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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    Mark Colby (1949–2020)

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    Bassist Christian McBride (left), saxophonist Joshua Redman, drummer Brian Blade and pianist Brad Mehldau reconvened in the studio after more than two decades for RoundAgain.

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    Saxophonist Kamasi Washington performs during the 2019 Newport Jazz Festival in Newport, Rhode Island.

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    Joey DeFrancesco, widely celebrated as an organist, also sings and plays trumpet and tenor saxophone.

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    Gary Peacock (1935-2020)