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November 24 , 2005

Jazz Times Salutes ECM's Past and Present

ECM recordings figure prominently in the Albums of the Year of American magazine Jazz Times with no less than seven of our discs in their Top 20. Namely: Paul Motian's "I Have the Room Above Her", Tord Gustavsen's "The Ground", Charles Lloyd's "Jumping the Creek", Bobo Stenson's "Goodbye", "Trio" by Marcin Wasilewski, Slawomir Kurkiewicz and Michal Miskiwicz , Keith Jarrett's "Radiance", and Manu Katché's "Neighbourhood". The Katché showing is particularly striking, since Manu's album isn't yet released in the U.S.! (American release date is 14th February, 2006).

In another recent feature, Jazz Times writers chose their favourite albums of the period 1970-2005, again with significant votes for ECM discs, including "The Finnish/Swiss Tour" by Hal Russell's NRG Ensemble, Jack DeJohnette's "Special Edition", John Abercrombie's "Timeless", Dave Holland's "Conference of the Birds", and Lester Bowie's "The Great Pretender".