Reviewed by Eric on 04 Jul 2005
Rypdal has always been an unpredictable artist, and I mean ‘artist’ in the truest sense of the word. His guitar abilities are without question, but he can move from psychedelic and progressive musics to classical avant garde and jazz fusion with incredible ease. While not all these experiments have proven successful, (Check out his Q.E.D release. Yikes!), I give the man credit for taking risks.
After The Rain is one of his more moodier works as the title suggests, and to be honest, some of his guitar scuttling does require that I be in the mood before putting it in the player, but this was my first exposure to Terje Rypdal, and found the album in a ‘cut-out bin’ at a record store in the early 80’s that no longer exists. I am glad I picked it up, and anyone interested in the ECM sound should try Rypdal and perhaps start with this disc. He helped define the icy Scandinavian sound that so typifies the label.