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 22, 2017

Tomasz Stanko - Selected Recordings :rarum XVII (2004)


ECM :rarum MONTH* (MARCH 2017)

I don't particularly care for Stanko's aggressive trumpet tone - I don't know if I don't like what he's saying, I don't understand what he's saying, or I don't like how he's saying it. However, I do like his writing so this turns out to be an enjoyable compilation. It's somewhat accessible avant-garde jazz (if that makes any sense). Nonetheless, it requires so getting used to as well as repeated listenings to fully appreciate. This ain't background music from the local jazz lounge - it's an ear-opening journey into improvisation and interplay.


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

Tracks: 12 tracks, 75 minutes.


TitleAlbum
Year

Tales for a Girl, 12
Matka Joanna
1995

Pantronic
From the Green Hill
1998

Cain's Brand
Matka Joanna
1995
Tale
Balladyna
1976
Moor
Voice from the Past - Paradigm
1982

Die Weisheit von Le comte Lautréamont
Leosia
1997
Morning Heavy Song
Leosia
1997
Quintet's Time
From the Green Hill
1998
Sleep Safe and Warm
Litana - Music of Krzysztof Komeda
1997

Litana
Litana - Music of Krzysztof Komeda
1997
Together
Satu
1977
Balladyna
Balladyna
1976

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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