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An unusual improvising orchestra that absorbs concepts from a wealth of styles, led by saxophonist Frode Gjerstad; this 1992 recording is of a 7-piece band with 2 drummers including Paal Nilssen-Love, 2 bassists guitar, and Ove Storland on vocals.

Circulasione Totale Orchestra
Enten Eller

Circulasione Totale Orchestra: Enten Eller (Circulasione)

Label: Circulasione    
Released in: Norway    

"The Circulasione Totale Orchestra started in 1984 and the idea was to play with local musicians so I could try out compositions and also be a place for younger musicians to meet and to try to improvise. At that time I was playing with Johnny Mbizo Dyani and John Stevens in the group "DETAIL" and I felt it was important to bring on some of the things I learned from playing with them, to younger musicians.

The name of the band indicates that people will come and go and it was created ot of a night with some red wine and some quasi Italian language-ideas. A bit stupid, but at the same time a name which most people could understand the meaning of.

Over the years, many musicians have passed through - I think we have had 11 bassplayers..... We had two bassists most of the time and sometimes also 2 drummers banging along!. The band would be around 10 people and and in 1989 we played at the Molde Jazz festival with 13 people: 3 bassists, 2 drummers, percussion, guitar, keyboards, three horns, a DJ and a rapper. We used some of my songs and freely improvised of the rest. So the DJ and rapper who did a fantastic free-style rapping. People went crazy, dancing on the tables etc. This version of the band was called CTO "Dancemble". Unfortunately, I thought it was going to be a disaster, because the rehearsals were horrible, that I said no to the state radio to record the concert.....It would have been a very early example of mixing free music and rapping."-Frode Gjerstad website

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Product Information:

UPC: 7024381992085

Label: Circulasione
Catalog ID: 199208
Squidco Product Code: 20331

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2000
Country: Norway
Packaging: Jewel Case
Recorded at Tinnfabrikken, in Norway, on August 4th through August 7th, 1992, by Kjell Arne Jensen.


Frode Gjerstad-alto saxophone

Ingvard Mjelde Olsen-bass

Gulleiv Wee-bass

Stein Bjelland-guitar

Borge Fjordheim-drums

Paal Nilssen-Love-drums

Ove Storland-vocals

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Track Listing:

1. Enten Eller 6:08

2. 4030 4:20

3. K & T 6:38

4. Acid Rain 2:50

5. Bob Be 8:09

6. Du E Sa Herlige 2:35

7. Gurl 15:05

8. Die Verfurung 10:36

9. Aju 4:53

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