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Long before branding became something other a personal mark burnt with a hot iron onto cow hides and slave skins to determine ownership, record labels garnered loyalty due to the uniqueness of their artist rosters and the type of music record buyers could expect. Or maybe not, because the dawn of the 70s was a time of ‘new’ music, of ‘bulge’ (UK) and ”boom’ (USA) babies having a freedom to express themselves quite unlike any other generations.

For example, in the UK (and Jamaica) Island took Bob Marley onto international stages. and also brought us the likes of Traffic and John Martyn whose albums still sell nearly fifty years later. For a while Virgin, especially through its sub-label Caroline (1973-76), guaranteed interesting listening, as did the Harvest label which primarily released progressive rock recordings From 1969 to the mid-70s Vertigo released “prog-folk-post-psych” music.

All these labels, and others such as Deram, focussed on British acts, and the newly enfranchised record buying public weren’t particularly interested in the ownership of the companies. Richard Branson (Virgin), Chris Blackwell (Island) and Peter Jenner (Harvest) had impeccable taste, and noticing their label logos in record shop racks (or second-hand bins in charity shops) provoked the opening of our wallets.

That these labels have either folded or been subsumed into capitalist consumer conglomerates is a matter of record or nostalgia.

In 1969, while the above were building a record buying public in the UK, Manfred Eicher in Germany was creating a record label which to this day is still independent and continues to build an ever-growing and loyal following: his ‘Edition of Contemporary Music’.

In the pre-CD and internet days, when the postman still came to call, if you couldn’t get to a record store, or you weren’t sure what you wanted to buy, major record companies.issued ‘samplers’, compilations of tracks by artists they wished to promote. At just $1 for a single album and $2 for a double one, they were a bargain, especially as all it took was a coupon cut out from a magazine or newspaper filled in and posted off with a cheque. And who could resist one that was free, eh?

In 1980, Warner Brothers, who distributed ECM albums in the USA, added a double vinyl album of ECM tracks as one of their series of ‘loss leaders’. That meant that although they would barely cover the costs of producing them, they hoped to recoup their investment through the album sales of the artists they included.

Magazines often included a compilation CD with their issues, presumably in return for a paid advertisement, and the record companies also sent out ‘promo’ samplers to radio stations. And that is how we can now offer you three ECM ‘official’ compilations as a complement to the two already posted here which were sourced from the IndoJazzia archives.

Warner Bros/ECM 1980 ‘loss leader’ Music With 58 Musicians, a double album in one folder.

ECM Story 1969 – 1994 – a freebie with an Italian music magazine.

ECM Promo 1995, i.e. not for sale.

If you haven’t done so, please do download ECM A-J and ECM K-Z.


If you haven’t yet downloaded ECM A – J – why not? Please do it now.

Check out the ECM discography, then wonder why there aren’t more famous names in these compilations.

The answer is simple: A-listers do not need IndoJazzia’s support.
Mind you, if we needed one to complete our alphabetical quest …

As we can’t find a U in ECM’s roster we’ve cheated: Ulf records for ACT, another German label with a consistency, roster and standards on a par with ECM,

Krakatau is not the Indonesian group lead by Dwiki Darmawan: they were a European group.


