Personnel: John Abercrombie (electric & acoustic guitars); Kenny Wheeler (trumpet); Mark Feldman (violin); Richard Beirach, John Taylor (piano); Jan Hammer (organ, synthesizer); Dan Wall (organ); Ralph Towner (classical guitar); Dave Holland, George Mraz, Marc Johnson (bass); Jack DeJohnette, Peter Donald, Peter Erskine, Adam Nussbaum, Joey Baron (drums).
Recorded in Norway, Germany and the United States between 1974 and 2000. Includes liner notes by John Abercrombie.
Personnel: Dan Wall (organ); Peter Donald (drums); George Mraz (double bass); Jack DeJohnette (drums); Jan Hammer (organ, synthesizer); John Abercrombie (acoustic guitar, electric guitar, mandolin); Adam Nussbaum (drums); John Taylor (piano); Kenny Wheeler (trumpet); Mark Feldman (violin); Peter Erskine (drums); Ralph Towner (classical guitar); Richie Beirach (piano); Joey Baron (drums); Marc Johnson's Bass Desires (double bass).
Liner Note Author: John Abercrombie.
Recording information: Ludwigsburg, Germany (06/1974-12/2000); New York, NY (06/1974-12/2000); Oslo, Norway (06/1974-12/2000).
Photographers: Richard Laird; Roberto Masotti; W. Patrick Hinely; Ralph Quinke; Dieter Rehm.
Perhaps no single player's sound is more associated with ECM recordings -- with the possible exception of Jan Garbarek's -- than guitarist John Abercrombie's. His dulcet, multivalent tones have been gracing ECM titles since 1974 and his landmark recording as a leader, Timeless, with keyboardist Jan Hammer and drummer Jack DeJohnette. Abercrombie has remained with the label since that time, and has issued no less than 22 recordings as a leader, and has appeared on at least two dozen others. On his Rarum volume, Abercrombie selects ten tracks from his tenure with ECM as both a leader and a sideman. Some tracks are givens, such as "Timeless," "Sorcery I," form Gateway, and "Big Music," from November; both others are surprises such as "Ma Belle H‚lŠne," from Kenny Wheeler's The Widow in the Window, and "Carol's Carol," from the trio album While We're Young set from 1992. Abercrombie's notes explicating his choices and his career are warm and insightful, making this a fine package for the price. ~ Thom Jurek