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Frode Gjerstad

FRODE GJERSTAD was born in Stavanger, Norway, 24-03- 1948. He started trying to play improvised music as a trumpeter in 1968. When he moved to Lund in Sweden (1971 to 1975) he got a chance to meet, talk and play with musicians interested in this music. He had at that time started playing tenor saxophone (1969). After he came back to Stavanger in 1975 he started collaborating with keyboardist Eivin One Pedersen. Together, they explored many different aspects of improvised music, as a duo or with others, but it was not until 1981, when they first played with John Stevens, that he had a real chance to feel what a dedicated musicians can do to the music-making. At the early stage of his career, he choose mainly to play with international musicians because there was no tradition in Norway for the free music

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A tribute to Tony Allen plus some new releases

Read "A tribute to Tony Allen plus some new releases" reviewed by Bob Osborne

This week a tribute to the great Nigeria drummer, percussionist and songwriter Tony Allen. One of the main collaborators, and musical director, of Fela Kuti's band Africa '70 from 1968 to 1979, he was a central figure in Afrobeat music. In later years he embraced a variety of musical styles, developed “Afrofunk" and worked with a ...

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chuffDRONE, Treesearch & Mark Segger

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This episode is a mixed bag of some newer releases and some recent ones definitely worthy of revisiting. The Austrian quintet chuffDrone takes an interesting approach to its highly polished improvisation, while the duo of bassist Rob Clutton and saxophonist Tony Malaby create an album of gems on Offering; it's the kind of personal connection that ...

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Bobby Bradford / Frode Gjerstad / Kent Carter / John Stevens: Blue Cat

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Following on from Day Two (2019), the Lithuanian NoBusiness imprint issues another archive tape by Detail, the collective founded by Norwegian reedman Frode Gjerstad and English drummer John Stevens. By 1991 when this live set was captured, original bassist Johnny Dyani had died and had been replaced by expatriate American Kent Carter. Also on the album ...

Season of Sadness

Label: Iluso Records
Released: 2019
Track listing: Part 1; Part 2; Part 3; Part 4; Part 5; Part 6; Part 7; Part 8.

Day Two

Label: NoBusiness Records
Released: 2019
Track listing: Day Two - Part I; Day Two - Part II.

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Brandon Robertson and The Quiet Temple

Read "Brandon Robertson and The Quiet Temple" reviewed by Bob Osborne

This week new releases from Brandon Robertson and The Quiet Temple are featured there's also a host of recent albums with a mix of jazz and free improvisation..... Playlist Brandon Robertson “Stablemates" from Bass'd On A True Story (Slammin Media) 00:00 Pat Thomas, John Butcher, Ståle Liavik Solberg “The Solution" from Fictional Souvenirs (Astral Spirits) 07:34 ...

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Frode Gjerstad: Day Two

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Detail was a band ahead of its time. The co-operative trio formed in 1981 by Norwegian reedman Frode Gjerstad and English drummer John Stevens, was completed in its first incarnation by South African bassist Johnny Dyani. Day Two was recorded in Gjerstad's hometown Stavanger, and as the name suggests, it was the result of the second ...

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Frode Gjerstad / Fred Lonberg-Holm / Matthew Shipp: Season of Sadness

Read "Season of Sadness" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

Norwegian multi-reedist/composer Frode Gjerstad has been active in free jazz and avant-garde music across five decades. Among his collaborators are Paal Nilssen-Love, Peter Brötzmann, Evan Parker, Derek Bailey, William Parker, Sabir Mateen and Johnny Dyani. Gjerstad has toured and played festivals extensively, in Europe and North America, and composed commissioned work for the historic Moldejazz festival. ...

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Rob Mazurek: Desert Encrypts Vol. 1

Read "Desert Encrypts Vol. 1" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

It was twenty-five years ago, in 1994, that Rob Mazurek first emerged with Man Facing East (Hep Jazz), a quartet recording solidly positioned in the post/hard bop style. Even in the interpretations of standards, there were clues that the cornetist/composer was a restless soul. In the intervening years, Mazurek has rapidly charted his own dissident destiny ...


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