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Radio & Podcasts

Gard Nilssen, Sam Rivers, Laura Toxvaerd & Dan Blake

Read "Gard Nilssen, Sam Rivers, Laura Toxvaerd & Dan Blake" reviewed by Maurice Hogue


Drummers sparkle in the first hour of this edition of OMJ--Norway's Gard Nilssen with his Supersonic Orchestra, free jazz veteran Abbey Rader, and the iconoclastic RaKalam Bob Moses--plus a long track from some newly released music from the private stash of Sam Rivers. The second hour is a mix of styles, even including some blues from Buddy Guy. The final set has a definite European flavour with the eclectic foursome from Finland, Quartet Ajaton, saxophonist Laura Toxvaerd} from Denmark, and ...

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Album Review

Gard Nilssen's Supersonic Orchestra: If You Listen Carefully The Music Is Yours

Read "If You Listen Carefully The Music Is Yours" reviewed by John Eyles


Before getting onto the music on If You Listen Carefully The Music Is Yours, the debut album by the appropriately named Gard Nilssen's Supersonic Orchestra, it is well worth taking a look at the instrumentation of this sixteen-member ensemble. Firstly, every member is credited with playing percussion, in addition to three of the sixteen being drummers, including Gard Nilssen himself. And with three double bassists, this orchestra has a rhythm section which packs quite a punch. The remaining ten members ...

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Album Review

Gard Nilssen's Acoustic Unity: Live In Europe

Read "Live In Europe" reviewed by John Sharpe


Norwegian drummer Gard Nilssen formed Acoustic Unity back in 2014 to assuage his desire to compose and lead in a pure jazz setting. The initial get together with saxophonist André Roligheten and bassist Petter Eldh was so successful that it yielded the well-received Firehouse (Clean Feed, 2015). That achievement gives rise to an audacious gambit for the trio's second release, which comprises three CDs worth of live performances from European festivals in the summer of 2016. In order to broaden ...

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Album Review

Gard Nilssen: Live In Europe

Read "Live In Europe" reviewed by Mark Corroto


Clocking in at just a minute over two-hours of music, the three CDs (or LPs, if you'd like) that make up Live in Europe provide an audacious excursion into creative music. The drummer, known for his work in multiple groups such as the quartets Cortex and Starlite Motel, Bushman's Revenge, Zanussi Five, and the Trondheim Jazz Orchestra, previously released Firehouse (Clean Feed, 2015) with his Gard Nilssen's Acoustic Unity trio. Where the previous title was a studio effort with saxophonist ...

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Album Review

Gard Nilssen's Acoustic Unity: Firehouse

Read "Firehouse" reviewed by John Sharpe


With his new Acoustic Unity threesome Norwegian drummer Gard Nilssen enters the saxophone trio stakes with an ebullient swagger. Since coming onto the scene in 2006, Nilssen has become an in-demand figure, featuring in outfits such as Cortex, bassists Arild Andersen's sextet and Per Zanussi's quintet. On Firehouse, the group carves out a distinctive identity manifest in tight, sometimes involved, arrangements which provide launchpads for focused group exploration set firmly in the jazz lineage. At times in their raw energy ...

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Album Review

Gard Nilssen: Drumming Music

Read "Drumming Music" reviewed by Eyal Hareuveni


Norwegian drummer Gard Nilssen is one of the most-in- demand and versatile musicians in the vibrant Nordic scene. The musical range of his own bands--Bushman's Revenge, sPacemonKEy, Astro Sonic, Cortex, Lord Kelvin, PUMA, saxophonist Eirik Hegdal's Team Hegdal and bassist Per Zanussi's quintet--encompasses free improvisation, modern and free jazz, techno, electronica, metal, noise and experimental ambient sounds. But his musical universe is even wider, as his debut solo album reveals. Drumming Music's title corresponds with the ...


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