Jan Gar­barek

Places

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Nor­we­gian sax­o­phon­ist’s 1977 al­bum revived.

Jan Gar­barek’s name is syn­ony­mous with ECM, the in­flu­en­tial Mu­nich­based la­bel which has played a lead­ing role in the evo­lu­tion of Euro­pean post-bop jazz since the 1970s. He made his de­but for the la­bel 47 years ago and to­day, aged 70, con­tin­ues to record for the com­pany. Places takes us back to a key time in the Oslo-born reed man’s ca­reer when he was gain­ing world­wide ex­po­sure as a mem­ber of Keith Jar­rett’s cel­e­brated Euro­pean Quar­tet. Here, he’s ac­com­pa­nied by orig­i­nal Re­turn To For­ever gui­tarist Bill Con­nors, a Bri­tish key­boardist, the late John Tay­lor, and ex-Miles Davis drum­mer Jack DeJohnette, on four lengthy but ab­sorb­ing tracks that high­light Gar­barek’s lyri­cism as well as his predilec­tion for us­ing space and cre­at­ing at­mos­phere. The re­flec­tive bal­lad, En­ter­ing, cap­tures the sax­o­phon­ist at his pas­sion­ate, melodic best while Go­ing Places is more ex­ploratory in char­ac­ter. Charles War­ing

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