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Dansere: Jan Garbarek

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The advent of Jan Garbarek in the late ’60s created a riptide. Here was a tenor saxophonist from Norway, of all places, who, like nearly everyone else at the time, emerged from the shadow of John Coltrane. But Garbarek flaunted such a raw, individual sound that his influence was immediate. By the time Sart was released in 1971, Garbarek had staked out his northern territory, one of rich folklore, sprawling soundscapes and a bright, penetrating tone that seemed to generate reverb regardless of acoustics.

Don Cherry and George Russell were quick to recognize the sea change Garbarek represented for the expanding multicultural possibilities of jazz, and the intrepid label ECM would carry that torch. This box-set reissue brings together three albums from between 1971 and 1975, a period of prolific activity for Garbarek and his Nordic compatriots that charts the development of his inimitable sound.

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