When Jan Garbarek was in his early teens he heard saxophonist John Coltrane on the radio, an experience that was to shape his life from then on. He studied jazz albums and spent time in an Oslo jazz club, where his passion for the saxophone grew.
Over a series of six episodes, Norman Meehan describes how Garbarek moved from the free jazz he was immersed in in the 1960s, to develop a compositional voice based on melody and folk music.
The Jan Garbarek Group has been around since the 1970’s but Garbarek has never restricted himself to just one style of music.
He has collaborated with a huge range of artists and leant his distinctive tone to a variety of performances, from more traditional jazz to his highly successful recordings with the Hilliard Ensemble.
Music Details for Part 1:
Garbarek: Vandrere - J. Garbarek, R. Towner (ECM 1093)
J Coltrane: Countdown - J. Coltrane quartet (Atlantic 1311)
GARBAREK: Karin’s Mode - Karin Krog and Friends (MR 15)
RUSSELL: Electronic Sonata for Souls loved by Nature - George Russell Sextet (Soul Note SN 1034)
GARBAREK: Traneflight - (Sourced from emusic.com)
GARBAREK: Nerfertite - (Sourced from emusic.com)
GARBAREK: Afric Pepperbird - Jan Garbarek Quartet (ECM 1007)
GARBAREK: Fountain of Tears (Parts 1 &2) - Jan Garbarek (sax, fl), Bobo Stenson (pno), Terje Rypdal (gtr), Arild Andersen (dbass), Jon Christensen (perc) (ECM 2146)
RYPDAL: Keep it like that – tight - Terje Rypdal Group (ECM 1016)
GARBAREK/ ANDERSEN/ VESALA: Selje - Jan Garbarek (sax,fl), Arild Andersen (dbass), Edward Vesala (perc) (ECM 1029)
GARBAREK/ ANDERSEN/ VESALA: J.E.V. - Jan Garbarek (sax,fl), Arild Andersen (dbass), Edward Vesala (perc) (ECM 1029)
AYLER: Ghosts, First Variation - Albert Ayler (sax), Gary Peacock (bass), Sunny Murray (drms) (ESP 1002)
TRAD: Bruremarsj - Jan Garbarek (sax,fl), Arild Andersen (dbass), Edward Vesala (perc) (ECM 1029)