Since September 2010, this blog has recorded the journey of this middle-aged man as I attempt to listen to all the music in my CD collection. CDs revisited in their entirety from start to finish - no skipping tracks, no shuffle. CDs only - no vinyl, no tapes, no downloads. And just as CD technology (and the album format itself) becomes obsolete. I'm no music critic, just a music junkie with too much time on my hands.

Friday, March 3, 2017

Dave Holland - Selected Recordings :rarum X (2004)

ECM :rarum MONTH* (MARCH 2017)

A British bassist/composer/band leader that got his big break with none other than Miles Davis in 1968, appearing on In A Silent Way and Bitches' Brew. He then went his own way and eventually made his way to the group Circle, which signed to ECM. There, Holland recorded with many different instrumentations from solo cello to big band. In this compilation, but it's mainly recordings with quartets and quintets. No matter the instrumentation, there's always a lot going on - this isn't background music. The avant-garde stuff isn't really my thing, but I can appreciate it for what it is. My picks tend to be the more straight-ahead and fusion tracks. As a compilation, it really doesn't hold up as an album, but I don't think that was intent.

Peak on the US Billboard Top 200 chart: Did not chart

Tracks: 11 tracks, 76 minutes.


How's Never
Homecoming (Gateway trio)

You I Love
Jumpin' In (quintet)

Life Cycle (solo cello)
The Balance
Points of View (quintet)
Equality (feat. Cassandra Wilson)
Dream of the Elders (quartet)
Extensions (quartet)

Shifting Sands
Not for Nothin' (quintet)
Four Winds
Triplicate (trio)

Prime Directive
Prime Directive (quintet)
Seeds of Time (quintet)
Conference of the Birds
Conference of the Birds (quartet)

Personal Memory Associated with this CD: None

*Back in June 2015, this beautiful thing showed up at my doorstep:

It's a 12 CD box set (2008) of compilation discs from ECM's :rarum series, a birthday gift from a good friend.  In this series, the artists were given the freedom to pick their personal favorite recordings from any ECM release they've made as a leader or sideman. In other words, the label got outta the way and good for them.  I'll be making my way through the set this month.

ECM (Edition of Contemporary Music), originally a German label, was founded in 1969. "Rarum" comes from the Latin root "rarus" meaning "rare" (perhaps foreshadowing that these CDs wouldn't be in print for very long).

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