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Jan Gunnar Hoff

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Norwegian pianoplayer and composer educated at the Jazzdepartment, Trondheim Conservatory and at NMH, composition. Hoff has played and collaborated with Alex Acuña, Mike Stern, Pat Metheny, Kenwood Dennard, Joanna McGregor, Lars Danielsson, Cæcilie Norby, Fathy Salama, Martin France, Chick Corea, Arild Andersen, Nils Petter Molvær a.o. In 1982 he was part of a national all star band performing Jan Garbareks composition for the FNJ, Norwegian Jazz Forum. Hoff has released five CDs with his own Jan Gunnar Hoff Group that consists of leading Norwegian jazzperformers Audun Kleive (dr) and Bjørn Kjellemyr (bass)

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Article: Album Review

Per Mathisen/Jan Gunnar Hoff/Horacio Hernandez: Barxeta II

Read "Barxeta II" reviewed by Geno Thackara


Per Mathisen and Jan Gunnar Hoff understandably look forward to their jaunts to Barxeta, Spain, as much as anyone else might look forward to favorite summer holidays. For them it's really a working vacation: of course the sunny surroundings are beautiful and the home cooking is doubtlessly excellent, but they're also there to play hard and ...

Album

Fly North!

Label: Losen Records
Released: 2014
Track listing: Fly North; Living; Arise; Places; Sacrifice; Böcklin; Spheres; Valse de Décembre; Questions; Gathering.

Album

Fly North

Label: Megafon
Released: 2014

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Article: Year in Review

Jakob Baekgaard's Best Releases of 2014

Read "Jakob Baekgaard's Best Releases of 2014" reviewed by Jakob Baekgaard


2014 proved to be another fruitful year for jazz. The artists on this list represent many different musical directions, but that is the wonder of jazz. It is so many things and the world would indeed be poorer if the idiom was restricted to one particular sound. These artists all have a fresh approach to the ...

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Article: Album Review

Jan Gunnar Hoff: Fly North!

Read "Fly North!" reviewed by Jakob Baekgaard


Norwegian pianist Jan Gunnar Hoff has had the honor of being the first artist on Losen Records to release an album recorded at producer and label owner Odd Gjelsnes' studio Berxeta, in sunny Spain. It was fitting that the name of that album was called Berxeta (Losen Records, 2012), and its sound was influenced by the ...

Album

Living

Label: Megafon
Released: 2013

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Article: Record Label Profile

Losen Records: New Norwegian Sounds

Read "Losen Records: New Norwegian Sounds" reviewed by Jakob Baekgaard


Mention the phrase “the Norwegian sound" and many listeners will get an image in their head. An image of a natural, deep echoing sound influenced by the mountains and hills of the Norwegian landscape. Such an image is, of course, a cliché, but to some critics it has stuck and distorted the rich fertility of the ...

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Article: Album Review

Acuna - Hoff - Mathisen: Barxeta

Read "Barxeta" reviewed by John Kelman


With Jungle City (Alessa, 2009), Norwegians Jan Gunnar Hoff (keyboards) and Per Mathisen (bass) documented their meeting with Peruvian-born Alex Acuña, a Weather Report alum who leapt onto the international stage, first as percussionist and then kit drummer, on the fusion super group's Black Market (Columbia, 1976) and Heavy Weather (Columbia, 1977). That, after a first ...

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Living

Featuring the music of Jan Gunnar Hoff
Duration: 06:10

Preview from SOLO PIANO, upcoming March 2013 release on 2L Norway.

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