ECM at 40: Enjoy Jazz Festival: Days 3-6, October 22-25, 2009
And so, ECM's 40th Anniversary Celebration at Enjoy Jazz ended on a tremendous high note. As a variety of ECM staff from Munich and New York regroupedalong with members of Brahem and Rava's groups, journalists, festival staff, and friends and fans of Enjoy Jazzat the Festval Café for a few drinks and goodbye, it could have been a sad moment. But after the successes of the past four days, where so manybut not all, never all; that would simply not have been possible in such a short timeof the label's strengths were brought into sharp focus, if anything people left the festival with a sense that there was still far more work to be done, and that there will absolutely be a reconvening in ten years, when ECM hits the half century mark.
AAJ's next Enjoy Jazz piece will cover performances by Bill Frisell's 858 Quartet; a solo performance by Brad Mehldau; drummer Jimmy Cobb's So What Band paying tribute to Miles Davis' Kind of Blue (Columbia, 1959) at 50; and singer Cassandra Wilson.
All Photos: John Kelman