A 2-disc + book release from Paal Nilssen-Love's Large Unit, the 1st recorded at the Casa del Popolo club in Montreal presenting smaller units of duos and trios, and the 2nd capturing the full orchestra as they ended their North American tour at Seattle's Earshot Jazz festival.
2015 [BOOK + 2 CDS]
Released in: Norway
"2015 is a beautiful limited-edition gem, not only because of the great music, but also thanks to the insightful photos of of bass player Christian Meaas Svendsen and Peter Gannushkin, taken on-and-off-stage and the amusing notes of all the Large Unit musicians and the interview with Nilssen-Love.
The first disc was recorded at the Casa del Popolo club in Montreal and features small units of the Large Unit, one duo and three trios, playing short free-improvised pieces. The Large Unit interplay often involves such small units playing off and against each other, and these impressive pieces highlight the strong individual languages and offer new ideas for future combinations within the Unit interplay.
The second disc capture the Large Unit at the height of their powers in the last performance of the North American tour at the Earshot Jazz festival in Seattle. It feature new arrangements of older pieces - "Fortar Hardar", "Erta Ale II" and "Fendika" and two new pieces - "ANA", the title piece of the forthcoming Large Unit release, and "Circle in the Round". The Large Unit plays with endless fiery energy, even when it stripped down to small units, as if possessed by a higher force. Keränen, trumpeter Thomas Johansson, Äleklint and Holmlander shine on "Fortar Hardar" before the inevitable volcanic eruption of the whole Unit. "ANA" revolves around an infectious brass fanfares and a manic driving pulse that just keeps intensifying from the first second until the last one. "Circle in the Round" is the only loose form piece, developed patiently through a series of individual solos, including a most beautiful one of Kjær on the flute. "Erta Ale II" is re-arranged as a piece that highlight the massive front line of Äleklint, Johansson and sax players Klaus Elierhusen Holm and Kjær. The whole Unit now is in tight and fiery mode, ready for the last piece, the Ethiopian-tinged explosive-addictive pulse of "Fendika".
The unassuming perspective of Svendsen photos, together with his intuitive sense of photo composition and the short notes of the musicians, shed light on the demanding life on the road. The complicated logistics puzzle of arranging such tours, having all the musicians packed in three dense vans, and the need to balance different needs and tastes, including between vegan and carnivores. But above all it reflects the fun that all had together between "driving, soundchecking, gigging, sleeping", multiplied few times, as Äleklint summarizes it. But with few detours to the Niagara Falls, swimming in Lake Erie, singing karaoke at a Korean barbecue after a 6-hour performance, buying shoes and driving a Harley-Davidson. Others like Kjær and Holm comment about the different types of humor - Norwegian, Finnish and Swedish, Keränen advises where to avoid eating Polish food in Chicago, but all are very appreciative about this invigorating experience. "This is what we live for", writes drummer Andreas Wildhagen. "Nothing can be more rewarding than creating energy and music in the moment, let the sounds flush and blow out like they should in the 'now'".
Nilssen-Love, obviously the most experienced working musician in this band, performing about 200 to 250 days a year, notes that the Large Unit "takes having fun serious". He suggests insightful perspective about the importance of such tours: "a band needs experience from the road in order to develop. The music changes and people interact in completely different way if you're out for more than a week or so". He concludes by saying that "this feels like a beginning of it".
He is completely right. This Unit has much more to offer."-Eyal Hareuveni, Free Jazz Blog
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"Paal Nilssen-Love was born in Molde, Norway, Dec 24. 1974, and raised at a jazz club in Stavanger, run by his parents. It was natural to choose his fathers drums as his instrument and jazz as his work. From 1990 on he took actively part in the jazz milieu in Stavanger and joined bands with established musicians such as trumpeter Didrik Ingvaldsen and saxophonist Frode Gjerstad. In many ways, these collaborations were essential as they pointed out the directions for Paal's later musical development and career. During his studies at the Jazz dept at the University in Trondheim, where the first self initiated bands were established, things developed really fast - and Paal was nationally acknowledged at the age of 20.
The forming of the quartet Element in 1993 in many ways represented the start of a new phase in Paal's musical life. Element musically became a platform for several other groups with bassist Flaten and pianist Wiik, and lead to collaborations with Iain Ballamy and Chris Potter, amongst others. Paal moved to Oslo in 1996, where he joined and/or took part in the forming of bands like Vindaloo, SAN, Håkon Kornstad Tio, The Quintet and Frode Gjerstad Trio. He later on got more into self initiated projects and collaborations with Swedish musicians, such as pianist Sten Sandell and saxophonist Mats Gustafsson.
