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Rarum II / Selected Recordings

Jan Garbarek

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Jan Garbarek is the quintessential ECM artiste -- adventurous; disdainful of categories; in possession of a wailing tone well-suited to producer Manfred Eicher's reverberant, airy sonic tastes; and a devotee of the school of wide open spaces without clutter. The latter two points are important, for they unify what might otherwise be a wildly scattered collection of shooting asteroids into a single orbit. Giving all of this eclecticism some general shape, disc one of Garbarek's Rarum volume deals with his sessions as a leader, often with the ethereal mood in play, while the second disc is devoted to the Norwegian saxophonist's collaborations with his celebrated friends from Europe and America over a 22-year span. The first disc has a carefully terraced sense of flow from start to finish, with the opening horn calls of "Skrik & Hyl" and "Viddene" sounding as if they came from high on a mountaintop, with bass, then guitar, then pipe organ as backdrops. With "Lillekort," things get moving in a light Brazilian bag with Nana Vasconcelos providing the groove and the nicely striding "It's OK to Listen to the Gray Voice." The set then veers into some ethereal solo tracks, where Garbarek works with tapes of himself on excerpts from the albums All Those Born With Wings and Legend of the Seven Dreams and reaches a peak of energy on the penultimate track, the title tune of the Twelve Moons album. Within this overall context, the lengthy "Raga I," with a host of Indian musicians, seems not at all out of place, nor is Shankar's playful "Song for Everyone" on disc two. Paying homage where homage is due, four of the first five tracks of disc two are some of Garbarek's collaborations with Keith Jarrett in the '70s -- ranging from the esoteric (the lugubriously orchestrated "Windsong" from Luminessence) to some snapshots of the Jarrett European quartet that put Garbarek on the map. Interestingly, in Jarrett's Rarum volume, the pianist writes that he would have liked to have included "Sunshine Song" (from Nude Ants) and a track from Luminessence on his own collection. What he doesn't say is that they turned up on Garbarek's album instead. A coincidence of telepathic tastes -- or concealed collusion? Aside from the European quartet tracks, the disc reverts to Garbarek's spare, freewheeling conception of sound, featuring sessions led by guitarists Ralph Towner and Egberto Gismonti, and finally a taste of Garbarek's audacious yet lovely collaboration with the early music Hilliard Ensemble. Alas, Garbarek's liner notes aren't of much use as a guide; he is merely content to thank some of his co-conspirators -- mainly Eicher and Jarrett.
© Richard S. Ginell /TiVo

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Jan Garbarek

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1
Skrik & Hyl
Jan Garbarek
00:01:37

Jan Erik Kongshaug, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Palle Danielsson, Double Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Bobo Stenson, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Jon Christensen, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Manfred Eicher, Producer - Jan Garbarek, Composer, Tenor Saxophone, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Bobo Stenson Quartet, MainArtist

℗ 1976 ECM Records GmbH, under exclusive license to Universal Music Classics & Jazz - a division of Universal Music GmbH

2
Viddene
Jan Garbarek
00:05:40

Ralph Towner, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Jan Erik Kongshaug, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Manfred Eicher, Producer - Jan Garbarek, Composer, Tenor Saxophone, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1977 ECM Records GmbH, under exclusive license to Universal Music Classics & Jazz - a division of Universal Music GmbH

3
Iskirken
Jan Garbarek
00:06:48

Jan Erik Kongshaug, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Manfred Eicher, Producer - Jan Garbarek, Composer, Tenor Saxophone, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Kjell Johnsen, Composer, Organ, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1980 ECM Records GmbH, under exclusive license to Universal Music Classics & Jazz - a division of Universal Music GmbH

4
Lillekort
Jan Garbarek
00:04:58

John Abercrombie, Composer, Mandolin, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Jan Erik Kongshaug, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Nana Vasconcelos, Composer, Drums, Percussion, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Manfred Eicher, Producer - Jan Garbarek, Composer, Soprano Saxophone, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1980 ECM Records GmbH, under exclusive license to Universal Music Classics & Jazz - a division of Universal Music GmbH

5
The Path
Jan Garbarek
00:07:12

Jan Erik Kongshaug, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Bill Frisell, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Eberhard Weber, Double Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Jon Christensen, Drums, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Manfred Eicher, Producer - Jan Garbarek, Composer, Percussion, Soprano Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone, Wooden Flute, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1982 ECM Records GmbH, under exclusive license to Universal Music Classics & Jazz - a division of Universal Music GmbH

6
It's Ok To Listen To The Gray Voice
Jan Garbarek Group
00:04:44

Jan Erik Kongshaug, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - DAVID TORN, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Eberhard Weber, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Manfred Eicher, Producer - Jan Garbarek, Composer, Tenor Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Jan Garbarek Group, MainArtist - Michael Di Pasqua, Drums, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1985 ECM Records GmbH, under exclusive license to Universal Music Classics & Jazz - a division of Universal Music GmbH

