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I Took Up the Runes [Slipcase]

  • 1. Gula Gula
    2. Molde Canticle, Pt. 1
    3. Molde Canticle, Pt. 2
    4. Molde Canticle, Pt. 3
    5. Molde Canticle, Pt. 4
    6. Molde Canticle, Pt. 5
    7. His Eyes Were Suns
    8. I Took up the Runes
    9. Buena Hora, Buenos Vientos
    10. Rahkki Sruvvis
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 001182502

  • Credits
    ProducerManfred Eicher
    EngineerJan Erik Kongshaug

    Personnel: Jan Garbarek (soprano & tenor saxophones); Ingor Antte Ailu Gaup (vocals); Rainer Bruninghaus (piano); Bugge Wesseltoft (synthesizer); Eberhard Weber (bass); Manu Katche (drums); Nana Vasconcelos (percussion).
    Recorded at Rainbow Studio, Oslo, Norway in August 1990.
    Personnel: Jan Garbarek (soprano saxophone, tenor saxophone); Ingor Antte Ailu Gaup (vocals); Rainer Bruninghaus (piano); Bugge Wesseltoft (synthesizer); Eberhard Weber (bass instrument); Manu Katch (drums); Nan Vasconcelos (percussion).
    An introspective album, I TOOK UP THE RUNES, combines jazz with Norwegian folk music. This is nothing new for Jan Garbarek, who has long been interested in combining the traditional music of his homeland with modern jazz. Also typical of the Scandinavian saxophonist's work is an emphasis on ethereal tapestries of sound. Long tones are stressed throughout, and the rhythm section constructs contagious, hypnotic grooves on many of the album's 10 tracks.
    The centerpiece for I TOOK UP THE RUNES is a five-part work called "Molde Canticle," but the highlight of the album is clearly the lush "Buena Hora, Buenos Vientos," a piece that features the vibrant yet sensitive piano playing of Rainer Bruninghaus. An explorative set of compositions that are smartly produced and finely wrought, I TOOK UP THE RUNES is an album that takes the listener on a journey to a far-off mystical place.

  • Critic Reviews
    Down Beat (4/91) - "...About half of this compelling album captures the classic ECM aesthetic, haunting, introspective with a touch of melancholy, spacious and organic-sounding. And what else would you expect from this lineup, a virtual ECM all-star band?..."
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