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Scheen Jazzorkester / Thomas Johansson: As We See It... (Clean Feed)

Norway's Scheen Jazzorkester in their 7th album, commissioning works in their goal to make a large conventional jazz orchestra more spontaneous through composition, here recruiting trumpeter Thomas Johansson, co-founder of Cortex and Friends and Neighbors, to compose this set of six ardent works incredibly executed by this 13-piece band; breathtaking creative jazz.
 

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Andre Kassen-soprano saxophone, tenor saxophone

Guttorm Guttormsen-alto saxophone, flute, clarinet

Jon Oystein Rosland-tenor saxophone

Line Bjorner Rosland-bass clarinet

Finn Arne Dahl Hanssen-trumpet

Thomas Johansson-trumpet

Magne Rutle-trombone

Froydis Aslesen-trombone

Asgeir Grong-bass trombone

Even Helte Hermansen-guitars

Rune Klakegg-piano

Jan Olav Renvag-bass, tuba

Dag Erik Knedal Andersen-drums


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UPC: 5609063005264

Label: Clean Feed
Catalog ID: CF526
Squidco Product Code: 27585

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2019
Country: Portugal
Packaging: Cardboard Gatefold
Recorded at Athletic Sound, in Halden, Norway, in January, 2019, by Dag Erik Johansen and Kai Andersen.

Descriptions, Reviews, &c.

"Here's some fantastic music with an agenda, or more exactly, an entire program of action. Since the days of the researches developed by the likes of Globe Unity Orchestra and Chris McGregor's Brotherhood of Breath the challenge remains the same: how to make a big band improvise without the restraints usually applied when there's the idea that a large ensemble needs a tight organization?

In the mentioned cases the musicians involved were free improvisers wanting to establish some kind of order through scores, structures, arrangements and / or conduction. This time, the point of departure is the inverse one: how to make a conventional jazz orchestra, usually working inside very defined parameters, to open its perspectives and be more spontaneous? Norway's Scheen Jazzorkester has six records behind them with more structured and arranged music, with the particularity of only using compositional materials by their own members. The last one, Commuter Report, had a commissioned piece by keyboardist Eyolf Dale, known from the projects Albatrosh and Wolf Valley.

Now it's the co-founder of the free-form bands Cortex and Friends and Neighbors who takes the lead in this new step documented in As We See It...: the music he wrote had from the start the intention to be reconverted by the orchestral interpretations, with instructions clear enough for musicians who aren't used to the particularities of free jazz and free improvisation. The final result is astonishing, with everybody's personal expressions being fundamental in the mix. Music liberation has a new victory."-Clean Feed


Artist Biographies

André Kassen is a Norwegian saxophonist.

Saxophonist at AADAL
February 19, 2020 - Present
Saxofonist at Ingrid Halle
2019 - Present
Saxofonist at Scheen Jazzorkester
2010 - Present·Skien, Norway
Works at Frilansmusiker
2001 - Present
Former Saxofonlærer at Universitetet i Agder
November 2014 - June 2016·Kristiansand, Norway
Former Saxofonlærer at Skien Kulturskole
July 31, 2005 - December 30, 2016
College
Studied Master i utøvende musikk at UiA - Universitetet i Agder
Class of 2008
Studied Musikk at Høgskolen i Agder
Class of 2003
Studied at Viken folkehøgskole
Class of 2000
High school
Went to Porsgrunn videregående skole
Class of 1999

-Andre Kassen Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/epostkassen/about_work_and_education)
6/10/2024

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"Guttorm Guttormsen (born 28 June 1950) is a Norwegian Jazz musician (flute, clarinet, alto saxophone), arranger and composer.

