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Album Review

Different Rivers represents Norwegian saxophonist Trygve Seim's inaugural release for ECM, as the artist has performed and recorded with a legion of notable Euro-jazz musicians and forward-thinking modernists. Here, Seim garners steadfast and altogether sympathetic support from an aggregation of like-minded musicians, featuring trumpeter Arve Henriksen and accordionist Stian Carstensen, as the leader's 14-piece band melds prismatic horn and string-based arrangements with medium-tempo flows. On pieces such as the opener, "Sorrows," the ensemble renders solemn dirge-like melodies, although the soloists ultimately convey an alluringly beautiful sonic soundscape. Basically, Seim's debut is a relatively impressive one, while the band also integrates two-step waltz motifs, semi-austere classicism, and quaint melodies into its arsenal. However, there are a few superfluous interludes consisting of extended-note harmonies and minimalist-style themes that tend to plummet the often vibrant and, at times, lilting proceedings down to a snail's pace.


Born: 1971 in Oslo, Norway

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Norwegian saxophonist and composer Trygve Seim is best known to English-speaking audiences for his recordings as a sideman and leader on the ECM label. In Europe and Asia his catalog is far more extensive and he is a nearly ubiquitous presence on the jazz festival circuit in both roles. Seim was born in Norway in 1971 and began playing saxophone in 1985 after hearing Jan Garbarek's Eventyr album. He studied at the famed Trondheim Musikkonservatorium with Edward Vesala and Terje Bjørklund in the...
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  • 9,90 €
  • Genres: Jazz, Music
  • Released: 22 May 2001

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