We came upon ECM by different routes, but have remained captivated by the label since our respective Day Ones.Like most of the label’s devotees, its discovery was life changing. This is Simon’s account of his epiphany..
“I discovered ECM records when I was about 16 when Simon Reynolds mentioned the label in a Melody Maker review of one of my favourite bands of the time, A.R. Kane. I can even remember the exact words: “The tundra at dawn new jazz of the ECM label.” Luckily I was a member of Harrow Record Library and endeavoured to track down a few releases from this label, as my tastes had been drifting towards similar sounds in the rock world such as the aforementioned A.R. Kane, The Durutti Column, Talk Talk, David Sylvian, etc.
“The first CDs I took out from the library were from the ECM Works series, a selection of artist best of albums from the label that were released in the mid ’80s. The first four I got hold of were by Ralph Towner, Terje Rypdal, Jan Garbarek and Pat Metheny and I completely fell in love with the music. The first three CDs had a beautiful ambient, icy Scandinavian feel to them and blended jazz with both folk and rock elements, but I also loved the rather different sound of Metheny and his sun-kissed American heartlands vibes.
“Manfred Eicher is a legend! Peace.”
And this is the entrancing compilation I invited him to contribute.