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The British/Norwegian Food duo of Iain Ballamy and Thomas Strønen are joined again by Austrian guitarist and electronics player Christian Fennesz for a new album of powerful grooves, evocative textures and exploratory improvisation, sometimes hypnotically insistent, sometimes turbulent. The project was recorded with engineer Ulf Holand and mixed together with Manfred Eicher – the first time Eicher and Holand have collaborated since Nils Petter Molvaer’s Khmer, almost 20 years ago. Thomas Strønen describes the sound of This Is Not A Miracle as “heavier, dryer, connecting more with how we actually sound live.”

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Mats Eilertsen: Reveries and Revelations

Read "Reveries and Revelations" reviewed by John Eyles


In rock music, the heyday of “and friends" albums (Leon Russell or Eric Clapton releases for examples) seems long past; on such records, the headliner was joined by a famous star names on different tracks, their presence helping to attract publicity and boost sales. The last hooray of the genre probably came with charity recordings such ...

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Bill Bruford's Earthworks: Earthworks Complete

Read "Earthworks Complete" reviewed by John Kelman


Since retiring as a professional musician in 2009, progressive/art rock turned jazz drummer Bill Bruford has successfully managed to maintained a place in the public eye. Beyond his engaging, informative and successful Bill Bruford: The Autobiography (Jawbone Press, 2009), the drummer/percussionist has more recently released a second, equally captivating book, Uncharted: Creativity and the Expert Drummer ...

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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

Read "Il senso del tempo di Thomas Strønen" reviewed by Enrico Bettinello


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," ...

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This Is Not a Miracle

Label: ECM Records
Released: 2016
Track listing: First Sorrow; Where Dry Desert Ends; This Is Not a Miracle; The Concept Of Density; Sinking Gardens Of Babylon; Death Of Niger; Exposed to Frost; Earthly Carriage; Age of Innocence; The Grain Mill; Without the Laws.

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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 ...

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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" ...

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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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