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Mats Eilertsen

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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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Article: In Pictures

Bobo Stenson Trio at Jazzontheroad Festival 2022

Read "Bobo Stenson Trio  at Jazzontheroad Festival 2022" reviewed by Danilo Codazzi


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Article: Year in Review

Mark Sullivan's Favorite Recordings of 2021

Read "Mark Sullivan's Favorite Recordings of 2021" reviewed by Mark Sullivan


2021 may have been a year best forgotten in many ways, as the pandemic continued to make “normal life" look like a distant memory. There was a brief bright spot after the introduction of the vaccines, only to be crushed by the emergence of the Delta variant, then the Omicron. Yet somehow there was plenty of ...

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Hymn For Hope

Label: Hemli
Released: 2021
Track listing: Little Thug; Oscuro; K; Sunrise; Circle Hymn For Hope; M; Sunday; August; Chiaro; Call; First; X.

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Article: Album Review

Mats Eilertsen: Hymn For Hope

Read "Hymn For Hope" reviewed by Mark Sullivan


Norwegian bassist & composer Mats Eilertsen has done his best to stay active during the pandemic. His previous solo album Solitude Central (Hemli, 2021) was drawn from his captivating improvised performance during the 2020 Norwegian Digital Jazz Festival. Hymn For Hope is a quartet album, with Eilertsen's compositions augmented by a few brief collective improvisations. He ...

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Article: Six Picks

October 2021

Read "October 2021" reviewed by Pat Youngspiel


The Source But swinging doesn't bend them down Odin Records 2021 This new release by Norwegian jazz outfit The Source arrives 15 years after the quartet's self-titled ECM debut and makes up for lost time with angular swing, unconventional rubato and offbeat contemplation. The four protagonists--each a pillar of the ...

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Memorabilia

Label: NXN Recordings
Released: 2020
Track listing: Veni; Stillheten; Memorabilia I; Swedenborg; Kyrie; Hjertet; Memorabilia II; Sanctus; Soma Da Du; Fotografiet; Memorabilia III; Agnus Dei; Minutter; Memorabilia IV; Snøfnuggene; Memorabilia V; Gloria.

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Trunks

Label: C+C Records
Released: 2020
Track listing: Maple (for Per Oddvar); Bamboo (for Christer); Cambium (for Helge); Norway Spruce (For Mats); Heartwood (for Michael); Sapwood (for Evalill); Bark (for Eivind).

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Article: Live Review

Norwegian Digital Jazz Festival 2020, Part 2

Read "Norwegian Digital Jazz Festival 2020, Part 2" reviewed by Mark Sullivan


Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 Norwegian Digital Jazz Festival Sentralen Oslo, Norway November 24-December 1, 2020 November 24 Silje Nergaard Silje Nergaard is one of the new breed of jazz singers who writes most of her material—rather than singing jazz standards and songs from the ...

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Article: Live Review

Norwegian Digital Jazz Festival 2020, Part 1

Read "Norwegian Digital Jazz Festival 2020, Part 1" reviewed by Mark Sullivan


Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 Norwegian Digital Jazz Festival Sentralen Oslo, Norway November 6-17, 2020 With the physical 2020 festival cancelled, the Big Ears Festival has turned its attention to broadcasting filmed and live streamed concerts, under the moniker “Sites & Sounds From Big Ears." ...


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