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Sidsel Endresen


Country of origin:

Norway

Type of music generally:

Deep evocative ethereal and somewhat experimental, with touches of folk, jazz, and pop

Status:

Most recent release, Out Here. In There, 2002

See also:

See Jazzland Records' site for info about her

Sidsel Endresen's MySpace page

She also appears in a duo with keyboardist Bugge Wesseltoft and the jazz vocal trio, Gack, as well as doing guest vocals on various jazz albums

Comparisons:

Something in the spareness of her performance reminds me of Agnes Buen Garnas, though her music is quite different

Covers/own material:

Own

General comments:

Sidsel Endresen is one of those artists who is extremely difficult to describe well. Her work is spare but has some electronic backing, some jazz elements, some folk elements, some non-mainstream-pop elements, and an experimental flavour but doesn't fall into the styles of music usually called experimental. She has a deep, haunting voice and sings music full of ripples of sound, connotation, and allusion. (Neile)

Recommended first album:

Undertow

Recordings:

  • So I Write (1990)
  • Exile (1994)
  • Undertow (2000)
  • Out Here. In There (2002)

Exile

Release info:

1994--ECM Records

Availability:

Wide

Ecto priority:

Highly recommended

Group members:

Sidsel Endresen--vocals

Guest artists:

David Darling--cello
Django Bates--piano, horn, tenor horn
Jon Christensen--drums, percussion
Bugge Wesseltoft--keyboards
Nils Petter Molvær--trumpet

Produced by:

Manfred Eicher

Comments:

Smoky, spare, jazz-informed, siberrian; with spacious hollows and crystalline percussion. Beautiful, soft and sad. [Anticipates Jane Siberry's Maria.] (lissener@wwa.com)

I don't hear this as like Jane Siberry much at all. It resembles other ECM understated jazz vocal work I've heard more than the liveliness of Maria. I find this interesting and evocative, but ultimately less individual than and haunting than Undertow. (Neile)


Undertow

Release info:

2000--Jazzland--548 195-2

Availability:

Norway and online sources

Ecto priority:

Highly recommended

Group members:

Sidsel Endresen--vocals

Guest artists:

Patrick Shaw Iverson--flutes, loops
Roger Ludvigsen--guitars, bass, percussion
Audun Kleive--drums, percussion, loops
Bugge Wesseltoft--keyborads on 1 track, percussion on 1 track
Nils Petter Molvær--trumpet on 2 tracks

Produced by:

Sidsel Endresen

Comments:

Haunting yet catchy, "undertow" describes this album well. It's deceptively simple yet catchy and drags you into its mood. There are all kinds of hints of deeper levels and melancholy hauntings, all framed by Sidsel Endresen's aching vocals. (Neile)

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