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Article: Multiple Reviews

John Lilja's Robblerobble

Read "John Lilja's Robblerobble" reviewed by Eyal Hareuveni

American double bassist John Lilja, based in Stavanger, Norway, for more than 15 years, has collaborated frequently with the fertile, genre-bending, community of musicians of Stavanger, among them saxophonist Frode Gjerstad' s Circulasione Totale Orchestra, Kitchen Orchestra and trumpeter Gunhild Seim's Time Jungle. The quintet Robblerobble is Lilja's first project as a ...



Label: Rune Grammofon
Released: 2010
Track listing: CD1: Yellow, Bass & Silver Cornet II, Parts 1-4. CD2: Yellow, Bass & Silver Cornet III, Parts 1-4. CD3: Dancing in St. Johann IV, Parts 1-4.


Article: Album Review

Frode Gjerstad / Paal Nilssen-Love: Gromka

Read "Gromka" reviewed by Mark Corroto

It is hard to choose which duo partner of drummer Paal Nilssen-Love to favor over another, as there are simply so many to pick from. There are his collaborations with Ken Vandermark, heard on their Chicago Volume and Milwaukee Volume (Smalltown Superjazz, 2009); the fine Peter Brotzmann session, Woodcuts ((Smalltown Superjazz, 2010); Mats Gustafsson's Splatter (Smalltown ...

Article: Album Review

Circulasione Totale Orchestra: Bandwidth

Read "Bandwidth" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

Reportage sonoro di un tour che l'ha portata a zonzo per l'Europa tra la fine del 2008 e i primi mesi del 2009, Bandwidth racconta le gesta epiche della Circulasione Totale Orchestra. Partorita dall'infaticabile mente del norvegese Frode Gjerstad e attiva fin dal lontano '84, la band ha visto sfilare nei suoi ranghi decine di musicisti ...


Article: Album Review

Circulasione Totale Orchestra: Bandwidth

Read "Bandwidth" reviewed by John Kelman

With a group as sonically dense as Circulasione Totale Orchestra (CTO), a single disc can be daunting enough. With Bandwidth, the 25 year-old free-blowing group delivers nearly three hours of relentless collective interplay; three continuous pieces divided into four segments each across three CDs. It's not for the faint-at-heart; even free improv fans may find it ...


Article: Album Review

Circulasione Totale Orchestra: Open Port

Read "Open Port" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

This largely high-impact orchestra launched in 1984 by Norwegian multi-reedman Frode Gjerstad is more of a collective, where young and veteran jazz-based improvisers pass through to abet the unit's continual evolution. It's an acoustic-electric format that might be analogous to a histogram amidst the abundance of pointy spikes and steady-state flows. It's an international ...


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