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Jan Garbarek - The Esoteric Circle ( with Terje Rypdal,Arild Andersen and Jon Christensen - as The Esoteric Circle) CD (album) cover

THE ESOTERIC CIRCLE ( WITH TERJE RYPDAL,ARILD ANDERSEN AND JON CHRISTENSEN - AS THE ESOTERIC CIRCLE)

Jan Garbarek

 

Jazz Rock/Fusion

4.04 | 6 ratings

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snobb
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4 stars Jan Garbarek's solo debut, released on US-label Flying Dutchman under "Esoteric Circle" project's name (and later re-released as his solo album), is really interesting release for every Garbarek fan.

First of all,music presented there is a bit raw but innovative mix of post-bop, fusion and avant- garde jazz. Musician's line up is the same as on Garbarek second, much better known album (and his debut on ECM), but the music sounds different. Rhythm section is more conservative there and rarely leaves post-bop tradition, but Garbarek's tenor sax and partially Rypdal's electric guitar make some trips to fusion and avant-garde zones. As a result, album in whole sounds slightly unfocused, but raw,dirty and even explosive in moments (what is impossible for any Garbarek's recorded on ECM music).

Some compositions have strong emotional vibes, nice tunes, and Coltrane's influences are obvious there.At the same time, Jon Christensen and Terje Rypdal bring some heavier and rockier elements, from jazz-rock to rock jamming. Eclectic and quite unusual musical mix for Garbarek's album, isn't it?

Rare and interesting release illustrating Garbarek's (and Rypdal's) early musical influences,inspired and innovative as few first Garbarek's ECM albums are.

snobb | 4/5 |

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