They say if you can’t beat them, join them, but this is a turn up for the books. This won’t matter to everyone but ECM, the iconic jazz, ambient, classical etc etc etc label out of Germany, say they’ve had enough of the pirating of their extraordinary catalogue and have released it all on Spotify. Every bit of it, apparently. They’ve held out valiantly against the streaming tide but I guess they figure it’s better the devil you know and all that.
That includes countless cds from giants like Keith Jarrett, Jan Garbarek, Chick Corea, Pat Metheny, Dave Holland, Arvo Part, Carla Bley, Bill Frisell, Vijay Iyer, Stephano Bollani, Steve Reich, Nik Bartsch etc etc etc.
For me it is one of the great treasure troves of modern music. Not sure if it’s good or bad, especially considering the controversy over artist royalties but I guess I’ll be spending a lot more time on Spotify. Pity they didn’t tell me before I forked out big dollars for Jarrett’s wonderful “Multitude of Angels” 4 set. Not really, I still like the feel of a CD and ECM covers are pretty special.