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Skydive Trio: Sun Sparkle

Read "Sun Sparkle" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

Norwegian guitarist Thomas Dahl's primary project is the Skydive Trio with bassist Mats Eilertsen and drummer Olavi Louhivuouri. The trio is an off-shoot of a quintet of the same name that includes tenor saxophonist Tore Brunborg and pianist Alexi Tuomarila. Sun Sparkle is the second release from the smaller group whose sound, like the album title, ...

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Thomas Strønen: Sense of Time

Read "Thomas Strønen: Sense of Time" reviewed by Enrico Bettinello

Time Is a Blind Guide, the ensemble led by Norwegian drummer and composer Thomas Stronen, has just released its sophomore record Lucus (ECM), three years after its eponymous debut album. With Ayumi Tanaka on piano, Håkon Aase on violin, Lucy Railton on cello and Ole Morten Vågan on double bass, Strønen has built a chamber-like ensemble ...

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Il senso del tempo di Thomas Strønen

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Dopo l'omonimo disco del 2015, l'ensemble Time Is a Blind Guide guidata dal batterista e compositore norvegese Thomas Stronen pubblica in questi giorni un nuovo, bellissimo, lavoro, Lucus.

Con Strønen troviamo Ayumi Tanaka al pianoforte, Håkon Aase al violino, Lucy Railton al violoncello e Ole Morten Vågan al contrabbasso, un assetto decisamente “cameristico," ...

Mats Eilertsen: Rubicon

Read "Rubicon" reviewed by John Kelman

It's no news to learn that we're the confluence of our many experiences: life, love, music....everything that we are comes from where we've been, what we've done, what we've experienced. That said, it doesn't mean that we can't move in completely new directions or try something completely foreign to us. Still, it's almost impossible to do ...

Hildegunn Øiseth: Time Is Coming

Read "Time Is Coming" reviewed by Mark Sullivan

Norwegian trumpeter/composer Hildegunn Oiseth has been a full time professional player since age 24, beginning with the Bohuslän Big Band. She has been featured in several projects with the Trondheim Jazzorkester, and can be heard hosting national radio shows. In addition to trumpet and flugelhorn she has been fascinated with more ancient instruments, including the “bukkehorn" ...

Thomas Stronen: Time Is A Blind Guide

Read "Thomas Stronen: Time Is A Blind Guide" reviewed by John Kelman

Over the past couple of decades, Thomas Strønen has become, perhaps, best-known for his unfettered improvisational forays in electro-centric contexts: sometimes freewheeling and frenetic, as in Humcrush, the drummer/percussionist/electronics wizard's hardcore duo with his similarly inclined Norwegian partner, keyboardist Ståle Storløkken (and occasional guest, singer Sidsel Endresen); other times more spaciously ambient in the atmospheric Anglo/Norwegian ...

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Food: This Is Not a Miracle

Read "This Is Not a Miracle" reviewed by Luca Muchetti

Torna Food, il duo di fine anni Novanta (nato però come quartetto) composto dall'alchimista sonoro Thomas Stronen, dal sassofonista Iain Ballamy a cui si aggiunge qui il chitarrista Christian Fennesz. La formazione che ha sformato un'avventura sonora completamente differente dalla precedente ogni qual volta ha deciso di entrare in studio di registrazione, in questa occasione incrocia ...

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Food: This Is Not a Miracle

Read "This Is Not a Miracle" reviewed by Mark Sullivan

British/Norwegian experimental jazz group Food have done something a little different with each album, especially since downsizing from a quartet to the duo of Iain Ballamy and Thomas Stronen (plus guests). For this one they are joined again by Austrian guitarist and electronics player Christian Fennesz--but Strønen has taken the lead. He explains “With Food, it's ...

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Food: This Is Not a Miracle

Read "This Is Not a Miracle" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

Since the formation of Food, more than a dozen years ago, the duo at its core, saxophonist Iain Ballamy and drummer Thomas Strønen, have remained the nucleus of a small but impressive coop of players who have added their unique creative ideas to an already out-of-the-mainstream entity whose philosophy has been to stun without their lasers ...

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Arve Henriksen: Arve Henriksen: The Nature of Connections

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There are musicians who defy compartmentalization based on ever shifting interests and styles. Fewer are those like trumpeter Arve Henriksen whose organic nature precludes musical definition. Throughout his career as a leader on the Rune Grammofon label, he has created collections that seem bound together only by his presence. The delicate Asian influences of Sakuteiki (2001), ...