Esoteric Circle

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Esoteric Circle
Esoteric Circle.jpg
Studio album by Jan Garbarek
Released 1969
Recorded October 1969
Studio Henie-Onstad Kunstsenter, Bærum
Genre Jazz
Length 45:08
Label Flying Dutchman
Producer George Russell
Jan Garbarek chronology
Til Vigdis
(1967)Til Vigdis1967
Esoteric Circle
Afric Pepperbird
(1970)Afric Pepperbird1970
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]
The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide 4/5 stars[2]

Esoteric Circle is the debut album by Norwegian saxophonist Jan Garbarek, originally released under the band name "The Esoteric Circle" on Bob Thiele's Flying Dutchman label but re-issued under his name on the Freedom imprint, performed by Garbarek with Terje Rypdal, Arild Andersen and Jon Christensen.[1]


The Allmusic review by Brian Olewnick awards the album 4 stars and states "a highly successful and enjoyable effort, one that can stand comfortably with work being done at that time by Tony Williams or John McLaughlin... Garbarek's own playing, here entirely on tenor, come largely out of Albert Ayler as well as Coltrane, and his general attack is much more raw and aggressive than the style for which he would eventually become more widely known through his recordings for ECM".[1]

Track listing[edit]

All compositions by Jan Garbarek.

  1. "Traneflight" – 2:51
  2. "Ralbalder" – 8:15
  3. "Esoteric Circle" – 5:22
  4. "Vips" – 5:40
  5. "Sas 644" – 8:49
  6. "Nefertite" – 2:05
  7. "Gee" – 1:10
  8. "Karin's Mode" – 7:30
  9. "Breeze Ending" – 3:39



  1. ^ a b c Olewnick, Brian (2011). "The Esoteric Circle – Terje Rypdal | AllMusic". Retrieved 18 July 2011. 
  2. ^ Swenson, J. (Editor) (1985). The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide. USA: Random House/Rolling Stone. p. 81. ISBN 0-394-72643-X.