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Guido Harari: A Primer

Read "Guido Harari: A Primer" reviewed by Guido Harari

I started out in the early Seventies as a music photographer and journalist, also exploring reportage, fashion, advertising and corporate photography. I have produced record covers for Kate Bush, David Crosby, Bob Dylan, B.B. King, Ute Lemper, Paul McCartney, Michael Nyman, Lou Reed, Simple Minds and Frank Zappa. In Italy I have collaborated with all the major stars, including Andrea Bocelli, Paolo Conte, Fabrizio De André, Maestro Riccardo Muti and La Scala Philharmonic Orchestra, Luciano Pavarotti, PFM, Vasco ...

ALBUM REVIEW

Jan Garbarek: Popofoni

Read "Popofoni" reviewed by Duncan Heining

Popofoni was originally issued as a double LP in the early seventies. It was both a reaction and a response by a number of Norwegian composers to a spurious debate that had taken place on Norwegian television in 1969. The debate pitted proponents of popular culture against spokespeople for European Art Music. Popofoni was intended an “artpolitical" manifesto that aimed to “show how 'art for the masses' could be created" that both considered “the needs of a growing mass culture ...

REDISCOVERY

Jan Garbarek Group: Wayfarer

Read "Jan Garbarek Group: Wayfarer" reviewed by John Kelman

Jan Garbarek Group Wayfarer ECM Records 1983 Today's Rediscovery? Jan Garbarek Group's Wayfarer, the saxophonist's 1983 ECM recording with Bill Frisell, Eberhard Weber and Michael DiPasqua. I was fortunate enough to have seen this group in a small club while on a trip to Boston the same year, and I still remember it to this day. Most people seem to prefer the previous group record, Paths, Prints (ECM, 1982), with Jon Christensen in ...

EXTENDED ANALYSIS

Jan Garbarek / Egberto Gismonti / Charlie Haden: Magico - Carta de Amor

Read "Jan Garbarek / Egberto Gismonti / Charlie Haden: Magico - Carta de Amor" reviewed by John Kelman

It's sure been a banner year for fans of the ECM label, with a slew of fine new releases from artists including guitarist John Abercrombie (Within a Song), bassist Arild Andersen (Celebration), pianist Tord Gustavsen (The Well), and saxophonist Tim Berne (Snakeoil). Previously out-of-print or never-before-in-print studio recordings from saxophonist Jan Garbarek (Dansere) and pianist Jon Balke (Magnetic Works: 1993-2001 ) are now back in circulation. And, for the first time since bassist Charlie Haden's duet record with pianist/guitarist Egberto ...

EXTENDED ANALYSIS

Dansere

Read "Dansere" reviewed by John Kelman

Of all the box sets released so far as part of ECM Records' Old & New Masters Edition series, none have documented a period of such rapid growth and change as that of Jan Garbarek and Dansere, which collects the Norwegian saxophonist's three recordings with Swedish pianist Bobo Stenson: Sart (1971), Witchi-Tai-To (1974) and Dansere (1976). ECM's series of three-and four-disc Old and New Masters sets began with pianist Keith Jarrett's Setting Standards: New York Sessions (2008), celebrating the 25th ...

ALBUM REVIEW

Jan Garbarek / The Hilliard Ensemble: Officium Novum

Read "Officium Novum" reviewed by Nenad Georgievski

Officium (ECM, 1993) paired renowned Norwegian saxophonist Jan Garbarek with The Hilliard ensemble--a vocal group with a formidable reputation in the fields of both early and new music--playing a riveting and gorgeous set of compositions that were 500 years old. This unusual pairing proved to be a match made in heaven, as the subtle and wistful tone of Garbarek's 20th century instrument somehow found its place as another voice among the beautiful voices of the Hilliard ensemble, receiving rave reviews. ...

LIVE REVIEW

Jan Garbarek / The Hilliard Ensemble: New York, November 12, 2010

Read "Jan Garbarek / The Hilliard Ensemble: New York, November 12, 2010" reviewed by Warren Allen

Jan Garbarek and the Hilliard EnsembleChurch of St. Ignatius LoyolaNew York, NYNovember 12, 2010 Norwegian saxophonist Jan Garbarek and the ancient music quartet known as The Hilliard Ensemble first came together through the machinations of ECM records owner and maestro Manfred Eicher. Their auspicious debut collaboration was Officium (ECM 1994), a serene mix of Medieval chants blended with Garbarek's ethereal saxophone. Belonging to neither the classical nor jazz bins, yet with clear roots to ...


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