Jan Garbarek

Recorded in 1977 in Oslo, Places was an important album for Norwegian saxophonist Jan Garbarek, and – with its stellar line-up including Americans Jack DeJohnette and Bill Connors – one that also drew significant attention in the US. “How does Garbarek set up his floating dreamlike moods?” asked Down Beat, and proceeded to itemize components of this “eerie, desolate, bleak” music: “John Taylor plays sustained legato chords, much more like Lutheran church music than, say, Jimmy Smith. The organ provides a backdrop of shifting sonorities…DeJohnette’s playing is airy, concentrating on cymbals, creating shimmering webs of rhythm. Up front is Garbarek, the only real solo voice. He speaks slowly, with attention to detail. He has a fine sense of pitch, so that when he ornaments a note with a bend, a slur or a grace note, it is done precisely, consciously…” The album stands as one of Garbarek’s strongest statements as a player. Reviewing Places in 1978, Don Heckman wrote in High Fidelity that Garbarek was “easily the best sax player to emerge from Europe in the last decade.”
Places, 1977 in Oslo aufgenommen, war ein wichtiges Album für den norwegischen Saxophonisten Jan Garbarek und fand mit seiner Starbesetzung einschließlich der Amerikaner Jack DeJohnette und Bill Connors auch in den Vereinigten Staaten reichlich Beachtung: „Wie erschafft Garbarek nur diese schwebenden, traumhaften Stimmungen?“ fragte Downbeat. Kritiker Don Heckman schrieb in High Fidelity Garbarek sei „locker der beste Saxophonist, der in der letzten Dekade aus Europa zu uns herüberkam.“
Featured Artists Recorded

December 1977, Talent Studios, Oslo

  • 1Reflections
    (Jan Garbarek)
  • 2Entering
    (Jan Garbarek)
  • 3Going Places
    (Jan Garbarek)
  • 4Passing
    (Jan Garbarek)
2023 April 11 Philharmonie Berlin, Germany
2023 April 13 Citta del Teatro Cascina, Italy
2023 April 14 Teatro Communale Carpi, Italy
2023 April 27 Isbank Hall Istanbul, Turkey
2023 April 29 Eventhalle Wendelstein, Germany
2023 May 14 MaiJazz Stavanger, Norway
2023 May 16 Festival Vicenza, Italy
2023 June 21 Stadtcasino Basel, Switzerland
2023 July 08 North Sea Jazz Festival Rotterdam, Netherlands
2023 July 09 Burg Wilhemstein Würselen, Germany
2023 July 11 Tollhaus-Zeltival Karlsruhe, Germany
2023 August 13 OsloJazz, Oper Oslo, Norway