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Photo With Blue Sky... Original recording reissued

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Norwegian saxophonist Jan Garbarek's icy tone and liberal use of space and long tones has long been perfect for the ECM sound and, as a result, he is on many recordings for the label. He had won a competition for amateur jazz players back in 1962, leading to his first gigs. Garbarek worked steadily in Norway throughout the remainder of the 1960s, usually as a leader but also for four years ... Read more in Amazon's Jan Garbarek Store

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  • Audio CD (19 Dec. 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording reissued
  • Label: ECM
  • ASIN: B00000ARTE
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 135,788 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Blue Sky
2. White Cloud
3. Windows
4. Red Roof
5. Wires
6. The Picture

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Recorded 1978

Personnel:
Jan Garbarek - (tenor and soprano saxophones), Bill Connors - (guitar), John Taylor - (piano), Eberhard Weber - (bass), Jon Christensen - (drums)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 2 Dec. 2004
Format: Audio CD
Garbarek had a great sequence of albums throughout the 70's and 'Photo With Blue Sky....' showed no signs of the momentum slackening. Those who enjoyed 'Places', will find confirmation here that the all-too-brief association with painist John Taylor and guitarist Bill Connors was a fruitful one. The compositions are if anything less slow-burning than those on the latter album and there's plenty of hard-driving group interplay on at least half of the numbers. Taylor's Connors plays electric guitar on this one and his tone on the instrument seems to anticipate that of Bill Frisell. Taylor is if anything more assertive here than before and Jon Christenson is as propulsive a drummer as Jack DeJohnette. Fans will also want to check out Garbarek on 'Of Mist and Melting', an album under Connor's name by a similar line-up minus Taylor. Photo With Blue Sky...' may have been greeted as just another Garbarek album when released, but considering his poor showing of late, its status gains immeasurably by comparison.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Numinous Ugo on 9 Sept. 2007
Format: Audio CD
This was the album that I discovered Jan Garbarek on. I had recently seen Eberhard Weber's Colours at the Bonar Hall Dundee and had bought some of his albums and wanted to hear more. The musical oasis in the city at the time was Forbes' music and record store which went full on in stocking ECM albums and so I had ample opportunity to explore different artists on that label.

This is Garbarek in his earlier more attacking harder edged approach to the one that people who know him from his more recent work will be used to. The quality of the playing and the "ECM Sound" raise this way above the crowd. This was a period of defining a European jazz sound. There had always been a strong jazz presence in continental Europe but this was driven by a large presence of ex-pat' Americans. Garbarek used folk song as a basis for his melodies moving away from blues based jazz and opening up a whole new area of possibilities. Manfred Eicher provided the record label that would allow this new music movement to thrive and grow.

This is a top album well worth every penny full price and you can get it at a bargain price here, so go on but it!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By hmmmmmmmmmmm on 30 Aug. 2008
Format: Audio CD
great tunes, great playing.....
john taylor playing mellifluous lines, bill connors ruminating on electric guitar, jon christenson chuntering enthusiastic drums...... and jan garbarek's ecstatic lines.
A gem of an album - all tunes named after bits of the front photograph.
Marvellous collective improvisation without pomp. A great european chamber jazz recording.
Understated and perfectly formed.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
extremely interesting recording 16 Dec. 2000
By Thomas Gabuzda - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Beside bringing together a wonderful and sympathetic ensemble (noted in an earlier review), this work has the intriguing premise whereby each composition is based on an element in the cover photo... doubly interesting since it's a very ordinary photo of a house! The degree to which Garbarek succeeds in capturing something in those various elements is, frankly, astonishing (take "Wires" as proof). "Red Roof" I've always heard to evoke a Spanish "matador" ambience. I'm aware of no other album built this way and the overall effect is superbly coherent and musical, particularly if you favor ECM. I'm not the biggest Garbarek fan due to his tendency to not blend with an ensemble. But I've listened to at least 10 or 12 of his works and this is one of the best ("Red Lanta" and Towner's "Solstice" are others)). A great album is like a refuge... be assured this is a great one, an immaculate aesthetic work with superb contributions from all.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Fantastic CD!! Example of great group improvisation from ECM 25 Nov. 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I remember first hearing the song "White Cloud" from this album on the radio when I was in sophomore year in college, one evening at work making pizzas in a pizzeria. I was so moved by it that I could not work while it was playing and I was forced to focus deeply on the music! I tuned everyone and everything, including the hustle and bustle of the pizza shop, completely out!

This group was exceptional and spoke a common language improvisationally. The interplay between Jan Garbarek (Saxes), John Taylor (Piano), Eberhard Weber (Bass), Bill Connors (Guitar) and Jon Christensen (Drums) is fluid. Solos pick up, blend and compliment one another beautifully!! Jan's biting authoritative tone and style is complimented excellently with Eberhard's deep, subtle, grounded bass support with an uncanny use of space and silence to evoke extra feeling. In fact space is well understood by this entire group and it shows. This for me is the best work I have heard from Bill. Jon Christensen and John Taylor are so well matched for this project that I cannot imagine anyone else blending as well as they did in this group. All compositions are by Jan. They are great!

I highly recommend this CD to anyone looking to hear beautiful improvised music from a group that is "locked" in the same groove.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Photograph 5 Aug. 2000
By M. Grigoryan - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Of all Garbarek CDs available via AMAZON this one stands apart because of presence of two excellent musicians you won't often find in Garbarek's groups - pianist John Taylor and guitarist Bill Connors. A very good album.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Very Unique Outing for Jan Garbarek 6 April 2005
By P. McKenna - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This was an interesting and different premise for an album, and only Jan Garbarek could've pulled this off with such flair. Taking a perfectly ordinary yet very stark photo, Garbarek wrote several pieces based on components of the photo that will hold your attention quite easily. He also deserves extra kudos for putting together an ace band to pull it off, and ESPECIALLY for getting Bill Connors to play electric guitar again (his playing here has a very mercurial and silvery texture to it that fits the music perfectly!)!

Put this on and let it transport you to another world!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
The best of both Garbareks 11 May 2007
By D. J. Sapen - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Not much to add to the previous reviews. This record combines the pensive, impressionistic Garbarek and the passionate free blower. The band is snare drum tight, fluid and really inspired.

Listen to the final track and its climax - "The Picture" dramatically synthesizes the elements depicted musically in previous pieces - it builds, kicks into another gear and leaves one breathless in the last moments.
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