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In A Mellow Tone
Wednesday July 24th, 2019 with Ron Steeds
ECM Records turns 50

The ECM Records label was started by German Manfred Eicher in the late sixties. The first record to be released on the label was recorded in November of 1969 and released in early 1970. The album was a piano trio album by Mal Waldron called FREE AT LAST. The label would go on to dominate the jazz scene throughout the 1970's and 1980's. The label would feature many American musicians as well as European musicians, often collaborating. The label was characterized by crystal clear recordings, many of which were produced by Manfred Eicher himself. Tonight we barely scratch the surface of this amazing record label. Buckle up and enjoy the ride! THIS IS AN ALL VINYL SHOW!!!!
Set 1 - atmospheric jazz combined with electronics
Rainer Bruninghaus - Freigeweht - ECM
Barre Phillips - Three Day Moon - ECM
Set 2 - jazz and African influences
Art Ensemble Of Chicago - Nice Guys - ECM
CODONA - Codona I - ECM
Set 3 - Classic Jazz Album On Vinyl. I was lucky enough to interview Kenny Wheeler about 20 years ago at the Montreal International Jazz Festival. In the interview he told me that DEER WAN was the recording he was most proud of. Tonight we hear it in its entirety. Kenny Wheeler was born in St. Catherine's Ontario but grew up in Britain. The recordings is a veritable United Nations in terms of musicians. Kenny Wheeler is Canadian; Jan Garbarek is Norwegian; John Abercrombie, Jack DeJohnette and Ralph Towner are American; Dave Holland is British.
Peace For Five
Kenny Wheeler - Deer Wan - ECM
3/4 In The Afternoon
Kenny Wheeler - Deer Wan - ECM
Sumother Song
Kenny Wheeler - Deer Wan - ECM
Deer Wan
Kenny Wheeler - Deer Wan - ECM
Set 4 - We end with more outstanding jazz.
Bill Connors - Of Mist And Melting - ECM
Seeing You
Richard Beirach - Eon - ECM
Interactive CKCU
John Abercrombie is a Brit, so far as I know, but I have been wrong once or twice.

12:37 AM, July 25th, 2019