ECM Records, the jazz and classical music label founded by German jazz great Manfred Eicher in 1969, has entered a long-term digital-distribution deal with edelNet, a digital-music service provider and a subsidiary of German label edel Group.

The edelNet platform sells online music for more than 20 German labels. The current deal with ECM Records covers the entire world, apart from Germany, France, north America and Japan.

Ultimately, the contract will come under the control of edel's other digital distributor Kontor New Media, which will soon absorb edelNET in a recently announced merger.

Combined, the newly expanded Kontor New Media says it will be handling the digital distribution of more than 150,000 titles for 500-plus labels.

Among the jazz acts signed to ECM Records, which was named label of the year at international confab MIDEM 2007, are Keith Jarrett, Jan Garbarek and Tomasz Stanko. ECM also handles classical musicians Arvo Part, Andras Schiff and the Hilliard Ensemble.

Michael Haentjes, CEO of edel AG, says: "We are very proud of being able to work with what has been one of the world's most successful jazz labels over many decades."