Visible World

Visible World

by Jan Garbarek

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Visible World

Apart from David Sanborn, probably no living saxophonist has a more instantly recognizable voice than Jan Garbarek; actually, given the fact that Sanborn's sound is so widely copied, Garbarek's may be easier to identify in a blindfold test. This album in particular puts that sound front and center. Garbarek's the show; he composed all of the music, and is essentially the only soloist. The music (much of which was composed as soundtrack material for film or video) is quintessential Garbarek, full of the world music influences that have characterized his work since the 1970s. Garbarek's resonant, carefully articulated tenor and soprano tone suits the spacious, minor/modal themes. He's as much a singer as instrumentalist. Garbarek also plays digital synthesizers, mostly as string or flute pads underneath the folkish melodies. The record's most notable secondary player is Garbarek's ECM labelmate, the bassist Eberhard Weber, whose lyric sensibility is a virtual mirror of Garbarek's. This is quiet, contemplative music for the most part -- attractive, but not superficially pretty. Its grooves are less celebratory than melancholic. There's an intensity here borne of deep concentration and commitment to beauty. Garbarek has come a long way since his early days as a quasi-free jazz experimentalist. This music is not jazz, nor is it experimental. But it is compelling in its way, representative of a first-rate creative musician, beyond category.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/07/2000
Label: Ecm Records
UPC: 0731452908629
catalogNumber: 529086

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Jan Garbarek   Primary Artist,Clarinet,Percussion,Keyboards,Soprano Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Rainer Bruninghaus   Synthesizer,Piano
Trilok Gurtu   Tabla
Eberhard Weber   Bass
Mari Boine   Vocals
Manu Katché   Drums
Marilyn Mazur   Percussion,Drums,Shaker

Technical Credits

Mari Boine Persen   Composer
Trilok Gurtu   Engineer,Contributor
Mari Boine   Lyricist
Manfred Eicher   Producer
Jan Erik Kongshaug   Engineer
Barbara Wojirsch   Cover Design
Jan Jedlicka   Engineer

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