When I first began listening to jazz music I got quite enticed by the ECM artists, and their fusion type of music. I enjoyed (and still do) Keith Jarrett, Eberhard Webber, Jan Garbarek and other artists on the label.
One day I walked into a jazz store to pick myself a birthday present and went rummaging through a bunch of ECM disks, when I went to the cashier to listen to them, he looked at me and asked me if perhaps I would like to hear some real jazz. I agreed, of course, and the guy pulled out three disks - Miles Davis' Kind of Blue, John Coltrane's Lush Life, and a Bud Powell disk which I don't quite recall. I listened to the music and left the store with two disks... The Miles and the Coltrane.
The answer to "why?" is quite simple. Miles' and Coltrane's music was an immensely powerful creation. In comparison the ECM music was techical, emotionless (although I still like and listen to it). So here are four pages (this may grow...you never know), for four artists that are some of my favourite jazz musicians.
I must add that this is a very concise selection. Thelonious Monk, Ornette Coleman, Cannonball Adderley, Charlie Parker, Louis Armstrong (and Ella), Dave Brubeck, the Modern Jazz Quartet, and many other amazing musicans are still not portrayed here (maybe in the future? who knows) but for know this quartet will have to do (without a drummer).