ECM Records releasing entire catalogue to streaming outlets

Here’s the full press release from ECM Records:

Over the past week we have begun the process of entering streaming, and from November 17th, the full ECM catalogue will be available to subscribers to services including Apple Music, Amazon, Spotify, Deezer, Tidal and Qobuz. This simultaneous launch across the platforms – facilitated by a new digital distribution agreement with Universal Music – invites listeners to explore the wide range of music recorded by our artists in the course of nearly five decades of independent production.

Although ECM’s preferred mediums remain the CD and LP, the first priority is that the music should be heard. The physical catalogue and the original authorship are the crucial references for us: the complete ECM album with its artistic signature, best possible sound quality, sequence and dramaturgy intact, telling its story from beginning to end.

In recent years, ECM and the musicians have had to face unauthorized streaming of recordings via video web-sharing sites, plus piracy, bootlegs, and a proliferation of illegal download sites. It was important to make the catalogue accessible within a framework where copyrights are respected.

ECM Press Office
Munich, November 14, 2017

Most (all?) of Keith Jarrett’s albums seem to be available.

Thanks to Luis and David for letting me know about this.

More information about “A Multitude of Angels” (cover, tracklist, release dates)

“A Multitude of Angels” is now listed on Amazon.com and Amazon.de.

"A Multitude of Angels" cover

“A Multitude of Angels” cover

Disc 1 (Modena)

  1. Part I
  2. Part II
  3. Danny Boy

Disc 2 (Ferrara)

  1. Part I
  2. Part II
  3. Encore

Disc 3 (Torino)

  1. Part I
  2. Part II

Disc 4 (Genova)

  1. Part I
  2. Part II
  3. Encore
  4. Over The Rainbow

A Multitude of Angels is a 4-CD set of recordings from a series of solo concerts in Italy in October 1996, documenting the conclusion of Keith Jarrett’s experiments with long-form improvisation in performances from Modena, Ferrara, Turin, and Genoa.

“These were the last concerts I played having no breaks within each set,” Keith Jarrett explains in his liner notes. “The arc of the music is characteristically comprehensive: jazz is ever present here, alongside my deep closeness with classical music (modern and ancient, Ives and Bach).”

It will apparently be released on November 4 in Germany and on November 18 in the US.

Thanks to Lüth, Adrian, and Aziz for the links!

“A Multitude of Angels” release delayed until early November 2016

I’ve received the following information about the “A Multitude of Angels” box set:

“The next Keith Jarrett ECM CD release, “A Multitude of Angels” will not be be released worldwide until early November, not in October.

The box set will include 4 CDs, not 5. The flyer that ECM released for the recent solo concert in Rome on July 12 was not correct.

The 4 CDs will have the complete improvised 1st and 2nd sets of the following 4 solo concerts he performed in Italy in 1996. Plus a few encores from certain of the concerts are included where the overall timing for each CD allowed.

Modena – October 23, 1996 – Teatro Comunale
Ferrara – October 25, 1996 – Teatro Comunale
Torino – October 28, 1996 – Teatro Regio
Genoa – October 30, 1996 – Teatro Carlo Felice

These were the last 4 solo concerts Keith ever performed in Europe at which he performed two long continuous sets like the Koln Concert, Paris, Vienna and La Scala concert recordings. These were also the last concerts he performed before he stopped performing for 2 years when he was diagnosed with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.”