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October 6 , 2004

GARBAREK GATECRASHES POP CHARTS

On the eve of a 20-date tour of Germany by the Jan Garbarek Group (see tours page for details), the Norwegian saxophonist’s “In Praise of Dreams” has crashed into the German pop/rock charts at number 24. A strong showing in the first week of release, the only parallel in ECM history of the last decade is with the Garbarek/Hilliard collaboration “Officium”, which also landed immediately on the national best-seller lists.

In Norway, the saxophonist’s album – which is topping diverse jazz charts around Europe - has climbed still higher, landing in the pop albums Top Ten at number 7.

Press reactions to “In Praise of Dreams” have been very positive: “A major statement by a major artist” (Jazzwise), “With an evolutionary approach that finds him moving into ever more vivid and moving landscapes, Garbarek may be the closest to finding the meaning he has been searching for all along.” (All About Jazz), “Real music which deepens with every hearing” (Independent on Sunday).

Available now in good record stores everywhere, “In Praise of Dreams” can also be purchased directly from the ECM web shop.
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