Christer Fredriksen is a new and eclectic upcoming guitarist. The title of his first album Urban Country underlines the composite nature of his work. Two different worlds are brought together: the sophisticated pulse of the city and the pastoral beauty of the country.
Fredriksen’s stylistic breadth is shown in his choice of repertoire. He is equally at home playing Duke Ellington’s classic “In A sentimental Mood” and arranging a Frederic Chopin piano piece for guitar. On the former, he stretches the tones and lets the guitar echo into the horizon while bassist Audun Ramo provides a spare accompaniment.
His debut album Urban Country is a journey through many moods, from the electric country-funk of “Simon Says” to the acoustic balladry of “Signes Sang.” If there’s one thing that unites the compositions, it is the focus on melody and the merging of roots music with a modern sensibility and sound. Fredriksen has created his own musical space and it is place that is well worth visited.