Bands/Musicians ECM Complete Artist Roster

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List of ECM artists, listed alphabetically with photos when available. This ECM roster includes both past and present artists. Popular ECM bands and artists are all listed here with information such as what genre the bands fall under and what albums they're known for. If you're looking for any of these ECM band's full discographies then click on their name and you can find them here on Ranker. The artists and bands on this list might be pop, rap, rock, electronic or any other genre, but what they all have in common is that they were signed by ECM.

The list you're viewing is made up of a variety of different artists, including Pat Metheny and Jaco Pastorius.

This page can help answer questions like, "Who are the best ECM bands?" and "Which artists are signed by ECM?"

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Arild Andersen is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list ECM Complete Artist Roster
Jazz Arild Andersen is a Norwegian Jazz musician and composer, known as the most famous Norwegian bass player in the international jazz scene.

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Arve Henriksen is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list ECM Complete Artist Roster
Arve Henriksen is a Norwegian trumpet player, renowned for his distinctive, flute-like sound on the trumpet, inspired by the sound of the Japanese shakuhachi flute. He also sings; his unique ...more

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Arvo Pärt is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list ECM Complete Artist Roster
Contemporary classical music, Minimal music Arvo Pärt is an Estonian composer of classical and sacred music. Since the late 1970s, Pärt has worked in a minimalist style that employs his self-invented compositional technique, ...more

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Bill Connors is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list ECM Complete Artist Roster
Rock music, Jazz fusion, Jazz Bill Connors is a jazz musician notable for playing in Chick Corea's band Return to Forever, with whom he recorded Hymn of the Seventh Galaxy. After leaving Return to Forever, he recorded three ...more

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Carla Bley is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list ECM Complete Artist Roster
Jazz fusion, Post-bop, Jazz Carla Bley is an American jazz composer, pianist, organist and bandleader. An important figure in the free jazz movement of the 1960s, she is perhaps best known for her jazz opera Escalator Over ...more

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Charles Lloyd is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list ECM Complete Artist Roster
Post-bop, Jazz Charles Lloyd is an American jazz musician. Though he primarily plays tenor saxophone and flute, he has occasionally recorded on other reed instruments, including alto saxophone and the ...more

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Chick Corea is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list ECM Complete Artist Roster
Kozmigroov, Fusion, Avant-garde jazz Armando Anthony "Chick" Corea is an American jazz and fusion pianist, keyboardist, and composer. Many of his compositions are considered jazz standards. As a member of Miles Davis' ...more

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Christof May is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list ECM Complete Artist Roster
Jazz Christof May is a German jazz musician who performs on the clarinet and saxophone. May studied jazz saxophone with John Ruocco at the Royal Conservatory of The Hague from 1992–1998 and from 1998 ...more

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Craig Taborn is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list ECM Complete Artist Roster
Jazz Craig Marvin Taborn is an American pianist, organist, keyboardist and composer. He works solo and in bands, mostly playing various forms of jazz. He started playing piano and Moog synthesizer as ...more

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Cyminology is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list ECM Complete Artist Roster
Cyminology Jazz Cyminology is a Jazz band based in Berlin, but with culturally and ethnically diverse influences. They primarily perform with Persian lyrics sung by Cymin Samawatie, who has Iranian and German ...more

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Dewey Redman is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list ECM Complete Artist Roster
Avant-garde jazz, Post-bop, Jazz Walter Dewey Redman was an American jazz saxophonist, known for performing free jazz as a bandleader, and with Ornette Coleman and Keith Jarrett. Redman played mainly tenor saxophone, though he ...more

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Django Bates is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list ECM Complete Artist Roster
Django Bates, is a composer, multi-instrumentalist and band leader. He plays the piano, keyboards and the tenor horn. He writes large-scale compositions on commission.

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Eberhard Weber is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list ECM Complete Artist Roster
Jazz Eberhard Weber is a German double bassist and composer. As a bass player, he is known for his highly distinctive tone and phrasing. Weber's compositions blend chamber jazz, European classical ...more

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Edward Vesala is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list ECM Complete Artist Roster
Jazz Edward Vesala, born Martti Vesala, was a Finnish avant-garde jazz composer, bandleader and drummer. Born in Mäntyharju, he began as a drummer playing jazz and rock in the 1960s, among all ...more

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Enrico Rava is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list ECM Complete Artist Roster
Jazz Enrico Rava, is a prolific jazz trumpeter and arguably one of the best known Italian jazz musicians. He originally played trombone, changing to the trumpet after hearing Miles Davis. His first ...more

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Flora Purim is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list ECM Complete Artist Roster
Jazz fusion, Jazz Flora Purim is a Brazilian jazz singer known primarily for her work in the jazz fusion style. She became prominent for her part in Return to Forever with Chick Corea and Stanley Clarke. She has ...more

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Garth Knox is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list ECM Complete Artist Roster
Contemporary classical music Garth Knox is a violist who specializes in contemporary classical music, and new music.

