Trygve Seim – Sangam. Label: ECM Records – ECM 1797, ECM Records – 038 1222. Released: 11 Oct 2004. Trygve Seim plays Conn saxophones, model Chu Berry. Saxophone selection and maintenance by Georg Pfister, Berlin. CD packing: Jewel case in O-card + 12-page booklet.
In his fusion of jazz, international pop, and modernist styles, Norwegian saxophonist and composer Trygve Seim appears to have neutralized the potency and potentiality of his varied influences and produced for this 2004 CD an unsatisfying hybrid. Constrained solos, uninfectious rhythms, murky ensemble textures, and solemn harmonic progressions make this album quite funereal in tone and almost lifeless in content
This album has an average beat per minute of 89 BPM (slowest/fastest tempos: 67/138 BPM). See its BPM profile at the bottom of the page. Album starts at 67BPM, ends at 71BPM (+4), with tempos within the -BPM range. Try refreshing the page if dots are missing). Recent albums by Trygve Seim.
Exclusively for Prime members. Sample this album Artist (Sample). This may be a drawback for some - there is not a strong sense of tension dramatically releasing within a short piece. The joy is in the breathy harmonies and subtle movement over the course of the pieces, and the subtly surging moments of transcendence that emerge.
Trygve Seim is a Norwegian jazz saxophonist and composer. Born in Oslo, Norway, Seim started to play the saxophone in 1985 after hearing Jan Garbarek's CD eventyr. He studied music at Foss Videregående Skole 1987 till 1990 and jazz music at the Trondheim Conservatory of Music in 1990 till 1992.
When Trygve Seim emerged on the international scene in 2000 with his critically- acclaimed debut disc, Different Rivers, it was clear that yet another fresh voice had emerged from the infinitely deep wellspring of Norwegian talent that ECM label owner/producer Manfred Eicher has been drawing from for over 30 years. Take Seim's latest disk, Sangam, which takes the premise of Different Rivers a step further, paradoxically, in terms of complexity and apparent simplicity.
Sangam continues the line of development Seim introduced with 2000's Different Rivers and 2002's free-jazzier The Source. An 11-piece jazz ensemble is joined to a classical string group here, with the soloists including the imaginative trumpeter Arve Henriksen, clarinettist Havard Lund and accordionist Frode Haltli. Anyone who gets twitchy about a jazz-ish album on which a ding-a-ling cymbal beat occurs hardly at all, should be reminded that much of this session features a lot of very slow music. But Seim's subtle and sumptuous overlaying of textures creates a sense of constant evolution none the less, from the lonely musings of the clarinet against arco bass at the opening, to the stately ascent of the band against Henriksen's first trumpet appearances.