Rites - Jan Garbarek

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Rites - Jan Garbarek

2 CD(s) - Jazz Instrument - Label: ECM - Distributor: Proper Note - Released: 01/07/2007 - 731455900620

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published 18/04/2007 | wiseowl96
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"Cool but never cold: the journey continues"

Following on from his virtuosic performance as saxophone soloist on Giya Kancheli's "Night Prayers" (on the ECM New Series CD Caris Mere), Jan Garbarek continues his interest in Northern European tradition and brings it face-to-face with more conventional jazz patterns in this 2CD set.

There are some fascinating moves here, even by Garbarek standards. The use of a boys' choir on "We Are the Stars" followed by the voice of Jansug Kaknidze accompanied by the Tbilisi Symphony Orchestra on "The Moon Over Mtatsminda" is a remarkable diptych of innocence and experience. Though Garbarek, by his own admission in the booklet notes, does not feature on the latter as writer or player, his justification for including it in an album under his own name is totally sound.

It's not the only high point. Don Cherry's "Malinya" is a great homage from one musical adventurer to another; "It's High Time" featuring a sample of a Sami joik (note: possession of a multilingual dictionary will probably increase your understanding of this CD's terminologies) is very joyful and almost hummable; while "Her Wild Ways" proves that Garbarek can still be happy in relatively orthodox jazz contexts.

Much of the recording relies on electronic effects, but - and this is rare in jazz - these seem to help to create and complement the atmosphere rather than detract from it. Mention should also be made in this respect of Eberhard Weber's bass playing.

One quibble: there was too much usable material to cram on to one CD, so what we have are two relatively short discs for which you will have to pay the price of two relatively long discs. But in purely musical terms it's an album well worth having.

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2 CD(s) - Jazz Instrument - Label: ECM - Distributor: Proper Note - Released: 01/07/2007 - 731455900620

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