by Mike Jurkovic
Given that not one of the eight tracks definingTransparence, the darkly compelling debut from Norway's Hitra, runs longer than six minutes, the quartet covers a lot of ground. Like a ticket out of isolation, Transparence transports your homebound head to the grey expanse of Northern Atlantic skies. Billowing by design, their clouds of music make you feel like you're floating above rain shadows and fjords. Bonding together at Oslo's Norwegian Academy of Music, Hitra pairs Italian pianist Alessandro ...read more
by Mark Corroto
Icelandic guitarist Hilmar Jensson is back. This time it’s personal.
Sorry, I’ve been watching movie trailers again. Anyway, this one is in motion just the same. Jensson follows up his 2002 disc Tyft with his unique extended guitar antics on Ditty Blei. Where his previous outing favored improvisation over melody, this disc showcases a bit more structure and groove.
Jensson adds bassist Trevor Dunn and trumpeter Herb Robertson to his Tyft lineup of Andrew D’Angelo ...read more
by Mark Corroto
Once the line that demarcates musical genres has been erased, there ain’t no returning to the farm. Paris (or a virtual Paris) has been seen, and one can never be the same. So says Icelandic guitarist Hilmar Jensson.
His trio with drummer Jim Black and saxophonist Andrew D’Angelo shares in the belief that creative music (once called ‘jazz’) cannot ignore post-millenium sounds: noise, samples, rock, and noise. Did I mention noise? Within the 47 minutes that is ...read more