Rarum, Vol. 13: Selected Recordings

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Like guitarist Terje Rypdal, with whom he has collaborated, British saxophonist, bandleader, and composer John Surman has had a career on the ECM label that has covered the terrain of new classical music from chamber to orchestral, jazz of the vanguard and groove varieties, new music, and even folk music. This personal selection of his offerings from the label from the years 1976-1999 gives listeners the opportunity to be stunned by his versatility and commitment, and the incredible depth he possesses in each of his chosen fields of inquiry, but given the sheer breadth of his oeuvre, it is impossible on a single disc to give an accurate representation. As a result, what is ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Like guitarist Terje Rypdal, with whom he has collaborated, British saxophonist, bandleader, and composer John Surman has had a career on the ECM label that has covered the terrain of new classical music from chamber to orchestral, jazz of the vanguard and groove varieties, new music, and even folk music. This personal selection of his offerings from the label from the years 1976-1999 gives listeners the opportunity to be stunned by his versatility and commitment, and the incredible depth he possesses in each of his chosen fields of inquiry, but given the sheer breadth of his oeuvre, it is impossible on a single disc to give an accurate representation. As a result, what is here is nothing short of stellar. Surman's chosen ramble over the course of his career is in aesthetic rather than chronological order, so listeners have "Druid's Castle" from the 1994 set A Biography of the Rev. Absalom Dawe, a piece for solo soprano and baritone saxophones, kicking it off. Surprisingly, Surman offers "Number Six" from a Miroslav Vitous-led date in 1982 to follow, which is dovetailed with "Portrait of a Romantic," featuring another solo of bass clarinet, recorder, and synthesizer that feels informed by Delius. Thankfully, "The Returning Exile" from The Brass Project is included here, as is a brilliant piece from Adventure Playground in 1991 with sidemen Tony Oxley, Paul Bley, and Gary Peacock. But it is on the four or so solo pieces that the sheer mastery of Surman's command becomes evident, and for these listeners should be grateful.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/10/2004
  • Label: Ecm Import
  • UPC: 044001419720
  • Catalog Number: 014197
  • Sales rank: 76,503

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Druid's Circle (2:52)
  2. 2 Number Six - Jon Christensen (5:53)
  3. 3 Portrait of a Romantic (7:01)
  4. 4 Ogeda (4:39)
  5. 5 The Returning Exile - John Marshall (7:41)
  6. 6 Edges of Illusion (10:13)
  7. 7 The Buccaneers (3:59)
  8. 8 The Snooper (1:59)
  9. 9 Mountainscape VIII - Dieter Feichtner (7:15)
  10. 10 Figfoot (4:33)
  11. 11 Piperspool (5:10)
  12. 12 Gone to the Dogs - Vigleik Storaas (3:59)
  13. 13 Stone Flower - Trans4mation String Quartet (5:46)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
John Surman Primary Artist, Synthesizer, Bass Clarinet, Harp, Keyboards, Recorder, Baritone Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone, Group, Group Member
John Abercrombie Guitar, Group, Group Member
Paul Bley Piano, Group Member
Jack DeJohnette Drums, Group Member
Peter Erskine Drums, Group Member
Kenny Kirkland Piano, Group Member
Tony Oxley Drums, Group Member
Gary Peacock Double Bass, Group Member
Terje Rypdal Guitar, Group Member
Miroslav Vitous Group, Double Bass, Group Member
Henry Lowther Trumpet, Group Member
Barre Phillips Double Bass, Group Member
Stu Martin Drums, Group Member
Stuart Brooks Trumpet, Group Member
Jon Christensen Drums, Group Member
Nick Cooper Cello, Group Member
Richard Edwards Bass Trombone, Group Member
Malcolm Griffiths Trombone, Group Member
Chris Laurence Double Bass, Group Member
Rita Manning Violin, Group Member
John Marshall Drums, Group Member
Chris Pyne Trombone, Group Member
Steve Waterman Trumpet, Group Member
Bill Hawkes Viola, Group Member
Marc Johnson's Bass Desires Double Bass, Group Member
Keith Pascoe Violin, Group Member
Vigleik Storaas Piano, Group Member
The Trio Group
David Stewart Bass Trombone, Group Member
Brass Project Group
Nordic Quartet Group
Technical Credits
Paul Bley Composer
John Surman Composer, Producer
Gary Thomas Engineer
Barre Phillips Composer
Stu Martin Composer
Manfred Eicher Producer
Jan Erik Kongshaug Engineer
Martin Wieland Engineer
Steve Lake Producer
Dieter Feichtner Composer
Markus Heiland Engineer
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