Paal played his first solo concert in 1999, and since then the solo concept has been an important part of his work: "Everyone should try doing some solo work, just to feel who you really are and what gets you going". His solo album "Sticks and stones" was put out in 2001 on SOFA Rec.
Being active in several bands at the same time has always been Paal's deliberate working method. He is constantly conscious about the projects he is in, as his participation in each and one of them is fully dedicated. Playing is not about getting from start to goal, but rather being in an everlasting process, a continuous movement where each new piece of music performed is a prolongation of the latest. Hence, keeping focused and concentrating all energy around what's happening there and then is of greatest importance - as is the freedom in the music, the ability of being free within the expression.
All bands, although various styles and musical versatility in general, represent important pieces that make up a total, and all bands are formed or joined with a clear vision. Today Paal's portfolio includes Atomic, School Days, The Thing, Frode Gjerstad Trio, Sten Sandell Trio, Scorch Trio, Territory Band, FME, and various duo projects such as with reedmen Ken Vandermark, John Butcher, Mats Gustafsson, organist Nils Henrik Asheim and noise wizard Lasse Marhaug. And not to forget the recently joined Peter Brötzmann Chicago Tentet."-Paal Nilssen-Love Website (http://www.paalnilssen-love.com/biography.php)
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"Andreas Wildhagen was raised in Oslo and attended the Norwegian Academy of Music in 2012, earning his Masters degree in 2014. He is a sought-after jazz drummer and participates on a series of records with bands like like Paal Nilssen-Love Large Unit, Nakama, Lana Trio, Momentum, Jonas Cambien Trio, and Mopti. He has released a solo drum album in 2016 on the Nakama Records label, No Right No Left"12/30/2016
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• Show Bio for Christian Meaas Svendsen
"Svendsen started his jazz career within Kongsberg Big Band, was a year at Toneheim folkehøgskole and later studied Performing jazz music at the Norwegian Academy of Music in Oslo. In 2007 he was awarded Kongsberg Jazzfestival's talent scholarship. During the Kongsberg Jazzfestival in 2010, Svendsen referred to as The festival's busiest musician by Laagendalsposten when he performed seven gigs in different constellations during the festival. In 2011 he received Kongsberg Municipality's Cultural Grant. for sitt arbeid med byens tradisjonelle julejam.
Together with his own quintet Mopti he won the 2012 JazzIntro award. After this he has performed among others with the brilliant Japanese pianist and band leader Ayumi Tanaka in the band Nakama with the release Before The Storm (2015) and the exiting Ayumi Tanaka Trio with the release Momento (2016)."-Wikipedia-Wikipedia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christian_Meaas_Svendsen)
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• Show Bio for Jon Rune Strom
"Strøm grew up on an island in the north-west of Norway. Influenced u. A. By Gary Peacock and Frode Gjerstad , with the first shots were (East of the West, 2011), he plays in the Norwegian free jazz scene with Paal Nilssen-Loves Group Large Unit, Petter Wettre and Mats Gustafsson Nu Ensemble, also with musicians like Mats Äleklint , John Dikeman , Martin Kitchen , Thomas Johansson and Tollef Østvang in formations such as SAKA Trio, Universal Indians, All Included and Friends & Neighbors. 2013, it issued a solo album Jøa.-Wikipedia (translated Google) (https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jon_Rune_Str¿m)
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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)
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Catalog ID: PNL030
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Format: BOOK + 2 CDs
Packaging: Book with 2 CDs
Tracks 1-1 to 1-4 recorded on June 21st, 2015 at Casa Popolo, Suoni per il Popolo, Montreal, Canada.
Tracks 2-1 to 2-5 recorded on June 28th, 2015 at Poncho Concert Hall, Earshot Jazz, Seattle, USA.
Klaus Ellerhusen Holm-alto saxophone, baritone saxophone
Julie Kjaer-alto saxophone, flute
Christian Meaas Svendsen-electric bass, double bass
Jon Rune Strom-bass
Ketil Gutvik-electric guitar
Tommi R. Keranen-electronics
Per Ake Holmlander-tuba
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1. Tommi Keranen & Andreas Wildhagen
2. Thomas Johansson, Mats Aleklint and Per Ake Holmlander
3. Julie Kjaer, Ketil Gutvik and Jon Rune Strom
4. Klaus Ellerhusen Holm, Christian Meaas Svendsen and Paal Nilssen-Love
1. Fortar Hardar
3. Circle In The Round
4. Erta Ale II