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ECM Records celebrates 50 years@Jazz at Lincoln Center / PLAYBILL

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ECM Records-that jazz record label with the most clear, clean, and distinguishable sound-will be celebrated in Rose Theater at Jazz at Lincoln Center on November 1–2 in ECM Records at 50. The evening will present an amazing gathering of over 30 top-of-their-game musicians that have contributed to the ECM label originally founded by producer Manfred Eicher in Munich in 1969.

Legendary drummer Jack DeJohnette has the most recordings out of all the artists on ECM's deep roster. "The magic of ECM is Manfred Eicher," explains DeJohnette. "He played double bass and sang in the German Choir and was drawn to all kinds of music. He wasn't locked into any one kind of music. He recorded classical music for Duchess Gramaphone Records. He just had a natural, highly creative gift for knowing how to bring the most out of artists and also get the best quality sound out of the instruments-a natural sounding instrument. He developed a sound that people really appreciated. People would buy those records just for the sound, aside from the music part itself. But he had a vision, and it's still going strong. He brought out the best in all of the musicians and was able to do that in the studio, especially with written and improvisational music. He loved that. He also was into film too, so he has a depth of field to the sound. The sound has maintained, and that adds to the value over all these years."



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The show includes an exciting lineup of performers, including Meredith Monk, Joe Lovano, Craig Taborn, Vijay Iyer, Avishai Cohen, Ravi Coltrane, Bill Frisell, Mark Turner, Larry Grenadier, Wadada Leo Smith, Anja Lechner, Ethan Iverson, Enrico Rava, Egberto Gismonti, and Matthew Garrison. Masters, all.