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Starting with crude Shadows-instrumentals, Rypdal soon progressed to beat and psychedelia before discovering the possibilities of the jazz-rock hybrid around 1968-69. His first album Bleak House (1968) was recorded in this transitional phase, showcasing countless possible paths to follow. After a period of academic music study, he joined Jan Garbarek Group (fronted by the well-known sax player). He played energetic free-jazz on the albums Afric Pepperbird (1970) and Sart (1971). His own group Min Bul experimented with a similar free- jazz, although more centered around the electric guitar.
By the time of his 1971 album (this might be regarded as his first real solo album) he was settling down to play more accessible jazz-rock with a very distinctive style. Even though Rypdal has always sought new musical horizons, his basic formula was now in place. Whenever I Seem To Be Far Away (1974) was a superb effort, combining progressive jazz-rock (two dramatic tracks with mellotron and electric guitar) and a classical piece for symphony orchestra and guitar.
However, Rypdal's greatest masterpiece was Odyssey (1975), a double album with a perplexing cool sound filling the listener with images of undulating northern lights and wilderness. Tides such as "Darkness Falls", "Midnite" and "Adagio" also demonstrate the calm, dark and reflective mood of his music.
Terje Rypdal is one of the best and most versatile musicians from Norway, regardless of genre and is one of the few Norwegian artists to have a significant international profile. He wrote his first opera "Orfeus Snur Seg I Graven Og Ser På Eurydike" in 1972 and his first symphony in 1975. He has also written countless concertos and string quartets, These works have some stylistic similarities to the late Romantic period, influenced by Mahler and Pendercki among others.
01. Dead mans tale 7:09
02. Wes 4:19
03. Winter serenade 6:09
04. Bleak house 7:08
05. Sonority 5:24
06. A feeling of harmony 3:02
Terje Rypdal - Guitar, Flute, Vocals Jan Garbarek - sax, flute
Christian Reim - organ, piano
Terje Venaas - bass
Jon Christensen - drums
Tom Karlsen - drums
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