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on 17 July 2012
Many will be familiar with "Nude Ants" and "Personal Mountains" both recorded within weeks of the concert now released more than 30 years after the event. All of the compositions on "Personal Mountains" are also performed here (and one of which also appears on "Nude Ants") but anyone thinking that ECM are flogging a dead horse should think again. It is the view of many that "Personal Mountains" released a decade after its recording betters "Nude Ants" and, while it is a personal choice, I would go so far as to say that "Sleeper" eclipses both.
To those familiar only with the more recent works of Jarrett and Garbarek (whether indulgent or austere), this fantastic double album will come as a surprise. It is muscular, melodic and never meandering and showcases one of the great jazz groups of the last 40 years at the height of their powers. The 21 minute opening "Personal Mountains" sets the tone which is sustained until the closing "New Dance" - sprightly, rhythmic, tight yet relaxed. Lest there be any doubt this was a group of four giants and Danielsson and Christensen match their better known fellow players. There is so much that can be said about this overdue release but perhaps the following will suffice: current album of the year.