Jazz Star Garbarek Lost Pizzazz in London

Posted: Nov. 19th, 2012  |  By Michael Pearse
Jan Garbarek was a let down
David Redfern

Jan Garbarek, a famous Norwegian Jazz musician heralded as ranking among top Jazz singers like Django Reinahrdt, gave a performance in London as part of its 2012 Jazz Festival. Fans of the long time artist were disappointed with his decent but altogether lackluster performance, and lamentations were heard over the loss of his uniquely Norwegian style.

If you know anything about Jan Garbarek, you'll know him as the Norwegian who invented a uniquely Nordic language for the saxophone; the guy George Russell described as "the most original voice in European jazz since Django Reinhardt"; the guy whose austere albums with the Hilliard Ensemble have shifted millions of copies; the guy who almost single-handedly defined the ECM label.

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