Jeff Greinke - Wide View hyp2240
2002. WIDE VIEW is Greinke's first new recording of ambient/atmospheric music (not counting more percussive recent recordings like RIDE and SWIMMING, or his work on the two albums with vocalist Anisa Romero under the project name Hana).
This beautiful new work represents a change both from his earlier nocturnal ambience, and his later jazz-tinged and rock-influenced, more structured music, though it is closer to the former. Classic Greinke recordings like CITIES IN FOG, IN ANOTHER PLACE and LOST TERRAIN were characterized by a murky, almost subterranean depth and solidity.
WIDE VIEW, as one might take from the title, is more open and direct without being in any way "light." Call it a more open and musical ambience. Comparisons with Harold Budd might still be made to WIDE VIEW, for its gentleness, restraint and poetic mode of expression, though the instrumentation is wider than just piano.
This is a most noteworthy recording, a welcome return to the genre for one of its truly vital artists. It is certain to change what people think Greinke is capable of, and will doubtless give new ambient music fans an introduction to one of the great names who has been inactive for a while.
"Jeff Greinke usually focuses his creative lens on concepts external to the self and the art of capturing a moment in time. Yet, on WIDE VIEW, Greinke turns this spatial element inward to produce nine probing and intimate musical explorations as well as a narrative trajectory that leads the listener through a range of themes in tonality, coloristic range and contrast. The compositions seem basic: slow, open melodies over a shifting foundation of swelling harmonies. But WIDE VIEW is more than system driven modernism, ruled by its compositional system; it is introspective, personal and deliberately widely spaced. Its mood ranges from norish and nocturnal to idyllic and beautiful. The searching, tenderly spare, melodies suggest that Greinke is seeking something more than the conquest of form and articulation. With WIDE VIEW, we see Greinke attempting to unify the artist's identity, the labyrith of the human condition and the deep contents of sound. The definition of each note, the emphasis on peripheral details, the inflectons of his slow melodious strains, proves this to be Greinke's most inviting work."
--Chuck VanZyl, Star's End Radio
"I've been a fan of Jeff Greinke since first hearing In Another Place years and years ago. I never thought I'd hear an album that displaced it as my personal Greinke favorite, but Wide View has done so and with great ease. While a statement as bold as my next one may strike some as daring, I'll proclaim it anyway. Jeff Greinke's Wide View is one of the finest CDs to ever be released on the Hypnos label and I don't expect to hear its equal from the Portland-based company any time soon. My highest recommendation."
--Bill Binkelman, Wind and Wire
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