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Selected Recordings: rarum by Arlid Andersen

ECM Records, Rarum motif is based upon the legacy of artists who have recorded as leaders or sidemen for the label. And of course, the track selections are left to the discretion and decision making of the individual artist. Bassist Arlid Andersen is one of the more prolific ECM Records, modern jazz instrumentalists. Since the ‘70s, the bassist has assembled an impressive discography spanning multiple jazz-tinged genres and stylizations. As this excellent set, brings home these notions in rather consummate fashion.

Part of Andersen’s acoustic bass expertise is rooted within his deep, resonating tone and springy lines. Essentially, he’s a colorist who possesses monster chops and acute compositional skills. For example, listen to how he delicately comps behind guitarist Ralph Towner on the piece "Svev," culled from the bassist’s 1991 CD titled, If You Look For Enough. On other selections, Andersen and his various band mates inject loose, funk-rock grooves with airy melodies and cunningly, articulated harmonic sojourns.

The track titled "The Sword Under His Wings," is lifted from Andersen’s 1981 live album titled Molde Concert featuring pianist John Taylor, guitarist Bill Frisell and drummer Alphonse Mouzon. On this piece, the band kicks matters into serious, overdrive! Here, Andersen’s colossal walking bass lines provide a heated underpinning for his ensemble. Other highlights include the bassist’s encounters with trumpeter Nils Petter Molver, and trumpeter/flugelhornist Kenny Wheeler.

Andersen is apt to skirt with the free zone on occasion as well as engaging fragile theme pieces, marked by wistful flutes, evidenced on "Sole," excerpted from his 1978 LP, Green Shading into Blue. To that end, highlights abound throughout! (Vigorously recommended.... )

Additional Info

  • Artist / Group Name: Arlid Andersen
  • CD Title: Selected Recordings: rarum
  • Genre: Other
  • Year Released: 2004
  • Record Label: ECM Records
  • Rating: Four Stars
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