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Frode Gjerstad

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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

Album

Detail - 90

Label: NoBusiness Records
Released: 2021
Track listing: Detail - 90A; Detail - 90B.

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Frode Gjerstad / Kent Carter / John Stevens: Detail - 90

Read "Detail - 90" reviewed by John Eyles


The group Detail first played together in December 1981. After a short period when the Norwegian pianist Eiven One Pederson was a member, it stabilised as a trio comprising Norwegian saxophonist Frode Gjerstad, South African bassist (and one-time Blue Note artist) Johnny Dyani, and British drummer John Stevens; these three recorded the group's first album, Backwards ...

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Federica Michisanti, Radam Schwartz Organ Big Band, Jose Rizo's Mongorama and more

Read "Federica Michisanti, Radam Schwartz Organ Big Band, Jose Rizo's Mongorama and more" reviewed by Bob Osborne


This week exciting new music from bassist Federica Michisanti whose Horn trio is a band without drums and harmonic instruments, which gives more freedom for an unconventional approach and sound. There's Radam Schwartz Organ Big Band where the leader becomes the first organist to play all of the bass lines throughout an entire big band album. ...

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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

Read "chuffDRONE, Treesearch & Mark Segger" reviewed by Maurice Hogue


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

Read "Blue Cat" reviewed by John Sharpe


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 ...

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.

Album

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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