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Gard Nilssen

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Gard Nilssen is a drummer, composer, producer and bandleader from Norway that lives in Oslo. He is one of the most sought after and active drummers on the european jazz scene these days, traveling 200 days a year all around the world with his own bands like Gard Nilssen Acoustic Unity, Bushman´s Revenge, sPacemonKey, Amgala Temple, Ruby and Gard Nilssen Supersonic Orchestra. Born and raised in a musical family consisting of nothing but drummers, there were no big surprise that the instrument of choice became the drums. Gard has his background from marching bands and big bands in his hometown Skien

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Elastic Wave

Label: ECM Records
Released: 2022
Track listing: Altaret; Spending Time With Ludvig; Dreignau; Influx Delight; Lokket til Jon, og skjerfet til Paul; The Other Village; Boogie; Cercle 85; Acoustic Dance Music; Til Liv; The Room Next To Her.

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Article: Album Review

Gard Nilssen Acoustic Unity: Elastic Wave

Read "Elastic Wave" reviewed by Chris May


The last time we heard from Norwegian drummer Gard Nilssen as a leader was with his Supersonic Orchestra—a three-drummer, three-bassist behemoth whose 2020 album, If You Listen Carefully The Music Is Yours (Odin), proved that, contrary to the precedent set by Stan Kenton, it is possible to assemble a big band packing Death Star-level ordnance which ...

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Article: Album Review

Rodrigo Amado Northern Liberties: We Are Electric

Read "We Are Electric" reviewed by John Sharpe


Portuguese saxophonist Rodrigo Amado hits the jackpot with the debut by his Northern Liberties quartet. He's found gifted collaborators in the Norwegian threesome of trumpeter Thomas Johansson, drummer Gard Nilssen and bassist Jon Rune Strøm. Amado's preferred domain is muscular free jazz. It's territory he's thoroughly explored with his Motion Trio, supplemented by guests like trumpeter ...

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Article: In Pictures

Festival Artacts 22 In St. Johann in Tirol, Austria

Read "Festival Artacts 22 In St. Johann in Tirol, Austria" reviewed by Ziga Koritnik


A collection of photos from the Artacts Festival in St. Johann in Tirol, Austria from March 10 to March 13, 2022 featuring Gnyxe: Irene Kepl, Carl Ludwig Hubsch , Punkt.Vrt.Plastik.: Christian Lillinger,. Kaja Draksler, Petter Eldh, Zimt: Angélica Castelló, Kai Fagaschinski, Burkhard Stangl, Sestetto Internazionale: Harri Sjöström, Gianni Mimmo, Phil Wachsmann, Achim Kaufmann, Ignaz Schick, Veli ...

Article: Radio & Podcasts

Favourite Recordings from 2021

Read "Favourite Recordings from 2021" reviewed by Maurice Hogue


As per usual, the first One Man's Jazz of a new year features music from my favourite recordings of the previous year, selected from a wide range of artists from 38 countries. I thought 2021 was a fine year for releasing some very good creative music, despite the dire effect of the pandemic on the rest ...

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Article: Album Review

Rodrigo Amado Northern Liberties: We Are Electric

Read "We Are Electric" reviewed by Mark Corroto


The predicament with modern albums is that an album is often more than just one album. With the advent of streaming music, and compact discs before it, music expands beyond the unit we traditionally designated as side one or side two of an LP. A perfect example of this concept is We Are Electric by the ...

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Article: Album Review

Rodrigo Amado Northern Liberties: We Are Electric

Read "We Are Electric" reviewed by Troy Dostert


By all accounts, 2021 was a very good year for Rodrigo Amado. One of the leading lights of the Portuguese avant-garde, the indefatigable tenor saxophonist first released The Field (NoBusiness), featuring his Motion Trio (with cellist Miguel Mira and drummer Gabriel Ferrandini) alongside guest pianist Alexander von Schlippenbach, and Let the Free Be Men (Trost), with ...

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We Are Electric

Label: Not Two Records
Released: 2021
Track listing: Spark; Ignition; Activity; Response.

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Article: Live Review

Punkt Festival 2021

Read "Punkt Festival 2021" reviewed by Henning Bolte


Eivind Aarset Hotel Norge, Blå Kors Punkt Festival Kristiansand September, 2-4, 2021 Live remix is the key element and trademark of Punkt Festival in Kristiansand, southern Norway, now in its 17th year. Life itself had been remixed severely by the COVID pandemic that struck at the beginning of 2020. It ...


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