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  • Audio CD (19 Dec. 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording reissued
  • Label: ECM
  • ASIN: B0000261KW
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 315,950 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Ambiguity
  2. Once Upon A Time
  3. Geysir
  4. A Closer Look
  5. 0rnen
  6. Chaser
  7. Transition
  8. Imagi (Theme)

Product Description

Recorded 1985, at Rainbow Studio, Oslo

Terje Rypdal - (guitar), Audun Kleive - (drums, percussion), Bjørn Kjellemyr - (electric and acoustic bass)

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This is Rypdal's most rock albums I have heard, I prefer his other albums like The Singles Collection, Blue, If Mountains Could Sing, Skywards...
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x920dc87c) out of 5 stars 9 reviews
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x91938c54) out of 5 stars I can not understand... 9 Mar. 2012
By Speedy - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
...what the fuss is all about with this Rypdal cd. The guys at Penguin jazz book gave it ONE star (!). I mean, there has to be ton of worst jazz cds than this!! They say it is jazz fusion but i disagree. It sure has some rock riffs here and there but mostly this is soaring free jazz rock in a style very much like many other Rypdal ECM cds. This one is filled with energy and fire but also a few jazzy (even pulling the acoustic bass out a few times) numbers balance the album for a very nice listening. Give it a try and decide for yourself!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9128e3fc) out of 5 stars HIS BEST ALBUM OF THE 1980S 5 Jun. 2011
By Steve Wyzard - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I had no idea this album was so controversial until I read reviews. Many longtime Rypdal listeners pour contempt on his work from the 1980s, preferring instead to bow and worship before the altar of his 1970s albums. To this day, recordings such as What Comes After, Whenever I seem to be far away, Odyssey, Waves, and even After the Rain (a far inferior album) have passionately devoted cult followings. For 1985's Chaser, Rypdal opts for a simple power trio with relatively little keyboards, and no brass, woodwinds, or string orchestras. Bassist Bjorn Kjellemyr and drummer Auden Kleive would also accompany Rypdal on his next few albums, but none would have the fire, the intensity, the imagination, or the radical mood-swings of Chaser.

How can any Rypdal fan not be utterly floored by his howling, ferocious solo over a Kleive drum intro on "Ambiguity", one of his greatest recorded moments ever? Said solo suddenly staggers into rhythmic anthem rock just past the 3:10 mark before the original mood is finally resumed at the end. Turn it up to 20! Rypdal's furious, both-blues-and-jazz-influenced soloing has never been better heard or recorded. For further proof, listen to the wandering fluidity/rhythmic riffing of "Geysir" or the angular, frenzied pseudo-soundtrack work of "Chaser".

What probably rubs many listeners the wrong way are the dramatic atmospheric changes-of-pace inserted between the fiery improvising and faster-paced numbers. "Once upon a time", "A Closer Look", and "Ornen" all follow a similar pattern: slow, smoldering blues compositions that build to a guitar climax with much space for Kjellemyr and Kleive to add subtle, introspective solos. "Transition" is a brief guitar-over-keyboards piece, and "Imagi (Theme)" bids this world farewell-before-departure with tuned percussion and long-sustained tones that sound very close to guitar synth (which they very well may be, although the credits do not mention any guitar synth). In fact, this track would point ahead to Rypdal's next album, 1987's Blue, which featured the same line-up but with more experimental gadgets, more keyboards, and is a much shorter and less memorable album than the austere-but-streamlined Chaser.

Many have suggested (or outright proclaimed) that Terje Rypdal is Norway's answer to Jimi Hendrix, Bill Frisell, or Steve Howe, when in actuality he is truly a category all to himself. While definitely an acquired taste, Chaser is his best album of the decade and one of his best ever. It is NOT a jazz album, a headbanging album, a blues album, or an experimental album, but a world of its own. Previous experience with Rypdal's playing is recommended but not necessary. I remain at a loss to understand why this set has been so maligned over the years. Maybe the backlash has more to do with the very un-ECM album cover rather than the brilliant playing and performances.
HASH(0x9f3f3a68) out of 5 stars SOUNDTRACK FROM THE DAVID LYNCH MOVIE IN MY MIND! 25 April 2014
By Jano Mossman - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Having recently rediscovered "Turds" Rypdal [courtesy of Pandora] after owning his 70's LPs I am struck by how much they remind me of the work of Angelo Badalamenti in David Lynch movies that I have to think 'ole Badalamenti is a "Turds" fan! I rate this disc
"Awesome!!" AYHSMB!
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9128e408) out of 5 stars Underappreciated 10 Jun. 2005
By Christopher J. Pellerito - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
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.
8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x91b90c90) out of 5 stars Does not get any better than this. 9 Feb. 2000
By Richard - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
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 to...how about you?
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