JAN GARBAREK — Afric Pepperbird (review)

JAN GARBAREK — Afric Pepperbird album cover Album · 1970 · Avant-Garde Jazz Buy this album from MMA partners
4.5/5 ·
snobb
Norwegian reeds player Jan Garbarek's second solo album and his debut on ECM label.Younger generation who knows Garbarek by his world fusion explorations and (often heavily criticized) polished saccharine-like new age influenced releases will be possibly really surprised by the music of this album.

Precise,cool and robust free-jazz based, it is not easy to believe this album was recorded by the same artist.With a support of three other leading Norwegian jazz musicians, this album represents best country's musicians quartet of early 70s. Sound is clear and airy and this album is often mentioned as what later will be known as "ECM sound" standard. Andersen/Christensen rhythm section builds perfect structure of all compositions, framed but with huge space inside for Garbarek sax and Rypdal guitar's improvs. With its roots in post-bop, album's music is excellent example of progressive and innovative sound which is fresh and experimental, but not noisy or destructive at the same time.

One of the best (if not just The Best) Garbarek's solo album and excellent Nordic avant-garde jazz release, influenced European and world jazz evolution process for years ahead.
Share this review

Review Comments

Post a public comment below | Send private message to the reviewer
Please login to post a shout
No shouts posted yet. Be the first member to do so above!

JMA TOP 5 Jazz ALBUMS

Rating by members, ranked by custom algorithm
Albums with 30 ratings and more
A Love Supreme Post Bop
JOHN COLTRANE
Buy this album from our partners
Kind of Blue Cool Jazz
MILES DAVIS
Buy this album from our partners
The Black Saint and the Sinner Lady Progressive Big Band
CHARLES MINGUS
Buy this album from our partners
My Favorite Things Hard Bop
JOHN COLTRANE
Buy this album from our partners

New Jazz Artists

New Jazz Releases

Que Bom Latin Jazz
STEFANO BOLLANI
Buy this album from MMA partners
27 Faces of a Broken Heart Jazz Related Rock
RAMIN PARTOVI
Buy this album from MMA partners
Peoples Nu Jazz
PHONOGRAPH TEAM PROJECT
Buy this album from MMA partners
Pursuit of Happiness Progressive Big Band
THIERRY MAILLARD
Buy this album from MMA partners
More new releases

New Jazz Online Videos

27. (Oz Noy's Version)
RAMIN PARTOVI
js· 8 hours ago
Phonograph Team Project - Unknown Journeys
PHONOGRAPH TEAM PROJECT
js· 14 hours ago
More videos

New JMA Jazz Forum Topics

More in the forums

New Site interactions

More...

Latest Jazz News

members-submitted

More in the forums

Social Media

Follow us