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 20, 2017

Paul Motian - Selected Recordings :rarum XVI (2004)


ECM :rarum MONTH* (MARCH 2017)

My least favorite disc in the box set. The musicianship is brilliant and Motian's credentials aren't in question; I just don't care for Motian's adventurous hard-bop and avant-garde compositions here. I'm partial to the tracks with guitarist Bill Frisell because his playing mesmerizes me.


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

Tracks: 9 tracks, 67 minutes.


TitleAlbum
Year

One in Four
The Paul Bley Quartet
1987

Conception Vessel
Conception Vessel
1973

Dance
Dance
1977
Asia
Dance
1977
Folk Song for Rosie
Le Voyage
1979
Abacus
Le Voyage
1979
It should've happened a long time ago
It should've happened a long time ago
1985
Fantasm
Psalm
1982
Mandeville
Psalm
1982

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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