Jan Garbarek

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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

Original Release Date


  • 1Reflections
    (Jan Garbarek)
  • 2Entering
    (Jan Garbarek)
  • 3Going Places
    (Jan Garbarek)
  • 4Passing
    (Jan Garbarek)
2024 October 01 Sala Ziemi Poznan, Poland
2024 October 05 Kulturhus Hamar, Norway
2024 October 07 Weimarhalle Weimar, Germany
2024 November 09 Stadthalle St. Ingbert, Germany
2024 November 11 Schloss Elmau Krün, Germany
2024 November 15 Erholungshaus Leverkusen, Germany
2024 November 16 Otto-Flick-Halle Kreuztal, Germany
2024 November 18 Elbphilharmonie, großer Saal Hamburg, Germany
2024 November 25 National Philharmonic Hall Warsaw, Poland
2024 November 26 Baltic Philharmonic Hall Gdansk, Poland
2024 December 03 Prinzregententheater Munich, Germany