Nordic Quartet

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Nordic Quartet
Nordic Quartet.jpg
Studio album by John Surman Quartet
Released 1995
Recorded August 1994
Rainbow Studio, Oslo
Genre Jazz
Length 50:25
Label ECM
ECM 1553
Producer Manfred Eicher
John Surman chronology
Stranger than Fiction
(1993)Stranger than Fiction1993
Nordic Quartet
A Biography of the Rev. Absalom Dawe
(1995)A Biography of the Rev. Absalom Dawe1995

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]


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]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2/5 stars[2]

Track listing[edit]

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