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Eivind Opsvik: Overseas V

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Like his first four Overseas albums, Eivind Opsvik's Overseas V defies conventional descriptions. The New York resident, of Norwegian roots, has developed a peculiar style that marries experimental avant-garde with the folkloric traditions of the North Country. This had been particularly evident on IV when Brandon Seabrook's mandolin and Jacob Sacks' harpsichord meet up with Tony Malaby's saxophone and Kenny Wollesen creative percussion. The cultural clash manages to succeed as a new entity. The quintet personnel remain the same, but ...

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Eivind Opsvik: Overseas V

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Norwegian-born bassist Eivind Opsvik has been a mainstay of the Downtown scene since his relocation to New York over two decades ago. Starting in 2003, he began issuing a series of sequentially numbered instrumental albums under the banner Overseas, which have featured some of Gotham's finest musicians. Bolstered by the improvisational mettle of his longstanding bandmates, Opsvik's accessible tunes draw melodic, harmonic and rhythmic inspiration from popular music, rather than traditional jazz.Overseas V incrementally ups the ante from ...

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Eivind Opsvik: Overseas IV

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For the past decade, Norwegian-born, New York-based bassist Eivind Opsvik has been leading his venerable Overseas ensemble through a variety of musical terrain, first heard on their self-titled 2003 Fresh Sound New Talent debut. Overseas IV, the second Overseas album to be released on Opsvik's own Loyal Label, features a stripped-down version of the original line-up, albeit one more expansive in its range of musical expression. Inspired in part by Sofia Coppola's 2006 film Marie Antoinette, this fourth recording from ...

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Opsvik & Jennings: A Dream I Used To Remember

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Over the past five years, bassist Eivind Opsvik has gained a considerable reputation around New York as a strong, resourceful jazz bassist. He's been tapped by the likes of Tony Malaby, Paul Motian and Kris Davis for their groups. His own ensemble Overseas (currently Malaby, Kenny Wollesen and Jacob Sacks), with three albums to date, has impressively shown his jazz credentials as an instrumentalist, composer and arranger. He's a player who's comfortable with all of the post-John Coltrane/Ornette Coleman permutations ...

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Opsvik & Jennings: A Dream I Used To Remember

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The inventive duo of Opsvik and Jennings continue to adhere to the adage of “have imagination, will travel." Like architects in sound, melody, and composition, multi-instrumentalists Eivind Opsvik from Oslo, Norway and Aaron Jennings, from Tulsa Oklahoma, artfully blend technology (electronics, software) and acoustic instruments (including bass, drums, banjo, guitar) to create unique constructs that are ambient, melodic, and filled with personality. A clue is disclosed within the duo's interests, which range from German composer Richard Strauss ...

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Opsvik & Jennings: A Dream I Used To Remember

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With each succeeding album more impressive than the last, the chamber-pop duo Opsvik & Jennings have released their finest record to date with A Dream I Used To Remember. The third release from Norwegian bassist Eivind Opsvik and Oklahoma-born guitarist Aaron Jennings follows Floyel Files (NCM East, 2005) and Commuter Anthems (Rune Grammofon, 2007). Although their previous efforts relied heavily on electronic overdubbing and software augmentation, this session uses less obtrusive studio manipulation and processing, opting for a more organic, ...

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Eivind Opsvik: Overseas III; Koptor & This That

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Eivind OpsvikOverseas IIILoyal Label2008 Kevin BrowKoptorFresh Sound-New Talent2008 Jesse StackenThis ThatFresh Sound-New Talent2008 The third release by Eivind Opsvik's Overseas project puts the bassist's compositional interests in sharp focus. The high level of trust and the common vocabulary shared between these musicians is evident in every ...

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Eivind Opsvik: Overseas III

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Bassist Eivind Opsvik's third offering from his Overseas group, cunningly named Overseas III, distills and centers the eclectic influences that made up Overseas (Fresh Sound New Talent, 2003) and Overseas II (FSNT, 2005) while once again displaying his unique compositional skills that allow both accessibility for the listener and room for his talented players. The core personnel of the group has remained: Opsvik on bass, Jacob Sacks, who plays five different keyboards, tenor saxophonist Tony Malaby, drummer/percussionist ...

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Eivind Opsvik: Overseas III

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Over the past decade Norwegian born bassist Eivind Opsvik has become omnipresent in the fertile Brooklyn jazz scene. A stalwart supporting player, Opsvik demonstrates an even greater talent with his unfussy, harmonious writing. Brought to life by his long-standing Overseas ensemble, Opsvik's singular compositions unveil structural, harmonic and melodic sensibilities that draw greater inspiration from popular music than they do traditional jazz.

Overseas III is his third recording with a veteran line-up that excels at interpreting these evocative ...


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