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Jorma Tapio’s Kaski, Robert Burke & Eivind Opsvik

Read "Jorma Tapio’s Kaski, Robert Burke & Eivind Opsvik" reviewed by Maurice Hogue

A little “Finnish" to start? Why not? Some fine bands from Suomi kick off this episode, with the fine saxophonist Jorma Tapio and his trio, Kaski, leading the way from their new release Aliseen. Tapio and mates use the folk music of Finland as the basis for their intriguing improvisations. After that you'll hear two newer groups on the Finnish scene: Oaagaada and the JAF Trio. Also in that first hour, Aussie saxophonist Rob Burke continues to display his formidable ...

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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

Read "Overseas V" reviewed by Troy Collins

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

Read "Overseas IV" reviewed by Troy Collins

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

Read "A Dream I Used To Remember" reviewed by Robert Iannapollo

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

Read "A Dream I Used To Remember" reviewed by Mark F. Turner

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

Read "A Dream I Used To Remember" reviewed by Troy Collins

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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