ECM, ACT, Winter & Winter, FMP, MPS, ENJA... Germany sounds like a generous land for creative jazz record labels.
ENJA Records, the Münich-based jazz label, was founded in 1971 by Matthias Winckelmann and Horst Weber. For the last forty years ENJA has built an impressive catalog, with more than seven hundred releases that cover a wide range of the jazz history.
In 1986, Winckelmann and Weber decided to go their separate ways and put an end to their 15-year collaboration, with Winckelmann remaining as the head of ENJA.
Nowadays, although Winckelmann pays particular attention to contemporary European jazz, ENJA does continue to play the cards of diversity, from Abdullah Ibrahim
to Bennie Wallace
, with a roster of more than two hundred artists.Bob Hatteau
spoke with Winckelmann on the 40th anniversary of ENJA and, as might be expected, there are plenty of tales to tell.
Check them out in Matthias Winckelmann: Happy Birthday ENJA!
, published today at AllAboutJazz.com!
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