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Album · 1970

Tracklist

A1 Traneflight 2:51
A2 Rabalder 8:15
A3 Esoteric Circle 5:22
A4 Vips 5:40
B1 Sas 644 8:49
B2 Nefertite 2:05
B3 Gee 1:10
B4 Karin's Mode 7:30
B5 Breeze Ending 3:39

Total Time: 45:08

Line-up/Musicians

- Arild Anderson /Bass
- Jon Christensen /Drums
- Terje Rypdal /Guitar
- Jan Garbarek /Tenor Saxophone

About this release

Flying Dutchman ‎– FD-10125 (US)

Re-released as "Jan Garbarek (with Terje Rypdal) - Esoteric Circle"(Intercord / Freedom ‎– INT 147.300, Germany, 1976)

Recorded at Henie-Onstad Kunstsenter, Bærum, October 1969

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snobb
Jan Garbarek's solo debut, released on US-label Flying Dutchman under "Esoteric Circle" project's name (and later re-released as his solo album), is really interesting release for every Garbarek fan.

First of all,music presented there is a bit raw but innovative mix of post-bop, fusion and avant-garde jazz. Musicians line up is the same as on Garbarek second, much better known album (and his debut on ECM), but the music sounds different. Rhythm section is more conservative here and rarely leaves post-bop tradition, but Garbarek's tenor sax and partially Rypdal's electric guitar make some trips to fusion and avant-garde zones. As a result, album in whole sounds slightly unfocused, but raw,dirty and even explosive in moments (what is impossible for any Garbarek's music, recorded on ECM).

Some compositions have strong emotional vibes, nice tunes, and Coltrane's influences are obvious here.At the same time, Jon Christensen and Terje Rypdal bring some heavier and rockier elements, from jazz-rock to rock jamming. Eclectic and quite unusual musical mix for Garbarek's album, isn't it?

Rare and interesting release illustrating Garbarek's (and Rypdal's) early musical influences,inspired and innovative as few first Garbarek's ECM albums are.

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