7
All Those Born With Wings (3rd Piece)
Jan Garbarek
00:07:39

Jan Erik Kongshaug, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Manfred Eicher, Producer - Jan Garbarek, Composer, Flute, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1987 ECM Records GmbH, under exclusive license to Universal Music Classics & Jazz - a division of Universal Music GmbH

8
It's Name Is Secret Road
Jan Garbarek
00:01:45

Jan Erik Kongshaug, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Manfred Eicher, Producer - Jan Garbarek, Composer, Flute, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1988 ECM Records GmbH, under exclusive license to Universal Music Classics & Jazz - a division of Universal Music GmbH

9
Aichuri, The Song Man
Jan Garbarek
00:05:03

Jan Erik Kongshaug, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Manfred Eicher, Producer - Jan Garbarek, Composer, Tenor Saxophone, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1988 ECM Records GmbH, under exclusive license to Universal Music Classics & Jazz - a division of Universal Music GmbH

10
Molde Canticle (Pt. 1)
Jan Garbarek
00:05:16

Manu Katche, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Jan Erik Kongshaug, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Nana Vasconcelos, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Eberhard Weber, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal) - Bugge Wesseltoft, Synthesizer, AssociatedPerformer - Manfred Eicher, Producer - Jan Garbarek, Composer, Tenor Saxophone, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Rainer Brüninghaus, Piano, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1990 ECM Records GmbH, under exclusive license to Universal Music Classics & Jazz - a division of Universal Music GmbH

11
Raga 1
Jan Garbarek
00:08:41

Manfred Eicher, Producer - Jan Garbarek, Producer, Tenor Saxophone, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Ustad Fateh Ali Khan, Voice, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Ustad Shaukat Hussain, Tabla, AssociatedPerformer - Ustad Nazim Ali Khan, Sarangi, AssociatedPerformer - Deepika Thathaal, Voice, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1990 ECM Records GmbH, under exclusive license to Universal Music Classics & Jazz - a division of Universal Music GmbH

12
Twelve Moons (Pt. 1: Winter-Summer, Pt. 2: Summer-Winter)
Jan Garbarek Group
00:07:32

Marilyn Mazur, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Manu Katche, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Jan Erik Kongshaug, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Manfred Eicher, Producer - Jan Garbarek, Composer, Synthesizer, AssociatedPerformer - Jan Garbarek Group, MainArtist

℗ 2002 ECM Records GmbH, under exclusive license to Universal Music Classics & Jazz - a division of Universal Music GmbH

13
Red Wind
Jan Garbarek
00:03:46

Jan Erik Kongshaug, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Manfred Eicher, Producer - Jan Garbarek, Composer, Soprano Saxophone, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1996 ECM Records GmbH, under exclusive license to Universal Music Classics & Jazz - a division of Universal Music GmbH

14
Windsong
Keith Jarrett
00:06:36

Keith Jarrett, Composer, MainArtist - Manfred Eicher, Producer - Jan Garbarek, Tenor Saxophone, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Mladen Gutesha, Conductor - Strings Of Südfunk Symphony Orchestra, Stuttgart, Orchestra - Martin Wieland, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1975 ECM Records GmbH, under exclusive license to Universal Music Classics & Jazz - a division of Universal Music GmbH

15
Belonging
Keith Jarrett
00:02:15

Keith Jarrett, Composer, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Jan Erik Kongshaug, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Palle Danielsson, Double Bass, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Jon Christensen, Drums, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Manfred Eicher, Producer - Jan Garbarek, Tenor Saxophone, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1974 ECM Records GmbH, under exclusive license to Universal Music Classics & Jazz - a division of Universal Music GmbH

16
Oceanus
Ralph Towner
00:11:02

Ralph Towner, Composer, Guitar, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Jan Erik Kongshaug, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Eberhard Weber, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal) - Jon Christensen, Drums, Percussion, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Manfred Eicher, Producer - Jan Garbarek, Tenor Saxophone, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1975 ECM Records GmbH, under exclusive license to Universal Music Classics & Jazz - a division of Universal Music GmbH

17
My Song
Keith Jarrett
00:06:13

Keith Jarrett, Composer, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Jan Erik Kongshaug, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Palle Danielsson, Double Bass, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Jon Christensen, Drums, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Manfred Eicher, Producer - Jan Garbarek, Tenor Saxophone, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1978 ECM Records GmbH

18
Sunshine Song
Keith Jarrett Trio
00:12:01

Keith Jarrett, Composer, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Palle Danielsson, Double Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Jon Christensen, Drums, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Manfred Eicher, Producer - Jan Garbarek, Tenor Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Keith Jarrett Quartet, MainArtist - Tom McKenney, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1980 ECM Records GmbH, under exclusive license to Universal Music Classics & Jazz - a division of Universal Music GmbH

19
Cego Aderaldo
Charlie Haden
00:07:55

Charlie Haden, Double Bass, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Jan Erik Kongshaug, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Egberto Gismonti, Guitar, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Manfred Eicher, Producer - Jan Garbarek, Soprano Saxophone, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Egberto Amim Gismonti, Composer

