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Terje Rypdal - Skywards (1997) Retail CD
Per ardua ad astra indeed, so don't be deterred by the title. For guitarist/composer Rypdal, travelling skywards is anything but a flight of pastoral fancy. Rather, it's a hard-fought struggle, sometimes ecstatic, sometimes despairing. The front-line instrumentation of Rypdal's feral, keening, impossibly-sustained guitar plus trumpet, violin and cello is perfectly deployed in this context, producing a yearning, emotionally-charged music, uncompromising in its presentation. There's some very good drumming, forthright, forceful and full of impetus, while the absence of a conventional bass instrumentmore… is pretty much a Rypdal trademark, but here it gives a literal edge to the ungrounded elementalism which pervades this recording. Once recovered from the initial shock, other elements become apparent. Rypdal's rock roots become audible from time to time, but always to good effect. Equally often, his liking for dense textures even in small-to-middling ensembles recalls his earliest recordings which found him fronting a big band. Overall, though, this stuff is simply very powerful, sometimes to the point of ferocity. Don't file under New Age. --Roger Thomas
|2||Into The Wildness|
|3||It's Not Over Until The Fat Lady Sings|
|4||Pleasure Is Mine I'm Sure|
|5||Out Of This World (Sinfonietta)|
|7||Remember To Remember|
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