Garbarek Towner

Jan Garbarek - Legend Of The Seven Dreams (1988) {ECM 1381}  Music

Posted by tiburon at April 15, 2018
Jan Garbarek - Legend Of The Seven Dreams (1988) {ECM 1381}

Jan Garbarek - Legend Of The Seven Dreams (1988) {ECM 1381}
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Genre: Jazz, Ethnic Fusion

Though in step with its time, this release suffers from excessive reliance on ambient synthesizers, which litter much of the recording, rendering it only slightly more interesting than many of the Windham Hill new age recordings of the same era. Unfortunate, because the disc opens with strength and gradually peters out by the end. The disc opens with "He Came From the North," which features a melody based on a traditional Lapp joik from the artist's native Norway and progresses into a longer section with an interplay that is both sparse and rhythmic. The sax line here is astonishingly beautiful. The second piece, "Alchuri, the Song Man," a sax and percussion piece, is energetic and lively as well. And from here the energy gradually diminishes. Much can be attributed to popular styles of the time, but this release simply does not stand up to other music of its genre that came later.

Ralph Towner - Old Friends, New Friends (1979) {ECM 1153}  Music

Posted by tiburon at Jan. 31, 2018
Ralph Towner - Old Friends, New Friends (1979) {ECM 1153}

Ralph Towner - Old Friends, New Friends (1979) {ECM 1153}
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Genre: Jazz, Fusion

Due to the very interesting grouping of players – guitarist Ralph Towner, who also performs on piano and French horn; trumpeter Kenny Wheeler, cellist David Darling, bassist Eddie Gomez and drummer Michael Di Pasqua – and six of Towner's better originals, this is one of the guitarist's best in a long string of ECM recordings. Wheeler adds fire to the music that is tempered a bit by Darling's mellow cello. An intriguing set well worth several listens.

Adriano Sebastiani - Ralph Towner: My Secret Garden (2006)  Music

Posted by tirexiss at Dec. 23, 2017
Adriano Sebastiani - Ralph Towner: My Secret Garden (2006)

Adriano Sebastiani - Ralph Towner: My secret garden (2006)
EAC | FLAC (tracks+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 67:57 | 261 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Dynamic | Catalog: CDS511

The music of US composer Ralph Towner represents an original and rare example of 'music unity', for it blends, in a truly wonderful fashion, innovative traits with the most significant styles of western music, attaining an incredible synthesis among ’learned’ music, popular music and jazz. In the present CD the guitar of Adriano Sebastiani describes with passion Towner’s tireless harmonic and tone-colour research, the overwhelming beauty of his melodies and surprising rhythmic variety of his pieces, all of which creates oneiric and almost surreal atmospheres that reach deep into our unconscious.

Jan Garbarek - Places (1978) {ECM 1118}  Music

Posted by tiburon at Dec. 13, 2017
Jan Garbarek - Places (1978) {ECM 1118}

Jan Garbarek - Places (1978) {ECM 1118}
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Genre: Jazz, Fusion

A fairly sleepy ECM date, this outing matches Jan Garbarek on tenor, soprano and alto with guitarist Bill Connors, John Taylor (doubling on organ and piano) and drummer Jack DeJohnette for lengthy explorations of four of his originals. With such titles as "Reflections," "Entering" and "Passing," it is not surprising that the music has plenty of space, is introspective, and often emphasizes long tones.
Jan Garbarek - It's OK To Listen To The Gray Voice (1985) {ECM 1294}

Jan Garbarek - It's OK To Listen To The Gray Voice (1985) {ECM 1294}
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Genre: Jazz, Fusion

Here Garbarek is approaching the extremes of his style, appearing once again with the Jan Garbarek Group. He has his usual stark, meditative pieces, interspersed with some cutting-edge work, occasionally spinning just enough out of control to be exciting. And in other places he ventures headlong into the syrupy fields of Kenny G.-land. All pieces on this record are titled after quotes from poems by Tomas Transtromer, and though the actual connection to these poems remains tenuous at best, they do add a provocative element to the pieces themselves, which beg for at least some programmatic interpretation. Excellent bass work by Eberhard Weber, particularly on the more avant-garde pieces (e.g., "The Crossing Place" and "One Day in March I Go Down to the Sea and Listen"). Multi-instrumentalist David Torn is primarily responsible for the more aggressive edge this record takes.
Jan Garbarek - It's OK To Listen To The Gray Voice (1985) {ECM 1294}