℗ 1981 ECM Records GmbH, under exclusive license to Universal Music Classics & Jazz - a division of Universal Music GmbH

20
Song For Everyone
Shankar
00:06:20

Shankar, Composer, Violin, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Jan Erik Kongshaug, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Trilok Gurtu, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Manfred Eicher, Producer - Jan Garbarek, Soprano Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Ustad Zakir Hussain, Tabla, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1985 ECM Records GmbH, under exclusive license to Universal Music Classics & Jazz - a division of Universal Music GmbH

21
Rosensfole
Agnes Buen Garnas
00:02:47

Traditional, ComposerLyricist - Ingar Helgesen, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Manfred Eicher, Producer - Jan Garbarek, Arranger, Synthesizer, Work Arranger, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Agnes Buen Garnas, Arranger, Vocals, Work Arranger, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1989 ECM Records GmbH, under exclusive license to Universal Music Classics & Jazz - a division of Universal Music GmbH

22
Star
Jan Garbarek
00:06:13

Jan Erik Kongshaug, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Peter Erskine, Drums, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Miroslav Vitous, Double Bass, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Manfred Eicher, Producer - Jan Garbarek, Composer, Soprano Saxophone, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1991 ECM Records GmbH, under exclusive license to Universal Music Classics & Jazz - a division of Universal Music GmbH

23
Joron
Jan Garbarek
00:06:27

Traditional, ComposerLyricist - Jan Erik Kongshaug, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Manfred Eicher, Producer - Jan Garbarek, Arranger, Tenor Saxophone, Work Arranger, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Anouar Brahem, Oud, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Ustad Shaukat Hussain, Tabla, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1994 ECM Records GmbH, under exclusive license to Universal Music Classics & Jazz - a division of Universal Music GmbH

24
Garbarek, Morales: Parce Mihi Domine
Jan Garbarek
00:06:35

David James, Arranger, Counter-Tenor, Work Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - PUBLIC DOMAIN, Author - Cristóbal De Morales, Composer - John Potter, Arranger, Tenor, Work Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Rogers Covey-Crump, Arranger, Tenor, Work Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Gordon Jones, Arranger, Baritone, Work Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Manfred Eicher, Producer - The Hilliard Ensemble, Ensemble, MainArtist - Jan Garbarek, Composer, Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Peter Länger, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1994 ECM Records GmbH, under exclusive license to Universal Music Classics & Jazz - a division of Universal Music GmbH

Album Description

Jan Garbarek is the quintessential ECM artiste -- adventurous; disdainful of categories; in possession of a wailing tone well-suited to producer Manfred Eicher's reverberant, airy sonic tastes; and a devotee of the school of wide open spaces without clutter. The latter two points are important, for they unify what might otherwise be a wildly scattered collection of shooting asteroids into a single orbit. Giving all of this eclecticism some general shape, disc one of Garbarek's Rarum volume deals with his sessions as a leader, often with the ethereal mood in play, while the second disc is devoted to the Norwegian saxophonist's collaborations with his celebrated friends from Europe and America over a 22-year span. The first disc has a carefully terraced sense of flow from start to finish, with the opening horn calls of "Skrik & Hyl" and "Viddene" sounding as if they came from high on a mountaintop, with bass, then guitar, then pipe organ as backdrops. With "Lillekort," things get moving in a light Brazilian bag with Nana Vasconcelos providing the groove and the nicely striding "It's OK to Listen to the Gray Voice." The set then veers into some ethereal solo tracks, where Garbarek works with tapes of himself on excerpts from the albums All Those Born With Wings and Legend of the Seven Dreams and reaches a peak of energy on the penultimate track, the title tune of the Twelve Moons album. Within this overall context, the lengthy "Raga I," with a host of Indian musicians, seems not at all out of place, nor is Shankar's playful "Song for Everyone" on disc two. Paying homage where homage is due, four of the first five tracks of disc two are some of Garbarek's collaborations with Keith Jarrett in the '70s -- ranging from the esoteric (the lugubriously orchestrated "Windsong" from Luminessence) to some snapshots of the Jarrett European quartet that put Garbarek on the map. Interestingly, in Jarrett's Rarum volume, the pianist writes that he would have liked to have included "Sunshine Song" (from Nude Ants) and a track from Luminessence on his own collection. What he doesn't say is that they turned up on Garbarek's album instead. A coincidence of telepathic tastes -- or concealed collusion? Aside from the European quartet tracks, the disc reverts to Garbarek's spare, freewheeling conception of sound, featuring sessions led by guitarists Ralph Towner and Egberto Gismonti, and finally a taste of Garbarek's audacious yet lovely collaboration with the early music Hilliard Ensemble. Alas, Garbarek's liner notes aren't of much use as a guide; he is merely content to thank some of his co-conspirators -- mainly Eicher and Jarrett.
© Richard S. Ginell /TiVo

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