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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 (1 July 1988)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: ECM
  • ASIN: B0000260IY
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 237,637 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. A.I.R.
2. Kukka
3. Hasta Siempre
4. Witchi-Tai-To
5. Desireless

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Gerry Rogers on 23 Jan. 2012
Format: Audio CD
Wonderful example of 1970's North European creativity in jazz, great playing by all involved on some great tunes with echoes of India, Latin America, native American Indians and the Far east. Great tributes to Don Cherry, Carla Bley & Jim Pepper. (Check out the original WTT tune on YouTube Garbarek's plangent sax evokes Coltrane's 'love supreme' with howling passion that has only occasionally been heard since. Stenson's piano work is intricate & interwoven but always rhythmic and builds tension really well. Danielsen's bass hums, prods and pushes tunes along, a great bridge between keys and Christensen fizzing drum work, off beat pushes, silences where you expect beats, masterly playing rewriting the American drummer's rule book. This record is a must for any serious jazz lover and is a great example of both the benefits and limitations of a classical musical education. It's also a great example of sympathetic band playing and surely set the model for Keith Jarrett's Belonging, My Song, Nude Ants and Personal Mountains albums where he replaces Stenson, all great albums. This is better than the Dansere sequel but that's still worth getting. Worth every penny!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Juan Mobili on 11 Feb. 2008
Format: Audio CD
For my money, ECM at large and Mr. Garbarek in particular managed, for years and years, better than most to create and share music at times sublime and always unassuming. Music from musicians, great ones often and committed to explore Jazz beyond wherever it happens to be.

What Witchi-Tai-To has to offer is one of the peaks I noted on the title to this review. Other than the magic that exploded out of "My Song" with Keith Jarrett, no one has played with Jan like pianist Stenson. And Stenson--whose own albums are tremendous, by the way--along with Palle Danielsson on bass and Jon Christensen on drums, are a dream come true.

