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Two extended improvisations from pianist Sten Sandell's trio with bassist Johan Berthling and drummer Paal Nillsen-Love, recorded live in Tokyo in 2008.

Sandell, Sten
Face of Tokyo

Sandell, Sten: Face of Tokyo (PNL)
Label: PNL    
Released in: Norway    

"Released on drummer Paal Nilssen-Love's own PNL label, the trio further consists of Sten Sandell on piano and Johan Berthling on bass. Recorded live in Japan in 2008, the album consists of two tracks: "Face Up", and "Face Down", for twice more than half an hour of quite intense musical explorations. The first track is a high energy work-out, the second starts with counter-rhythmic percussion, full of explosive power and creativity, Berthling joins on bass, first plucked, and when Sandell joins he moves to arco, while the pianist plays some eery chords, gradually driving up the tempo and energy level for again a dense improvisation, that suddenly collapses for some minimalist interaction, with all three musicians exploring the more uncommon aspects of their instruments. In stark contrast to some of the other albums below, the album demonstrates that technical mastery and musical vision make it possible to bring depth and emotional drive even with the most common of all jazz line-ups."-Stef, FreeJazz-Stef

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Product Information:

Label: PNL
Catalog ID: PNL004
Squidco Product Code: 12808

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2009
Country: Norway
Packaging: Cardboard Gatefold
Recorded live on February 4, 2008 by Yasuo Fujimua at Shinjuku Pit Inn, Tokyo, Japan. Mixed and mastered by Joachim Ekermann at Make Wave, Stockholm, Sweden.


Sten Sandell-piano, voice

Johan Berthling-double bass

Paal Nilssen-Love-drums, percussion

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Track Listing:

1. Face Down 37:01

2. Face Up 33:49

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