Terje Rypdal

Genres: Jazz
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s

Biography

23 August 1947, Oslo, Norway. The son of a nationally famous conductor, Rypdal had piano lessons as a child, but taught himself the electric guitar. Studying composition at Oslo University, he also studied George Russell’s theories of improvisation with Russell himself, and then played in his big band and sextet. In the late 60, Rypdal began to collaborate with Jan Garbarek, and played on the saxophonist’s first two albums for ECM Records, but he received more exposure in the 1969 German Free Jazz Festival, playing with musicians from the burgeoning Chicago free jazz scene in a band led by Lester Bowie. Forming Odyssey in the 70s, Rypdal, now recording for ECM, also began touring, which he has continued strenuously ever since. Odyssey made a highly successful tour that included the USA, and since then Rypdal has made annual appearances at the major European jazz festivals, leading a trio in the mid-80s with Bjorn Kjellemyr and Audun Kleive, and performing...

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