Fretshop Retrospective ECM records day 51

Fretshop Retrospective ECM records day 51 ECM 1355 Steve Tibbetts “YR” 1988. This record was released on an indy label in 1980. Looks like Eicher bought it and rereleased it through ECM. Glad he did. It’s spectacular. Still sounds fresh and interesting. His guitar playing is aggressive and virtuosic, however, the star here is the […]

Fretshop Retrospective ECM records day 50

Fretshop Retrospective ECM records day 50 ECM 1350 Bill Frisell “Lookout for hope” 1988. Frisell entered The Power Station in Manhattan March 1987 with all his guitar gear and Kermit Driscol on bass, Joey Baron on drums, with Hank Roberts guesting on cello. It’s a fusion album for sure. Very aggressive New York vibe. It […]

Fretshop Retrospective ECM records day 49

Fretshop Retrospective ECM records day 49 ECM 1342 Hilliard Ensemble “Thomas Tallis: Lamentations of Jerimiah” 1987. Eicher, the head of ECM, has a strong classical music background, including playing Double Bass. It’s no surprise that he is moving forward in the 80’s with more and more classical work. His choices are almost always spectacular, including […]

Fretshop Retrospective ECM records day 48

Fretshop Retrospective ECM records day 48 ECM 1333 1334 Keith Jarrett “Spirits” 1986. Jarrett solo, overdubbing all kinds of instruments, flutes, and percussion…a little piano. It’s really long. He recorded it in a New Jersey studio over a couple months. I guess he doesn’t have to adhere to the three day ECM recording policy. It’s […]

Fretshop Retrospective ECM records day 47

Fretshop Retrospective ECM records day 47 ECM 1325NS Hilliard Ensemble “Arvo Part: Arbos” 1987. Mixed chamber ensemble with voices, organ and winds and strings. The ensemble is impeccable and the compositions are outstanding. Part may end up as one of the top 20th century composers. Too soon to tell but he’s well on his way. […]

Fretshop Retrospective ECM records day 46

Fretshop Retrospective ECM records day 46 ECM 1318 Stephen Micus “Ocean” 1986. Hand Hammered dulcimer and flute and zither…whatever… this is new age bullshit. Grab your Hookah and a bag of weed, light some incense and candles and turn this trash on if you wanna. Its shit. If the retrospective goes much further down this […]

Fretshop Retrospective ECM records day 45

Fretshop Retrospective ECM records day 45 ECM 1314, 1315 Werner Pirchner “EU” 1986. Accordion player Pirchner plays quite a bit of this solo. That’s solo accordion. Yeah, solo accordion. Joined on occasion by solo Violin, Cathedral Organ, Vienna Wind Soloists, and Vienna Brass Quintet. Sometimes its just chamber music with no accordion playing his compositions. […]

Fretshop Retrospective ECM records day 44

Fretshop Retrospective ECM records day 44 ECM 1309 Dino Saluzzi “Once Upon A Time Far Away in the South” 1986. Bandoneon player Saluzzi’s second ECM release. This time with Charlie Haden on bass, Pierre Favre on percussion, Palle Mikkelborg on Flugelhorn. It’s a quiet album. Haden’s bass always sounds great, and he plays beautifully to […]