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Jan Garbarek

Places (vinyl)

  • Type LP 12inch
  • Label ECM
  • UPC 0602547811219
  • Catalog number ECMLP 4781121
  • Release date 07 April 2017
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About the album

Recorded in 1977 in Oslo, Places was an important album for Norwegian saxophonist Jan Garbarek, and  - with its stellar line-up including Americans Jack DeJohnette and Bill Connors  -  one that also drew significant attention in the US.  “How does Garbarek set up his floating dreamlike moods?” asked Down Beat, and proceeded to itemize components of this “eerie, desolate, bleak” music:  “John Taylor plays sustained legato chords, much more like Lutheran church music than, say, Jimmy Smith. The organ provides a backdrop of shifting sonorities…DeJohnette’s playing is airy, concentrating on cymbals, creating shimmering webs of rhythm. Up front is Garbarek, the only real solo voice. He speaks slowly, with attention to detail. He has a fine sense of pitch, so that when he ornaments a note with a bend, a slur or a grace note, it is done precisely, consciously…”  The album stands as one of Garbarek’s strongest statements as a player.  Reviewing Places in 1978, Don Heckman wrote in High Fidelity that Garbarek was “easily the best sax player to emerge from Europe in the last decade.''

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    Reflections
     
    15:05
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    Entering
     
    07:50
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    Going Places
     
    14:12
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    Passing
     
    11:18

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