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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 (31 Dec 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Double CD
  • Label: ECM
  • ASIN: B0000245JD
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 34,595 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. RitesJan Garbarek, Marilyn Mazur, Bugge Wesseltoft 8:28Album Only
Listen  2. Where the rivers meetJan Garbarek, Marilyn Mazur 7:01Album Only
Listen  3. Vast plain, cloudsJan Garbarek, Rainer Brüninghaus, Eberhard Weber, Marilyn Mazur 5:55£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. So mild the wind, so meek the waterJan Garbarek, Rainer Brüninghaus, Marilyn Mazur 6:11£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Song, tread lightlyJan Garbarek, Marilyn Mazur 7:45Album Only
Listen  6. It's OK To Listen To The Gray VoiceJan Garbarek, Rainer Brüninghaus, Eberhard Weber, Marilyn Mazur 6:45£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Her wild waysJan Garbarek, Rainer Brüninghaus, Eberhard Weber, Marilyn Mazur 6:44£0.99  Buy MP3 


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Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. It's high timeJan Garbarek, Bugge Wesseltoft 3:35£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. One Ying for every YangJan Garbarek, Rainer Brüninghaus, Eberhard Weber, Marilyn Mazur 6:36£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. PanJan Garbarek 6:13£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. We are the starsJan Garbarek, Boys from the choir "Solvguttene", Torstein Grythe 5:02£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. The moon over MtatsmindaJan Garbarek, Jansug Kakhidze, Tbilisi Symphony Orchestra 4:02£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. MalinyeJan Garbarek, Marilyn Mazur 6:22£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. The white clownJan Garbarek, Rainer Brüninghaus, Eberhard Weber, Marilyn Mazur 3:47£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Evenly they dancedJan Garbarek, Bugge Wesseltoft 5:18£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Last riteJan Garbarek, Bugge Wesseltoft 8:24Album Only

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Listeners who discovered Norwegian saxophonist Jan Garbarek through Officium, his million-selling 1994 collaboration with the Hilliard Ensemble, aren't likely to be disappointed in this double disc. They might, however, be in for a surprise. Ambitiously traversing territory from ambient techno to large-scale choral works to Garbarek's more familiar brand of melodic jazz, Rites largely features Garbarek accompanied by electronic effects and synthesizers. But while there are plenty of appealing genre-hopping moments--like disc two's opener, "It's High Time," where a traditional Scandinavian folk melody floats over a shuffling techno beat--the real successes on Rites come on the more acoustic-oriented tunes. The gorgeously ethereal "Her Wild Ways" features Garbarek backed by piano, bass, and drums, and Don Cherry's "Malinye" is a moving tribute to the late trumpeter that features the saxophonist accompanied only by percussion and accordion. There's also an intriguing two-song suite that's probably the set's highlight: "We Are the Stars", Garbarek's composition for himself and a Norwegian boys choir, and "The Moon Over Mtatsminda", composed and performed by Jansug Kakhidze, the Georgian conductor of the Tbisili Symphony Orchestra. The latter piece doesn't even feature Garbarek but blends seamlessly with the rest of the album because of its intense spirituality and beauty. --Ezra Gale

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 6 Mar 2001
Format: Audio CD
Without wanting to hype this album up too much, I would say that this is arguably the best jazz recording since... EVER! Garbarek somehow manages to fuse together elements of traditional saxophone jazz along the lines of Miles Davis with a strong beat and synthesizers from the Mike Oldfield / Jean Michel Jarre genre of music. Whatever type of music you like you WILL like Rites. To not like it would be to not have ears. Tracks 2 and 3 are worthy of particular mention. Disc 2, although initially somewhat bizarre (Moon over Mtatsminda in particular) does grow on you.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By MR ADRIAN J HARE on 8 July 2003
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Just like Pink Floyd's "The Wall" and The Smashing Pumkins "Melon colie..." this is a double album that just works. All the tracks complement the whole, rather than being separate entities, which bucks a seemingly common trend in albums nowadays. From the opening title track, used in Michael Mann's "Heat", the listener is taken on a rather special journey. "Where the rivers meet" showcases perfectly the sultry emotion of Garbarek's playing, while tracks like "So mild the wind.." takes a different path among diverging melodies, a method which reaches it's apex in "Her wild ways", for me the stand-out track of CD1. CD2 Starts with a tattoo-style beat in "It's high time", which makes use of effects-laden percussion from Marilyn Mazur which is used to greater extent in "evenly they danced", a thumping track, alternating between angelic chimes and a devilish groove. Another stand-out on the second disc is "One ying.....", a great showcase track for Rainer Bruninghaus's emotive synth work and perhaps even more so for Eberhard Weber's effortlessly restrained bass. This track includes one of the best bass solos I have ever heard. All in all, this is an album that everyone should own, regardless of musical preference, as it crosses musical boundaries with ease, and is an album that you will come back to time and again
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Deven Gadula on 16 Dec 2009
Format: Audio CD
Rites are a double album recorded by Jan Garbarek in 1998. It contains new (for 1998) music of this extremely prolific musician and new recordings of some compositions from his own past. Also included is a song called The Moon Over Mtatsminda, neither composed nor performed by Jan but very dear to his heart. Another song here is very dear to my heart. It is simply one of the greatest 5 minutes of music ever composed and performed. At least such is the spiritual content of that song to me. It is called We Are The Stars and it is performed by Boys From The Choir `Solvguttene' accompanied by Jan Garbarek's saxophone. I often play that song on repeat 1 for hours fairly loud, so I can soak in its energy. Rites are not your typical album by Jan Garbarek, but it is a powerful force... if you let it be. Not every single song included here is great but there is some magic mixed in.

I started listening to Jan Garbarek back in 1990 when I got to know a painter Waldemar Mitrowski who ended up becoming one of my best friends. Here is one of all those born with wings but Waldek actually used to play Paths, Prints the most those days. I would visit him and watch him paint these incredible huge oil paintings, a few at once, and I had a sense that I had never experienced such tremendous force of creation right in front of my eyes. The music of Jan Garbarek played fairly loud provided a perfect climate to my experience and will always remind me of those times, of watching magic appear right in front of me. In a way that is how I can describe the music of Jan Garbarek in general. Very often listening to his music you get this strange feeling that his role is more of being a channel for some invisible force of creation rather than responsible for the actual act.
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Ok some interesting tracks I bought it for just one or two tracks but enjoyed some of the others. Garbarek is a fine saxophonist and his wonderful soft notes on 'Pan,'and the beautiful 'We are the Stars' are outstanding. It was a good price and delivered very quickly.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By "_3_6_8_7_9" on 5 Dec 1999
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This CD is amazing. It covers an extremely diverse range of music, from the dark, steely electronic style of 'Rites' and 'Evenly they danced', to tracks like 'Where the rivers meet' and 'It's high time', which are spiked with ancient Norwegian folk music. There's the smooth, sophisticated 'One Ying for every Yang'. In 'We are the stars' he improvises a boys' choir, who are singing an ancient Native North American poem, to create a beautiful, dreamy sound.
If you enjoy any sort of 'new' music, you'll thoroughly enjoy this album.
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