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A new box set of early albums captures Jan Garbarek's forming saxophone sound — austere and astringent.
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August 15, 2012 Garbarek helped the ECM label find its emerging voice 40 years ago. A new box set of early albums captures the saxophonist's forming sound — austere and astringent.
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The Hilliard Ensemble and Jan Garbarek (center) say they decide nothing before playing a piece.
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November 5, 2010 A choral group known for its early-music repertoire and a saxophonist steeped in the art of improvisation may not be the most likely musical partners. But the Hilliard Ensemble and Jan Garbarek have worked together since 1993. Officium Novum is their latest collaboration.
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Buerbrae Glacier, Odde, Hardanger Fjord, Norway.
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January 12, 2009 In the 1960s, European musicians began to reinvent the occasionally strident sounds of American avant-garde jazz to suit their own ideas. Norway, in particular, produced its own distinct regional aesthetic — no doubt influenced by its icy landscape.
December 22, 2008 Winter, more than any other season, has its own soundtrack: There's a nonstop loop of holiday tunes in every store you visit, and carolers in the town square. By the time late December rolls around, many people have had it. Author Tom Moon offers an alternative list of winter music.
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February 15, 2005 Norwegian composer Jan Garbarek blends jazz, atmospheric ambient music and European folk traditions, making his music tough to classify. Critic Jim Fusilli says that on his latest CD, In Praise of Dreams, Garbarek heads even further into the ether.
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September 3, 2002 Tom Moon takes a listen to a series of CDs released by the German label ECM. The series is a retrospective look at the label's best-known artists, such as pianist Keith Jarrett, saxophonist Jan Garbarek and guitarist Bill Frisell. The series is called Rarum.
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