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Gary Burton is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list ECM Complete Artist Roster
Hard bop, Jazz fusion, Jazz Gary Burton is an American jazz vibraphonist, composer and jazz educator. Burton developed a pianistic style of four-mallet technique as an alternative to the prevailing two-mallet technique. ...more

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Gia Kancheli is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list ECM Complete Artist Roster
Opera, Chamber music, Contemporary classical music Giya Alexandrovich Kancheli is a Georgian composer resident in Belgium. Since dissolution of the Soviet Union in 1991, Kancheli has lived in Western Europe: first in Berlin, and since 1995 in ...more

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Jack DeJohnette is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list ECM Complete Artist Roster
Kozmigroov, New Age, New Age music Jack DeJohnette is an American jazz drummer, pianist, and composer. An important figure of the fusion era of jazz, DeJohnette is one of the most influential jazz drummers of the 20th century, ...more

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Jaco Pastorius is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list ECM Complete Artist Roster
Kozmigroov, Jazz-funk, Folk jazz John Francis Anthony Pastorius III, known as Jaco Pastorius, was an influential American jazz musician, composer, big band leader and electric bass player. He is best known for his work with ...more

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Jan Garbarek is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list ECM Complete Artist Roster
Jazz Jan Garbarek is a Norwegian tenor and soprano saxophonist, active in the jazz, classical, and world music genres. Garbarek was born in Mysen, Norway, the only child of a former Polish prisoner ...more

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John Hollenbeck is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list ECM Complete Artist Roster
Jazz, Modern Creative John Hollenbeck is a jazz drummer and composer from Binghamton, NY, USA. He also has interests in classical music, and other musical forms. He is linked to free jazz and avant garde forms of ...more

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John Potter is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list ECM Complete Artist Roster
Classical music, Contemporary classical music, Early music John Potter is an English tenor and academic.

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John Surman is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list ECM Complete Artist Roster
Avant-garde jazz, Free jazz, Modal jazz John Douglas Surman is an English jazz saxophone, bass clarinet and synthesizer player, and composer of free jazz and modal jazz, often using themes from folk music as a basis. He has also ...more

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Just Music is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list ECM Complete Artist Roster
Experimental music, Free improvisation Just Music were a West German avant-garde music ensemble, an interchangeable collective of classically trained instrumentalists founded at the centrum freier cunst, Frankfurt/Main in 1967 by ...more

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Keith Jarrett is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list ECM Complete Artist Roster
Avant-garde jazz, Classical music, Smooth jazz Keith Jarrett is an American pianist and composer who performs both jazz and classical music. Jarrett started his career with Art Blakey, moving on to play with Charles Lloyd and Miles Davis. ...more

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Ketil Bjørnstad is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list ECM Complete Artist Roster
New Age music, Third stream, Folk jazz Ketil Bjørnstad is a Norwegian pianist, composer and author. Initially trained as a classical pianist, Bjørnstad discovered jazz at an early age and has embraced the emergence of ...more

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L. Shankar is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list ECM Complete Artist Roster
Rock music, Electronic dance music, World music Lakshminarayana Shankar, also known as L. Shankar and Shenkar, is an Indian-born American violinist, singer and composer. He has worked extensively in both traditional music from India, and in ...more

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Larry Goldings is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list ECM Complete Artist Roster
Jazz Larry Goldings is an American pianist, organist, producer/arranger and composer.

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Larry Grenadier is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list ECM Complete Artist Roster
Larry Grenadier New Age, Smooth jazz, Jazz Larry Grenadier is an American jazz double bassist. Grenadier is a member of Brad Mehldau's Trio and Fly with saxophonist Mark Turner and drummer Jeff Ballard.

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Lester Bowie is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list ECM Complete Artist Roster
Lester Bowie was an American jazz trumpet player and composer. He was a member of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians and cofounded the Art Ensemble of Chicago.