Raoul Björkenheim: guitars, shekere
Jone Takamäki: tenor saxophone, krakaphone, toppophone, whirlpipe
Uffe Krokfors: acoustic bass
Alf Forsman: drums
Lande, Samuels, McCandless Duck In A Colorful Blanket (For Here)
Art Lande: piano
David Samuels: vibraphone
Paul McCandless: woodwinds
Misha AlperinTwilight Hour
Misha Alperin: piano
John Surman: baritone saxophone
Arkady Shilkloper: French horn, flugelhorn
Terje Gewelt: double-bass
Jon Christensen: drums
Hans-Kristian Kjos Sørensen: percussion
Norma WinstoneJust Sometimes
Norma Winstone: vocal
Glauco Venier: piano
Klaus Gesing: saxes and clarinet
Trilok Gurtu: tabla, percussion
Paul McCandless: soprano saxophone,oboe
Glen Moore: bass
Ralph Towner: guitars, keyboards
Paolo Fresu & Daniele di BonaventuraKyrie Eleison
Paolo Fresu: trumpet, flugelhorn
Daniele di Bonaventura: bandoneon
QuercusThis Is Always
June Tabor: voice
Iain Ballamy: tenor saxophone
Huw Warren: piano
Rainer BrüninghausDie Flüsse Hinauf
Rainer Brüninghaus: piano
Kenny Wheeler: flugelhorn
Jon Christensen: drums
Brynjar Hoff: oboe
Sokratis SinopoulosEight Winds
Sokratis Sinopoulos: lyra
Yann Keerim: piano
Dimitris Tsekouras: bass
Dimitris Emanouil: drums
Tim Berne’s SnakeoilSon Of Not So Sure
Tim Berne: alto saxophone
Oscar Noriega: clarinet, bass clarinet
Matt Mitchell: piano, tack and Wurlitzer pianos
Ches Smith: drums, vibraphone, percussion.
Ulf WakeniusLiberetto
Ulf Wakenius: steel and nylon string guitars.
Vitous (Miroslav)Forthcoming
Miroslav Vitous: acoustic bass
Jan Garbarek: soprano & tenor saxophones
Wolfgang MuthspielEnding Music
Wolfgang Muthspiel: guitar
Brad Mehldau: piano
Ambrose Akinmusire: trumpet
Larry Grenadier: bass
Brian Blade: drums
X marks the empty spot
Y not?
Zakir HussainWater Girl
Zakir Hussain: tabla, percussion, voice
Hariprasad Chaurasia: flutes
John McLaughlin: acoustic guitar
Jan Garbarek: tenor and soprano saxophones


The record label Edition of Contemporary Music – ECM for short – will be familiar to all jazz musicians worldwide. Here in Indonesia, Pat Metheny’s ECM albums were a major influence on guitarists. The late Riza Arshad cited ECM pianists Keith Jarrett, Chick Corea, John Taylor and Lyle Mays, as well as the Norwegian saxophonist Jan Garbarek, as being an influence on his music’s development.

Those are some of the best known artists on the label. A browse through the label’s discography demonstrates an incredible range of music: there’s not only jazz, but contemporary classical, the spoken word, ‘world music’, and much which is unclassifiable.

Each album is of the highest audio quality, with artwork and packaging to match, and demands to be treasured and listened to on a regular basis.


Arild AndersenMain Man
Arild Andersen: acoustic bass
Ralph Towner: guitar

Nana Vasconcelos: percussion
Audun Kleive: snare drum.
Barre PhillipsA-i-a
Barre Phillips: acoustic bass
Terje Rypdal: guitar

Dieter Feichtner: synthesizer
Trilok Gurtu: tabla, percussion
Colin Vallon TrioTsunami
Colin Vallon: piano
Patrice Moret: bass

Julian Sartorius: drums
David DarlingDarkwood IV (Journey)
David Darling: cello
Eberhard WeberSilent For A While
Eberhard Weber: electric bass
First AvenueBand Seven
Denney Goodhew: alto saxophone, flute, bass clarinet
Eric Jensen: cello
James Knapp: trumpet, fluegelhorn, waterphone
David Samuels: vibraharp
Michael DiPasqua: drums, percussion
Paul McCandless: soprano saxophone, oboe, English horn
David Darling: cello
Ratzo Harris: bass
Harry Pepl, Herbert Joos, Jon ChristensenMore Far Out Than East
Harry Pepl: guitar, Roland midi guitar system, piano
Herbert Joos: fluegelhorn
Jon Christensen: drums
Iva BittovaFragments XI
Iva Bittovà: violin, voice
John ClarkSilver Rain Part III
John Clark: French horn
David Friedman: vibraharp, marimba
David Darling: cello
Jon Christensen: drums

ECM K-Z will be online soon …