Next Thursday, June 24, we are hosting our third night of dedicated listening to the perennial ECM Records catalog. Free to attend with RSVP , the event is in conjunction with In […]
Here’s something to get lost in, the hypnotic world of British reedman John Surman, courtesy of his 1979 ECM effort, Upon Reflection. Recorded in Oslo, with production helmed by Manfred Eicher, the recording finds Surman in widescreen form experimenting with sequencers and synthesizers in addition to his duties working bass clarinet and baritone/soprano saxophone.
Welcome to the third installment of the Aquarium Drunkard Guide to ECM Records: The New Millenium. Writer James Jackson Toth (Wooden Wand) explores the label’s contemporary output, that of “a boutique label in the guise of a music industry behemoth.”
Welcome to the second installment of the Aquarium Drunkard guide to ECM Records . Marked by an attention to sonic space and a distinct visual aesthetic, since 1969 ECM has released a […]
Happy Halloween and welcome to the October edition of the Transmissions podcast. Hope you enjoyed our bonus podcast episode, featuring AD’s Halloween mix. If you haven’t heard it, check your […]
In anticipation of the second installment of our Guide to ECM Records , join the Aquarium Drunkard crew and our friends Zach Cowie and Third Place this Sunday, October 28th, in Los Angeles at […]
Founded by Manfred Eicher in Germany in 1969, ECM Records (Editions of Contemporary Music) has spent nearly 50 years assembling one of the strongest catalogs in musical history. Marked by […]
1975’s Hells Angels was the terminal statement. Where the earlier records show ample consideration to the UK’s underground rock scene – Deep Down Heavy and Electric City play like adventurous jazz prog, thrown out of Canterbury for refusing to partake in wry English-isms – Hells Angels trades familiarity for unabashed cosmic impulse.
Funky: the last descriptor one would ever reach for while describing an ECM record…but that’s exactly what this is! Released in 1970, Robin Kenyatta’s lone ECM effort finds the reedman employing the clavinet vamp of Wolfgang Dauner, swathes of reverb, electronics, and the rhythm section of bassist Arild Andersen and drummer Fred Braceful. Come for “Blues For Your Mama”, stick around for the rest.
Danish pianist/composer Nikolaj Hess returns, melding two ensembles on Spacelab & Strings. Interweaving a classical string quartet with a piano trio, the recombinant septet finds Hess delving into new abstractions, exploring color, tonality and time.
Composer, trumpeter, and theorist Wadada Leo Smith joins us to discuss year of releases centered around his 80th birthday, his blues roots, spiritual journey, and creative outlook.
J Mascis of Dinosaur Jr. joins us to discuss Sweep It Into Space, along with his solo albums, early SST days, playing with heroes like Ron Asheton of the Stooges, and more.
ECM recording artist Fred Thomas stops by Aquarium Drunkard for a detailed examination of the artistry, process, and editing of Brazilian guitarist and singer João Gilberto, not a source of delightful kitsch but actually, a countercultural aesthetic monk.
The first taste from bassist Pino Palladino and guitarist/producer Blake Mills’ Notes With Attachments swirls with careful band interplay, treated saxophone and lush harmonics. It’s the sort of song you’re tempted to start over before it even finishes.
Here it is, our Year in Review. As always, unranked and sprawling.