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Rarum: Selected Recordings [Original recording remastered]

Terje Rypdal Audio CD

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Recorded live at Bergen’s Natjazz Festival in May 2009, Crime Scene is a powerful and exciting addition to Terje Rypdal’s ECM discography. Although the Norwegian guitarist/composer has written often for orchestras or chamber ensembles – see, for instance, his Undisonus, Q.E.D., Double Concerto and Lux Aeterna recordings – collaborations with jazz big band have less ... Read more in Amazon's Terje Rypdal Store

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With elective affinities which range from Hank Marvin and Hendrix to Mahler and Ligeti, Norwegian guitarist (and composer) Terje Rypdal has fashioned an especially wide-ranging oeuvre, a good deal of which is in evidence throughout the 70 minutes of these Selected Recordings. Ranging from 1971 to 1998, the 13 tracks feature Rypdal in a variety of settings, from trio to symphony orchestra. Overall, they supply rewarding evidence of Rypdal's blending of rock and jazz phrasing with a rubato concern for tone colour and dynamics often redolent of the classical world, and especially evident in the two selections from the 1974 album Whenever I Seem To Be Far Away. As the title of that album suggests, Rypdal can be a heavyweight dreamer when he wants, and there's plenty of his trademark yearning here, epitomised by the magical one-and-a half minutes that is the solo feature "Transition". Elsewhere, we hear Rypdal with such distinctive fellow-Scandinavians as Palle Mikkelborg and Jon Christensen, Bjorn Kjellemyr and Audun Kleive. Unfortunately--and surprisingly--there is nothing here from the lovely album Rypdal made with cellist David Darling, nor anything from the superb Sea Quartet which featured Rypdal and Darling together with pianist Ketil Bjornstad and Jon Christensen. Such is the breadth of Rypdal's work on ECM, that maybe a second volume of his selected recordings is scheduled. Let's hope so. --Michael Tucker

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fine overview of the work of a musical genius 6 Jan 2005
By jgower - Published on Amazon.com
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The music of Terje Rypdal is unlike that of any other. After experimenting with a wide range of musical styles in the 1960s and early 1970s, he found his uniquely expressive voice (on the electric guitar as well as compositionally) around the time of the earliest of these CD tracks (1974). He's been prolific, daring, innovative, and influential ever since. The tracks on this CD were picked by Terje himself from all of his ECM recordings, and were remastered to 24-bit/96kHz format, and they sound GREAT! Even if you already have the ECM CDs from which these tracks were taken, the optimized sound make this CD worth buying also.
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a fantastic overview 18 July 2002
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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This CD provides a fantastic overview of Rypdal, who has been recording for ECM for 30+ years now. The tracks range from pieces with an "electric Miles" sound to an orchestrated track. While very diverse, the tracks work well together and are unified by his unique,atmospheric tone and excellent compositions. The infamous ECM sound quality is even better due to 24 bit mastering. Informative liner notes as well. Highly recommended.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good, but not anywhere near his best works 15 Nov 2002
By Julian Boyce - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
There are very few guitarists with individual tonality and phrasing that's immediately recognizable from the first bar. Rypdal is one of those unique sounding musicians (and a peer of Jeff Beck and Eric Johnson to name but two other 'modern' elders of the electric guitar).
Rarum is an interesting cantos, but missing ALL of his trademark remote sounding pieces, such as anything from 'After The Rain', or the extraordinary techno cross-over album 'Greatest Hits' (apart from that Hawaii trance number, the weakest track from the album).
However, this compilation is well worth buying if you want to seriously check out Norway's greatest guitarist.
One objection, the cheap 'indie label' style CD cover. Cardboard dust jackets only last two years before they fall to bits. Not the quality I would expect from the usually superlative ECM label.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Best When Not Overreaching 5 Aug 2009
By Karl W. Nehring - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Many of the ECM artists selected for these anthologies contributed helpful liner notes, sometimes several pages' worth. From guitarist Rypdal, however, we get "a few words." The recordings assembled for this collection span three decades--"Tough Enough" dates from 1971, while the 2nd Movement from Rypdal's Double Concerto for Two Guitars and Symphony Orchestra dates from 1996. Through all of the cuts, regardless of musical genre, Rypdal sounds like a pretty good rock guitarist who aspires to be something more. Not surprisingly, the cuts that work best are the ones where he simply plays rock guitar, such as "The Return of Per Ulv," from 1985's If Mountains Could Sing.
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