Guttormsen was born in Mo i Rana. After moving to Oslo (1969), he appeared with Ivar Antonsen's Band at "Festspillene i Nord-Norge" (1971). Later, at Skien, he led a big band, and led his own quintet with, among others, Bjørn Kjellemyr with a series of recordings. He attended Kongsberg Jazzfestival several times, also with his own quartet (1975, 1979), and "Guttorm Guttormsen/Per Kristian Ekholt Big Band" (1976). He led his own Quintet, including with Lars Klevstrand, Jon Balke, Carl Morten Iversen, Espen Rud, releasing the album Høysang (1978).

Musical Director of "Teater Ibsen" and within Jon Eberson Quartet, Per Husby dedication orchestra (1984-1988) and contributed on albums by "Trio de Janeiro", and the release Distant Reports (2001) by "Nordnorsk Jazzforum".

He is best known for his compositions for theater, including a variety of performances at Nationaltheatret, "Det Norske Teater" and "Teater Ibsen" where he is music director.

He was also the director of "Ibsens Gåte" in 1997 which was a musical interpretation of Ibsen.

Guttormsen has composed music for a number of Norwegian artists like Anne Grimstad Fjeld, Agnes Buen Garnås, Knut Buen, Lars Vik (Fritjof Fomlesen), Kine Hellebust to mention some. He has been a studio musician for a number of Norwegian music productions and artists like Lars Klevstrand.

He lives in Langesund since 1993."

-Wikipedia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Guttorm_Guttormsen)
6/10/2024

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Jon Øystein Rosland is a Norwegian saxophonist. He works at Skien Videregående Skole, at kulturskolen, and at Skien VGS, He studied Composition Pedagogy at Norges Musikkhøgskole, and Composition at Berklee College of Music.

-Jon Oystein Rosland Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=522596484&sk=about_work_and_education)
6/10/2024

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Finn Arne Dahl Hanssen is Norwegian trumpeter based on Porsgrunn. He is the General Manager at Norges Musikkorps Forbund Sør. He also is associated with Skien Cultural School and Skien Municipality, the cultural school.

-Finn Arne Dahl Hanssen Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/finn.a.hanssen/about)
6/10/2024

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"Thomas is born and raised in Skien,Telemark. With a bachelor degree from the University of Stavanger, and Masters from The Norwegian Academy of Music, he is a part of the strong young Norweigan jazz elite. He has done extensive touring in Scandinavia, Europe, Japan and USA, with both his own projects and as a sideman in several other bands.

His main project is Cortex, which is a quartet consisting of Thomas, Kristoffer Alberts, Ola Høyer and Gard Nilssen. Cortex is a Norwegian band which plays enerergetic jazz of the finest brand. With over one hundred live perfomances and four highly acclaimed albums, they position themselves as one of the strongest additions to the Norwegian jazz scene.

Thomas is also active in several other projects, such as: All Included, Friends & Neighbors, Paal Nilssen-Love Large Unit, and Scheen Jazzorkester.

Thomas currently lives in Skien, working as a freelance trumpet player and composer. Thomas has in recent years toured and played at several festivals and clubs at home and abroad, with both his own and others projects. For projects and livedates, check the pages on the menu at the top of the page."

-Thomas Johansson Website (http://www.thomasjohansson.no/?page_id=22)
6/10/2024

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Magne Rutle is a Norwegian trombone player, known for the groups Scheen Jazzorkester, Trøkk,and Nikar Rearge Inc.

-Discogs (https://www.discogs.com/artist/838753-Magne-Rutle)
6/10/2024

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"Even Helte Hermansen (born 13 February 1982 in Skien, Norway) is a Norwegian guitarist, known from several orchestras playing experimental jazz.

