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  1. Been looking through recent acquisitions and I've come to the conclusion that there aren't very many actual record labels that have had a profound effect on my musical life. Of course, when it comes to rock, there was Columbia, but it wasn't really known for all that many artists I've followed for decades. Then there was MCA, which ended up being more infamous than famous. As an adult, I've gotten much more into jazz and blues than rock. Don't get me wrong, I still listen to plenty of rock, but I don't chase the newest shiny thing in that genre. I'm more likely to seek out classic prog that's "new to me" than actually new. So the record labels that have really shaped my musical adventures are few and far between. Chess and Blue Note are probably the two most people know; Chess for blues guys like Muddy and Howlin' Wolf, and Blue Note for everyone from Lee Morgan to Wayne Shorter. Lately I've been on an ECM kick, though, and I realized they could use their own thread. I'm not sure there's even a way to search for it, as ECM is only three letters long. Anyway, what the hell, I don't post much anymore, so why not go big when I do? Most people who have a passing familiarity with ECM might know them for recordings by Chick Corea, Mal Waldron, Gary Burton, Keith Jarrett Jack DeJohnette and/or Pat Metheny. But a lot of the artists I've discovered via the ECM label--and whose work I've sought out obsessively thereafter--are probably nowhere near as well known. So here are a few names worth checking out. Eberhard Weber Terje Rypdal John Abercrombie Ralph Towner Barre Phillips Jan Garbarek Dave Holland Jon Christensen Arild Andersen John Surman Tomasz Stańko David Darling Ketil Bjørnstad There are others, but it would be tedious to list them all. Really, you can't go wrong with any of these guys, especially their work on ECM.
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