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3.93 | 11 ratings | 1 reviews | 27% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 1971

Songs / Tracks Listing

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

Total Time: 45:21

Line-up / Musicians

- Jan Garbarek / tenor saxophone, composer
- Terje Rypdal / guitar
- Arild Andersen / bass
- Jon Christensen / percussion

Produced by George Russell

Releases information

Sub-titled "George Russell Presents The Esoteric Circle"

Artwork: Dan Pezza and Marit Jerstad

LP Flying Dutchman - FD-10125 (1971, US)
LP Intercord, Freedom INT 147.300 (1976, Germany) Different cover
LP Arista - AL 1031 (1976, US) Different cover

CD Freedom - 32JDF-184 (1988, Japan) Different cover
CD BGP Records - CDBGPM 284 (2014, Europe) Remastered (?), original cover

Recorded at Henie-Onstad Kunstsenter, Bærum, October 1969.

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Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(27%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(36%)
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Review by 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.

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