Scandinavia is home to one of the most inventive and forward-thinking jazz scenes. Performers such as Ida Rønshaugen certainly stay true to the reputation of the Nordic countries with a modern and insightful approach to jazz.
A veteran of the Norwegian jazz scene, Rønshaugen has roots in the Big Band Fossajazz, where she was the lead saxophonist at the age of 14. Her debut album, The Blue and Wise Cats, was released to critical praise in 2013. Her growth as an artist continues to inspire awe. On her recent release, Storm, Rønshaugen is particularly fond of layering unique sounds together. Her dazzling saxophone lines aren't only about melodic phrasings, but also about textures and atmospherics. Rønshaugen blends in the freedom of jazz with the blanket of drones that are often associated with loop-based music.
Rønshaugen uses her voice and her saxophone in order to build stunning cascades of melodies and sustained notes that harmonize beautifully. She then performs stunning and inspired solo improvisation on the sax, utilizing her gorgeously orchestrated background layers as a backing track for her soloist work.
This is invigorating, cutting-edge jazz. Don't be surprised if Rønshaugen creates a Storm with her fiery artistry.
Track Listing: A Dream of Spring; Morning Rise; Old Pine; Storm; The Sick Son´s Mother; Cathedral; Finding Maps; Vence, Oh Vence!
I was first exposed to Jazz when a couple of dear friends of mine turned me onto it around 1971. I was already into Progressive music, R n' B, Soul, Motown, Latin Rock and other styles that were a great ladder to Jazz
I was first exposed to Jazz when a couple of dear friends of mine turned me onto it around 1971. I was already into Progressive music, R n' B, Soul, Motown, Latin Rock and other styles that were a great ladder to Jazz.
Being a Musician myself, (Lead Guitar/Bass Guitar), I studied at the Dick Grove School of Music with Dick Grove, Jeff Richman and Lee Ritenour. This was around '84-'85. I started playing the Guitar in November 1967. Playing Guitar came quite naturally to me thank goodness. Though I spent hours upon hours practicing while my school buddies were doing Sports.
It was in the early '70s that I really got into Jazz, Jazz Rock, Jazz Fusion and World Music. Seeing Weather Report, Miles Davis, Wayne Shorter, Larry Carlton, Steely Dan, John McLaughlin and the Mahavishnu Orchestra, RTF, Herbie Hancock and the Headhunters, VSOP, Freddie Hubbard and so many, many more amazing artists opened my eyes to the beauty and eloquent nature of Jazz. I really love the brilliant ensemble playing that is in Jazz!!
When I play and write music, it blends so many style together. Many fans ask me why my playing sounds so jazzy. It's because I understand Blue Notes, the phrasing, the tonality, time signatures and more. I can also play Rock, Folk, Soul, R n' B and other styles too. I seem to gravitate more and more as I get older to a jazzier style. Currently I'm 62 years old. I have released 2 CDs world-wide. Working on my 3rd.
I also teach Guitar/Bass/Music Theory to my students. They range from 6 years old to much, much older. (I was hired by the City of Aurora, CO to teach ages 6-13 specifically). Currently I teach 41 children in 5 classes. Additionally another 7 private students.
My wife, Meesh, and I love Jazz dearly. It was one of the things that we share together!
Most of the people that I know today do not get jazz. I try to explain what to listen for, but many times the music of Jazz is a bit much for them. So be it.
In a nutshell, I live, breath and listen to Music 24/7. No TV except the Food Channel and Weather.
I love John Kelman's articles. They are so insightful and well-constructed!
Thank you all for doing what you do.