Afric Pepperbird

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Afric Pepperbird
Afric Pepperbird.jpg
Studio album by Jan Garbarek
Released 1970
Recorded September 22–23, 1970
Studio Bendiksen Studio, Oslo
Genre Free jazz
Length 40:51
Label ECM
ECM 1007
Producer Manfred Eicher
Jan Garbarek chronology
Esoteric Circle
Afric Pepperbird
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]
The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide 3/5 stars[2]

Afric Pepperbird is the second album by Norwegian saxophonist Jan Garbarek and his first released on the ECM label performed by Garbarek's quartet featuring Terje Rypdal, Arild Andersen and Jon Christensen.


The Allmusic review by Brian Olewnick awards the album 4½ stars and states "Together with Sart, Tryptikon, and Witchi-Tai-To (as well as a prior recording on Flying Dutchman), this album represents the strongest, most aggressive portion of Garbarek's career, before he succumbed to what became known as the ECM aesthetic. Very highly recommended".[3]

Track listing[edit]

All compositions by Jan Garbarek, except where noted.

  1. "Skarabée" – 6:16
  2. "Mah-Jong" – (Andersen) 1:52
  3. "Beast of Kommodo" – 12:23
  4. "Blow Away Zone" – 8:37
  5. "MYB" – (Andersen) 1:50
  6. "Concentus" – (Andersen) 0:50
  7. "Afric Pepperbird" – 7:58
  8. "Blupp" – (Christensen) 1:05



  1. ^ Allmusic Review
  2. ^ Swenson, J. (Editor) (1985). The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide. USA: Random House/Rolling Stone. p. 174. ISBN 0-394-72643-X. 
  3. ^ Olewnick, B. Allmusic Review accessed 1 November 2009