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Huntsville: Pond

Read "Pond" reviewed by John Eyles

Since the Norwegian trio Huntsville first came together in 2006, they have been eclectic enough to keep listeners guessing what to expect next and who they might collaborate with, making each of their album releases an intriguing and exciting event. After their debut album For The Middle Class (Rune Grammofon, 2006) featured the three core players--guitarist Ivar Grydeland, percussionist Ingar Zach and bassist Tonny Kluften--alone together, its follow-up, the double CD Eco, Arches & Eras (Rune Grammofon, 2008 ), featured ...

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Huntsville: Past Increasing, Future Receding

Read "Past Increasing, Future Receding" reviewed by John Eyles

For their fourth album release--the second on the Hubro label--the Norwegian guitar/bass/drums (plus effects) trio Huntsville have moved away from the collaborations (notably that with vocalist Hanne Hukkelberg) which characterised their last two recordings, and again opted to record as a threesome. The main reason for that is obvious once the music begins. Past Increasing, Future Receding was recorded in the Emanuel Vigeland Mausoleum at Slemdal in Oslo--a dimly lit barrel-vaulted room completely covered in frescos painted by Vigeland, who ...

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Huntsville: For Flowers, Cars, and Merry Wars

Read "For Flowers, Cars, and Merry Wars" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

Hubro Music is a young and adventurous label from Norway. Here, electronics rule the roost, featuring three prominent musicians noted for their many-sided, avant-garde albums for the country's Sofa label. These and other interrelationships accentuate Scandinavia's unique approach to jazz improvisation and off-kilter productions, often confronting rigid classifications. Musically speaking, Huntsville is a prime example of Scandinavia's innovative applications. “Ear/Eye Connector" offers a hyper-Tangerine Dream-like, undulating rhythmic ostinato, tinted with a faint eeriness that overlays the background. ...

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Huntsville: For Flowers, Cars and Merry Wars

Read "For Flowers, Cars and Merry Wars" reviewed by John Kelman

Jumping to the relative upstart Hubro label, Huntsville continues to mine similar territory to its sophomore Rune Grammofon release, Echoes, Arches and Eras (2009), but there are some significant changes as well. Unlike Echoes--its second disc culled from a live performance teaming the improvising trio with American guitar maverick Nels Cline and his partner in alt-country rocker Wilco, percussionist Glenn Kotche--Huntsville pares things back to essentials, going it largely alone. Even the sole guest appearance by Hanne ...

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Huntsville: Eco, Arches & Eras

Read "Eco, Arches & Eras" reviewed by Anthony Shaw

"Eras" actually comprises the majority of Huntsville's whole double-CD Eco, Arches & Eras, recorded live at the Kongsberg Jazz Festival in 2007. It therefore typifies the trio's live sound, although here they are augmented by guests from Wilco--percussionist Glenn Kotche and guitarist Nels Cline. The band specializes in the gradual build-up of powerful soundscapes through layering, with all three members using some sampling techniques. Percussionist Ingar Zach opens the piece with gentle throbs and minimalist percussion, though ...

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Huntsville: Eco, Arches & Eras

Read "Eco, Arches & Eras" reviewed by John Kelman

Continuing with its unique mesh of free improvisation with roots Americana tinges and hypnotic Indian rhythms, Huntsville's Eco, Arches & Eras capitalizes on the successes of For the Middle Class (Rune Grammofon, 2006). Eco, despite its eclectic and experimental nature, remains curiously accessible, despite the Norwegian trio's unorthodox approach to combining guitars, bass, percussion and electronics. Its 45-minute set at Punkt '07 was some indication of what was to come, a trance-inducing performance that explored all the sonic nooks and ...

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Huntsville: For the Middle Class

Read "For the Middle Class" reviewed by Kurt Gottschalk

The chugging rhythm of the train is a staple of country music, the rolling four-count evoking the promises of opportunity and escape across vast open lands. Traditionally that rhythm is portrayed by an acoustic guitar or brushes on a snare drum, not tablas and much less mechanized ones. But Norwegian trio Huntsville isnâ????t a traditional country band, or a traditional anything else for that matter. It does, however, cite country music, along with John Cage, Morton Feldman and drone music, ...

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Huntsville: For the Middle Class

Read "For the Middle Class" reviewed by Eyal Hareuveni

The Norwegian trio Huntsville is comprised of three of the most challenging and adventurous musicians in a country where the musical climate is usually quite daring. Guitarist and banjo player Ivar Grydeland, percussionist Ingar Zach and bassist Tonny Kluften, all doubling on “various instruments," are the core members of the free-improv ensemble No Spaghetti Edition, founders of the Norwegian label Sofa Music, and frequent collaborators in many outfits, including the Hiss quartet, augmented by British keyboardist Pat Thomas (Zahair, Rossbin, ...


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