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Mats Eilertsen

Mats Eilertsen (b.1975, Trondheim, Norway) Mats is a highly in-demand musician and plays in a number of different bands and constellations in Norway and internationally, such as the Tord Gustavsen Ensemble (ECM) the Source (ECM) with Trygve Seim, Øyvind Brække, Per Oddvar Johansen, drums, dutch pianist Wolfert Brederode Quartet (ECM) Parish (ECM) with Fredrik Ljungkvist (S), Bobo Stenson (S) and Thomas Strønen. He has also released 6 CDs in his own name, the latest one being Mats Eilertsen `SkyDive'on norwegian label Hubromusic. `SkyDive`features Tore Brunborg, sax, Thomas T. Dahl, guitar, Alexi Tuomarila, piano, Olavi Louhivuori, drums. Mats is one of the finest and most distinct bass players on the Norwegian jazz scene of today

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Norvald Dahl with Colin Stranahan: The Vision

Read "The Vision" reviewed by Troy Dostert

Norwegian newcomer Norvald Dahl has cultivated his expansive approach to jazz piano since his 2018 debut, Organic Chamber (AMP Music), a trio outing which included saxophonist Jon Irabagon and bassist Mats Eilertsen. That free-spirited release revealed a deeply iconoclastic spirit in Dahl, someone who is as comfortable teasing the contours of a pop-inflected tune as he ...

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Øyvind Braekke: Wilderness

Read "Wilderness" reviewed by Friedrich Kunzmann

Best known for his work with fellow countrymen Trygve Seim, Per Oddvar Johansen and Mats Eilertsen on ECM's The Source (ECM 2006), trombonist Øyvind Braekke belongs among Norway's hidden treasures as far as arrangers and composers go. On Wilderness he displays delicate oversight at arranging six voices so that each instrument conveys a unique purpose. From ...

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It Takes Two to Jazz: Part II

Read "It Takes Two to Jazz: Part II" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

Second part of this week's exploration of the duo format with a special emphasis on duos featuring saxophonists as well as drummers. For the first part of this show click here PlaylistBen Allison “Mondo Jazz Theme (feat. Ted Nash & Pyeng Threadgill)" 0:00 Vincent Peirani, Emile Parisien “Egyptian Fantasy" Belle Époque ...

ARTICLE: YEAR IN REVIEW

2019: Striking A Balance In Review, Part 1

Read "2019: Striking A Balance In Review, Part 1" reviewed by Henning Bolte

Part 1 | Part 2 Every year the 'Best-of' game is underway again. But, “best of what?" is the immediate question. It's almost impossible for fishes of prey to hunt in a huge herring swarm, or for birds of prey to hunt in those huge budgerigar swarms. 'The best' is a choice from the ...

And Then Comes The Night

Label: ECM Records
Released: 2019
Track listing: 22; Perpetum; Albatross; After The Rain; The Void; Solace; Sirens; Then Comes The Night; Soften; 22 (va.).

Reveries and Revelations

Label: Hubro Music
Released: 2019
Track listing: Nightride; Tundra; Endless; Bouvet Blues; Signal; Venus; Polynesia Pluck; Siberean Sorrow; Hardanger; Appreciate.

ARTICLE: YEAR IN REVIEW

John Kelman's Best Releases of 2019

Read "John Kelman's Best Releases of 2019" reviewed by John Kelman

Well, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome continues to be a challenge, as it has been since mid-2014. 2019 represents, in fact, the worst year when it comes to the actual number of articles written. Still, I've been finding an increasingly satisfying niche in the arena of in-depth, detailed and extensive/exhaustive (exhausting, for you as much as I!!) articles. ...

MUSICIAN Born:

Thomas Dahl

Thomas T Dahl is a “all genres” guitarist, arranger, composer, producer and educator, living i Bergen, Norway Find out more on: www.thomastdahl.com

ARTICLE: YEAR IN REVIEW

Mark Sullivan’s Best Releases of 2019

Read "Mark Sullivan’s Best Releases of 2019" reviewed by Mark Sullivan

Another year, another diverse group of releases. There were an unusual percentage of albums outside of jazz for me this year, for whatever reason. Although I opted not to review any albums by pianist/composer Satoko Fujii, she released five diverse projects—even after her 2018 marathon of an album a month to celebrate her 60th birthday—so I ...


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