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.
From the opening track, Bolero, it is clear that The Core is a no-nonsense jazz band, hell-bent on making the kind of music they not only like to play, but like to listen to. With a strong melodic base, Møster pushes his sax to the sonic limits, sustaining a loose and free statement of the melody in view, even when it is far beyond what could reasonably be called "tenor".
On their second album The Core has expanded their sound with master guitarist Nils-Olav Johansen. The music is boiling with energy and exciting themes.
The Core's debut album.
Heidi Skjerve Quintet's critically acclaimed debut CD Coming Home was released in March 2006 on the Norwegian record label Curling Legs. "It takes only seconds for the listener to realize that here comes something extraordinary , something doubtless and expressive. (...) Great singer, great musicians,and for each time you listen, you hear something new. Demanding and rewarding acquaintances." -Bertil Sundin, Om Jazz (Orkester Journalen) ”With her CD debut, she instantly takes place among the Norwegian elite of jazz vocalists.
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