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Born in 1942, Jack DeJohnette is widely regarded as one of jazz music's greatest drummers. In his early years in Chicago scene, he led his own groups and was equally in demand as a pianist and as a drummer, collaborating with most major figures in jazz history, such as: John Coltrane, Miles Davis, Ornette Coleman, Sonny Rollins, Sun Ra, Jackie McLean, Thelonious Monk, Bill Evans, Stan ... Read more in Amazon's Jack DeJohnette Store

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1. Third World Anthem
2. Jack In
3. Feebles, Fables And Ferns
4. Overture - Communion
5. How's Never
6. Silver Hollow
7. Picture 5
8. Picture 6

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:rarum is ECM's inspired anthology series for which the musicians are given complete editorial freedom to choose their own favourite performances for everyone from the novice to informed and passionate fans of the label. By involving the artists in devising the project, each of these anthologies reflects the character of its maker. This is the music they want the listener to hear, and they explain why in their liner notes.

The Chicago-born master drummer hopes that his selection "will bring peace, warmth and joy to the listener". The warm and joyful duo recording with Keith Jarrett that brought both DeJohnette and Jarrett to ECM in 1971 is reprised here - as are bright moments with Gateway, Mick Goodrick and a succession of Jack's own bands - New Directions, Special Edition and Oneness, with soloists including Lester Bowie, David Murray and John Abercrombie.

Since 1969, ECM albums have been acclaimed for outstanding music, creative production and exceptional sound quality. Many of the musicians embraced by the :rarum series are amongst the most important improvisers of our era. The richness and diversity of their work on ECM continues to resonate and has changed the way jazz is heard today.

The :rarum series builds into a superlative "library" of jazz on ECM. The first eight :rarum anthologies were released, to international acclaim, in 2002: "It's over 30 years since the first ECM recording was made and under the stewardship of Manfred Eicher's astute musical sensibilities a catalogue of some 800 recordings has accumulated some of the finest jazz recorded during the second half of the 20th century... Selected by the artists themselves, the :rarum series is of enormous importance in revealing the breadth of each artist's work, as much for the converted as the unconverted looking for a window into the remarkable ECM catalogue." - Stuart Nicholson, BBC Music Magazine

Recorded 1971-1997

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Outstanding! 27 Aug. 2004
By SBrav - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I was only familiar with Jack Dejohnette's work with "the trio" (Jarrett/Peacock/Dejohnette). This is a rare opportunity to appreciate his work away from the trio - the album does contain one duet with Keith Jarrett, otherwise the trio is nowhere to be found. This is an eclectic and diverse collection with a lot of oomph. While it sounds very different in style from the trio (i.e. not the standards the trio generally performs), if you like the trio chances are you will enjoy this album also. My only complaint would be that it is too short - if this is representative of Dejohnette's work, it should be a box set.
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Some of Dejohnette's very best 12 Jan. 2007
By Phasedin - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
As with the other releases in ECM's "Rarum" series, these tracks were selected by the artist himself.
Although Jack Dejohnette has recorded as a leader and sideman for many labels, I personally feel his long association with ECM is really where he has done his best work-at least to date.
I could argue with some of the selections here-personally I would choose something like "Ebony" from the never available on CD "Inflation Blues" release to better represent his work with his Special Edition horn-oriented band. I have also been waiting for the CD release on ECM of his "Untitled" CD with his band "Directions" from 1976 and would have selected something from that as well, since I place that recording in Dejohnette's top 5 ever. Please release this on CD ECM!
However, for all the tracks that I feel may be missing from this, it is still 1) An excellent sampler of Jack Dejohnettes work, or for fans like me, a nice re-visitation. 2)Very interesting from the point of view that Dejohnette himself chooses these particular selections as having that "something special".
Dejohnette oddly doesn't even focus on his own compositions-he includes an original from guitarist Mick Goodrick's solo album where Jack plays drums as a sideman as well as a Keith Jarrett composition from their very early duet recording "Ruta and Daitya".
Personally though I have many compilations made from my Dejohnette collection for my own listening over the years and I feel that there are 4 "must have" tracks that I cannot leave off any compilation of my favorite Jack Dejohnette recordings, and 3 of them are here.
They are "Pictures 5 & 6" from my very favorite Dejohnette recording "Pictures" (and I feel the 2 best tracks off of that record) and "Silver Hollow" from his "New Directions" recording. The only truly "best piece" that I find missing here is "Blue" that originally appeared on the Gateway 2 recording and also appeared on Dejohnette's other best of compilation on ECM "Works"-so try to find a remaining copy of that compilation as well for an even more complete overall picture of Dejohnette's best ECM years.
Jack Dejohnette is not only a classic creative musician but a classy human being as well, one that continues to inspire me-as he has done in the nearly 30 years since I first discovered his music. Long live Jack Dejohnette!!
A Masterly Musician 10 July 2009
By Karl W. Nehring - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
There are songs that haunt you your whole life. One of those for me has been "Silver Hollow" by Jack DeJohnette's New Direction band, which appears on this compilation of some of the best of DeJohnette's work from the ECM label. Although DeJohnette is best known as a drummer, on this cut, he plays the piano, with the late Lester Bowie on trumpet, Jon Abercrombie on mandolin and guitar, and Eddie Gomez on bass. If you have never heard this cut, let me just say that it by itself would be worth the price of this CD, and there is plenty of other good music wrapped around it.

Curiously, although there is a prominent picture in the liner booklet of Keith Jarrett's "Standards Trio" with Gary Peacock on bass and DeJohnette on drums, no cuts from that group are included in this compilation. Still, this is a nice collection to have. DeJohnette is a masterly musician, and he plays with the best. Add to that the usual ECM engineering, and you have an excellent album.
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