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Horizons Touched: the Music of ECM by Steve Lake and Paul Griffiths

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There are too many ECM fans to say the label has inspired a cult. But the ECM gestalt-the deep music, the revelatory sonics, the cool graphics, even the silence in the absence of liner notes-inspires cult-like fanaticism in its followers. For all of them, Horizons Touched, the first book about ECM, will be like going to heaven without dying.

Its slipcased weight is 4.5 pounds. It retails for $95. Its 439 oversized pages, with the print quality of a fine art book, contain many photographs of artists and studio shots that have never been seen before. There are 22 specially commissioned essays (“ECM and Film,” “ECM and the Guitar,” “The ECM Cover”) by people qualified to write them, like Jean-Luc Godard and Keith Jarrett. There are over 100 candid, searching personal testimonials from musicians, engineers and designers.

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