by the Decades” series tomorrow night (April 23), I will instead be attending a concert in New York City by cellist Thomas Demenga (review soon to follow). I will be back on the air with the 2000s on May 7.

ECM by the Decades: The 1990s

On April 9, 2018, WKCR DJ Andrew Castillo and I presented the third in our five-part series, “ECM by the Decades,” focusing this time on the 1990s. The episode is now available to listen by clicking the PLAY button below. You may also download the full episode by clicking here. Scroll down for a full playlist, including links to my reviews of each album:

LEAD-IN
Jan Garbarek
RITES (ECM 1685/86)
“Rites”

[INTRO @ 00:08:25]

00:15:02
Kenny Wheeler Quintet
The Widow In The Window (ECM 1417)
“Ma Belle Hélène”

00:23:42
Dino Saluzzi Group
Mojotoro (ECM 1447)
“Lustrin”

00:30:00
Don Cherry
Dona Nostra (ECM 1448)
“What Reason Could I Give”

00:33:45
Trevor Watts/Moiré Music Drum Orchestra
Wider Embrace (ECM 1449)
“Southern Memories”

[BREAK @ 00:41:39]

00:45:27
John Surman
Adventure Playground (ECM 1463)
“As If We Knew”

00:52:54
Charles Lloyd
Notes From Big Sur (ECM 1465)
“Requiem”

01:00:54
Arild Andersen/Ralph Towner
If You Look Far Enough (ECM 1493)
“For All We Know”

[BREAK @ 01:04:56]

01:10:30
Peter Erskine/Palle Danielsson/John Taylor
You Never Know (ECM 1497)
“Evans Above”

01:16:48
Bobo Stenson Trio
Reflections (ECM 1516)
“Reflections in D”

01:22:12
Ketil Bjørnstad/David Darling/Terje Rypdal/Jon Christensen
The Sea (ECM 1545)
“The Sea II”

[BREAK @ 01:29:40]

01:33:27
Terje Rypdal
If Mountains Could Sing (ECM 1554)
“The Return Of Per Ulv”

01:38:24
Jack DeJohnette
Dancing With Nature Spirits (ECM 1558)
“Anatolia”

01:50:33
Nils Petter Molvær
Khmer (ECM 1560)
“Access / Song of Sand I”

[BREAK @ 01:56:26]

01:59:33
Jan Garbarek
Visible World (ECM 1585)
“Red Wind”

02:03:21
Misha Alperin
North Story (ECM 1596)
“North Story”

02:08:45
Tomasz Stanko
Leosia (ECM 1603)
“Morning Heavy Song”

[BREAK @ 02:15:23]

02:17:50
Kenny Wheeler
Angel Song (ECM 1607)
“Nicolette”

02:26:19
Ralph Towner
ANA (ECM 1611)
“The Reluctant Bride”

02:30:43
Dino Saluzzi
Cité de la Musique (ECM 1616)
“Gorrión”

[BREAK @ 02:34:02]

02:35:52
Christian Wallumrød Trio
No Birch (ECM 1628)
“The Birch 2”

02:39:00
Charles Lloyd
Voice In The Night (ECM 1674)
“Homage”

02:48:22
Vassilis Tsabropoulos/Arild Andersen/John Marshall
Achirana (ECM 1728)
“Fable”

[CLOSING REMARKS @ 02:56:40]

LEAD-OUT
Arild Andersen
Hyperborean (ECM 1631)
“Patch Of Light I”

ECM by the Decades: Third Installment on April 9

Join me and host Andrew Castillo once again tomorrow night (April 9) on WKCR’s Jazz Alternatives program, from 6-9pm EST. We’re continuing where we left off, moving on to era-defining gems of the ECM catalog from the 1990s. Click the logo below to be directed to the WKCR website, where you may stream us live by clicking the “LISTEN” icon on the top-right corner of the screen. Even if you’re unable to tune in, we will be archiving the program here for future streaming and downloads.

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