John Moulder

Bifrost

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MUSIC REVIEW BY John Ephland, Downbeat

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***1/2 stars

The first thing one may notice is Moulder's penchant for going back and forth between his acoustic and electric guitars. That he plays his six- an 12-string acoustics in a manner that at times might recall Ralph Towner's music with Jan Garbarek (thanks to the full-bodied tenor saxophone sounds of Bendik Hofseth) is not surprising. Bifrost sports Hofseth with fellow Norwegian bassist Arild Andersen, both whom help give the project a kind of ECM flavor. But with Peters on board to help with programming and Wertico's selective drumming played with an ongoing sense of threat (hear his expansive side on "Time Being"), Bifrost hints at a kind of two-in-one, alternating musical experience: the more contemplative forays heard on the haunting song cycle "Cold Sea Triptych" and the intros to "Watch Your Step" and "Magical Space" sidled up against the more rock-ish outlays of "Watch Your Step," both works made manifest on the title track and the closing 15-minute "Time Being."








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