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The Young Mothers: A Mothers Work Is Never Done

Read "A Mothers Work Is Never Done" reviewed by Mark Corroto

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 ...


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Ingebrigt Håker Flaten: Live at Jazzfest Saalfelden

Read "Live at Jazzfest Saalfelden" reviewed by Mark Corroto

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 ...


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Ingebrigt Haker Flaten New York Quartet: Now IS

Read "Now IS" reviewed by Mark Corroto

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 ...


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

Read "Mitt Hjerte Altid Vanker I: Live At Oslo Jazz Festival" reviewed by Mark Corroto

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 ...


Multiple Reviews

Ingebrigt Haker Flaten: Five Bass Hits

Read "Ingebrigt Haker Flaten: Five Bass Hits" reviewed by Andrey Henkin

Townhouse OrchestraBelle VilleClean Feed2008 Evan Parker/Ingebrigt Haker FlatenThe Brewery TapSmalltown Superjazzz2008 TrinityBreaking the MoldClean Feed2009 Ingebrigt Haker FlatenThe Year of the BoarJazzland2008 Ingebrigt Haker Flaten/Hakon KornstadElise Hemlandssanger Compunctio2008 Though Europe ...


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Ingebrigt Haker Flaten: Quintet

Read "Quintet" reviewed by Eyal Hareuveni

Norwegian bassist Ingebrigt Haker Flaten gained international recognition through his frequents visits to the Windy City and collaborations with Chicago heroes such as Ken Vandermark and Fred Anderson. But in his eleven years as a professional musician, Flaten has covered much more ground than just modern and free jazz. His interests have extended to local rock bands like Motorpsycho and Cato Salsa Experience, as well as musical exchanges with musicians from India, South Africa and Palestine. On Quintet, Flaten's second ...


Album Review

Ingebrigt H: Double Bass

Read "Double Bass" reviewed by Ken Waxman

Double Bass is a showcase for the jazz and free music skills of Oslo-based Håker Flaten. With 40 CDs to his credit, he may be a Scandinavian version of Ron Carter: his breadth of experience includes jazz, improv, electronica and fusion, with leaders ranging from the cerebral American multi-instrumentalist Joe McPhee to Finnish metal-jazz guitarist Raoul Björkenheim.

Almost from the first track Håker Flaten references the type of woody, subterranean plucks in his playing that go back ...


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