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ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Jostein Gulbrandsen: Looking Ahead

Read "Looking Ahead" reviewed by Tyran Grillo

Norwegian-born, New York-based guitarist Jostein Gulbrandsen makes a modest splash with this set of eight originals. The composing is in-the-tradition and buoyant throughout, and harnesses the abilities of an enviable band. Bassist Mike McGuirk exudes plenty of sunshine in opener “Gee Wheez," revealing a carefree undercurrent that infuses the entire session. Drummer Mark Ferber catches his ...

Svein Rikard Mathisen: Copenhagen Diaries

Read "Copenhagen Diaries" reviewed by Eyal Hareuveni

Copenhagen Diaries documents Norwegian, Bergen-based guitarist Svein Rikard Mathisen experiences while studying at the acclaimed Rhythmic Music Conservatory in the Danish capital, an era described by him as a “twilight zone" where “curiosity meets nightmares and angst meets caffeine." Fortunately, Matisen experiences were processed into an appealing yet complex compositions, reflecting the dramatic emotional turmoil of ...

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Lars Andreas Haug Band: Conrairo

Read "Conrairo" reviewed by Eyal Hareuveni

The new generation of Norwegian tuba players keep challenging this under-rated instrument. Two years ago it was the trio of Martin Taxt, Kristoffer Lo and Robin Hayward who investigated the timbre characteristics of the tuba on microtub (Sofa Music, 2011) and last year Lo explored the tuba as a sound source for dark and intense soundscapes ...

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Frode Kjekstad: The Italian Job

Read "The Italian Job" reviewed by Ian Patterson

The sound of a Hammond organ has the knack of automatically resetting your watch to 1960-something, just as wah-wah guitar unfailingly conjures the 1970s and the dreaded synthesizer, the 1980s. And whilst Norwegian guitarist Frode Kjekstad's organ trio unequivocally revives the spirit of organists Jack McDuff and Jimmy Smith on The Italian Job, his trio--with organist ...

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Jacob Anderskov: Agnostic Revelations

Read "Agnostic Revelations" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

Jacob Anderskov cerca una via propria, originale e anticonformista rispetto a tanto pianismo scandinavo ed europeo, in anni recenti sempre più scivolato nelle insipide sabbie mobili del tonalismo neoromantico e del modalismo neoeclettico, spesso più adatti ai fondali scenografici che a catturare l'attenzione. Quanto il pianista danese aveva fatto ascoltare nei dischi in trio con Michael Formanek e Anders ...

Tellef Ogrim: Wagon 8

Read "Wagon 8" reviewed by John Kelman

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 ...

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Solveig Slettahjell: Good Rain

Read "Good Rain" reviewed by Eyal Hareuveni

This fourth release by Norwegian vocalist Solveig Slettahjell and the Slow Motion Quintet offers another magical experience. On Good Rain, these creative and busy musicians expand the musical language that they began to explore on their previous release, Pixiedust (Curling Legs, 2005). In addition to Slettahjell, the group includes trumpeter Sjur Miljeteig, formerly of the jazz-pop-electronica ...

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Solveig Slettahjell: Pixiedust

Read "Pixiedust" reviewed by Eyal Hareuveni

Cool Norway seems to be the most efficient hothouse for new talents in Europe in recent years. Vocalist Solveig Slettahjell is by no means a new talent, but only now is her third solo disc, with her Slow Motion Quintet, being distributed outside of Norway. Slettahjell was a student of renowned Norwegian vocalist Sidsel Endresen, with ...

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Frode Kjekstad: New York Time

Read "New York Time" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Guitarist Frode Kjekstad is a Norwegian who makes himself at home in the Big Apple on this splendid album with New York companions Dr. Lonnie Smith, Byron Landham, and special guest Eric Alexander. To me, there are few musical alliances more pleasing than a guitar/organ/drums trio that sounds terrific and swings like a metronome, as this ...

Tore Brunborg & Jarle Vespestad: Orbit

Read "Orbit" reviewed by AAJ Staff

It’s a little different fro some duet records, and that’s a good thing. Rather than an endless cutting contest, Jarle Vespestad is clearly in the accompanist’s role, adding taps and shimers to Brunborg’s quiet musing. This is introspection, and you hear their thoughts as they take on standards in a non-standard way.

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