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Artist’s Choice: Terje Rypdal on Hendrix

The innovative Norwegian guitarist picks his favorite Jimi rarities

Jimi Hendrix (photo: David Redfern)
Jimi Hendrix (photo: David Redfern)
Terje Rypdal at Jazzaldia 2010

Five years ago I began to collect everything I could find by Jimi Hendrix-bootlegs, studio outtakes and more. When we started Dream in the mid-’60s, we played at least half of Are You Experienced?, and for our only album, Get Dreamy, we wrote a tribute to Jimi called “Hey Jimi.” A girlfriend of mine told me that she was going to visit a friend in Sweden who happened to be one of Jimi’s numerous Swedish girlfriends. I asked my girlfriend to try to get that Swedish girl to give the recording of “Hey Jimi” to Hendrix.

After that I didn’t know what happened to it until about eight years ago, when a collector bought Jimi’s London collection and found it there. As I never met Jimi or saw him live-he never played Norway-this felt like a greeting from beyond and is very important to me.

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