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Anja Garbarek - Smiling and Waving (2001) Retail CD
With its dream-like montage of moods and impressive variety of arrangements, Smiling and Waving shows just how far the daughter of Jan Garbarek has come since the 1992 album Velkommen Inn (Come On In). Gone are the Norwegian lyrics and driving, somewhat Euro-pop arrangements. Instead, Smiling and Waving offers a range of convincingly distilled--and delivered--English lyrics, building upon the poetic ambition and achievement revealed on Anja's second release, the 1996 Balloon Mood. At times, Smiling and Waving can bring to mind the work of Kate Bush and Annette Peacock as much as that of Björkmore…. Overall, however, it finds Garbarek establishing her own identity, as much through the shape-shifting arrangements as anything else. Such jazz notables as double-bassist Chris Laurence and saxophonist Theo Travis contribute some fine moments, but apart from the lyrics, the album is mostly remarkable for its mixing and metamorphosing of acoustic and electronic sounds, concert strings and occasional trip-hop grooves, ambient space and judicious sampling. Robert Wyatt's guest appearance on the melancholic "The Diver" fits the overall concept and mood of the album perfectly. --Michael Tucker
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- Anja Garbarek - Smiling and Waving (2001) Retail CD
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