Terje Rypdal may not be very well known among the current crop of American electric guitarists but for players of-a-certain-age, including Jeff Beck, David Torn, Bill Frisell, Andy Summers, and Nels Cline, he is something of an icon. You can get the full story in Barry Cleveland’s terrific Guitar Player interview.
(Not LPR) Great trio with Rypdal father and son
Last night at New York City’s Le Poisson Rouge was the only the third time Terje Rypdal has performed in the United States over a career that spans six decades. A fan for most of that career, I was unfortunately out of town the first two times. There was no way I was going to miss this one, especially up close and personal in a 250-seat club.
If modern guitar has its own Jeff Beck or Jimi Hendrix it is Stian Westerhus. Like those iconic guitarists, Westerhus explores the outer reaches of sonic possibilities available from an electric guitar, an amplifier, and some effects (okay, in his case, a lot of effects), all the while exhibiting what can only be defined as star quality.
Guitar Moderne’s first artist article is a reprint of a piece on Eivind Aarset from the now defunct magazine EI. Michael Ross went to the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal to interview this icon of modern guitar. Be sure to check out Aarset’s latest, Live Extracts, on Jazzland.