Jan Garbarek: A.I.R.




Jan Garbarek (soprano sax)


Witchi-Tai-To (ECM 833 330-2)

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Jan Garbarek (soprano sax), Bobo Stenson (piano), Jon Christensen (drums), Palle Danielsson (bass).

Recorded: November 1973, Oslo


Rating: 93/100 (learn more)

During their respective stays in Scandinavia, George Russell and Don Cherry encouraged Garbarek to bring aspects of his own cultural and musical background into jazz, with Russell asserting Garbarek was “the most original voice in European jazz since Django Reinhardt.” Intensity, space and melody are hallmarks of Garbarek’s playing on “A.I.R.” and although Keith Jarrett later came in for Stenson at ECM record producer Manfred Eicher’s suggestion, this was nevertheless an exemplary album from an exceptional group.

Reviewer: Stuart Nicholson

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