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Terje Rypdal


Jazz Rock/Fusion

3.41 | 13 ratings

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Mellotron Storm
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3 stars " "Lux Aeterna" was commisioned by the Molde Jazz Festival to celebrate the magnificent organ newly installed in the Molde church...". This was recorded live at that festival and is much more Classical sounding than Jazz. In fact the BERGEN CHAMBER ENSEMBLE is very prominant throughout with solos coming from Terje (guitar), Palle (trumpet), Iver (organ) and Ashild (soprano vocals). This is tough to digest for my tastes. I like atmosphere and melancholy but not so much in this style. And I am a big fan of Terje's unique guitar work and compositions.

There are five movements to this recording. First up is "Luminous Galaxy" which is melancholic with strings standing out early on. Trumpet 4 minutes in.Organ after 9 minutes takes over and dominates. Strings are back late. "Fjelldapen" is atmospheric as the guitar makes some noise. It stops before 4 minutes as it turns more melancholic. The guitar is back. It's eerie (strings) around 8 minutes. "Escalator" is mellow and orchestral sounding. The fact it's raining as I write this couldn't be more appropriate.

"Toccata" opens with that church organ and it over- powers everything else in earshot. A calm before 2 1/2 minutes before we get an outburst of organ once again before 6 1/2 minutes. More of that to come as it ends much like it began. "Lux Aeterna" features the female soprano vocals along with lots of strings. Trumpet before 3 minutes. No melody here at all. Vocals are back. Guitar after 5 1/2 minutes then more vocals before 8 minutes. Another calm.Vocals and strings before 10 minutes with trumpet a minute later.

Do you like avant-garde Classical music ? Then check this out. Others proceed with caution.

Mellotron Storm | 3/5 |


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