Belgian-born pianist Jonas Cambien currently resides in Oslo and is supported by first-rate regional musicians on his debut outing as a leader. No doubt, this trio possesses a distinct personality as the artists seemingly concoct a horde of magic potions on a per-track basis. Here, free-form maneuvers evolve into tangible themes amid quirky advancements and spunky, off-kilter interplay. Each piece stands on its own. And from an avant-garde jazz perspective, the musicians often equalize the blustery improvisational segments with hummable melodies, signaling a welcome and rather unanticipated surprise for 2016.
"We The People" is a strong indicator of what this band is all about as they merge a finger-snapping, melodic ostinato motif into a rising tide like opus, steadily executed in the low to middle registers by Cambien. Meanwhile, drummer Andreas Wildhagen lays down a sweeping and darting pace that adds to the group's dynamism as saxophonist André Roligheten dishes out a furious soloing escapade, leading to a catchy theme, constructed on a looping foundation. It's a prime example of the musicians' manner of weaving the hard stuff with melodic overtures and brash soloing jaunts that provide numerous rewarding factors.
Track Listing: We The People.
Personnel: André Roligheten: soprano and tenor saxophones, bass clarinet; Andreas
Wildhagen: drums; Jonas Cambien: piano.
I was first exposed to jazz when I discovered that one of Jimi Hendrix's influences was Wes Montgomery. I played guitar growing up and idolized Hendrix, so I knew that anyone he looked up to must be good
I was first exposed to jazz when I discovered that one of Jimi Hendrix's influences was Wes Montgomery. I played guitar growing up and idolized Hendrix, so I knew that anyone he looked up to must be good. I was 16 at the time. I went to Tower Records and purchased a CD by Wes, and I was hooked from the very first ten seconds. The sound of the song Lolita illuminated my bedroom, as I just sat back amazed at how colorful and soulful this music was--I understood it, even though at the time I didn't understand how to go about playing it. I get chills listening to Wes' solo on Lolita, and I can still listen to that song ten times in a row and never get tired of it. There is a truly timeless quality to genuinely spontaneous jazz music, and it is that quality that has inspired me to devote my life to studying and playing this music.