Wednesday, August 03, 2016

Jan Garbarek: Jazz Forum Interview 1984

Over the past couple of years I have finally managed to give Jan Garbarek more than just a passing listen - mostly his work from the 70s and a couple of albums from the 80s. Recently, Folk Songs (with Egberto Gismonti and Charlie Haden) has been getting a spin along with StAR (with Miroslav Vitous and Peter Erskine) and yesterday Keith Jarrett's Belonging was accompanying me as I put together this post and got a few things organized (it has been a little crazy here lately). Even though Garbarek had taken up the soprano only two or three years earlier, he had developed a very distinctive sound - check out the sole soprano track from Belonging, "The Windup." The influence of Ornette Coleman seems a little more apparent on his soprano playing than it does on tenor (and on this track he even quotes from the melody of "Lonely Woman").

This interview comes from Jazz Forum (issue 1 from 1984). Click on the image to view full article. Eventually I will get around to uploading a few more Jazz Forum articles from the 70s and 80s. More vintage magazine articles can be found here.

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