Rypdal, Terje - Bleak House

SKU 28-POLF5502037.2
Terje's first solo album, before he hit ECM, unavailable for way too long, showcases a guitaring talent who is extending his range way beyond his pop roots to encompass jazz and more, but who is still learning to become himself.

"Recorded over three sessions in 1968, Bleak House marks Terje Rypdal's departure from psychedelic group The Dream and off to explore further territories. He would later become one of the most recognizable instrumentalist in European jazz, with releases on the ECM label filled to the brim with his searingly exciting future-tundra guitar sounds. By this time in 1968, he was already in an almost unique position in the Norwegian music scene, at a crucial crossroads between the parallel galaxies of contemporary composition, modern jazz and progressive rock. With a go-ahead from Polydor, Rypdal set up in the studio with Jan Garbarek, Knut Riisnæs, Jon Christensen and Christian Reim (The Dream) to record his solo debut. It is an album that influenced a generation of innovative Norwegian artists and continues to do so to this day."

"Despite the title, this is some very warm and friendly early jazz-rock work from the brilliant Norwegian guitarist/composer. (This album originates from prior to Rypdal joining ECM, and is on Polydor Norway.) Recorded in 1968 with longtime collaborator Jan Garberek on sax & flute, this music features a large horn section, excellent bass work, and lots of rich/tasteful Hammond playing. Though only 21 at the time, Rypdal was already making incredibly mature, smooth and sophisticated music which - though sounding very 60's - still plays well today. Light-Latin and blues influences are heard; along with big-band arrangements that are by turns tightly arranged and charmingly loose. Rypdal hadn't quite developed his signature guitar style yet - here he blends Wes Montgomery and Hank Marvin to wonderful effect."
  • LabelPolydor
  • UPC8435395502037
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