Afric Pepperbird: Luminessence Series - Audiophile Vinyl Edition: Vinyl LP4505317
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Label: ECM Records
Release Date: 1st March
Jan Garbarek at his finest, a truly magnificent free jazz record, full of spacial rhythms and a sense of life ticking, whirring, unpredictable but all down to a cosmic plan. This new Audiophile edition will add dimensions to this record you may never have heard before.
Luminessence, ECM's new audiophile vinyl-reissue series, is a
kaleidoscope, shedding light on the jewels of the label's deep
catalogue in elegant, high-quality editions - audiophile vinyl
pressing, high-grade tip-on gatefold sleeves that include new
Recorded in Oslo in September 1970, Afric Pepperbird was released on New
Year's Day in 1971. Half a century later, it still conveys the freshness and
excitement of discoveries being made. The album signalled the arrival of four
Norwegian improvisers - Jan Garbarek, Terje Rypdal, Arild Andersen and Jon
Christensen - at the fledgling ECM label. It was the start of a lifelong association
with each of the musicians, whose influence was soon to reach far beyond the
borders of their homeland.
In extended passages on Afric Pepperbird, with Christensen and Andersen
stretching out, it's quite often Rypdal effectively holding the centre with taut
chords. Everybody is roaring here, with Garbarek deep into his free jazz
vocabulary. "Garbarek should be heard," wrote reviewer Joe Klee in DownBeat. "I
would venture that not since Django Reinhardt has there been a European jazz
musician so original and forward-looking as this young Norwegian."
Jan Garbarek: saxophones
Terje Rypdal: guitar
Arild Andersen: bass
Jon Christensen: drums
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