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Gard Nilssen's Acoustic Unity: Live In Europe

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Norwegian drummer Gard Nilssen formed Acoustic Unity back in 2014 to assuage his desire to compose and lead in a pure jazz setting. The initial get together with saxophonist André Roligheten and bassist Petter Eldh was so successful that it yielded the well-received Firehouse (Clean Feed, 2015). That achievement gives rise to an audacious gambit for ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

JazzNorway in a Nutshell 2018

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JazzNorway in a Nutshell
Bergen, Norway
May 23-27, 2018

If anyone should be in doubt, Norwegian jazz is thriving. Through many years, the musicians in Norway have continued to refine what might be called a particularly Norwegian approach to the jazz tradition. It is not about repeating any preconceived ideas ...

Jon Rune Strøm Quintet: Fragments

Read "Fragments" reviewed by John Sharpe

Norwegian bassist Jon Rune Strøm, subscribes to none of the self-effacement which sometimes manifests itself on dates led by rhythm section mainstays. That is signaled straight away on the first cut of Fragments, where no other instrument is heard for the first six minutes. With bow in hand, he initially duets with fellow bassist Christian Meaas ...

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John Sharpe's Best Releases Of 2016

Read "John Sharpe's Best Releases Of 2016" reviewed by John Sharpe

Here are ten new releases, reviewed at All About Jazz, which stood out among those I heard this year.

Wadada Leo Smith
America's National Parks
(Cuneiform Records)

While the title might conjure up a string of luminous tone poems, the reality of trumpeter Wadada Leo Smith's magisterial collection goes ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Dag Magnus Narvesen Octet: Cornua Copiae

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At times there seems no end to the bewildering stream of talent emerging from the Norwegian jazz scene. Fresh off the conveyor belt comes drummer Dag Magnus Narvesen whose Damana Octet functions more akin to an even larger ensemble, thanks to some expertly voiced charts. On the roster are some increasingly familiar names, such as saxophonists ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Friends & Neighbors: What's Wrong

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Norwegian quintet Friends & Neighbors' third CD presents a line up unchanged sinceNo Beat Policy(Øra Grammofon, 2011) and Hymn For A Hungry Nation (Clean Feed, 2014). The moniker gives a clue as to their inspiration, referencing one of Ornette Coleman's less well known albums recorded live at his Prince Street loft and featuring a chorus of ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Jonas Cambien Trio: A Zoology of the Future

Read "A Zoology of the Future" reviewed by John Sharpe

For the debut of his new trio, Belgian-born, Oslo-based pianist Jonas Cambien joins with two rising stars of the Norwegian scene for a series of incisive cuts notable for their inventive arrangements and maverick rhythms. Drummer Andreas Wildhagen is part of Paal Nilssen-Love's Large Unit and may not be known to many, but on this showing ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Gard Nilssen's Acoustic Unity: Firehouse

Read "Firehouse" reviewed by Giuseppe Segala

Disco intelligente, compatto nell'ispirazione e nella durata, Firehouse presenta il trio Acoustic Unity del batterista norvegese Gard Nilssen. Un disco impostato su un free dalle tinte moderate, che comunica immediata freschezza, fluidità, coesione di gruppo. Ben impostato su una durata umanamente accessibile per chi ascolta, denota anche sotto questo aspetto la capacità di sintetizzare idee, di ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Gard Nilssen's Acoustic Unity: Firehouse

Read "Firehouse" reviewed by John Sharpe

With his new Acoustic Unity threesome Norwegian drummer Gard Nilssen enters the saxophone trio stakes with an ebullient swagger. Since coming onto the scene in 2006, Nilssen has become an in-demand figure, featuring in outfits such as Cortex, bassists Arild Andersen's sextet and Per Zanussi's quintet. On Firehouse, the group carves out a distinctive identity manifest ...

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Nutshell 2015

Read "Nutshell 2015" reviewed by Ian Patterson

Nutshell 2015
Bergen, Norway
May 27-30, 2015

For a decade now, Nutshell has been an important engine in promoting Norwegian jazz talent abroad. This year, Nutshell's four-day program presented nine acts of quite diverse stripes to an audience of festival directors, radio programmers, booking agents and journalists from fifteen European countries.