Just like Jenny Lind and even Abba's Frida Lyngstad, Randi Tytingvåg is one of the latest of a long line of Scandinavian female singers who have adapted their innate skills to appeal to a market far beyond their native shores. And that is not to mention Norway's clutch of other successful young female jazz singers Rebekka Bakken, Hanne Hukkelberg, and their acclaimed colleague Silje Nergaard.
Tytingvåg is a singer who is as capable behind a pen as she is behind a microphone, and Grounding is yet another collection of catchy, self-penned songs. This time though, she is backed by a collection of musicians more familiar with a rock idiom than on her previous more traditional, crossover album, Let Go (Ozella, 2006).
Guitarist Ivar Grydeland brings his experience as a purveyor of wide, electronic instrumental vistas (as with his principle band, Huntsville), and constructs them here with overlaid guitar and banjo tracks, while Tytingvåg slips her often plaintive, questioning tales of love and loss in between echoing guitar breaks on the acoustic "All that is not free," the opening "Impatience" and the echoing "Starbuck." The songs here are a selection of neatly turned stanzas sung in her clear, fairy-tale voice, tending to follow a regular structure of a repeated kernel chorus interspersed with solo breaks. The selection of eleven tracks constitutes a pleasantly rounded album and with sufficient airplay each could truly become popular.
This crystal clear recording offers a glimpse of the rich live performances Tytingvåg must offer when supported by her talented musicians.
Track Listing: Impatience; Inside; Tytingvåg; Paper Tiger; Your Way; Sit Yourself Down;
All That Is Not Free; Relay; Starbuck; Heads Up; Future Song.
Personnel: Randi Tytingvåg: vocals; Ivar Grydeland: electric guitar, 12-string guitar, acoustic guitar, reso-phonic guitar, lap steel guitar, pedal steel guitar, banjo and piano; Jo Berger Myhre: bass guitar, baritone guitar, acoustic guitar, double bass, synthesizer and piano; Pål Hausken: drums, percussion and backing vocals.
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.