Friday, 3 March 2017
Surman / Krog / Rypdal / Storaas - Nordic Quartet (rec. 1994, rel. 1995)
Rypdal's billowing guitar is in fact all over the album like malignant, brooding Scandi-noir oppressive weather. This led some reviewers to criticise how much he dominates - obviously not a problem if, like me, you can't enough of Rypdal's playing. You'd never guess this album was a summer recording, as Surman too is in bleak, chilly mode; even without that perfect cover photograph this is a full-on zero-degrees experience. Over the top of all of this, Krog coos and whispers ominously like the cool-headed Nordic detective who's just about to uncover something atrocious on those snowy docks.