JAN GAR­BAREK

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - Musicreviews Shuffle - RAY COMISKEY

This is the band, with Rainer Brün­ing­haus (pi­ano/keys), Yuri Daniel (elec­tric bass) and Manu Katché (drums) that Gar­barek had in Dublin two years ago. At its core was the in­tense di­a­logue be­tween Gar­barek and Katché, with Brün­ing­haus fill­ing in the back­ground and emerg­ing for the more in­ter­est­ing so­los, and Daniel a func­tional ful­crum. For all the band’s close-knit en­sem­bles, ex­cite­ment and im­pro­visatory heat, it wasn’t par­tic­u­larly in­ter­est­ing. This rap­tur­ously re­ceived, 2-CD Ger­man con­cert record­ing is sim­i­larly full of at­trac­tive melodic hooks, in­fec­tious rhythms and invit­ing ac­ces­si­bil­ity, with Gar­barek, his so­prano and tenor sat­u­rated in that un­mis­take­able cry, hav­ing a ball. Mark­ing, as it does, a change in some as­pects of his ap­proach and, per­haps, a new phase in the ca­reer of a great mu­si­cian, it clearly con­nects with audiences. I just wish I liked it as much as they do. www.nax­osdirect.ie

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