Blue Rondo a la Richard Cook...
Elegant, Crystalline, Mysterious or
Enervated, Chilly, Morose? In this rare interview, Europe's leading
label boss explains to Richard Cook exactly what ECM stands for.
This article originally appeared in The Wire 58.
Scott Walker, perhaps the most enigmatic singer of modern times, has returned with Tilt, his first recording since 1984. But is it a work of experimental genius or one man's towering folly?
On The Cover: Scott Walker - The Hunter's
Features: Lee Perry - Original Dub Mystic; Terry
Riley - Man-Machine Mantras, Guide to Independent Labels part two;
Anne Dudley's Jukebox, Mercury Rev, Robert Musso, Wagon Christ, Joe
Carducci, Kevin Volans, In praise of stupidity
ON THE COVER: Music And The American Dream
Revealed, Searching For The United States Of Sound, Frontiers,
Freedom And Finding Ourselves
FEATURES: Prince, Grateful Dead, Wynton Marsalis,
Lester Bowie, Michael Nyman, Ambient A-Z
ON THE COVER: singers or players? Women's changing
role in music, from Clara Schumann to The Slits
FEATURES: Billie Holiday, Diamanda Galas, Laurie
Anderson, My Bloody Valentine, Barbara Thompson, Rosemary Clooney,
Ashley Maher, Vanessa Mackness, Women in Rock and Rap
ON THE COVER: Great Black Music - We explore the
tradition from past masters to the prophets of tomorrow
FEATURES: Wynton Marsalis, Louis Armstrong, Tamla
Motown, Ice Cube, Public Enemy, Arthur Bliss, Benny Green, Mulgrew
Miller, Jam and Lewis, Black Rock Coalition, Taj Mahal's
ON THE COVER: Punk, Fifteen Years On - What
Happened, What Didn't, What Still Could
FEATURES: Jah Wobble, Eric Dolphy, Big Jay McNeely,
The Gershwins, Buddy Guy, Punk Jazz - From Ornette Coleman To
ON THE COVER: Prince, Dance, Music, Sex, Romance -
All this and God too!
FEATURES: Frank Zappa, David Sanborn, Elliott
Carter, Rick Margarita, Barbara Dennerlein, Lisa Fischer,