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 […]

Fretshop Retrospective ECM records day 42

Fretshop Retrospective ECM records day 42 ECM 1295 John Surman “Withholding Pattern” 1985. All saxophones all the time. Overdubbed playing with himself throughout this set of tracks at the Oslo studio December of 1984, on the same dates as Jan Garbarek’s last album. This album sounds quite dated when it’s him playing against FM synth […]

Fretshop Retrospective ECM records day 41

Fretshop Retrospective ECM records day 41 ECM 1291 Oregon “Crossing” 1985. This is the second ECM Oregon release and the 14th altogether, having been an ensemble since 1970. If there was ever a group better tailored for ECM prior to actually having arrived there, I wouldn’t know what it was. Paul McCandless on Oboe and […]

Fretshop Retrospective ECM records day 40

Fretshop Retrospective ECM records day 40 ECM 1286 Shankar “Song For Everyone” 1985. September 1984, Shankar with his double neck 10 string violin hit the Oslo Norway studio with Jan Garbarek and his saxes, Trilok Gurtu and Zakir Hussien on percussions and Tabla. The schtick with the weird instrument is wearing a little thin on […]

Fretshop Retrospective ECM records day 39

Fretshop Retrospective ECM records day 39 ECM 1279 Egberto Gismonti / Nana Vasconsuelos “Duas Vozes” 1985. This duo is unstoppably talented and interesting. A great pairing on ECM with uniquely complimentary styles and skill sets. Gismonti plays guitar and piano with skill that would embarrass most guitar or piano players…and he does it on both. […]

Fretshop Retrospective ECM records day 38

Fretshop Retrospective ECM records day 38 ECM 1274 Pierre Farve Ensemble “Singing Drums” 1984. All drums all the time. This record has only percussives and things you beat with sticks. Four great stickmen on it. Pierre Farve, Paul Motian, Fredy Studer, Nana Vasconcelos. This is the first all drums ECM record to date, and it’s […]

Fretshop Retrospective ECM records day 36

Fretshop Retrospective ECM records day 36 ECM 1262 Kenny Wheeler “Double, Double You” 1984. Another New York Power Station studios session, this time with Wheeler on Trumpet, Mike Brecker sax, John Taylor piano, Dave Holland bass, and Jack DeJohnette drums. Great new york set, lots of gas, intensity, groove for days. They are blowing all […]