I Took Up the Runes

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I Took Up the Runes
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Studio album by Jan Garbarek
Released 1990
Recorded August 1990
Genre Jazz
Length 60:46
Label ECM
Jan Garbarek chronology
Legend Of The Seven Dreams
(1988)Legend Of The Seven Dreams1988
I Took Up the Runes
Ragas and Sagas
(1990)Ragas and Sagas1990

I Took Up the Runes is an album by Norwegian saxophonist Jan Garbarek released on the ECM label and performed by Garbarek, Rainer Brüninghaus, Eberhard Weber, Nana Vasconcelos, Manu Katché, and Bugge Wesseltoft with Ingor Ánte Áilo Gaup contributing vocals.[1]


In a contemporaneous review, Jim Aikin described the album as a "hauntingly evocative Euro-jazz session" and identified the "Gula Gula" track as "especially memorable".[2]

The Allmusic review by Mark W. B. Allender awards the album 3½ stars and states "A more eclectic release than his preceding releases, Jan Garbarek's I Took Up the Runes satisfies listeners who had been more or less impatient for something with some meat and some muscle... A sign of good things to come".[3]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars[3]

Track listing[edit]

All compositions by Jan Garbarek except where noted.

  1. "Gula Gula" (Mari Persen) – 5:55
  2. "Molde Canticle: Part 1" – 5:13
  3. "Molde Canticle: Part 2" – 5:43
  4. "Molde Canticle: Part 3" – 9:54
  5. "Molde Canticle: Part 4" – 5:10
  6. "Molde Canticle: part 5" – 6:06
  7. "His Eyes Were Suns" (Traditional) – 6:04
  8. "I Took up the Runes" – 5:24
  9. "Buena Hora, Buenos Vientos" – 8:51
  10. "Rahkki Sruvvis" (Ingor Ánte Áilo Gaup) – 2:26



  1. ^ Jan Garbarek discography accessed 9 November 2009
  2. ^ Aikin, Jim, "In Review" Keyboard Volume 17, Number 7 (Issue #181) May 1991, page 17
  3. ^ a b Allender, M. W. B. Allmusic Review accessed 9 November 2009