Rarum: Selected Recordings Original recording remastered
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More than 30 musicians closely associated with ECM over a long period were invited to participate in the rarum anthology project. One major difference between rarum and other jazz samplers is the musicians' active participation at every step of the way: choosing and sequencing material, writing liner notes, often supplying photos from private collections.
Bill Frisell developed his musical voice while with ECM. Ensembles heard on Frisell's anthology including the bands of Paul Motian (whose ECM recordings also helped put Joe Lovano on the map), the Jan Garbarek Group, Paul Bley's quartet (with Frisell, John Surman and Motian), Kenny Wheeler's Angel Song Project, plus Bill's own "Lookout for Hope" group. Arresting choice of material includes the Gavin Bryars Ensemble playing "Sub Rosa", a piece inspired by Bill's writing.
Some artists develop their voice over time. When guitarist Bill Frisell began his association with ECM in 1981 as a sideman with drummer Paul Motian, he was a full-blown original: a texturalist whose spare modal effects and pastoral and pop leanings took jazz in a new direction. Frisell's instalment in the label's rarum anthology series, for which the artists chose the songs and contributed written commentary, offers more variety than most of his individual recordings. He is heard lending support to Motian, saxophonist Jan Garbarek, pianist Paul Bley and trumpeter Kenny Wheeler; overdubbing himself on acoustic guitar; leading an offbeat line-up including tuba stalwart Bob Stewart and taking his first tentative steps as bandleader with cellist Hank Roberts, bassist Kermit Driscoll and drummer Joey Baron. Whatever the setting, Frisell, who has gravitated in recent times toward American roots forms, finds a rich silver lining in electronic cloudscapes that can be dreamy or dark or both. The collection, which offers 24-bit/96 khz remastering--a first for the notoriously sound-conscious ECM--is brought to a close by classical and new-music artist Gavin Bryars, leading his own ensemble on an atmospheric chamber piece from 1993 inspired by a song on Frisell's 1982 debut, In Line. --Lloyd SachsSee all Product description
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The music on this album is quite a variety. You get a glimpse of his unique style through songs by himself, Paul Bley, Paul Motian, Jan Garbarek, and Kenny Wheeler. There were two songs that I never heard of on this album and they were "Introduction" and "India." Both songs were featured on the Paul Motian Trio album "It Should've Happened A Long Time Ago," which I don't have yet. The song "India" was absolutely beautiful and for me was worth the price of the entire record.
If you are a newcomer to Bill Frisell's work on the ECM label, then my advice would be to start right here with this compliation. If you would like to investigate further than I highly recommend the following ECM albums:
Bill Frisell - In Line (1983)
Jan Garbarek - Paths, Prints (1982)
Bill Frisell - Lookout For Hope (1988)
Eberhard Weber - Fluid Rustle (1979 - Bill's debut on ECM)
Marc Johnson - Bass Desires (1985)
Marc Johnson's Bass Desires - Second Sight (1987)
The good songs make owning this CD worthwhile for me. Mandeville is the tune that prompted my purchase and I get a kick out of it every time. Frisell's "wobbly" sound and extended (and unexpected) phrasing are pure genius.
My first reaction on listening to this disc was one of pleasant surprise,it is always a great feeling when you discover music of this quality,my second was annoyance that I had waited so long to hear it.
Bill Frisell has a very lyrical and individual style of playing that I for one find refreshing.His use of guitar synthesiseron a couple of the pieces is tasteful and in keeping with the sense of the tunes, unlike some other guiarists who seem to get carried away with the sound pallette available. "Introduction" and "India",both Paul Motian tunes,are powerful examples of Motian's ability as a composer and Frisell's as an interpreter and navigator of the tunes of others.
Frisell's own pieces on this disc show a clear development in style and confidence over time ,with some great arrangments to boot.You may not walk away from this disc whistling the tunes the first time you hear it, but the tunes will slowly reveal themselves to be gems.
The last piece on the disc was written by Gavin Bryars based on another of Frisell's tunes and is a fitting place to finish the disc leaving us ,of course , wanting more.
Here is Frisell playing with Jan Garbarek's group back in 1983, fitting right in, and with Dave Holland and Lee Konitz in 1996. The music and the ensembles are varied, but the distinctive voice that is Frisell's guitar comes through and brings joy. What a wonderful musician! If you have somewhat recently become a Frisell fan based on his "Americana" recordings of the past decade, you owe it to yourself to see what Frisell was doing earlier in his career and in different musical contexts.
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