Nordic Quartet

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Scott Yanow
This ECM CD is only a mixed success. John Surman is the lead voice most of the way and his playing particularly on baritone and bass clarinet is typically atmospheric and emotional. However, singer Karin Krog who is on around half of the songs only makes an impression on the closing "Wild Bird"; otherwise her long tones sound out of place. Pianist Vigleik Storaas is mostly used in an accompanying role while guitarist Terje Rypdal's feedback-dominated tone is primarily utilized for color. The group never really meshes their disparate voices together and few of the spacey and sometimes meandering group originals other than "Wild Bird" are at all memorable. All of the ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Scott Yanow
This ECM CD is only a mixed success. John Surman is the lead voice most of the way and his playing particularly on baritone and bass clarinet is typically atmospheric and emotional. However, singer Karin Krog who is on around half of the songs only makes an impression on the closing "Wild Bird"; otherwise her long tones sound out of place. Pianist Vigleik Storaas is mostly used in an accompanying role while guitarist Terje Rypdal's feedback-dominated tone is primarily utilized for color. The group never really meshes their disparate voices together and few of the spacey and sometimes meandering group originals other than "Wild Bird" are at all memorable. All of the principals have sounded better elsewhere.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/19/2001
  • Label: Ecm Import
  • UPC: 731452712028
  • Catalog Number: 527120
  • Sales rank: 122,714

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Traces - Vigleik Storaas (7:10)
  2. 2 Unwritten Letter - Vigleik Storaas (3:46)
  3. 3 Offshore Piper - Vigleik Storaas (2:05)
  4. 4 Gone to the Dogs - Vigleik Storaas (3:58)
  5. 5 Double Tripper - Vigleik Storaas (6:16)
  6. 6 Ved Svørevatn - Vigleik Storaas (8:05)
  7. 7 Watching Shadows - Vigleik Storaas (5:18)
  8. 8 The Illusion - Vigleik Storaas (5:55)
  9. 9 Wild Bird - Vigleik Storaas (7:30)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Terje Rypdal Primary Artist, Guitar, Track Performer
John Surman Indexed Contributor, Bass Clarinet, Baritone Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone, Alto Clarinet, Track Performer
Karin Krog Vocals, Track Performer
Vigleik Storaas Piano, Track Performer
Technical Credits
Terje Rypdal Composer
Manfred Eicher Producer
Jan Erik Kongshaug Engineer
Barbara Wojirsch Cover Design
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