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Terje Rypdal


Norwegian guitarist and composer Terje Rypdal, tone poet of the Fender Stratocaster, was born in Oslo in 1947. The son of a military conductor and clarinettist, Rypdal began piano lessons aged five and took up the trumpet three years later. When he was twelve he began teaching himself the guitar. While still in his teens, he became a member of the Vanguards, a Norwegian instrumental rock group that climbed the local pop charts, and then, after hearing Jimi Hendrix, he formed a psychedelic rock band, Dream, in 1967. But Rypdal’s influences have always been eclectic: he was drawn to the music of Ligeti and Penderecki as well as Coltrane and Miles Davis. He recalled in an interview with Notes on the Road: "I heard Ligeti's music and I decided then to try to make a living as a composer and guitar player." Michael Tucker has described “Rypdal's blending of rock and jazz phrasing with a rubato concern for tone colour and dynamics often redolent of the classical world”.


Article: Album Review

Palle Mikkelborg / Jakob Bro / Marilyn Mazur: Strands

Read "Strands" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

Strands brings together three of Denmark's finest artists, in their ancestral home. Palle Mikkelborg and Marilyn Mazur have a substantial history together, as does Jakob Bro but to a lesser extent. Bro penned five of the six compositions, one with Mikkelborg, who also contributed one of his pieces. In a storied career which dates to the ...


Article: Radio & Podcasts

Terje Rypdal, Raoul Bjorkenheim and Graham Costello

Read "Terje Rypdal, Raoul Bjorkenheim and Graham Costello" reviewed by Len Davis

Some progressive music from Norway with Terje Rypdal, Italian guitarist Raoul Bjorkenheim, and from the UK Graham Costello from Obelisk . Progressive rock from Derek Sherinian, Antoine Fafard, The Aristocrats, French guitarist Renaud Louis Servais with Virgil Donati and the album Ruination from Virgil Donati.Playlist Terje Rypdal “Conspiracy" from Conspiracy (ECM) 00:00 Raoul Bjorkenheim “Tools" ...


Article: Radio & Podcasts

New Music from Sonar, plus Terje Rypdal, Andre Nieri and Yo Miles

Read "New Music from Sonar, plus Terje Rypdal, Andre Nieri and Yo Miles" reviewed by Len Davis

Norwegian guitarist Terje Rypdal, the new one from Sonar Three Movements, Brazilian guitarist Andre Nieri, and Bill Connors from Assembler Alex Machacek and Marco Minnemann from 24 Tales, 3 Crows with Chris Buck and Brett Garsed, Yo Miles from Upriver and Tribal Tech with X.. Playlist Terje Rypdal “Ornen" from Selected Recordings (ECM) 00:00 ...


Article: Album Review

Dan Pitt Trio: Stages

Read "Stages" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Shades of Link Ray's “Rumble," from 1958. Shades of Dick Dale's 1963 hit “Miserlou." Shades of every guitar/bass/drum band that has ever set up in someone's garage in an attempt to work on their hard rock and roll chops, trying to become the next heavy metal band to hit the charts. Canadian guitarist Dan ...


Article: Big Band in the Sky

George Russell Remembered

Read "George Russell Remembered" reviewed by Duncan Heining

How is it that one of the most significant figures in modern jazz is so often overlooked when histories of the music are written? And how come one of its most important composers is not immediately acknowledged when jazz is discussed? Therein hang a number of tangled tales. The centenary of composer, musician, bandleader, ...


Article: Liner Notes

Samuel Blaser: As the Sea

Read "Samuel Blaser: As the Sea" reviewed by John Kelman

Plenty has been written about musical camaraderie--the building of long-term musical relationships and their unmistakable impact on the evolution of a group. Few, however, discuss the inevitable impact of personal relationships behind the music. Times have changed, and few jazz groups tour for more than a couple of consecutive weeks; still, hitting the road for even ...

Article: Radio & Podcasts

Don't Terje Me, Bro

Read "Don't Terje Me, Bro" reviewed by Patrick Burnette

Some of our podcasts have themes. This podcast has a wide-ranging mix of three 2023 releases and one moderately historical entry from an ECM guitarist whose name Pat dare not pronounce. Can the jazz violin be a force for good? We think so. Can Pat find a Pyroclastic release that tickles his fancy? You betcha--but no ...

Article: Album Review

Arild Andersen: Affirmation

Read "Affirmation" reviewed by Mario Calvitti

Il contrabbassista norvegese Arild Andersen è uno dei protagonisti di quella generazione di musicisti (insieme a Jan Garbarek, Terje Rypdal, Jon Christensen, Bobo Stenson, Edward Vesala) che grazie all'etichetta ECM, nel cui catalogo è presente con regolarità fin dal lontano 1971, ha contribuito all'affermazione del jazz scandinavo fino ad allora praticamente sconosciuto. Per il suo più ...


Article: Building a Jazz Library

ECM Records Touchstones: Part 2

Read "ECM Records Touchstones: Part 2" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 This second edition of “ECM Touchstones" explores more of the label's early recordings, repackaged and offered up as a way to present music that had perhaps slipped through time's cracks, into the hard-to-find category. Of these, four were re-released in 2019, one in 2008--32 to 43 ...


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