Nordic Quartet

Nordic Quartet is an album by English saxophonist John Surman featuring Karin Krog, Terje Rypdal and Vigleik Storaas recorded in 1994 and released on the ECM label.[1]

Nordic Quartet
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Studio album by
RecordedAugust 1994
Rainbow Studio, Oslo
ECM 1553
ProducerManfred Eicher
John Surman chronology
Stranger than Fiction
Nordic Quartet
A Biography of the Rev. Absalom Dawe


The Allmusic review by Scott Yanow awarded the album 2 stars, stating, "The group never really meshes their disparate voices together and few of the spacey (and sometimes meandering) group originals other than "Wild Bird" are at all memorable. All of the principals have sounded better elsewhere".[2] The Penguin Guide to Jazz Recordings, however, awards four stars, saying that “there is a compelling logic to the music that overcomes its cool detachment.”[3]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic     [2]
The Penguin Guide to Jazz Recordings    [3]

Track listingEdit

All compositions by John Surman except as indicated
  1. "Traces" (Karen Krog, Vigliek Storaas) - 7:14
  2. "Unwritten Letter" (Krog, John Surman) - 3:49
  3. "Offshore Piper" (Terje Rypdal, Surman) - 2:09
  4. "Gone to the Dogs" - 3:58
  5. "Double Tripper" (Rypdal, Surman) - 6:18
  6. "Ved Sørevatn" (Rypdal) - 8:06
  7. "Watching Shadows" (Krog, Surman) - 5:20
  8. "The Illusion" (Storaas) - 5:57
  9. "Wild Bird" (Krog, Rypdal, Surman) - 7:30
  • Recorded at Rainbow Studio in Oslo, Norway in August 1994



  1. ^ ECM discography accessed November 7, 2011
  2. ^ a b Yanow. S. Allmusic Review accessed November 7, 2011
  3. ^ a b Cook, Richard; Morton, Brian (2008). The Penguin Guide to Jazz Recordings (9th ed.). Penguin. p. 1364. ISBN 978-0-141-03401-0.