Jacana

Sten Sandell and Paal Nilssen-Love, Jacana, Rune Grammofon ***

It doesn't take long for the heat to rise when The Thing’s Paal Nilssen-Love is about. Here with Fire Orchestra pianist Sten Sandell in a live set of three absorbing improvisations recorded last July at the Kongsberg jazz festival in the drummer’s native Norway, the temperature soars as much as a response to the scalding Sandell input, the pianist all arms and fingers, Nilssen-Love tribal and very vital. The title track is the briefest of the three, almost whimsical by comparison, Sandell clambering out of a pit of silence: Nilssen-Love part demolition expert, part sonic recycler. SG
Released on 14 July