Marilyn Mazur & Jan Garbarek: Joy Chant
Marilyn Mazur (hang)
Elixir (ECM 1962)
Recorded: Copenhagen, Denmark, June 2005
Rating: 88/100 (learn more)
For this tune, Marilyn Mazur chose a single instrument from her hugely diverse percussion kit. It's called a hang and is not much used yet by jazz musicians. It looks a bit like a small flying saucer and sounds halfway between a steel drum and metallic tablas. On this nice repetitive song Mazur has penned, the hang's sound is a perfect match for Jan Garbarek's soprano sax. The Norwegian reed player often had the Danish percussionist in his bands. Now she enlists him for her first ECM record, and shows that Garbarek fits beautifully into her music, which is much more joyous and lively that his usual fare.
Reviewer: Thierry Quénum