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Trygve Seim: Different Rivers

Trygve Seim is a Norwegian composer/tenor and soprano saxman, and this album, his first, is a sort of new-age jazz, mostly composed, with ultraslow tempos and almost immobile lines. That is, Seim’s octet plays a phrase, and repeats the phrase, and repeats the phrase, and repeats the phrase, and so on; some pieces also have contrapuntal lines with minute developments, with tiny developments, with small developments, and so on. These phrases (they don’t add up to melodies) are in equal lengths, long note values, usually in triadic harmonies and regular cadences; dynamic levels range from p to ppp. The effect is comforting, reassuring-relentlessly comforting, oppressively reassuring, a luxurious version of the water-drip torture.

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