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Tellef Øgrim

Tellef Øgrim (alternatively written Ogrim where the letter Ø does not work), born January 27. 1958 in Oslo, is a Norwegian guitarist and journalist. As a boy, he played in rock and later jazz bands before joining the new wave band Ung Pike Forsvunnet, in 1981. The group released two albums, toured Norway and played some TV shows.

In 1985, Øgrim and vocalist (later his wife) formed the soul-rock band Duck Spin, releasing the group's only album Wake Me When the Moon Gets Up the year after. Øgrim went on to form his first jazz group, Libido in 1987. Their self-titled album was released at Hot Club Records. During the same period, he wrote music for two theater plays. In 2004, Øgrim released a CD containing improvisations for fretless electric guitar, titled Some Dodos Never Die. Three years later Wagon 8 was released on Curling Legs Records with Polish drummer Jacek Kochan, trombonist Dag Einar Eilertsen, Henrik Hellstenius (laptop) and singer Anne Danielsen.

In 2008, Øgrim played on the free jazz CD Do I the In? (Not Two Records) with Joe Fonda (bs), Jacek Kochan (dr) and Franz Hautzinger (trp). 

In 2010, he formed the audio-visual project Mugetuft with Peter Knudsen, later expanded with Henrik Hellstenius, and Jakop Janssønn. The quartet performed at International Film Festival Rotterdam and Oslo Screen Festival in 2014 (this performance is available as video and as audio-only). Mugetuft opened the regional art biennale Kunst rett Vest in Svelvik 2014 and performed its work A at Aker Brygge in 2015.

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”....most striking about this album is the way in which the musicians anticipate and respond to each other...no single member outshines another... Uuskyla provides a foundational groove through most of the album...I often wonder whether so many performances really need to be documented and presented to the public. Then, I find an album like this that clearly caught a special band on a special night. And, I start to allow space for the exceptions...” The Free Jazz Collective

Oslo Hærverk on Avant Music News' list of “Excellent Releases first half of 2018”

“The single 42-minute track allows for no questions and takes no prisoners...Hearing the musicians in their natural state is the purest experience...This disc reminds me of the response we used to give to complainers, “If it's too loud, then you're too old.” – Marc Corroto for All About Jazz, April 2018.

“They seem more refined and have progressed considerably on this album

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