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Jonas Cambien Trio: We Must Mustn't We

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Why change a winning formula? Norwegian-based Belgian pianist Jonas Cambien maintains his run of success with We Must Mustn't We, the follow-up to the excellent A Zoology of the Future (Clean Feed, 2016) by the same trio, comprising reedman André Roligheten and drummer Andreas Wildhagen. Cambien presents the same distinctive mixture of lurching rhythms, unusual saxophone timbres and imaginative percussive textures across a program of 12 cuts. They sound like no-one else. Most of the tracks are short ...

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Jonas Cambien: We Must Mustn't We

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Veteran Clean Feed roster artist Jonas Cambien (piano) and colleagues morph a cohesive yet uncanny take on jazz experimentation that defies rigid categorizations. For example, on “Swear Like A Bear" they integrate stammering chord voicings, popping sax lines, oblique world groove percussion patterns, melodic hooks and odd-metered time signatures into tangible sub-themes. The musicians merge convention with acutely placed schisms, and manage to churn out oeuvres that subtly span multiple genres. Each piece is a standalone entity, but there are ...

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Jonas Cambien / Adrian Myhr: Simiskina

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Since relocating to Oslo in 2008, Belgian pianist Jonas Cambien has immersed himself in the Norwegian scene. As well as his well-received trio which waxed A Zoology Of The Future (Clean Feed, 2016), he's also part of improvising collective Platform (which can be heard on Flux Reflux (Clean Feed, 2017)), and new music ensemble Aksiom. Those influences all play a part in Simiskina, the title of the debut recording by Cambien and double bassist Adrian Myhr, (whose credits include reedman ...

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Jonas Cambien Trio: A Zoology of the Future

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For the debut of his new trio, Belgian-born, Oslo-based pianist Jonas Cambien joins with two rising stars of the Norwegian scene for a series of incisive cuts notable for their inventive arrangements and maverick rhythms. Drummer Andreas Wildhagen is part of Paal Nilssen-Love's Large Unit and may not be known to many, but on this showing that is likely to change, while reedman André Roligheten performs with Friends & Neighbors and Gard Nilssen, making a strong appearance on the drummer's ...

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Jonas Cambien Trio: A Zoology of the Future

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Belgian-born pianist Jonas Cambien currently resides in Oslo and is supported by first-rate regional musicians on his debut outing as a leader. No doubt, this trio possesses a distinct personality as the artists seemingly concoct a horde of magic potions on a per-track basis. Here, free-form maneuvers evolve into tangible themes amid quirky advancements and spunky, off-kilter interplay. Each piece stands on its own. And from an avant-garde jazz perspective, the musicians often equalize the blustery improvisational segments with hummable ...