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by Luca Vitali
Double your Norwegian jazz pleasure: listen to our companion Norwegian jazz mixtape while reading this article. Far too many people talk about the Norwegian scene as being interesting because it's so exotic." Those who think so, have in mind its Nordic Tone," that distinctive mood which evokes snow, mountains and icy fjords. This kind of stereotype, however, does not do justice to the diversity and quality of today's Norwegian jazz. Norway is a young country so ...read more
by Don Phipps
With the album Ara, Norwegian Hardanger fiddler Erlend Apneseth and his trio (drummer Øyvind Hegg-Lunde and guitarist Stephan Meidell) signal a folk music retelling of ancient stories that bring to mind Viking landscapes of ice and snow. Winter is coming -yet the music suggests this winter provides deep and breathtaking introspection amid icy drifts, snow-capped mountains, and the surf of a wind-chilled frozen ocean shore. Take the opening track, Utferd," a composition that conveys an early morning eeriness, ...read more