Thursday, October 30, 2014
AccuRadio Song Of The Day-Jan Garbarek
Norwegian sax player Jan Garbarek probably typifies the cool sound of the German jazz label ECM Records. He has recorded for them since 1970. The 1979 album Folk Songs is one of a series he recorded with Brazilian guitarist and pianist Egberto Gismonti and bassist Charlie Haden. Garbarek was born Mar. 4, 1947 in Mysen, Norway and he grew up in Oslo. His father was a polish POW who moved to Norway after WWII. Garbarek got his start working in George Russell's band when Russell lived in Europe. He recorded one album for Bob Thiele's Flying Dutchman before signing with ECM in 1970. He still records for them today. Though Garbarek started out as an Albert Ayler disciple playing Avant Garde, he softened his tone in the early 70s while touring with Keith Jarrett. His music is sometimes mislabeled as New Age as his sound is typical of Scandinavian jazz. For Turiya is from the 1979 album Folk Songs. Garbarek first recorded with Brazilian guitarist and pianist Egberto Gismonti in 1977 and then added bassist Charlie Haden for the 1979 album Magico. Haden was best known for his days with Ornette Coleman but he was a very versatile musician. These three toured together for about three years. Though Gismonti wrote and arranged most of the songs, Haden wrote For Turiya and recorded it with harpist Alice Coltrane on the 1976 album Closeness. This was an album of duets with Coltrane, Keith Jarrett, Ornette Coleman and Paul Motian. Both Folk Songs and Closeness are available on CD. I chose Folk Songs because of the video clip. In 2012, ECM released the Garbarek, Gismonti and Haden live recording Magico: Carta de Amor which was recorded in 1981 but not released. Garbarek's latest CD Concert In Athens is a tribute to Greek film composer Eleni Karaindrou and was released Jan. 2013. He is currently touring Europe. Charlie Haden died recently and I hope to feature him down the road. He recorded a lot of different kinds of music and can be tough to do. I might have done him the other day except for CD availability. Here's Jan Garbarek with Egberto Gismonti and Charlie Haden performing For Turiya in Europe late 70s.