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ECM ( label )

Discussion in 'Recording' started by vonrozen, Mar 10, 2016.

  1. vonrozen

    vonrozen Active Member

    Jun 10, 2015
    for you, as professionals, what is the secret of the ECM sound ? What would be your critique of it ?
  2. audiokid

    audiokid Chris Staff Resource Member

    Mar 20, 2000
    Prince George, BC
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    Interesting thread that caught my eye. I don't follow Jazz but I do appreciate a lot of it.

  3. paulears

    paulears Well-Known Member

    Feb 7, 2014
    Lowestoft - UK
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    I listened to a bit of Ralph Towner and Gary Peacock, and while appreciating their music ability and the recording quality, find it too random and disjointed for me. I found a section I liked, but then each time it suddenly went of on a tangent with weird flutters or almost radome chords, and for me, lacking in structure - which I guess is the point, but it doesn't work for me. I do know that I couldn't play it - the impression is they start together, end together and what happens in between is total disinterest in each other. My old trick of playing a wrong note and not muting and correcting, but keeping it going to make a musical statement that I really meant it, is taken to extreme - dissonance seems important. So, clever, accomplished, polished, but still a mess - to me.
  4. DonnyThompson

    DonnyThompson Moderator (Distinguished Member) Resource Member

    Nov 25, 2012
    Akron/Cleveland, OH
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    I've never been into that "disjointed" style of jazz, either... while I certainly can respect the talent, it's too unstructured for me, and it always sounds as if it's too "random", at least to my ears, anyway - which, to be fair, were tuned on rock and pop, so that might explain my lack of understanding of this style - to me, it almost sounds like they are just hitting random notes and chords.

    While I DO like fusion - Return To Forever, Weather Report, Dixie Dreggs, etc., I find this "free form" style to be too dissonant and atonal for my tastes.

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