ECM [Editions of Contemporary Music]
- Barry Kernfeld
[Editions of Contemporary Music]
German record company. It was founded in Cologne in 1969. By 1971 it was recognized for its excellent recordings of free jazz played by such artists as Paul Bley, Jan Garbarek and Marion Brown; by the late 1990s over 600 recordings had been issued on ECM and about 15 on its affiliated label Japo. ECM has a readily identifiable house style, uniting two previously disparate genres, jazz-rock and free jazz. Musicians who have recorded frequently for the company include Garbarek, Gary Burton, Chick Corea, Jack DeJohnette, Egberto Gismonti, Keith Jarrett, Pat Metheny, Terje Rypdal and Ralph Towner....