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  • Stephen Iliffe wrote on November 07, 2012 report

    This is an extraordinarily powerful and beautiful record. At first I didn't rate it, perhaps because I was expecting something different from Garbarek after a long break and at first hearing this doesn't seem to advance his discography in any obvious way. But after having put it to one side for a long time, I rediscovered it this week and have played it endlessly for several days. As you say, it has a purity of tone and a patient and supple search for the right phrase and inflection. The synthetic beats are fine with me and have the (surely intended) effect of accentuating the silky interplay between acoustic sax and viola. In Praise of Dreams has piercing beauty like an arrow to the soul. I'm glad you resisted the temptation to damn it with faint praise, like many critics, and captured the power and grace of this wonderful album. One of my favourite Garbareks, and certainly not a retread of old glories.

  • John Kelman wrote on November 07, 2012 report

    Thanka for the kind words Stephen. I guess the reason I don't have an issue with garbarek's more recent music is I don't expect it to be what it was 20, 30 or 49 years ago. Garbarek has proven, time and again, to follow his muse wherever it takes him, and folks who dismiss it are making assumptions imo, that are unjustifiable and misinformed. I think he's still making great music today, it's just different from what it was and what's wrong with that? And his attention to tonal purity is an art unto itself, and one that certainly has its own merits. Glad you like it too!

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