Selected Recordings (Rarum VIII)

Selected Recordings (Rarum VIII)

by Bobo StensonBobo Stenson


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Bobo Stenson's entry in the ECM Rarum series contains 13 tracks, culled from four solo albums and 13 sideman appearances since 1971. (There's a nearly 20-year gap in Stenson's ECM output, from 1975 to 1993.) Though it's presented non-chronologically, this music tells a remarkably coherent story. Stenson found his voice early and stuck with it, no matter who was leading the session. There are three pieces from 2000's Serenity, widely regarded as one of his best efforts (he apparently agrees, for the Rarum programs are entirely artist-chosen). One also hears samples of the pianist's work with Charles Lloyd, Tomasz Stanko, and -- most grippingly -- Don Cherry, who duets with Stenson on Ornette Coleman's "What Reason Could I Give" and is heard in a quintet setting on "Ahayu-Da," the final track from 1993's Dona Nostra. "Svevende" and "Witchi-Tai-To" document Stenson's early-'70s collaborations with Jan Garbarek, in a group that would later morph into Keith Jarrett's famed European quartet. (On "Witchi-Tai-To" Garbarek is wrongly credited on tenor. He plays soprano.) Two wildly contrasting trio covers, of Duke Ellington's "Reflections in D" (1993) and Ornette Coleman's "Untitled" (1971), appear back to back toward the end of the program, revealing the breadth of Stenson's jazz influences.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/21/2002
Label: Ecm Import
UPC: 0044001421426
catalogNumber: 014214
Rank: 84028


  1. East Print
  2. Svevende
  3. What Reason Could I Give
  4. Oleo de Mujer Con Sombrero
  5. Fader V (Father World)
  6. Song
  7. Morning Heavy Song
  8. Golden Rain
  9. Witchi-Tai-To
  10. Reflections in D
  11. [Untitled]
  12. Little Peace
  13. Ahayu-Da

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Bobo Stenson   Primary Artist,Piano
Jan Garbarek   Soprano Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone,Ensemble
Billy Hart   Drums
Tony Oxley   Drums
Tomasz Stanko   Trumpet
Arild Andersen   Double Bass
Anders Jormin   Double Bass
Okay Temiz   Percussion
Jon Christensen   Drums
Palle Danielsson   Double Bass
Anders Kjellberg   Drums
Bobo Stenson Quartet   Ensemble
Don Cherry & Ed Blackwell   Trumpet
Tomasz Stanko Quartet   Ensemble
Bobo Stenson Trio   Ensemble

Technical Credits

Bobo Stenson   Liner Notes
Manfred Eicher   Producer
Jan Erik Kongshaug   Engineer
Åke Linton   Engineer
Ake Masotti   Engineer

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