Trygve Seim's ECM debut instantly established his reputation, winning the German Record Critics Prize as Album of the Year (Jahrespreis der deutschen Schallplattenkritik).
In the International Herald Tribune, Mike Zwerin observed that "Different Rivers is melancholy, lonely, hypnotizing music harder to escape from than to listen to. Like a fireplace in an ice palace, you get hooked on it; it's almost physical. ... Seim's version of the ECM sound presents a wind-instrument chamber ensemble, a sort of slow-floating, pianissimo little-big band with occasional understated kicks. The shadow of Gil Evans hovers. The horn-blowers finesse their personal, breathy, non-symphonic textures from behind the beat." Recorded 1998 and 1999.
Personnel: Trygve Seim (tenor and soprano saxophones); Arve Henriksen (trumpet, voice, trumpophone); Håvard Lund (bass clarinet, clarinet); Nils Jansen (bass and sopranino saxophones, contrabass clarinet); Hild Sofie Tafjord (French horn); David glad (tuba); Stian Carstensen (accordion); Bernt Simon Lund (cello); Morten Hannisdal (cello); Per Oddvar Johansen (drums); Paal Nilssen-Love (drums); Øyvind Br 1237;kke (trombone); Sidsel Endresen (recitation)
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