OM - CD review (4 stars)


A Retrospective (ECM Records)


OM were one of the more interesting groups to come out of the jazz-rock explorations of the early 70s, and remained together for a decade before disbanding in 1982. Saxophonist Urs Leimgruber, guitarist Christy Doran, bassist Bobby Burri and drummer Fredy Studer brought an original and creative approach to a genre that often foundered on bombast.

Their music is made available for the first time on CD in this compilation. It is drawn from the four albums they cut for ECM offshoot Japo, comprising four representative tracks from their first three albums, and the whole of their final offering, Cerebus. The music has aged rather better than much of the genre.

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