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Rites
Garbarek, Jan

Rites

CD | ECM | 0731455900620 | ECM 5590062 | 07-05

About the album

Jan Garbarek's powerful new double-album is a magnum opus, and well-titled. "Rites" suggests initiations, rituals, the archaic, the magical, but also "rites of passage", and the Norwegian saxophonist reflects, in his choice of material, upon pivotal episodes and influences in his own life and those of his associates. Pieces include a tribute to Don Cherry and reworkings of the Garbarek classics "It's OK to listen to the gray voice" and "So mild the wind, so meek the water". There are abundant references to scattered musics of the world, from Norway to India, as well as a setting - for voices and saxophone - of a Native American poem, and the surprise inclusion of Jansug Kakhidze's "The moon over Mtatsminda", sung by its composer with the Tbilisi Symphony Orchestra. In total, this is the most comprehensive recording Jan Garbarek has made to date, and his subtle saxophone artistry has never been more persuasive.

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Tracklisting
    • 1
      Rites
       
      08:29
    • 2
      Where the Rivers Meet
       
      07:03
    • 3
      Vast Plain, Clouds
       
      05:54
    • 4
      So Mild the Wind, So Meek the Water
       
      06:11
    • 5
      Song, Tread Lightly
       
      07:42
    • 6
      It's Ok to Listen to the Gray Voice
       
      06:48
    • 7
      Her Wild Ways
       
      06:46
    • 8
      It's High Time
       
      03:33
    • 9
      One Ying for Every Yang
       
      06:37
    • 10
      Pan
       
      06:16
    • 11
      We Are the Stars
       
      05:02
    • 12
      The Moon Over Mtatsminda
       
      04:00
    • 13
      Malinye
       
      06:24
    • 14
      The White Clown
       
      03:48
    • 15
      Evenly They Danced
       
      05:17
    • 16
      Last Rite
       
      08:29
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