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Jan Garbarek and the Hilliard Ensemble’s inspired collaboration began in 1993 with the groundbreaking recording Officium and has resulted in consistently inventive music making ever since. At that first meeting Garbarek’s saxophone, soaring as a free-ranging ‘fifth voice’ with the a cappella Ensemble, gave the first indications of the musical scope and emotional power ... Read more in Amazon's Jan Garbarek Store

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  • Audio CD (March 7, 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Ecm Records
  • ASIN: B000024L6W
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #35,247 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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This 1995 release followed closely on the heels of the enormously successful Officium, Jan Garbarek's meditative collaboration with the Hilliard Ensemble. The same tranquil aesthetic prevails on this release, but the methods and materials differ. Garbarek opts here for the recording studio over the monastery, building up many of the tracks himself with percussion and keyboards as well as the keening, resonant sounds of his soprano and tenor saxes. His compositions emphasize folk-like melodies and ethereal soundscapes, and there's effective work from pianist Rainer Brüninghaus and bassist Eberhard Weber. The often-dramatic percussion from Marilyn Mazur, Manu Katché, and Trilok Gurtu adds ceremonial and world-music touches to some superior work in the New Age genre. --Stuart Broomer

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3.7 out of 5 stars

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Jan P. Dennis on February 26, 2007
Format: Audio CD
. . . as far as I'm concerned, he can do just about whatever he wants and earn a five-star review from me.

I have a somewhat curious relationship to this disc of his. I remember purchasing it and being rather disappointed. No, not rather, MAJORLY disappointed. I thought it lacked rigor, soul, you name it. So much so that I sold it.

Then, after coming to my senses a decade later, I re-checked it out.

And was completely, absolutely, bowled over, estimating that it may, just, be his finest recording ever.

What happened in the interim? I'm not completely sure. I bought Rites and In Praise of Dreams. I revisited Legend of the Seven Dreams, I Took Up the Runes, and It's Okay to Listen to the Gray Voice, and concluded that here was a master of jazz elegiacism--perhaps the greatest and most important move of this alien yet homely music.

And I decided that Garbarek, on account of the hugely evocative move (the purely elegiac) that he makes on almost all his discs--but most decisively here--deserves a Lifetime Free Pass.

What does that mean? For me, it means that unless he makes a major misstep, everything he records merits utter musical absolution: No Purgatory for this master of the heart and soul of jazz melancholy.

Isn't that a little silly? I suppose so, but I can't help it. First off, his soprano sax concept and execution alone merit such exceptionalism. Has there ever been a player who gets so much pathos out of an instrument? I don't think so, and I also don't think there ever will be.

Second, he's somehow, magically, single-handedly bridged the gap between New Age and authentic jazz in his soprano sax playing and overall musical conception and soundscape.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By "_3_6_8_7_9" on October 12, 1999
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Jan Garbarek has again blessed us with a thing of exquisite beauty. As you start the first track, Red Wind, you are overcome by an instant, ethereal atmosphere. It's like aromatherapy, on a CD. The CD then takes you on a journey, through powerful, poignant pieces like The Survivor, through detatched, lightweight pieces like the Desolate Mountains, Haunting, weird pieces like Visible World (chiaro -) and leaves you with the stirring, cool Evening Land.
It is in your best interests to buy this CD. It may change your life. Unfortunately if you're one of the poor saps who never discovers this music, it's too bad...
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By The Original Pete White on November 28, 1998
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I was given Visible World as a present - I would never have picked it off the shelf because I had never heard of Jan Garbarek. From the first note through to the end of the album I found myself transfixed and transported to a wonderful place. This is one of the most mellow thought provoking pieces of work I have ever listened to.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 4, 1998
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I simply didn't like jazz. Then there was Visible World, and a door to a new world was opened. It's melodious without loosing it's edge, and it let's a beginner's ears follow the music without letting them loose interest. Whilst all the time keeping enough complexity to mesmerise me every time I listen to it. This CD never finds it way back to the shelf. I keep it next to the CD-player for easy access.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By C. H Smith on October 25, 2000
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Considering all the other Garbarek albums I own, I found this one just a tad disappointing. Yes, as usual the sidemen are great, his sax play restrained yet appealing, the time generous (Garbarek always manages to give us seventy plus minutes on his cds), and the mood peaceful but shimmering, but I sense just a bit more atmosphere here than I do content. In short, a bit light-weight. If you do like this cd, I would strongly recommend "Twelve Moons," "I Took up the Runes," or "Legend of the Seven Dreams," all of which are not too distant style and content-wise, but have more personality.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Gavin Wilson on May 3, 2001
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With Keith Jarrett slowed down terribly by a disease of the nervous system, Garbarek was ECM's biggest star of the late 1990s. Creator of some outstanding 50+ albums -- such as 'I Took up the Runes' and 'Arbour Zena' -- Garbarek could afford to bring in any session musicians he wanted. So for this 1996 recording, why does he himself play so many of the instruments -- such as piano, electronic keyboards and percussion -- which are not his speciality? I guess it's not the money, but the chore of organising a band. It seems to be a trend -- for the follow-up CD, 'Rites', Garbarek was on the same do-it-all-himself trip.
I saw the Garbarek band on the 'Visible World' tour, performing at London's Festival Hall, with Mazur, Bruninghaus and Weber. It was a magnificent concert, performed by middle-aged musicians to a mostly middle-aged audience. Was it jazz? There wasn't much evidence of improvisation. Garbarek stuck entirely to material from this album, I seem to remember. But it's a long album -- 75+ minutes -- so very good value for a single CD, in theory.
It's highly atmospheric, cinematic stuff, but for me the problem is that there aren't enough of the wonderful rhythmic tunes that Garbarek has written in the past. Only 'Pygmy Lullaby' and 'Evening Land' -- both excellent, by the way -- really get the juices going.
Judging by the reviews here, this album divides the critics: it's excellent for Garbarek beginners who believe that jazz is raucous and unlistenable, but it's regarded as second-rate by fans who know what Garbarek has produced in the past.
Don't get me wrong -- I will carry on buying Garbarek CDs ad infinitum, so long as he doesn't issue many more 80-minute oeuvres in expensive double CD packages. It just seems to me that Garbarek's work with the Hilliard Ensemble, which coincided with this disc, didn't improve his jazz playing.
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