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June 23 , 2005

Priester, Kuhn, Holland, Phillips - ECM reissues

ECM is reactivating its reissue programme with some much requested albums.

Three titles are reissued on compact disc on August 15.

Numerous listeners, having worn out their vinyl albums, have petitioned ECM for a rerelease of “Love, Love” by trombonist Julian Priester. This recording from 1974 is a still powerful historic artefact from the dawn of the so-called Fusion Era. Having just left Herbie Hancock’s Mwandishi Band, Priester rounded up some of the most explosive talents in electric jazz, including musicians from Weather Report, Return To Forever, and the bands of McCoy Tyner and Bobby Hutcherson, and let them loose on his powerful riff-based compositions which suggest some new amalgamation of Afro-Funk, Jazz-Rock and Minimal Music.

“Trance” was the 1974 recording that brought pianist Steve Kuhn to ECM, with a session that also included Steve Swallow, Jack DeJohnette, and Sue Evans. It was recorded in New York City, shortly after Kuhn had returned there, following an extended and influential stay in Scandinavia. Featuring the pianist on both electric and acoustic instruments, “Trance” introduces several enduring Kuhn classics such as “Silver”, “Life’s Backward Glance”, as well as the title track.

“Music From Two Basses” is the 1971 recording that marked the ECM leader debuts of both Dave Holland and Barre Phillips, and is, we think, the first bass duet album in improvised music. Long a reference recording for bassists and all others interested in creative music, this album incorporates much free-playing as well as theme-based improvisations, and Dave Holland’s popular tune, “Song for Clare”.