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.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Jon Christensen - Selected Recordings :rarum XX (2004)

ECM :rarum MONTH* (MARCH 2017)

Christensen has no ECM recordings as a leader, but instead supported many other artists, appearing on over 50 ECM albums. As a result, this is one of the most diverse compilations in the box. But regardless of style or track, I'm trying to focus my listening on Andersen's drumming and his interactions with the musicians, particularly with the soloists. Remarkable work. A little too busy for my tastes sometimes, while in other spots Christensen knows exactly when to get out of the way; the interplay is remarkable.

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

Tracks: 9 tracks, 71 minutes.


Personal Mountains
Personal Mountains (K. Jarrett)

Piscean Dance
Solstice (R. Towner)
Per Ulv
Waves (T. Rypdal)

Bande à Part (Masqualero)
War Orphans
War Orphans (B. Stenson)
My Song
My Song (K. Jarrett)
Glacial Reconstruction
Water Stories (K. Bjørnstad)
The Windup
Belonging (K. Jarrett)

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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