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.

Monday, March 6, 2017

Egberto Gismonti - Selected Recordings :rarum XI (2004)


ECM :rarum MONTH* (MARCH 2017)

I was completely unfamiliar with this Brazilian multi-instrumentalist/composer before hearing this disc. Certainly more classical than jazz, the official ECM bio states that "...Gismonti has created a body of work that stand at the crossroads of his native Brazil’s folk tradition and the world of classical music, in a way which echoes his predecessor Heitor Villa-Lobos." Sounds right to me. Each track is an adventure in its own right so the album isn't a cohesive unit, but the disc has deserved more spins than I've given it over the past two years.


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

Tracks: 9 tracks, 75 minutes.


TitleAlbum
Year

Ensaio de Escola de Samba (Dança Dos Escravos)
Infância
1990

Kalimba
Sol Do Meio Dia
1978

Cavaquinho
Sanfona
1981
Bianca
Duas  Vozes
1984
Dança No. 1
Infância
1990
10 Anos
Sanfona
1981
Lundu
Dança Dos Escravos
1989
Frevo
Meeting Point
1997

Selva Amazônica - Pau Rolou
Solo
1979


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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