Rarum Selected Recordings Vol 9-20 is a limited edition box collecting the 12 cds that follow the initial box set releases in Rarum, ECM's artist's choice anthology series. Those were by Keith Jarrett, Jan Garbarek, Chick Corea, Gary Burton, Bill Frisell, Art Ensemble Of Chicago, Terje Rypdal and Bobo Stenson. In this Box Set are sets by Pat Metheny, Dave Holland, Paul Motian, Carla Bley, John Surman, Tomasz Stanko, Eberhard Weber, Arild Andersen, Jon Christensen, Egberto Gismondi, John Abercrombie and Jack DeJohnette.
Each release is beautifully presented in a digipak with striking matt colours and includes archive photography, a personal statement by the musician and a discography. The anthologies have been remastered to 96khz/24-bit format. The Rarum project does not limit the musicians to selecting material from their own dates: They also have freedom to select recordings on which they appear as guests or sidemen. In following the series a sense of how bands were built--and reputations made--can be gained. Rarum is also a musical history lesson--the series will eventually expand to around 30 volumes, building up to a superlative library of jazz on ECM.
These are truly magnificent cds, each a masterpiece in its own right and each a historic document superbly recorded and presented. The most essential and most rewarding series in all of time so far.