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by Tyran Grillo
Norwegian-born, New York-based guitarist Jostein Gulbrandsen makes a modest splash with this set of eight originals. The composing is in-the-tradition and buoyant throughout, and harnesses the abilities of an enviable band. Bassist Mike McGuirk exudes plenty of sunshine in opener Gee Wheez," revealing a carefree undercurrent that infuses the entire session. Drummer Mark Ferber catches his own share of spotlight in the title track, across which the bandleader links one thoughtful note after another. Although perhaps ironic given the sentiment, ...read more
by Elliott Simon
While guitarist Jostein Gulbrandsen may hail from Norway, he and his quartet appear very much at home in this debut that has a decided downtown edge. At the heart of Twelve is a contorted bluesy post-bop that makes wonderful use of complex rhythms and slicing tenor sax courtesy of Jon Irabagon. Both Gulbrandsen and Irabagon possess rapier-like attacks and they make up with crispness and speed what they sacrifice in full round tone. Bassist Eivind Opsvik and drummer Jeff Davis ...read more
by AAJ Staff
Meet Jostein Gulbrandsen: Born in Norway, 1976.Started playing at the age of nine. Studies at Agder College of Music, Norway, University of North Texas, and Master's Degree from Manhattan School of Music. I studied pop, rock and jazz in Norway, and got more into jazz after moving to the U.S. I also have many years of classical guitar training. I really enjoy playing different styles of music, and I am trying to blend these elements into my own ...read more