September 23, 2007

Trygve Seim

Different Rivers
2000(ecm)


Trygve Seim
tenor and soprano saxophones
Arve Henriksen trumpet, trumpophone, vocals
Håvard Lund clarinet, bass clarinet
Nils Jansen bass and sopranino saxophones, contrabass clarinet
Hild Sofie Tafjord french horn
David Gald tuba
Stian Carstensen accordion
Bernt Simen Lund cello
Morten Hannisdal cello
Per Oddvar Johansen drums
Paal Nilssen-Love drums
Øyvind Brække trombone
Sidsel Endresen recitation

An extended band deliver a remarkable sequence of tone-trances, at times faintly suggestive of Carla Bley and Gil Evans, but based on very small melodic motifs, given strength and mesmeric fascination by progressive harmonic overlays and tonal variation. Ulrikas Dans is a six-note ascending figure that turns into a surging clamour of sound, Intangible Waltz like Carla Bley drifting through musical dry ice, African Sunrise like exuberant Gild Evans and For Edward and Breathe as still and focused as a yoga meditation. Wonderful.
John Fordham, The Guardian (Jazz CD of the week)

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Sangam
2004(ecm)



Trygve Seim tenor and soprano saxophones
Håvard Lund clarinet, bass clarinet
Nils Jansen bass saxophone, contrabass clarinet
Arve Henriksen trumpet
Tone Reichelt french horn
Lars Andreas Haug tuba
Frode Haltli accordion
Morten Hannisdal cello
Per Oddvar Johansen drums
Øyvind Brække trombone
Helge Sunde trombone
String Ensemble
Christian Eggen conductor

For a composer whose work produces such fundamental tones, and sounds so eerily familiar, the Norwegian saxophonist Trygve Seim often seems to be discovering the possibilities of sound-making instruments for the first time. Though Seim’s albums rely on a broad sound canvas now almost routine in European jazz-influenced contemporary music, his work since the millennium has been remarkable for its exploratory freshness. … Sangam continues the line of development Seim introduced with 2000’s Different Rivers and 2002’s free-jazzier The Source. An 11-piece jazz ensemble is joined to a classical string group here, with the soloists including the imaginative trumpeter Arve Henriksen, clarinettist Havard Lund and accordionist Frode Haltli. … Seim’s subtle and sumptuous overlaying of textures creates a sense of constant evolution none the less, from the lonely musings of the clarinet against arco bass at the opening, to the stately ascent of the band against Henriksen’s first trumpet appearances. …
Eerily hymnal contemporary jazz from a unique ensemble long overdue for a trip here.
John Fordham, The Guardian

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The Source
2006(ecm)



Trygve Seim tenor and soprano saxophones
Øyvind Brække trombone
Mats Eilertsen double-bass
Per Oddvar Johansen drums

This is more explicitly jazzy, with sax/trombone/bass/drums group the Source exploring a lazily animated, free-swing music influenced not only by Garbarek’s ghostly meditations but also by the more urgently quirky lines of Ornette Coleman. Trombonist Oyvind Braekke, a Coleman fan, has a bigger influence on this set than on previous ones, and drummer Per Oddvar Johansen and bassist Mats Eilertsen stir in fluid, restless undercurrents. For Seim stalwarts, however, there a re plenty of long trombone notes, spacey bass figures, whispering sax, cymbal washes and even some perkily assertive swing. This may be the most creative band at the sharp end of the north European scene.
John Fordham, The Guardian

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9 comments:

gnomeaid said...

Great to hear these fabulous ECM recordings, so hard to find on the shelves of the average store. Thank you for sharing them, now I can order and buy with confidence!

grasprelease said...

Many thanks for these and the other offering from your fine blog! I appreciate your descriptions of the offerings as well, very helpful.

For some reason, I have been having a little trouble with Mediafire recently, though the only real problem has persisted with the first half of the SANGAM download...no matter how many times I refresh the Mediafire link, the download keep trying to start, then eventually quits. It's been doing this for a couple days. Not sure though...it might only be a problem on my end. This has happened with a few different internet connections, though...

Thanks again for a wonderful blog!

Rafael C. Coman said...

Hi!

You're blog is wonderful. I'm finding on it lots of rare ECM albums which I do like a lot. Could you please check the links from mediafire? I think the files we're removed...

Thanks!

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