Terje Rypdal & The Chasers - Blue (1986)
Front Cover Album Info
Artist/Composer Terje Rypdal & The Chasers
Title Blue
Length 35:35 Discs: 1 Tracks: 8
Format HQ 192+ kbps Packaging Jewel Case
Label ECM Cat. Number 831516
Style Avant-Garde; Fusion Rating
Recorded listopad 1986 
Musicians Credits
Terje Rypdal guitar, keyboards
Bjorn Kjellemyr bass
Audun Kleive percussion, drums
Producer Manfred Eicher
Engineer Jan Erik Kongshaug
Track list
The Curse 01:23
Kompet Gar 06:57
I Disremember Quite Well 05:02
Og Hva Synes Vi Om Det 05:44
Last Nite 03:29
Blue 05:39
Tanga 04:16
Om Bare 03:05
AMG Review by Thom Jurek (4 1/2)
Terje Rypdal's all too short-lived rock band the Chasers played like a jazz trio — a jazz trio that always pushed the barrier to achieve the visceral punch of rock. They could be funky as hell (note the dirtyass slow groove on "Kompet Gär"), terrifyingly experimental ("Og Hva Synes Vi Om Det"), cinematically bold ("Om Bare"), or wonderfully meditative and tender ("Blue"). That they could do all these things on recording and still seek the sound barrier as a band was an achievement equaled by few. One of the primary attributes of Blue is its sequencing; the entire recording seems to unfold endlessly and seamlessly. Nothing is rushed, and all parts and players contribute economically. The band establishes a textural point of view to improvise from in every selection, and doesn't seem to be hindered by the guitar-bass-drums limitation. Each track appears to reveal itself as a sound world, full of possibility and limitless space, giving the band a chance to offer itself to these compositions rather than just play them. Again, as evidenced by Blue, it's a shame this band didn't hang together longer in order to explore the full potential of its range of possibilities and sonic palettes.