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April 6 , 2004

PAT METHENY :RARUM IX SELECTED RECORDINGS

“I'm seeing the ECM :rarum series as a celebration of its artists. Just look at the level of artist involvement: they chose the material (which has been remastered), arranged the song order and provided the liner notes …
:rarum IX achieves that elusive quality not found in many Best-Of packages: nothing's missing. It's a perfect distillation of Metheny's ECM career. Want to know what Pat Metheny is all about? This is the place to start.”

Mark Saleski, blogcritics.org, February 24, 2004


Released February 10th in the USA, Pat Metheny’s :rarum disc hit the Billboard Traditional Jazz Chart immediately and has remained there ever since.

The US Billboard Chart is typically dominated by vocal albums or by re-issues of work by now-deceased legends. Therefore it is particularly refreshing that the catalog of a great living artist still has such value today.

Check out the other :rarum volumes by ECM musicians past and present:
Keith Jarrett, Jan Garbarek, Bill Frisell, Chick Corea, Gary Burton, Art Ensemble of Chicago, Terje Rypdal, Bobo Stenson, Dave Holland, Egberto Gismonti, Jack DeJohnette, John Surman, John Abercrombie, Carla Bley, Paul Motian, Tomasz Stanko, Eberhard Weber, Arild Andersen, Jon Christensen.