Album: Jan Garbarek, Officium Novum (ECM)

Should Elvis have made more rockabilly records? Definitely.

Does the world need a third album of "classical-jazz" by Jan Garbarek and the Hilliard Ensemble? Probably not.

But this new collaboration, whose familiar sound-world takes a slight sideways step into a more Eastern-influenced, Armenian direction, along with pieces by Pérotin and Arvo Pärt, offers a natural extension to the 1994 original. It's also strikingly beautiful, whether listened to attentively or as superior audio wallpaper.

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