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Lacerda / Manso / Nilssen-Love / Zenicola: Bota Fogo

Read "Bota Fogo" reviewed by Mark Corroto

There are secrets revealed and the true identities of musicians often emerge, not under the guidance of a music producer, but within the allegiances they form as they freelance around the world. Take Norwegian drummer Paal Nilssen-Love, for instance. Early (very early) in his career he (and bassist Ingebrigt Håker Flaten) backed players like Bugge Wesseltoft, Zim Nqawana, and Peter Wettre. But then his noisier free jazz propensities began to be revealed. The pair went on to form the jazz/garage ...

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Paal Nilssen-Love, Bruce Brubaker, Muzsikás & The Glasshouse Orchestra

Read "Paal Nilssen-Love, Bruce Brubaker, Muzsikás & The Glasshouse Orchestra" reviewed by Martin Longley

Paal Nilssen-Love's Large Unit First Unitarian Congregational Society June 13, 2015 There aren't many churches where a believer can purchase Large Unit underpants upon entrance. Brooklyn's Issue Project Room experimental music venue is currently undergoing even further renovations, so they've been promoting gigs at various temporary haunts around the city. A reverberant Brooklyn Heights space such as this one might be viewed as an uncertain proposition when housing a fully engorged band such ...

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Close Encounters Of The Skronky Kind

Read "Close Encounters Of The Skronky Kind" reviewed by Eyal Hareuveni

Paal Nilssen-Love is one of the hardest-working musicians in the European free jazz and free improvisation scenes. Amongst his near-countless activities, the Norwegian drummer collaborates on a regular basis with Chicago reed multi-instrumentalist Ken Vandermark, in their ongoing duo, in the Double Cement trio and Lean Left quartet, as a member of Peter Brötzmann's Hairy Bones quartet and Roma Trio, and the now-defunct Chicago Tentet. He's also a member of the Swedish-Norwegian power trio The Thing and Atomic quintet, and ...

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Kumiko Takara/Massimo Pupillo/Paal Nilssen-Love: Raids On The Unspeakable

Read "Raids On The Unspeakable" reviewed by Eyal Hareuveni

This limited edition, 12" vinyl album features a rare meeting of threeof-a-kind powerhouse musicians who blur the boundaries between contemporary improvised music, avant-rock and shifting grooves. Norwegian drummer Paal Nilssen-Love and Italian electric bassist Massimo Pupillo (founding member of punk-jazz trio Zu) are the driving rhythm section behind saxophonist Peter Brötzmann's Hairy Bones quartet, and collaborated before in the trio OffOnOff with The Ex guitarist Terrie Ex, among countless other collaborations. Japanese percussionist Kumiko Takara plays contemporary music and collaborates ...

Paal Nilssen-Love: Transforming the Boundaries of Creative Music

Read "Paal Nilssen-Love: Transforming the Boundaries of Creative Music" reviewed by Lloyd N. Peterson Jr.

He learned to play the drums before he could walk, battled cancer before the age of thirty, and is a driving force behind several of today's most innovative and progressive bands (Atomic, The Thing, Ken Vandermark, Frode Gjerstad and the Peter Brotzmann Tentet) just to name a few. He has taken the drums to new creative levels, has been a part of thirty-three recording projects, and that's just in the last two years. If there is a common ...

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Paal Nilssen-Love: Townhouseorchestra

Read "Townhouseorchestra" reviewed by Andrey Henkin

Given the instrumentation on this album (tenor sax, piano, bass, and drums), the involvement of Evan Parker, and the format of long group improvisations, it's natural to think first about Parker's long-standing quartet with Alex Von Schlippenbach, Peter Kowald, and Paul Lovens. But that would be a mistake; a better comparison, though unnecessary, is an earlier group with Iréne Schweizer, Kowald, and Pierre Favre. European improvisation is a national thing. The three Norwegians here--drummer and leader Paal ...

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Paal Nilssen-Love/H: Schlinger

Read "Schlinger" reviewed by Mark Corroto

Norwegian drummer Paal Nilssen-Love is certainly a star on the rise. On the US and European scenes, he is much in demand. You can find him in bands fronted by Ken Vandermark (FME, School Days, and in a duo), Mats Gustafsson (The Thing and also a duo), Raoul Björkenheim's Scorch Trio, Frode Gjerstad's trio, Håvard Wiik's Trio, and with the band Atomic. He made Schlinger, his fourth duo recording, with fellow Norwegian and band mate Håkon Kornstad. This intense 34-minute ...


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