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1982 + BJ Cole: 1982 + BJ Cole

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With musical cross-pollination the norm, it's not just about pan-cultural blending; it's just as much about finding ways to blend the contemporary and the antiquated. Since inception, 1982 has combined instruments from across the centuries--harmonium, hardanger fiddle and drum set--wonderfully blending Norwegian traditionalism, millennium-spanning classicism and modernistic free improvisation on its self-titled, 2010 NORCD debut. If Pintera (Hubro, 2011) demonstrated further growth and consolidation of 1982's chemistry, 1982 + BJ Cole further broadens the trio's purview by inviting pedal steel guitarist BJ Cole to participate in eight spontaneous compositions that make this 1982's best album yet.Few may know ...

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1982 + BJ Cole: 1982 + BJ Cole

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For its third album, following 1982 (NORCD, 2009) and Pintura (Hubro, 2011), the trio now known as 1982 decided, after much discussion, to invite a guest musician to join the recording. A few years earlier, the group had met pedal steel guitarist B.J. Cole at a BBC radio program, and so decided to enlist him, even though the four had not played together previously. As drummer Øyvind Skarbø comments, “We thought this was a good and, not least, unusual choice." In fact, Cole's pedal steel is an ideal complement to fiddler/violinist Nils Økland and harmonium player Sigbjørn Apeland, so it ...

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Sigbjorn Apeland / Oyvind Skarbo / Nils Okland: 1982

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On a per capita basis, creativity and innovation coming out of Norway is thoroughly disproportionate to a population straining to reach five million. With a particularly strong reputation for its intrepid exploration of modern technology and instrumental orthodoxy, there's also plenty going on without the benefit of laptops, turntables and effects processors. When harmonium player Sigbjørn Apeland, drummer Øyvind Skarbø and violinist Nils Økland--billed as 1982 Trio--performed at the top of Mount Ulriken as part of JazzNorway in a Nutshell 2010, there wasn't an amplifier to be found. Had the wind been blowing away from the audience rather than towards ...



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