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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

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).

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.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Mats Eilertsen Trio & Trio Mediaeval: Memorabilia

Read "Memorabilia" reviewed by Friedrich Kunzmann

Talk of an album sounding highly reminiscent of something that could be released on Manfred Eicher's ECM label is quite common. But it does not come as a surprise anymore that much of today's music shares similar melancholic and minimalist contemporary leanings with the aesthetic found on the pioneering Munich-based label. However, this debut date, led ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Nils Okland Band: Kjølvatn

Read "Kjølvatn" reviewed by David Bruggink

A seasoned solo performer, sideman and leader, Nils Økland is a frequent ECM Records contributor capable of playing expressively across multiple styles. His hardanger fiddle and violin can range from poised and elegant—see Lysøen -Hommage à Ole Bull (2011), his collaboration with pianist Sigbjørn Apeland—to raucous, as on the Dirty Three-esque Lumen Drones (2014).

ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

Jacob Young: On ECM, founding a label and finding the "drama" in the music

Read "Jacob Young: On ECM, founding a label and finding the "drama" in the music" reviewed by Friedrich Kunzmann

There's a lot to be said about musical excellence in versatility when it comes to guitarist Jacob Young. The Norwegian fret-acrobat came to international prominence in the early 2000s, when ECM's Manfred Eicher detected his remarkable chops and subsequently recorded and released Young's debut Evening Falls (2004) for the prestigious German label. Two more sessions followed ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

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 ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

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 ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

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 ...


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