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4.6 out of 5 stars
My Song
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on 3 April 2015
One of my favorite albums in any genre."My Song" and "The Journey Home" are simply wonderful and would both feature in my personal top 10 tracks.Jan Garbarek is at his best on this record-melodic even soulful,entirely lacking that remote and abstract feeling you sometimes get on his solo works.His playing on the closing minutes of "The Journey Home" is sublime-I simply cannot speak too highly of it.Jarrett's own playing is also very special-as good as anything he has done which is saying a lot.If you have one Jarrett record this must be it-indeed if you have one record full stop it should be!
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on 27 September 2017
An excellent disc.
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on 6 January 2015
Superb ECM album from the 1970s. Fabulous tunes and playing from Jarrett, with beautiful, pristine, glacial contributions from Garbarek. A classic of its type.
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on 8 July 2015
His Scandinavian Quartet was so good.
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on 9 May 2016
Everything is very good.
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on 18 November 2016
wonderful, as expected
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on 21 December 2012
superb jazz artists wonderful varied and rhythmic modern european style jazz.Must be my favourite jazz album of all time and i go back a long way!
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TOP 100 REVIEWERon 11 August 2012
Along with the album Belonging from the same period in the mid-70s, and with the same line-up, this is Jarrett and friends at their warm, lyrical best.
Questar is a fascinating opener, giving all four musicians room to roam, setting out their stall in jaunty fashion.
The following title track is simply lovely, with some of Jan Garbarek`s most generously expansive playing and tender riffs from Jarrett on a gently eloquent melody, with some nicely subtle chord changes.
Tabarka has another memorable tune, and some resonant bass from Palle Danielsson, with Jon Christensen`s percussion a sympathetic accompaniment throughout, Jarrett evidently enjoying himself if his trademark high-pitch yelps are anything to go by. He has every reason to be glad, as this is a great track, KJ showing once again what a questing spirit he is when inspired, whether solo or in good company, as here. When Garbarek enters the fray once more about six minutes in to the number he plays like a demon, albeit a benign one. A standout.
Country starts with a beguiling, almost childlike tune which very quickly sets sail for funkier waters, Jan G`s sax sounding - as it does on all tracks - like something you wouldn`t wish to be without for too long. As a melodist, especially on these albums with Jarrett, Garbarek reminds one of full-bodied players such as Michael Brecker or even Dexter Gordon, though you always get a chill Nordic breeze along with the romantic sheen from the Norwegian. Another wonderful track.
Mandala is a faster, more jittery number, while The Journey Home is a ten-minute slice of sublimity which ends this very lovely album on a high. It begins slowly then quickens into a joyous romp in which all four musicians play their hearts out. There`s another very slow section towards the end, and some gorgeous piano from Jarrett - and more singing along, bless him.
My Song and Belonging form a high-watermark in the all too brief life of this quartet, and both are recommended unreservedly.
Lovely stuff.
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VINE VOICEon 29 July 2009
We find Jarrett here with his European quartet, probably a more melodic and restrained unit than his previous American band. Nonetheless it is an album of exquisite playing from all concerned.
The opening Questar is a strong mid-tempo piece with Garbarek's tenor providing a most suitable, subtly-nuanced voice. The following My Song, a balad, is just one of those haunting melodies that gets you. The Norwegian horn player states the theme with beautiful tone and phrasing. Jarrett then plays a short, memorable unaccompanied passage before the band comes back with the melody.
Tabarka is a stunner. Keening Gabarek sax in near unison with Jarrett's piano state the tune fairly briefly before they begin to meander around the theme as if they have played together since birth. Jarrett then opens out into a typical turn, of cascading notes that are so full of expression and passion. Then Garbarek re-enters magnetically and the song gets looser and looser as the sax seeks out a culmination before it floats back gently to the main theme.
The next track, Country, is again one of those melodies you want to whistle along with. Garbarek sets it out and Jarrett meanders around it. Danielsson then shines as his bass leads Jarrett along with aplomb before the leader takes dominance. A sunny day out in a grassy meadow next to a river, with a breeze in the trees.
Just in case it gets too restrained and melodic, Mandala breaks up the album completely with a strident bit of be-bop. Melody goes out the window as Jarrett plays some real hell-for-leather piano before Gabarek chimes in on some wailing and coruscating soprano. The rhythm section are with them all the way as it gets into a brief Coltranish passage before it slows down and takes some deep breaths. This track is not so immediately appealing as the others but is worth the effort as it will soon wins an equal place in the heart.
The closing Journey Home goes back to the earlier tone of things and again is a haunting, longing melody eloquently stated by the tenor sax. It then increases tempo and has other little themes as the piano leads over a strong bass and percussion pulse before Garbarek once again plays with terrific passion. Some six minutes in it all slows down to a wistful new twist to the composition. Jarrett tinkles wonderfully over some exceedingly laid back bass and drums before the sax re-joins. The piece closes out in this slow mode at journeys end. And a fine journey it was.
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on 22 April 2003
If you are new to the music of Keith Jarrett then this is the place to start. Jarrett's European quartet, heard here, ran simultaneously with his American quartet for a while but were musically quite different. These tunes are, in the main, beautiful, restrained, evocative and beautifully played, Garbarek's singing tone interacts organically with Jarrett's gently cascading piano against a solid but unobtrusive rhythm section. Mandala, a chunk of unashamed be-bop, is out of place but the remainder of the tracks form an integrated album full of longing, passion and beautiful moments; check out the point where the 'The Journey Home' starts to swing! Perfect cool jazz and vintage Jarrett that will last you a lifetime.
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