The term texture" is often used when referring to an artist's work. The surfaces of German painter Gerhard Richter or American Jackson Pollock's paintings are rich with tactile feel, but the trained viewer can also appreciate the art below the cosmetic. The same applies to the quartet of improvisers organized by Norwegian bassist Ingebrigt Håker Flaten.Best known for his work in the bands Atomic, The Thing, Paul Giallorenzo Trio, and Free Fall, since moving to Texas Flaten has founded both The Young Mothers and the Ingebrigt Håker Flaten Chicago Sextet. The bassist is comfortable in both the jazz ...read more
If Kampen sounds like old friends settling down to chew the fat, then that's because that's exactly what's happening. Norwegian reedman Frode Gjerstad has waxed ten discs in the company of veteran American cornetist Bobby Bradford since they first met on tour with drummer John Stevens in England in 1986. However, this 46-minute live LP stands as one of their best since Through The Woods (CIMP, 1997). All four cuts are spontaneous compositions, the product of collective listening and playing at a very high level. They generate an organic flow which draws on all the available permutations inherent in the ...read more
Tenor saxophonist Remi Àlvarez has drawn several musicians into his sphere as an improviser. The collaborations have spawned several fine recordings that brim with intense interplay and resolute imagination. His encounter with bassist Ingebrigt Håker Flaten is no exception. Born in Oppdal, Norway, Flaten has made an impact on the Scandinavian free jazz movement. Wanting to expand his horizons, he moved to Chicago and then to Austin, where he now makes his home. His journeys have served him well and have seen him carve a niche not only with his own groups but also in the company of ...read more
Veteran multi-reedman, trumpeter and consummate improviser Joe McPhee--along with Norwegian bassist Ingebrigt Håker Flaten--serenades Brooklyn, NY, with allusions to tenor sax titan Sonny Rollins' historic practice sessions under the Brooklyn Bridge and other inferences from the days of yore, on Brooklyn DNA. In recent years, the borough has enjoyed a bit of momentum with its chic restaurants and music venues, while serving as the residential area of choice for many artists. This duo's intimacy and like-minded communion of musical spirits offer an upbeat and rather complex chain of musical events articulated with lyrically rich song forms and journeys into the ...read more
Multi-instrumentalist Joe McPhee has demonstrated a particular affinity for the string bass. Among his discography are multiple duets with Dominic Duval and Michael Bisio, and even a double-disc set with four bassists, Angels, Devils And Haints (CJR, 2008). Now, Blue Chicago Blues can be added to that esteemed catalogue, from a 2007 session recorded in the Windy City with Norwegian bassist Ingebrigt Håker Flaten, with who the American has collaborated many times as a special guest with The Thing. It's a successful pairing, as evidenced by the cohesive nature of their interactions, which evince a highly charged form and purpose. ...read more
Multi-instrumentalist Joe McPhee has long favored intimate performing situations that highlight the subtle nuances of timbre, volume and dynamics, confirmed by an extensive discography comprising solo, duo and trio recordings. His duet with Norwegian bassist Ingebrigt Haker Flaten (Atomic, Scorch Trio, The Thing) on Blue Chicago Blues is a prime example of the sort of spare setting McPhee has championed since the mid-1970s. A veteran of numerous tours with The Thing, McPhee has developed an empathetic rapport with Haker Flaten, making this austere date an interesting companion piece to Tomorrow Came Today (Smalltown Supersound, 2009), McPhee's similarly vibrant duet with ...read more
The pairing of saxophonist Joe McPhee and bassist Ingebrigt Håker Flaten seemed inevitable. Both the US-born McPhee and Norwegian Håker Flaten have worked in the same circle of players for years. The Ken Vandermark (Chicago) and Mats Gustafsson (Swedish) connections have made their services valued in varying bands.This meeting, in Chicago 2007, is a fine bookend to McPhee's duo recording Tomorrow Came Today (Smalltown Superjazz, 2009) with Håker Flaten's longtime collaborator in tThe Thing, drummer Paal Nilssen-Love. Connoisseurs of improvising sax/bass duos know both artists are skilled at such endeavors. McPhee has recorded duos with the bassists Michael ...read more
Townhouse OrchestraBelle VilleClean Feed2008 Evan Parker/Ingebrigt Haker FlatenThe Brewery TapSmalltown Superjazzz2008 TrinityBreaking the MoldClean Feed2009 Ingebrigt Haker FlatenThe Year of the BoarJazzland2008 Ingebrigt Haker Flaten/Hakon KornstadElise Hemlandssanger Compunctio2008 Though Europe and Scandinavia are better known for their multitude of saxophonists, one should not overlook the remarkable number and quality of ...read more
Norwegian bassist Ingebrigt Haker Flaten gained international recognition through his frequents visits to the Windy City and collaborations with Chicago heroes such as Ken Vandermark and Fred Anderson. But in his eleven years as a professional musician, Flaten has covered much more ground than just modern and free jazz. His interests have extended to local rock bands like Motorpsycho and Cato Salsa Experience, as well as musical exchanges with musicians from India, South Africa and Palestine. On Quintet, Flaten's second release as a leader after Double Bass (Sofa, 2003), he gels all these influences into an impressive mix.
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