George Russell Presents the Esoteric Circle

  • Kod: CDBGPM284
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  • Producent: BGP Records
  • Wykonawca: Jan Garbarek / Terje Rypdal / Arild Andersen / Jon Christensen
  • Nośnik: CD
  • Instrument lidera: saxophones
  • Cena: 64,99 zł
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Ethno Jazz/World Jazz/Modern Jazz
premiera polska:
kontynent: Europa
kraj: Norwegia
opakowanie: plastikowe etui

Editor's info:
Digitally re-mastered edition. This is a rare gem of late '60 s European Jazz, often presented as the debut album of saxophonist Jan Garbarek, but is much more than that. It includes work of the finest Nordic musicians, who came to define a certain Jazz sensibility. Composer George Russell spent several years in Europe in the late '60 s, recording two albums of his own work. For these he utilized the cream of Scandinavian Jazz talent. The Esoteric Circle was formed from this group: Garbarek, Terje Rypdal, Arild Andersen and Jon Christensen who, over the next 10 years helped to create the core sound of ECM Records. Jan Garbarek became the most celebrated and commercially successful players of his generation. This recording was made at an early stage of their development. There is a touch of Coltrane and Ayler in Garbarek's playing. Rypdal is stunning, using both clever runs and ambient noise to sustain a sonic attack. All four demonstrate an understanding and musicality which makes this one of the finest European albums of the period.

Jan Garbarek had studied with the great American composer George Russell, and had previously appeared on Russell's venture into jazz-rock, Electronic Sonata for Souls Loved By Nature. Whereas his teacher's usage of rock rhythms in an avant jazz context often came off as rather clunky, for Garbarek and his guitarist, Terje Rypdal, formerly a member of the popular Norwegian band the Vanguards, such a melding was more second nature. The Esoteric Circle, the first album by their band of the same name (hey, this was still the '60s after all), is a highly successful and enjoyable effort, one that can stand comfortably with work being done at that time by Tony Williams or John McLaughlin. Garbarek's compositions range from deeply felt homages to Coltrane ("Traneflight" and "Nefertite") to rocking jams like "Rabalder," where Rypdal gets to showcase his considerable chops. In fact, some of these themes were used by Russell in his aforementioned work. Garbarek's own playing, here entirely on tenor, come largely out of Albert Ayler as well as Coltrane, and his general attack is much more raw and aggressive than the style for which he would eventually become more widely known through his recordings for ECM. Listeners who enjoy his first several albums for that label (from Afric Pepperbird to Witchi-Tai-To) will find much to savor here.
by Brian Olewnick

Jan Garbarek – tenor saxophone, soprano saxophone
Terje Rypdal – guitar
Arild Andersen – bass
Jon Christensen – percussion

1. Traneflight (Jan Garbarek) 2:51
2. Ralbalder (Jan Garbarek) 8:15
3. Esoteric Circle (Jan Garbarek) 5:22
4. Vips (Jan Garbarek) 5:40
5. Sas 644 (Jan Garbarek) 8:49
6. Nefertite (Jan Garbarek) 2:05
7. Gee (Jan Garbarek) 1:10
8. Karin's Mode (Jan Garbarek) 7:30
9. Breeze Ending (Jan Garbarek) 3:39

total time - 45:08
wydano: 2018-06-14
nagrano: Recorded October 1969, at Henie-Onstad Kunstsenter, Barum

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