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Dis Import, Original recording reissued

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Genre: Jazz Music
Media Format: Compact Disk
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Release Date: 26-SEP-2000
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 26, 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import, Original recording reissued
  • Label: Imports
  • ASIN: B0000261KE
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #175,884 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By C. H Smith on August 14, 2000
Format: Audio CD
"Dis" was my first exposure, some twenty years ago, to the music of Jan Garbarek, and in retrospect it seems to me that this was the album that gave Garbarek the focus that would later make him the great artist he has become. Before "Dis" Garbarek recorded a number of good albums; in those days he was heavily influenced by John Coltrane and seemed to seek out rather conventional venues for his (often rather derivative-sounding) performances. With "Dis" this all changed. The album spotlights a set of intricate duets with the equally renowned guitarist Ralph Towner and, in wonderful atmospheric union, a windharp. The music is not exactly jazz, but rather something of a time and place: the emotions stirred are something like what one might experience while spending a lazy Sunday stretched out on a fogbound iceberg. For any Garbarek fan a must purchase, for anyone else merely an exciting new experience.
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This album is not for everyone. It is supremely minimalist and really an "ambient" recording though there is much improvisation. Classical fans may actually be more drawn to it than jazz listeners. I've owned "Dis" since its LP release. The compositions are modal and impressionistic. Ralph Towner is such a tasteful player, his brilliant use of dynamic range legendary. Realize that there are no "feel good" tunes here... this is brooding and deep like the fjords. I disagree with a reviewer's negative sense of the wood flute track, which has an airiness and earthiness that contrasts the celestial rest. However a track of just windharp (as he suggested) is a great idea. For the right listener, this is a 5 star session and superior vehicle for appreciating Jan G's tone and style.
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Format: Vinyl Verified Purchase
The music is excellent - what I expect from the ECM label. This is mainly intended as a review for Bridgetown Records, since when I searched my orders, I could find not way to leave feedback from them there. I wish all "near mint" vinyl sold on the internet matched the quality of this one. The LP is very clean and quiet. It was shipped quickly and well packaged. I would definitely consider Bridgetown Records for future vinyl purchases.
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I first bought this on vinyl when it came out, and as I 'upgraded' (given the superior sound quality vinyl often retains over cd..!), my collection to cd, I found this unobtainable, so would take the LP out occasionally, and shiver (with delight) at the chills it gave me. But you know how it is, we get lazy, and I cleared the piles of stuff off my turntable less often. Only now that I've finally got the cd have I realised how impoverished my life has been without this meditative, melancholy, elemental, exquisite piece of music.
Other commentators have covered the bases as far as its individual strengths go, so its best to keep it simple: the combination of windharp, guitar, sax, flute, and a little brass, conjures up an elegantly spare, and gently paced sound, with a sense of purity which appears to reflect the stark beauty of the fjordic coastline, but with little moments of warmth, like the holly berries in a winter landscape. This is music which allows the mind to wander freely, even as the melodies seem to 'drift with the wind'. Given the relatively limited resources used, it's astonishing how richly moving the performance is: a perfect example of 'less is more'. Essential listening for all who are searching for meaningful music of the highest quality, and a true classic.
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This music puts me into a meditative trance. The windharp sounds like a didgeridoo and evokes the coastal landscapes of Norway, where its strange sounds were recorded. Norwegian saxophonist Jan Garbarek and guitarist Ralph Towner speak from a silence that has not been broken, so much as JOINED, by the sounds of the windharp.

I give the music a 4 and the silence a 1 for an overall rating of 5 stars. Garbarek can and does perform more virtuoso saxophone on other releases, such as "Of Mist and Melting" by Bill Connors and at least three Keith Jarrett releases: "Belonging," "My Song," and the live "Nude Ants." In fact, some of the music on "Dis" is downright irritating. So how do they create the trance?

First, Garbarek is capable of achieving great drama with his Gato Barbieri-influenced tenor lines. So it is more like you are confronted in a way that requires you to abandon everything else on your mind. On soprano, he pulls in Middle Eastern sounds and his wailing drains you of whatever's left. So, while you can see and lament the limitations of the music, you feel your body succumbing to the mood of extreme introversion.

At the same time, you are wide awake because, while the two voices seem to wander away from each other often, they just as often converge to highlight wonderful points along the waves introduced and periodically sustained by the windharp. Towner's impeccable timing and complexities manage to corral in Garbarek's somewhat sloppy lead to produce something that is just right: not too anal and not too silly. Spanish motifs appear in Garbarek's leads as well as in Towner's flamenco touches so that the bleak Norwegian temperament is infused with just the right amount of passion. Some people may find it too morose though.
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