Heavy and melodic prog/jazz/rock from new group consisting of some very prolific musicians from the Norwegian scene. Having played a few sensational gigs as Kenneth Kapstad Group this impressive line-up is now ready with a more fitting name for their debut album. With gifted violinist Ola Kvernberg, who won a Norwegian Grammy for his album ”Liarbird”, on board it´s difficult not to think of the Mahavishnu Orchestra when trying to place Grand General in a musical perspective. The interplay between the soloists is superb and with this rhythm section you can´t go wrong.
Live recording from "The Pit Inn", Tokyo.
The best from recent sessions at the famous Rainbow Studio in Oslo with John Surman, Jan Erik Kongshaug, Knut Riisnæs, Håvard Fossum, Erlend Slettevoll, Roy Nikolaisen, Atle Nymo, Frode Nymo, Marius Haltli, Jørgen Gjerde, Stig Hvalrygg, Harald Halvorsen, Andreas Bye, Roger Johansen.
John Surman and John Warren has arranged and composed most of the songs. John Surman is playing on all tracks.
An extended version of The Core (feat. Jonas Kullhammar, Magnus Broo and Vidar Johansen) plays compositions by Vidar Johansen.
Norwegian Grammy award winning album from Petter Wettre.
Wettre's quartet reprises their performance of his four-part "Fountain Of Youth" suite together with the 52- piece Norwegian Broadcasting Orchestra live at Kongsberg jazzfestival in Norway in 2008. The majesty of Wettre's piece, like that of Coltrane's A Love Supreme, is given a royal treatment here with the deft conducting of Django Bates. The music is presented both as a CD and a DVD concert film, and equipped as the film crew were with enough cameras, the concert makes for interesting viewing. Besides the suite, it covers four additional tracks.
Inside the Beehive is Audun Automat's second release and consists of 8 pieces composed by Audun Ellingsen. The pieces vary from high-energy modal jazz to contemplative soundscapes - from chaos to perfect order. The music is based on strong melodies, complex structures, virtuosic improvisations and small hints of inspiration from far and near. The album is recorded on analogue equipment to get that organic sound of the 70´s.