The material is as great as it is inspiredly played. If you don't own it ... well ... repair the error as quickly as you can.
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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful
Stunning, Mandatory Jazz 8 Dec. 2000
By nctomatoman - Published on
Format: Audio CD
My roommate at college introduced me to the ECM label through Keith Jarrett's Koln Concert and two very obscure releases from a bass player named Barre Phillips - Mountainscapes and Three Day Moon (all 3 releases named above are highly recommended, by the way!). This marked my conversion from rock music to jazz, and I set out to the local bookstore to browse the bins (we are talking 21 years ago, so one could still enjoy flipping the album covers). I decided to purchase 3 ECM jazz releases - Ralph Towner's Solstice, Sound and Shadows (superb!), the John Abercrombie Quartet, and Jan Garbarek's Witchi-Tai-To.
I am embarrassed to relate how many ECMs I now have in my collection, but it can be assured that Witchi-Tai-To remains a very important centerpiece, music that stands the test of time and always sounds fresh and challenging. The first cut, A.I.R. (all-India Radio), is a reworking of a Carla Bley tune that first appeared in a very different format and sound on the bizarre but wonderful Escalator Over The Hill. A great tune, and superb way to start the CD. Tunes 2 and 3 are fine, but the real gems are Jim Pepper's Witchi-Tai-To (which you could hum all day, as it drills itself into your memory), and the great tune Desireless. Garbarek plays more tenor on this release than he currently does, and his tone is warm and rich, though not cloying at all. The rhythym section of Palle Daniellsen (bass) and Jon Christensen (drums) is still the one of choice for those who record on ECM - just great, great players. And, Bobo Stenson, at the time of the recording somewhat obscure, is now perhaps THE piano player most desired for recording sessions on ECM. If you own or have heard this CD, I am telling you nothing new. If you do not own it, do yourself and your ears a favor...and buy it!
20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
Desirable (highly) 30 April 2001
By Gavin Wilson - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Although this album was recorded in 1973 by four young, then relatively unknown, Nordic jazz musicians, I didn't get to hear it until 1977 when a student I met at a Weather Report concert introduced me to the LP. It blew my mind, and I have been steadily accumulating Jan Garbarek albums ever since.
For me, this is one of the least Nordic of my Garbarek albums. He wrote none of the tracks himself -- highly uncharacteristic of his output over the past 20 years -- and indeed most were written by American jazz composers, such as Cherry and Bley (C.). Only one track was written by a band member: Palle Danielsson's 'Kukka', a title which sounds like a piece of furniture you can buy from IKEA.
As an LP, this was a highly unbalanced selection. Side Two was simply magnificent, so Side One hardly got played at all, even though it contained at least two decent tracks. Hopefully with CD, tracks 1-3 should get a fairer hearing.
But tracks 4 and 5 are gorgeous. For me, this is the definitive version of 'Witchi-Tai-To' -- although Garbarek commemorated it by re-recording it for the ECM anniversary special CD, 'Twelve Moons'. It's probably Stenson's delicate piano-playing that makes it for me. And then comes the sublime 'Desireless', in which Garbarek alternates between harsh and beautiful tones on the intro, and then we get a very solid groove delivered by the bass, quite unlike anything else that I own of Garbarek's. After a wonderfully long piece of interplay between bass, piano and drums, Garabarek re-enters and, to my mind, messes it up. It's unusual for me to rate a piece so highly when I dislike a passage within it, but I guess it shows how strong most of it is.
Fans who only found Garabarek in the 1990s will be very pleased by this album of twenty years earlier. The standard of musicianship is just as high, and the sound is just ... well, different. As you might expect of an older recording, there is some tape hiss on the quieter passages.
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Six Stars 31 Aug. 2001
By A Customer - Published on
Format: Audio CD
My number one Jazz album of all time. Co-leaders Jan Garbarek and Bobo Stenson make possibly the best use of the ECM 'house rhythm section' (Palle Danielsson and Jon Christensen) on a wonderful selection of 'non-Standard' compositions. The spotlight is shared the group and the compositions (including one by bassist Danielsson.) Stunning intuitive interplay, passionate intensity and heart-wrenching beauty;
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Coltrane-influenced Garbarek 20 April 2001
By Sumatriptan - Published on
Format: Audio CD
A "state-of-the-art" album by Garbarek & Co. Was recorded the same year as the famous "BELONGING" with the same rhythm-section (Palle Danielsson-bass, Jon Christensen-drums) but with swedish Bobo Stenson on piano instead of Keith Jarrett. This Garbarek is soo different from Garbarek in Jarrett's quartets (more Coltrane-ian, less restrained) yet he still yields a great performance. HASTA SIEMPRE is my favorite piece - a kind of Scandinavian Flamenco, has the same chrod progression (Am-G-F-E). Also check another version of Jim Pepper's Witchi-Tai-To, a piece recorded several times by Garbarek (also on TWELVE MOONS) and Ralph Towner & OREGON (albums WINTER LIGHT, OUT OF THE WOODS, etc.)
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
One of 10 CDs I would want if trapped on a desert island 29 April 2010
By the way I see it - Published on
Format: Audio CD
This CD is flat out gorgeous. It is substantive enough for seasoned jazz listeners to listen to time and again yet melodic enough for neophytes. It is truly one of the most beautiful CDs I have heard from beginning to end. All the songs are lovely, but "Desireless" is my personal favorite. What a gorgeous, gorgeous tune! It is hauntingly beautiful and almost compels me to use a descriptor I don't like to use: spiritual. I will conclude by saying that if I were trapped on a desert island (with a good sound system, of course) and could only have ten CDs with me, this is one I would defintely include. It is also among the top ten CDs I would recommend to someone who has not heard much, if any, jazz. Of course, like many jazz listening veterans, I would start this person off with Miles Davis' Kind of Blue, but Witchi-Tai-To wouldn't be too far behind.
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