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The Young Mothers: A Mothers Work Is Never Done

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Ingebrigt Håker Flaten reminds us that jazz is the musical equivalent of a dark star, a musical black hole, absorbing all musical energy and classifications. The Norwegian-born bassist-turned Austin, TX resident assembled a multi-genre sextet under the uncategorizable name The Young Mothers. Sure, let's not call this jazz, because it would alienate 99% of fans. But jazz, in truth, it is. The bassist has a taste for the extreme reaches of jazz. As a member of the Scandinavian power trio, The Thing with saxophonist Mats Gustafsson and drummer Paal Nilssen-Love, he explores a garage band version of punk/jazz. ...

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Ingebrigt Håker Flaten: Live at Jazzfest Saalfelden

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Of the twelve current projects in which bassist Ingebrigt Håker Flaten works, his Chicago Sextet is the one that, perhaps, most foretells his future as a jazz impresario. Like bassist Dave Holland, who made his reputation with trumpeter Miles Davis and in the band Circle, before championing (almost exclusively) his own bands both large and small, Flaten has begun to open his own seminary of music.A mainstay of the now infamous Scandinavian bands Atomic and The Thing, Flaten now lives in Austin, and has branched out to create a Texas band, The Young Mothers, while keeping up his ...

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Ingebrigt Haker Flaten New York Quartet: Now IS

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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 ...

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Bobby Bradford / Frode Gjerstad / Ingebrigt Haker Flaten / Paal Nilssen-Love: Kampen

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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 ...

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Remi Alvarez / Ingebrigt Haker Flaten: First Duet Live

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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 ...

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Joe McPhee / Ingebrigt Haker Flaten: Brooklyn DNA

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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 ...

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Flaten/ Kornstad/ Christensen: Mitt Hjerte Altid Vanker I: Live At Oslo Jazz Festival

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If folk music is music of “the people," then certainly adding the designation of “jazz" is a redundancy. When a jazz trio such as that of bassist Ingebrigt Håker Flaten, saxophonist Håkon Kornstad and drummer Jon Christensen performs traditional Norwegian folk music, it is both reaffirming the oral (or aural) tradition of the music and the human context (or familia) of sound and improvisation.The music heard on Mitt Hjerte Altid Vanker I: Live At Oslo Jazz Festival (My Heart Stood Still) is the trio's interpretation of six traditional Norwegian folk tunes plus Keith Jarrett's “Death And The Flower," ...



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