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Tellef Øgrim: LAIV

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There are very good reasons not to approach animals in the wild. Chief among them is survival. Sure, all those nature documentaries and children's cartoons show the playful offspring romping in nature's glory. What they fail to reveal is the eviscerated body of the gentle nature photographer who got too close. You might not have been in attendance at BrÖtz, a club in Gothenburg, Sweden in the fall of 2017, and maybe that is a good thing. Listening ...

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Peeter Uuskyla / Tellef Øgrim / Anders Berg: Ullr

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Thirty years ago, the trio Power Tools made a one-off recording Strange Meeting (Antilles New Directions, 1987). The long out-of-print LP by Bill Frisell, Melvin Gibbs, and Ronald Shannon Jackson is on many a collector's want list. While only a short-lived band, its memory persists. It was for many, a perfect storm of free-metal-jazz music. If I had one wish, it would be for drummer Ronald Shannon Jackson (1940-2013) to still be with us. And Tony Williams. Okay, two wishes. ...

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Tellef Ogrim: Wagon 8

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While it's easy to find artists who focus on fretless electric bass, those who concentrate on fretless electric guitar are less commonplace. High profile artists including jazz icon Pat Metheny and guitarist/vocalist Adrian Belew have dabbled with fretless guitars over the years, but few make it a priority. Norwegian guitarist Tellef Øgrim has been focusing on the instrument for twenty years, and while he's been involved in a variety of musical projects over the years, Wagon 8 is his first ...