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Terje Rypdal: Melodic Warrior

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Terje Rypdal’s ambitious album contains the 45-minute “Melodic Warrior” and the 27-minute “And the Sky Was Coloured With Waterfalls and Angels.” The first, recorded in 2003, is a collaboration with the Hilliard Ensemble and the Bruckner Orchester Linz of Austria. The second was recorded live in 2009 at the Jazztopad Festival in Wrocław, Poland, with the Wrocław Philharmonic Orchestra.

Rypdal uses the Hilliard Ensemble even more creatively than Jan Garbarek, whose Officium recordings of the late 1990s were huge critical and commercial successes. He weaves their four voices deep in the mix, or lets them soar free of it. Over the nine movements of “Melodic Warrior,” the mix is all. Slowly evolving densities require close attention from the listener, in order to perceive and follow the inner details.

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