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Terje Gewelt

Terje Gewelt was born June 8, 1960 in Oslo, Norway and grew up in Larvik, a small town on the southeastern coast. He started playing guitar at the age of 10, switched to electric bass at 14 and added acoustic bass at 17. From 1979-81 he studied privately with the internationally recognized Norwegian bassist, Arild Andersen, and played in local jazz and fusion groups with, among others, the great Norwegian keyboardist Atle Bakken. In 1981, Terje went to the USA to study bass at the Bass Institute in Los Angeles. He studied electric bass with Jeff Berlin and acoustic bass with Bob Magnuson and played in jazz clubs around LA with guitarist Les Wise. In 1982 he moved back to Oslo and spent a year playing with many of the best Norwegian jazz musicians

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Terje Gewelt: Oslo

Read "Oslo" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

Elegante, decadente, nostalgico e contemporaneo. Quattro aggettivi che provano a descrivere il colore e i bagliori del cielo sopra Oslo, il nuovo album firmato da Tereje Gewelt (basso), Enrico Pieranunzi (piano), Anders Kjellberg (batteria). Oslo è in qualche modo la storia di una amore artistico a prima vista nato qualche tempo fa proprio nella città norvegese. Fu infatti al Caffè ...

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Dag Arnesen: Norwegian Song 2

Read "Norwegian Song 2" reviewed by John Kelman

Norwegian pianist Dag Arnesen continues to mine the rich tradition of Norwegian folk and classical music on Norwegian Song 2, the logical follow-up to the acclaimed Norwegian Song (Resonant Music, 2008). While the approach might seem formulaic, it's really no different than American musicians who mine the Great American Songbook. It's all about taking music that's ...

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Dag Arnesen: Norwegian Song

Read "Norwegian Song" reviewed by John Kelman

With the upsurge of jazz artists from around the world comes the realization that, with a melting-pot aesthetic defining jazz across the broadest possible spectrum, source material is expanding far beyond the traditional confines of blues, jazz standards and The Great American Songbook. It may be increasingly difficult to define what jazz is, but the litmus ...

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Andy Haas/Don Fiorino: Death Don't Have No Mercy

Read "Death Don't Have No Mercy" reviewed by Florence Wetzel

John Lennon once said that the world is run by insane people for insane purposes. So what's an ordinary citizen to do? One response is to make music, and Death Don't Have No Mercy is a clear response to the current insanity--namely the shameful war America is waging in Iraq. Good, we need more protest music. ...

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Terje Gewelt: Small World

Read "Small World" reviewed by John Kelman

Some albums are destined for greatness on first listen. Others take more time to settle in, requiring a greater familiarity before they reveal their best qualities. While Norwegian bassist Terje Gewelt's new album Small World is somewhat underwhelming on first cut, subsequent listens reveal a richer experience. Marrying a looser Nordic rhythmic approach with the percussion-driven ...

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Roy Powell Trio: Holus

Read "Holus" reviewed by Javier AQ Ortiz

Quick and to the Point: A rarity: spontaneous Jazz... .



For all the talk of improvisation in jazz, it is not widespread to have musicians draw together at a recording studio and just go with the flow. For all the talk of spontaneous virtuosity in jazz, the percentage of musicians who can gather jointly ...