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Terje Rypdal, Chasers
Genres: Jazz, Pop
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All Artists: Terje Rypdal, Chasers
Title: Chasers
Members Wishing: 4
Total Copies: 0
Label: Ecm Import
Release Date: 1/30/2001
Album Type: Original recording reissued, Import
Genres: Jazz, Pop
Styles: Avant Garde & Free Jazz, Jazz Fusion, Modern Postbebop, Bebop
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPCs: 042282725622, 781182130326

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Does not get any better than this.
Richard | Amerika | 02/09/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I was lucky to see Mr. Rypdal and the Chasers perform this live at a protestant cathedral in Berlin. Unbelievable. If I only had one day left to live, this would be one of three albums I would listen about you?"
Simply the best
Frank Nachtigall | Gross Nordsee Deutschland | 07/03/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Ich habe TR im Jahre 1975 entdeckt und bis heute kann ich mir sein Mysterium nicht erklären."
Christopher J. Pellerito | 06/10/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)

"Norwegian guitarist Terje Rypdal never achieved the level of commercial success that his fellow ECM guitarists Pat Metheny and Bill Frisell eventually did, but he made some excellent music while earning a cult following. Rypdal's style is more than a little like Frisell's, in that place where sonic density, texture and timbre are as critical as note choices and phrasing.

A lot of Rypdal's music veers toward the ethereal, but this mid-80s recording introduces a "power trio" format with bassist Bjorn Kjellemyr and drummer Audun Kleive, a lineup that is an apt showcase for Rypdal's formidable chops and clever, knotty compositions. The opening "Ambiguity" would have made a solid four-minute rock song, but lumbers along for about nine minutes instead (the song's theme is finally stated at about the 3:20 mark, and then it settles down into a terse, dramatic rocker.) "Geysir" is a thrilling track, with Rypdal furiously improvising over a staggering variety of bass techniques offered up by Kjellemyr. The ballad "Ornen" is gorgeous, with soulful Strat tones, sonorous bass and that sumptuous slow 6/8 feel. "Chaser" rocks with a catchy melody and some very dextrous turnarounds; "Transition" might well have been the inspiration for the Pink Floyd instrumental "Marooned."

Americans don't know much about Terje Rypdal; calling him "Norway's Bill Frisell" is an oversimplification, but if you dig Frisell you will like this one a lot. Recommended."