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Fred Hersch Podcast

In the 34th episode of the ECM podcast we’re joined by pianist Fred Hersch, whose solo-debut for ECM Records, Silent, Listening, was recorded in Lugano, in 2023 and produced by Manfred Eicher. In the conversation, Fred talks about the close […]

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Artists in Focus

Azimuth

Recorded in 1977 and now reissued in ECM’s audiophile Luminessence vinyl series, the debut album of the Azimuth trio was truly ahead of its time. Formed by adding Canadian-born trumpeter Kenny Wheeler to the British duo of pianist John Taylor and vocalist Norma Winstone, the group’s futuristic musical palette embraced hypnotic, minimalistic pulse patterns, otherworldly synthesizer sounds, songs, collective improvisation and solo flights. In recent seasons, the number of listeners under Azimuth’s sway has grown exponentially, as the music has adapted itself to new contexts. And the vast international audience that has heard fragments of Azimuth’s “The Tunnel” as part of a major rap hit in 2023 can now discover the original in its pristine form, still magical after all these years – as is the whole album. Produced by Manfred Eicher, this new edition with gatefold sleeve adds liner notes detailing Azimuth’s story.

Azimuth
Kenny Wheeler, Norma Winstone, John Taylor

Albums in Focus

Touch of Time

A striking musical rapport between Norwegian trumpeter Arve Henriksen and Dutch pianist Harmen Fraanje is palpable in the duo’s quietly lyrical investigations on "Touch of Time". These are delicate melodies and textures, flowing between two musicians, who are deeply in tune with nuances of tone-shadings and the detailed development of a musical idea. In both freely improvised forms and carefully wrought themes, their instruments connect gracefully, picking up and finishing each other’s phrases. "Touch of Time", recorded in January 2023 at the Auditorio Stelio Molo in Lugano, was produced by Manfred Eicher.

Touch of Time
Arve Henriksen, Harmen Fraanje

About ECM

The Label

The independent record label ECM – Edition of Contemporary Music – was founded by producer Manfred Eicher in 1969, and to date has issued more than 1800 albums spanning many idioms.

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