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Louis Sclavis is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list ECM Complete Artist Roster
Jazz, Free jazz Louis Sclavis is a French jazz musician. He performs on clarinet, bass clarinet, and soprano saxophone in a variety of contexts, including jazz and free jazz. He is noted for his creativity and ...more

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Mark Feldman is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list ECM Complete Artist Roster
Jazz, Avant-garde music Mark Feldman is an American jazz violinist. Feldman worked in Chicago from 1973 to 1980, and in Nashville, Tennessee from 1980 to 1986. He worked in New York City and Western Europe from 1986. ...more

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Mark Turner is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list ECM Complete Artist Roster
Jazz Mark Turner is an American jazz saxophonist. He is considered one of the most influential tenor saxophonists of his generation.

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Martin France is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list ECM Complete Artist Roster
Jazz Martin France ARAM Hons is an English jazz drummer based in London. He has been the rhythmic backbone on more than 70 albums working with some of the world's finest musicians. Martin began ...more

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Morten Lund is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list ECM Complete Artist Roster
Jazz Morten Lund is a Danish Jazz musician. He is co-leading a trio with Italian pianist Stefano Bollani and Danish bassist Jesper Bodilsen, and he is a member of trumpetstar Paolo Fresu's Devil ...more

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Oregon is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list ECM Complete Artist Roster
Ethno jazz, New Age music, Third stream Oregon is an American jazz and world music group, originally formed in 1971 by Ralph Towner, Paul McCandless, Glen Moore, and Collin Walcott.

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Pat Metheny is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list ECM Complete Artist Roster
Ethno jazz, Crossover jazz, Pop music Patrick Bruce "Pat" Metheny is an American jazz guitarist and composer. He is the leader of the Pat Metheny Group and is also involved in duets, solo works and other side projects. His ...more

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Pat Metheny Group is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list ECM Complete Artist Roster
Crossover jazz, World music, Jazz fusion Pat Metheny Group is a jazz fusion group founded in 1977. The core members of the group are guitarist, composer and bandleader Pat Metheny; and keyboardist and composer Lyle Mays, who was part ...more

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Pierre Favre is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list ECM Complete Artist Roster
Jazz Pierre Favre is a Swiss jazz drummer and percussionist born in Le Locle, Switzerland, perhaps most noteworthy for his work with Irene Schweizer. Favre released a 1984 album, along with Paul ...more

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Ralph Towner is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list ECM Complete Artist Roster
Ethno jazz, Third stream, Folk music Ralph Towner is an American multi-instrumentalist, composer, arranger and bandleader. He plays the twelve-string guitar, classical guitar, piano, synthesizer, percussion and trumpet.

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Return to Forever is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list ECM Complete Artist Roster
Jazz fusion, Latin jazz, Jazz Return to Forever is a jazz fusion group founded and led by pianist Chick Corea. Through its existence, the band has cycled through a number of different members, with the only consistent band ...more

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Savina Yannatou is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list ECM Complete Artist Roster
Savina Yannatou is a renowned Greek singer. After taking classical guitar lessons and participating in the children's choir of Yannis Nousias for some years, she studied singing with Gogo ...more

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Sheila Jordan is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list ECM Complete Artist Roster
Jazz, Bebop, Free jazz Sheila Jordan is an American jazz singer and songwriter. Jordan has recorded as a session musician with an array of critically acclaimed artists in addition to a solo career. Jordan pioneered a ...more

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Stephan Micus is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list ECM Complete Artist Roster
New Age music Stephan Micus is a German classical and world musician and composer whose musical style is heavily influenced by his study of traditional instruments and musical techniques from Japan, India, ...more

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Svante Henryson is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list ECM Complete Artist Roster
Svante Henryson Classical music, Jazz fusion, Jazz Svante Henryson is a composer, cellist, bass guitarist and double bassist, active within jazz, classical music, and hard rock.

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Tomasz Stańko is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list ECM Complete Artist Roster
Tomasz Stańko is a Polish trumpeter, composer and improviser. Often recording for ECM Records, Stańko is strongly associated with free jazz and the avant-garde. Coming to prominence in the early ...more

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Trio Mediaeval is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list ECM Complete Artist Roster
Trio Mediaeval Trio Mediæval is a vocal trio established in Oslo in 1997, recording albums for the ECM label, and touring frequently in Europe and the United States. The trio was put together mainly to ...more

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Trygve Seim is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list ECM Complete Artist Roster
Classical music, Jazz Trygve Seim is a Norwegian jazz musician and composer. He started to play the saxophone in 1985 after hearing Jan Garbarek's CD Eventyr.