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ECM Records is a German independent label founded in 1969 by Karl Egger, Manfred Eicher and Manfred Scheffner in Munich. Best known for jazz, it also produces discs of classical and world music, and recordings which blur the distinction between genres. A famous example is Jan Garbarek's 1994 album Officium which combines saxophone solos with the Hilliard Ensemble singing early music. ECM is an acronym for 'Edition of Contemporary Music'.
In 1984 ECM New Series was created to document Western classical music and has released works from early to contemporary music.
Further information: ecmrecords.com
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