All About Jazz

Home » Articles » Multiple Reviews

Dear All About Jazz Readers,

If you're familiar with All About Jazz, you know that we've dedicated over two decades to supporting jazz as an art form, and more importantly, the creative musicians who make it. Our enduring commitment has made All About Jazz one of the most culturally important websites of its kind in the world reaching hundreds of thousands of readers every month. However, to expand our offerings and develop new means to foster jazz discovery we need your help.

You can become a sustaining member for a modest $20 and in return, we'll immediately hide those pesky Google ads PLUS deliver exclusive content and provide access to future articles for a full year! This combination will not only improve your AAJ experience, it will allow us to continue to rigorously build on the great work we first started in 1995. Read on to view our project ideas...

5

Didrik Ingvaldsen's Corners

Eyal Hareuveni By

Sign in to view read count
Norwegian trumpeter, composer and educator Didrik Ingvaldsen has studied at Julliard conservatory, honed his skills as in improviser at downtown New York clubs, educated students at Leeds College in England, Tanzania in Africa and at his home town, Stavanger in southern Norway. His main musical vehicle in recent years is the Pocket Corner quintet. This outfit present beautifully the musical universe of Ingvaldsen—modern jazz that is informed by the legacies of innovative trumpeters such as Miles Davis and Don Cherry, 20th century contemporary music and African polyrhythms with its own sound signature marked by a Scandinavian calmness and sense of melancholy.



Pocket Corner

Dog & Moon

DADA

2011

This is the second release of the quintet after 4010—Local Time (CCAP, 2009). All the music was recorded live at the studio and features Inglavdsen's manner of composing—strong themes locked within tight and urgent rhythmic framework that are used as road maps for further abstractions and improvisations. Ingvaldsen demands the members of the quintet reshape the course of these themes, color the sounds and add imaginative sonic fragments to these compositions in order to enrich the shared musical canvas.

Some of the compositions' titles and sounds even compare the dynamics of music making to those of the plastic arts as the open-ended "Painting," "Red Desert" and the dramatic "1968." And indeed there are certain similarities in the manners that a musician, especially this creative quintet, or a painter color abstract—sonic or material—textures according to moods, their surroundings or level of energy. Other compositions as "Adebe" and "Dancer" sound as soundscapes that can benefit modern dance companies.

The title-composition emphasizes the way that Pocket Corner communicates and resonates Ingvaldsen's ideas. Alto saxophonist Glenn Brun Henriksen and guitarist Vidar Schanche adds their opinionated perspectives on the theme while bassist Mikaell Olsson and drummer Ståle Birkeland alternate between pulses while maintaining the thematic envelope.

Pocket Corner is a unique band, comprised of five strong musicians.

Extended Corner

Extended Corner

DADA

2012

The Extended Corner is a ten-member expansion of Pocket Corner quintet, featuring vocalist Elisabeth Nygaard, known for her work with the British Fringe Magnetic band. Ingvaldsen wrote the music to the lyrics of Norwegian of mezzo-poet Julie-Marie Sundal. The music was premiered in the MaiJazz festival in Stavanger in May 2012.

The spirit of the music swings between the theatrical and suggestive delivery of Nygård, reciting in a cool, reserved tone with healthy doses of charm and humor, stories about varied phases of an intimate relationship, and the orchestral abstractions of the Extended Corner. The compositions still offer a certain degree of freedom to all the musicians, even brief distorted sonic searches and powerful, collective eruptions, but these diversions were set deliberately in order to elaborate and stress the dramatic content of the poems, and all are structured and arranged tightly.

Even the instrumental "Gallinejass" adopts a dramatic, Spanish-tinged, narrative that highlights pianist Øyvind G. Dale as its main protagonist. "Fried Fish" offers a different kind of dynamics. Guitarist Schanche and pianist Dale introduce it with an eerie free-improvised soundscape that transforms it to a playful kind of a Kurt Weill/Bertold Brecht song, and again the whole orchestra occupies it as a framework for an energetic ride.

An arresting set of songs, delivered masterfully by Nygård and Extended Corner.


Tracks and Personnel

Dog & Moon

Tracks: Naked Horse Ride; Painting; Between Chairs; Adebe; Reaper; D.C. & D.E.; Dog and Moon; Red Desert; Wrong Direction; Composition Bleu; 1968; Dancer; Frozen Improvisation #2.

Personnel: Didrik Ingvaldsen: trumpet, synthesizer (9); Glenn Brun Henriksen: alto saxophone; Vidar Schanche: electric guitar; Mikaell Olsson: double bass; Ståle Birkeland: drums.

Extended Corner

Tracks: Carnival; Slowly; Morn; Moving; Pride; Gallinejas; Kyss; Fried fish; Nice; Oh!; Da-Tia-Tiaa.

Personnel: Elisabeth Nygård: vocal; Øyvind G. Dale: piano; Arild Hoem: alto saxophone; Inge Breistein: tenor saxophone; Dominique Brackeva: trombone; Didrik Ingvaldsen: trumpet; Glenn Brun Henriksen: alto saxophone; Vidar Schanche: guitar; Mikaell Olsson: double bass; Ståle Birkeland: drums.

Tags

comments powered by Disqus

Related Articles

Read Jazzing Up Childhood Memories Multiple Reviews
Jazzing Up Childhood Memories
by Jerome Wilson
Published: April 4, 2018
Read The Art of the Quintet: Voro Garcia and Magnus Thuelund Multiple Reviews
The Art of the Quintet: Voro Garcia and Magnus Thuelund
by Jakob Baekgaard
Published: April 2, 2018
Read The Eclectic Sounds of ears&eyes Multiple Reviews
The Eclectic Sounds of ears&eyes
by Jakob Baekgaard
Published: March 27, 2018
Read Iain Matthews: Redefining Eclectic Multiple Reviews
Iain Matthews: Redefining Eclectic
by Doug Collette
Published: March 24, 2018
Read Minimalist Guitar: Clouds and Dreams Multiple Reviews
Minimalist Guitar: Clouds and Dreams
by Geno Thackara
Published: March 23, 2018
Read A Selection of Jazz on Sonorama Multiple Reviews
A Selection of Jazz on Sonorama
by Jakob Baekgaard
Published: March 18, 2018
Read "New and Notable Releases" Multiple Reviews New and Notable Releases
by Phil Barnes
Published: October 4, 2017
Read "Another Timbre’s Canadian Composers Series" Multiple Reviews Another Timbre’s Canadian Composers Series
by John Eyles
Published: April 22, 2017
Read "Ivo Perelman Makes It Rain" Multiple Reviews Ivo Perelman Makes It Rain
by Mark Corroto
Published: November 12, 2017
Read "A Pair From Lewis Porter: Beauty & Mystery/Three Minutes To Four" Multiple Reviews A Pair From Lewis Porter: Beauty & Mystery/Three...
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: February 4, 2018
Read "A Sense of Place" Multiple Reviews A Sense of Place
by Geno Thackara
Published: October 12, 2017