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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