In the mid-1970s there was no European jazz group more popular than the Garbarek-Stenson Quartet, and Witchi-Tai-To was voted ‘Record of the Year 1974/75’ in Jazz Forum’s poll. Down Beat gave the album a five-star review: “Those who think that contemporary music from Europe lacks soul-fire are hereby advised to listen to Witchi-Tai-To.”
Bobo Stenson: “The quartet had a chemistry that I’ve very rarely known, and I look back at the whole period as a happy and creative time.” The wide-open programme includes tunes by Carla Bley and Don Cherry as well as the title track composed by Jim Pepper.
Personnel: Jan Garbarek: tenor and soprano saxophones}; Bobo Stenson (piano); Palle Danielsson (double bass); Jon Christensen (drums)
A.I.R. / Kukka / Hasta Siempre / Witchi-Tai-To / Desireless
ECM Touchstone 6743111