Hermansen has a background in heavy metal and rock, and studied music at Norges Musikkhøgskole. He participated in a series of bands, including Bushman's Revenge, Lamaskrik and Shining. In 2006 heappears at Kongsberg Jazzfestival and the competition Jazzintro, within the quartet Supersonic Rocketship, including Jørgen Mathisen (saxophone), Ola Høyer (bass) and Dag Erik Knedal Andersen (drums). He collaborated within Shining from 2007 to 2010. The first release in 2007, along with Jørgen Munkeby (multi instrumentalist), Andreas Ulvo (piano), Torstein Lofthus (drums) and Morten Strøm. It was even more album releases Rune Grammofon. Since 2003, he has also played in trio Bushman's revenge together with Gard Nilssen (drums) and Rune Nergaard (bass), Also this band released several albums on Rune Grammofon from 2007. He has also contributed with the orchestra "Navyelectre" and their releases. When Eple Trio released their album The Widening Sphere of Influence in 2008, he contributed on "Eclipse", a composition by Andreas Ulvo. When Solveig Slettahjell released the album Tarpan Seasons in 2009 he was involved in her "Slow Motion Orchestra" together with Morten Qvenild (piano), Andreas Ulvo (organ), Sjur Miljeteig (trumpet), Jo Berger Myhre (bass) and Per Oddvar Johansen (drums). He was also the septet that played the commissioned work by Mathias Eick to Vossajazz 2011."

-Wikipedia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Even_Helte_Hermansen)
6/10/2024

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Rune Klakegg, born 1955 NO, Skien. Musician / Composer / Arranger of Jazz

"Rune Klakegg (born 19 April 1955 in Skien, Norway)is a Norwegian jazz pianist and composer, the older brother of guitarist Bjørn Klakegg, and known from a number of recordings and jazz bands including Oslo 13, Cutting Edge, Fuzzy Logic, Out to Lunch and Søyr."

-Metason (https://music.metason.net/artistinfo?name=Rune%20Klakegg)
6/10/2024

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Jan Olav Renvåg is a Norwegian jazz bassist, known for the groups Geir Lysne Listening Ensemble, Kringkastingsorkestret, Lush Life, OJ Trio, Rune Klakegg Trio, Fou Rire, and Scheen Jazzorkester.

-Discogs (https://www.discogs.com/artist/936956-Jan-Olav-Renv%C3%A5g)
6/10/2024

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"Dag Erik Knedal Andersen (born 5th of November 1983) is an award winning Norwegian drummer and improviser based in Oslo.

Knedal Andersen had originally planned to become an engineer, but at the age of 16 he discovered the dubious joy of jazz and improvised music, and hence there were no turning back. After buying all the records he could lay his hands on at that time, he soon found himself studying jazz at the Conservatory of Music in Trondheim. After his graduation in 2008, he moved to Berlin for a brief period of time, before moving to Oslo to do a masters degree in improvised music at the Norwegian State Academy of Music.

Perhaps best known for his "hyperactive-take-no-prisoners" approach to drumming, he has been an ubiquitous musician on the Norwegian improvised music scene over the last couple of years, as well as touring all over Europe with groups such as SAKA and AKODE. In 2010 he received the Molde International Jazz Festival's "Talent of the year" award. In addition to his regular groups, he has performed with among others Axel Dörner, Alan Wilkinson, John Butcher, Thomas Lehn, Frode Gjerstad, Fredrik Ljungkvist, Pat Thomas, Jørgen Mathisen, Akira Sakata, Tobias Delius, Alex Ward, Dominic Lash, Rudi Mahall, Lasse Marhaug, Martin Küchen, Birgit Ulher, Maja Ratkje, John Edwards, Kjetil Møster and Ingebrigt Håker Flaten."

-Dag Erik Knedal Andersen Website (http://www.knedalandersen.com/?page_id=2)
6/10/2024

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Track Listing:



1. No Longer Gage 11:59

2. Conversations + Fanfare My Dear 6:54

3. As We See It 8:49

4. Anthem For The Uneasy 10:19

5. Some Kind of Closure 6:26

6. Fierce Disputes and Drunken Reconciliation 9:14

Related Categories of Interest:


Clean Feed
Improvised Music
Jazz
Free Improvisation
European Improvisation, Composition and Experimental Forms
Large Ensembles
Jazz & Improvisation Based on Compositions

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