David Nerattini explores the sounds of the iconic German label via Oslo’s Rainbow Studio and finds Keith Jarrett, Pat Metheny and more.
Rome’s premier crate-digger gets the gloves on and dives into the catalog of one of the most important record labels of all time: Editions of Contemporary Music, otherwise known as ECM. Founded in 1969 in Munich by Manfred Eicher, ECM is a jazz-oriented label with a unique aesthetic and a very personal sound that has released almost 2,000 albums over 50 years. One of the main ingredients of Eicher’s vibe is to be found in Oslo, home to three studios that shaped the sound of ECM: The Arne Bendiksen Studio, Talent Studio and Rainbow Studio. There Eicher recorded a large part of the ECM catalog, adding some Scandinavian calm to his pan-cultural, progressive vision of improvised music. Over the next two hours, David Nerattini digs into the ECM catalog, and discovers music from Keith Jarrett, Jack DeJohnette, Kenny Wheeler, Pat Metheny, Egberto Gismonti and Nana Vasconcelos, Ravi Shankar, John Surman and many others.