John Børge Askeland, The Realization, Arc ****

A great new name to follow here in Norwegian bassist John Børge Askeland on this beautiful release from back in the autumn. Askeland is joined by the great trumpeter Arve Henriksen, pianist Eyolf Dale and drummer Helge Andreas Norbakken. You get …

Published: 6 Dec 2023. Updated: 2 months.

A great new name to follow here in Norwegian bassist John Børge Askeland on this beautiful release from back in the autumn. Askeland is joined by the great trumpeter Arve Henriksen, pianist Eyolf Dale and drummer Helge Andreas Norbakken. You get the feeling of say the world of the Belonging Band a little on 'Tuesday'. But more pervasively there is a certain awe and wonder in the nature and spirtuality that Askeland takes inspiration in carefully conveyed. Often modal and spaciously conceived in the writing Henriksen is magnificent in his muezzin-like call to musical prayer on 'Interlude 2'. The whole thing in its weight and impact feels as mighty as a symphony, all the pieces somehow intricately connecting with the greater whole.

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Trespass Trio feat. Susana Santos Silva, Live in Oslo, Cleanfeed ***1/2

If you are into Wadada Leo Smith chances are you will warm to the sound of remarkable Portuguese trumpeter Susana Santos Silva here on a live Blow Out festival recording that has taken five years to be released. Stark and intense at times and …

Published: 6 Dec 2023. Updated: 2 months.

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If you are into Wadada Leo Smith chances are you will warm to the sound of remarkable Portuguese trumpeter Susana Santos Silva here on a live Blow Out festival recording that has taken five years to be released. Stark and intense at times and certainly landing in the avant domain there is great rapport between Trespass trio - bassist Per Zanussi, saxist Martin Küchen and drummer Raymond Strid - even when it happens that Silva and the Scandinavians had only just met to play together for the first time. Trespass material here has already featured on some Clean Feed records. Bluesy and plangent - it's raw, emotional and deep.