Jan Garbarek ‎– Visible World

ECM Records ‎– ECM 1585, ECM Records ‎– 529 086-2
CD, Album

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1 Red Wind
Shaker – Marilyn Mazur
2 The Creek 4:33
3 The Survivor 4:46
4 The Healing Smoke 7:16
5 Visible World, Chiaro - 4:09
6 Desolate Mountains I 6:47
7 Desolate Mountains II 6:02
8 Visible World, - Scuro 4:34
9 Giulietta 3:46
10 Desolate Mountains III 1:33
11 Pygmy Lullaby
Arranged By – Jan GarbarekMusic By [Melody] – African traditional*
12 The Quest
Synthesizer – Rainer Brüninghaus
13 The Arrow
Tabla, Performer [Spiral] – Trilok Gurtu
14 The Scythe 1:50
15 Evening Land
Vocals, Composed By – Mari Boine

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Tracks 1, 2, 4, 12 and 13 are parts of a "Mangas Coloradas Suite" involving descendants of the Chiricahua Apache Chief Mangas Coloradas.
Tracks 3 and 4 were made for the feature film "Trollsyn".
Tracks 5 and 8 were made for the TV ballet "Bønn".
Track 15 was done for a music-video production entitled "Aftenlandet".

Recorded June 1995 at Rainbow Studio, Oslo.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode: 731452908629
  • Rights Society: GEMA
  • Label Code: LC 2516
  • Matrix / Runout (Variants 1 & 2): 529 086-2 01 +
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 3): 529 086-2 03
  • Matrix / Runout (All variants, CD mould): MADE IN GERMANY BY PMDC
  • Mould SID Code (Variants 1 & 3): IFPI 01F4
  • Mould SID Code (Variant 2): IFPI 01J4
  • Mastering SID Code (All variants): IFPI L003
  • Other (SPARS Code): DDD

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Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
ECM 1585, 529 086-2 Jan Garbarek Visible World(CD, Album, RP) ECM Records, ECM Records ECM 1585, 529 086-2 Germany Unknown Sell This Version
ECM 1585, 529 086-2 Jan Garbarek Visible World(CD, Album, RP, Cin) ECM Records, ECM Records ECM 1585, 529 086-2 Germany Unknown Sell This Version
ECM 1585, 78118-21585-2 Jan Garbarek Visible World(CD, Album) ECM Records, BMG Classics ECM 1585, 78118-21585-2 US 1996 Sell This Version
JGV 23510 Jan Garbarek Visible World(CD, Album, RE, Unofficial) Grammy JGV 23510 Russia 1999 Sell This Version
ECM 1585, 529 086-4 Jan Garbarek Visible World(Cass, Album) ECM Records, ECM Records ECM 1585, 529 086-4 Germany 1996 Sell This Version



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September 17, 2013
Review by Chris Kelsey
Apart from David Sanborn, probably no living saxophonist has a more instantly recognizable voice than Jan Garbarek; actually, given the fact that Sanborn's sound is so widely copied, Garbarek's may be easier to identify in a blindfold test. This album in particular puts that sound front and center. Garbarek's the show; he composed all of the music, and is essentially the only soloist. The music (much of which was composed as soundtrack material for film or video) is quintessential Garbarek, full of the world music influences that have characterized his work since the 1970s. Garbarek's resonant, carefully articulated tenor and soprano tone suits the spacious, minor/modal themes. He's as much a singer as instrumentalist. Garbarek also plays digital synthesizers, mostly as string or flute pads underneath the folkish melodies. The record's most notable secondary player is Garbarek's ECM labelmate, the bassist Eberhard Weber, whose lyric sensibility is a virtual mirror of Garbarek's. This is quiet, contemplative music for the most part -- attractive, but not superficially pretty. Its grooves are less celebratory than melancholic. There's an intensity here borne of deep concentration and commitment to beauty. Garbarek has come a long way since his early days as a quasi-free jazz experimentalist. This music is not jazz, nor is it experimental. But it is compelling in its way, representative of a first-rate creative musician, beyond category.