Jan Garbarek - It's OK To Listen To The Gray Voice (1985) {ECM 1294}
EAC 0.95pb5 | FLAC tracks level 8 | Cue+Log+M3u | Full Scans 300dpi | 226MB + 5% Recovery
MP3 CBR 320 Kbps | 117MB + 5% Recovery
Genre: Jazz, Fusion

Here Garbarek is approaching the extremes of his style, appearing once again with the Jan Garbarek Group. He has his usual stark, meditative pieces, interspersed with some cutting-edge work, occasionally spinning just enough out of control to be exciting. And in other places he ventures headlong into the syrupy fields of Kenny G.-land. All pieces on this record are titled after quotes from poems by Tomas Transtromer, and though the actual connection to these poems remains tenuous at best, they do add a provocative element to the pieces themselves, which beg for at least some programmatic interpretation. Excellent bass work by Eberhard Weber, particularly on the more avant-garde pieces (e.g., "The Crossing Place" and "One Day in March I Go Down to the Sea and Listen").
Jan Garbarek Group - Dresden: In Concert (2009) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz] RE-UP

Jan Garbarek Group - Dresden: In Concert (2009)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time - 122:24 minutes | 4,14 GB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Digital booklet

This one is very eagerly-awaited: it has been six years since Jan Garbarek’s last album as a leader (“In Praise of Dreams”). And, moreover, this double-album – recorded in Dresden’s Alter Schlachthof in October 2007 – is also the first-ever live set from the highly-popular Garbarek Group. The band, now including Brazilian bassist Yuri Daniel, powers through repertoire old and new, and the Norwegian saxophonist is in top form, his exchanges with Manu Katche’s bold, emphatic drums particularly exciting. Material includes “12 Moons”, “There Were Swallows”, “Voy Cantando”, an ecstatic version of “Paper Nut” (last heard on Shankar’s “Song for Everyone”) and much more. Released in time for Jan’s extensive autumn tour.
Jan Garbarek and Hilliard Ensemble - Officium Novum (2010) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Jan Garbarek & Hilliard Ensemble - Officium Novum (2010)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time - 61:08 minutes | 971 MB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Front cover

The inspired bringing together of Jan Garbarek and the Hilliard Ensemble has resulted in consistently inventive music making since 1993. The unprecedented “Officium” album, with Garbarek’s saxophone as a free-ranging ‘fifth voice’ with the Ensemble, gave the first indications of the musical scope and emotional power of this combination.
Ralph Towner - Solstice (1975/2017) [Official Digital Download 24/192]

Ralph Towner - Solstice (1975/2017)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/192 kHz | Time - 41:06 minutes | 1,46 GB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Digital booklet

Considered one of Ralph Towner's greatest albums, this 1975 release features the guitarist leading a quartet consisting of Jan Garbarek on saxophones and flute, Eberhard Weber on bass and cello and drummer Jon Christensen. Towner composed all the songs except for one contribution from Weber.

Ralph Towner - Solstice (1975) {ECM 1060}  Music

Posted by ruskaval at April 3, 2017
Ralph Towner - Solstice (1975) {ECM 1060}

Ralph Towner - Solstice (1975) {ECM 1060}
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© 1975 ECM Records | ECM 1060 / 825 458-2
Jazz / Contemporary Jazz / Post Bop / Folk Jazz / Guitar

This is arguably the first recording to fully flesh out the aural expanse for which ECM has come to be known. Although I am well aware of the immense groundswell of musical activity that was the 1970s, certainly an album like this was a refreshing and altogether mind-altering experience for those fortunate enough to be young musical explorers at the time. Featuring a lineup of musicians who would go on to weave ECM’s significance into the fabric of time, Solstice is a tour de force of musicianship, writing, arrangement, and recording.