This Is What ECM Sounds Like in 2018

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Pianist Keith Jarrett—along with bassist Gary Peacock and drummer Jack DeJohnette—released After The Fall (ECM) in March.

(Photo: Rose Anne Jarrett)

As ECM Records wades deeper into its 49th year, the German imprint has maintained a stunning persistence of vision—in both the types of jazz projects it produces and the visual aesthetic that’s become its trademark.

But it’s tough keep up with the label’s torrent of releases, so DownBeat has put together a helpful guide to some of ECM’s recent recordings. Dig in. DB



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    Cécile McLorin Salvant performs at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival on May 3.

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    James Francies arranged a version of Rufus’ “Ain’t Nobody” for his debut album, which was met with approval from the song’s original singer, Chaka Khan.

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    Ron Carter’s recording with poet Danny Simmons, The Brown Beatnik Tomes (Live At BRIC House), is the bassist’s latest collaboration with someone from outside the world of jazz.

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    Alfred Lion (left), Dexter Gordon and Francis Wolff

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    Jimmie Vaughan interprets songs by Lloyd Price and Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown on his new album, Baby, Please Come Home.


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