Hubro Music is a young and adventurous label from Norway. Here, electronics rule the roost, featuring three prominent musicians noted for their many-sided, avant-garde albums for the country's Sofa label. These and other interrelationships accentuate Scandinavia's unique approach to jazz improvisation and off-kilter productions, often confronting rigid classifications. Musically speaking, Huntsville is a prime example of Scandinavia's innovative applications.
"Ear/Eye Connector" offers a hyper-Tangerine Dream-like, undulating rhythmic ostinato, tinted with a faint eeriness that overlays the background. With streaming electronics the trio surges into a perky space journey across an eternal cosmic vacuum. At times understated yet cyclically powerful, one of the musicians employs a copper-toned hue, perhaps indicative of asteroids passing by the ship, the piece conjuring notions of classic space-rock, but the musicians injecting a somewhat inexplicable organic element here, as well as into a good portion of this four-track album.
Huntsville's mode of attack is hip and nouveau, but by no means ordinary. Perhaps its members' free-jazz and avant-garde backgrounds help enlist a cunning edge to the tried-and-true. With ethereal imagery that can seem evasive, Huntsville generates an abstract view that seeds an abundance of absorbing proposals.
I love jazz because it is in my blood. It is the only original American art form. It is sacred. The greatest musicians are jazz artists.
I was first exposed to jazz in 1961 listening to my father's records of Duke Ellington, Billy Strayhorn, Count Basie, Nat King Cole, Ben Webster, Coleman Hawkins, Lester Young.
I met Sonny Stitt, Wayne Shorter, Branford Marsalis, Joey Calderazzo, Michael Brecker, Cannonball Adderley, Walter Booker, Dave Liebman, Joe Lovano, George Benson, Mike
Stern, Stanley Turrentine, Billy Harper, Skip Hadden, Charlie Haden.
The best show I ever attended was Joe Lovano with Soundprints at the Wexner Center in Columbus Ohio in 2014.
The first jazz record I bought was Miles Smiles.