Jan Garbarek Group ‎– It's OK To Listen To The Gray Voice

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ECM Records ‎– ECM 1294, ECM Records ‎– 825 406-2
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Recorded December 1984 at Rainbow Studio, Oslo
An ECM Production
℗ 1985 ECM Records GmbH
CD manufactured by PolyGram in Hanover, West Germany
Printed in W. Germany

Packaging: standard jewel case with 6 page foldout booklet

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode (Text): 0 42282 54062 1
  • Barcode (String): 042282540621
  • Mastering SID Code: IFPI L003
  • Mould SID Code (Variant 1): IFPI 01H4
  • Mould SID Code (Variant 2): IFPI 0143
  • Matrix / Runout: 825 406-2 04 /
  • Matrix / Runout (CD Mould): MADE IN GERMANY BY PMDC YQ
  • Rights Society: GEMA
  • Label Code: LC 2516
  • SPARS Code: AAD
  • Other: Y

Other Versions (5 of 10) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
ECM 1294, 825406-1 Jan Garbarek Group It's OK To Listen To The Gray Voice(LP, Album) ECM Records, ECM Records ECM 1294, 825406-1 Germany 1985 Sell This Version
ECM 1294, 78118-21294-2 Jan Garbarek Group It's OK To Listen To The Gray Voice(CD, Album, RE) ECM Records, ECM Records ECM 1294, 78118-21294-2 US 1994 Sell This Version
ECM 1294, 825406-1 Jan Garbarek Group It's OK To Listen To The Gray Voice(LP, Album, Promo, sam) ECM Records, ECM Records ECM 1294, 825406-1 Germany 1985 Sell This Version
EC 107 Jan Garbarek Group It's OK To Listen To The Gray Voice(Cass, Album, Unofficial) ECHO (7) EC 107 Poland Unknown Sell This Version
ECM 25033-4 E Jan Garbarek Group It's OK To Listen To The Gray Voice(Cass, Album, Dol) ECM Records ECM 25033-4 E US 1985 Sell This Version

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September 17, 2013
Review by Mark W.B. Allender
Here Garbarek is approaching the extremes of his style, appearing once again with the Jan Garbarek Group. He has his usual stark, meditative pieces, interspersed with some cutting-edge work, occasionally spinning just enough out of control to be exciting. And in other places he ventures headlong into the syrupy fields of Kenny G.-land. All pieces on this record are titled after quotes from poems by Tomas Tranströmer, and though the actual connection to these poems remains tenuous at best, they do add a provocative element to the pieces themselves, which beg for at least some programmatic interpretation. Excellent bass work by Eberhard Weber, particularly on the more avant-garde pieces (e.g., "The Crossing Place" and "One Day in March I Go Down to the Sea and Listen"). Multi-instrumentalist David Torn is primarily responsible for the more aggressive edge this record takes. His guitar lines explode with energy and tension, giving Garbarek a more off-center field to play in -- and considering his penchant for excessive restraint, this is a welcome environment to hear him in. The title track features Garbarek squealing high on his soprano sax over a bed of spooky chord changes. Low points on this record find the group entering soft rock territory; the most offensive here is "Mission: To Be Where I Am" -- and at over eight minutes, it's a significant valley. But all in all, the strong work finds Garbarek doing stronger work than he had done for some time and certainly stronger than listeners would hear from him for many years to come.