Recommends: ECM: A Cultural Archaeology

Recommends: ECM: A Cultural Archaeology

German label ECM has made public an immense catalogue of incredible, innovative music, most notably in the jazz realm from folks like Keith Jarrett, Art Ensemble Of Chicago, Don Cherry, Pat Metheny, Steve Reich and Chick Corea, to name a few. Since it was established by Manfred Eicher in Munich in 1969, ECM came to be revered not only for the imaginative, open-minded sounds that were being captured on vinyl, but almost as much for the sublime, artful sleeves the music came packaged in.

ECM's history was compiled for a 2012 exhibition at the Haus der Kunst museum in Munich, for which this here book acts as a catalogue. At around 300 pages and weighing in at a couple of kilos it's far more than your average catalogue, bringing together not only a written history of the label through interviews, round table discussions and critical essays, but also a visual one, through photos, artwork, film stills and sketches from Eicher's archives. Like everything with the label's stamp on it the book is exquisitely designed with a painstakingly admirable attention to detail. A wonderful gawk for even casual jazz fans.

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