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March 14, 2011

Gjerstad, Skaset, Grenager, Tafjord, Mølstad, Moe

Conrad Sound CNR 304



+3db 011

Forging a path midway between the extremes of so-called cold Nordic Jazz, represented by the ECM label, and newer, looser varieties typified by Scandinavian bands such as the Thing and Atomic are these two ensembles. Each taking cues from modern chamber music, both bands eschew percussion instruments and base their strategies on the somewhat abrasive interactions of brass, reed and strings.

Interestingly enough, one member of Sekstett is veteran reedist Frode Gjerstad, who has been leading the fight against enervating music since the 1970s. Besides working with the likes of British drummer John Stevens and American bassist William Parker, Gjerstad has organized groups for like-minded local players, ranging from a trio to the larger Circulasione Totale Orchestra, in which Sekstett’s tubaist Børre Mølstadis is a member. Meanwhile French hornist Hild Sofie Tafjord and cellist Lene Grenager, best-known for their work in the rock-influenced, chamber-improv quartet Spunk, are featured on both CDs. Bergen-based flutist Bjørnar Habbestad and Trondheim-based bassist Michael Francis Duch, who also flit among Rock, Jazz and Free Music, fill out Lemur. Meanwhile Sekstett’s other core members are guitarist Håvard Skaset and bassist Guro Skumsnes Moe, who together play in a variety of settings, most notably the Bay/Oslo Mirror Trio. MORE