Sidsel Endresen is an established jazz artist in her
native Norway, as well as in Scandinavia. She has been
recording since the early eighties, first as part of
a band, the Jon Eberson Group, and, since 1989, under
her own name. After releasing a few records on the prestigious
German jazz label ECM, she releases her first album
Undertow is a journey through ice and snow
territory. Reminiscent of the frozen grounds of the
North, her music is down to the essential, with very
few rhythmic inputs, little recognisable musical instruments,
and that incredible voice. Part Nina Simone, part Marianne
Faithful, part Sade, Sidsel Endresen dispenses her beautifully
crafted lyrics with parsimony. The comparison with the
work of her compatriot Geir Jenssen, better known as
Biosphere, is unavoidable.
Same intensity, same austerity, same enchanting atmospheres.
Winter Wind is a whirlwind of quietude; Undertow
is magnificent and pure; You Cover Time is
tribal. Endresen wrote her album in the purest jazz
tradition, by improvising with her band. This gives
the songs a definitive free spirit and an absolute precision.
The maturity coming out of Undertow is unmatched,
and the talent of Sidsel Endresen is yet to be discovered
by most. This is your chance.