Rarum, Vol. 4: Selected Recordings

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richard S. Ginell
Gary Burton's contribution to the ECM Rarum series is not nearly as willfully devoted to esoterica as some others, preferring to give listeners a concise evolution of the quartets and quintets he led from 1973 to 1986. The first quartet, with guitarist Mick Goodrick, bassist Abe Laboriel, and drummer Harry Blazer, disappears after one straightforward track "Four or Less" -- and a very young but still brilliant Pat Metheny on electric 12-string guitar, bassist Steve Swallow, and drummer Bob Moses join Goodrick and Burton to bring more diverse colors to their sound while still burning at a rarefied, relatively quiet emotional level. There is a sizeable gap in the survey...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richard S. Ginell
Gary Burton's contribution to the ECM Rarum series is not nearly as willfully devoted to esoterica as some others, preferring to give listeners a concise evolution of the quartets and quintets he led from 1973 to 1986. The first quartet, with guitarist Mick Goodrick, bassist Abe Laboriel, and drummer Harry Blazer, disappears after one straightforward track "Four or Less" -- and a very young but still brilliant Pat Metheny on electric 12-string guitar, bassist Steve Swallow, and drummer Bob Moses join Goodrick and Burton to bring more diverse colors to their sound while still burning at a rarefied, relatively quiet emotional level. There is a sizeable gap in the survey 1976-1982, and when it resumes with an urbane, relaxed performance of Mingus' "Duke Ellington's Sound of Love," Jim Odgren is on alto saxophone, the sole representative track of the five-year period where Burton swapped the guitar leads for horns. In two excerpts from Real Life Hits, horns are out and then-recent Berklee School alumnus pianist Makoto Ozone is in, with saxophonist Tommy Smith making the band a quintet again in the final track, "La Divetta." Interestingly, the tracks with Ozone have a higher energy level than the rest of the collection, leaving the impression, true or not, that Ozone was the energizing element. As a survey of Burton's working bands in mid-career -- aided by a detailed look at this period by Burton in his liner notes -- this collection achieves its modest goal, leaving another Burton ECM project the records with Chick Corea to the Corea volume in the Rarum series.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/21/2002
  • Label: Ecm Import
  • UPC: 044001419522
  • Catalog Number: 014195
  • Sales rank: 378,078

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Four or Less - Abraham Laboriel Sr. (6:17)
  2. 2 Colours of Chloƫ - Gary Burton Quintet (7:14)
  3. 3 Dreams So Real - Gary Burton Quintet (6:23)
  4. 4 Medley: Ictus/Syndrome/Wrong Key Donkey - Gary Burton Quintet (10:27)
  5. 5 B & G (Midwestern Night's Dream) - Dan Gottlieb (8:26)
  6. 6 Duke Ellington's Sound of Love - Gary Burton Quartet (8:13)
  7. 7 Syndrome - Gary Burton Quartet (6:16)
  8. 8 Ladies in Mercedes - Mike Hyman (6:14)
  9. 9 La Divetta - Gary Burton Quintet (8:26)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Gary Burton Primary Artist, Marimbas, Vibes
Pat Metheny Guitar, Guitar (12 String Electric)
Bob Moses Drums
Makoto Ozone Piano
Tommy Smith Tenor Saxophone
Steve Swallow Bass
Eberhard Weber Bass
Harry Blazer Drums
Mick Goodrick Guitar
Mike Hyman Drums
Abraham Laboriel Sr. Bass
Jim Odgren Alto Saxophone
Gary Burton Quartet Track Performer
Gary Burton Quintet Track Performer
Dan Gottlieb Drums
Martin Richards Drums
Technical Credits
John Abercrombie Composer
Gary Burton Liner Notes
Marc Johnson Composer
Steve Swallow Composer
Joey Baron Composer
Anders Jormin Composer
Manfred Eicher Producer
Mark Feldman Composer
Mike Gibbs Composer
Tom Rainey Composer
Hans Wendl Producer
John Taylor Composer
Michael Gibbs Composer
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