Ricardo Villalobos & Max Loderbauer – Re: ECM


Ricardo Villalobos & Max LoderbauerRe: ECM ECM 2211 (2011)

I liked this, but not too much.  The music is sampled from the catalog of ECM Records, home of chamber jazz, minimalist composers and new age artists.  The album started off reminiscent of Max Richter‘s The Blue Notebooks, while at times its jazzier moments resembled Bill Laswell‘s Panthalassa: The Music of Miles Davis 1969-1974.  Of course, it’s all very minimal and a little glitchy.  But by the time the second disc rolls around I found it hard for this to keep my attention, as it seemed more like an ambient whitewash of sound that just drifts into the background.