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Jan Garbarek - Jan Garbarek, Arild Andersen & Edward Vesala: Triptykon CD (album) cover


Jan Garbarek


Jazz Rock/Fusion

3.17 | 14 ratings

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4 stars Jan Garbarek's fourth solo album (and third on ECM label). After two quartet releases, and one quintet (same Garbarek's quartet plus Bobo Stenton on keyboards) and two brave and hungry ECM avant-garde albums, Garbarek changed his band's format to trio. Guitarist Terje Rypdal is gone and Finnish drummer Edward Vesala came instead of Jon Christensen.

As a result of personal and band format's changes, this album's music is quite different. Free jazz of 60s influence is still really strong, but guitar-less trio with more straight ahead and heavy drummer recorded a collection of impressionist pictures instead of previous energetic and sometimes even sharp free-jazz. Important new element in Garbarek's music is huge doze of Nordic folklore, mixed with imaginative free-jazz. Some compositions contain strong (Nordic folk's) melodies and whole music, even if still dark in a moments, are far not so explosive and sharp, as before.

Innovative (for a moment of release) combination of musical elements and great musicianship make both this album another great turn in Garbarek earlier career. Listening to this album one can easily understand where from later Garbarek's world fusion compositions were started. Happily, this album is still very artistic,innovative and inspired, nothing like many later conformist Garbarek's releases.

snobb | 4/5 |


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