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The nearly telepathic rapport between Norwegians Frode Gjerstad (sax), Paal Nilssen-Love (percussion) and Jon Rune Strom (bass) was captured in Stavanger, Norway in 2011, six group improvisations of succinct and spectacular free music.

Gjerstad, Frode
East Of West

Gjerstad, Frode: East Of West (Circulasione)
Label: Circulasione    
Released in: Norway    

FRODE GJERSTAD was born in Stavanger, Norway, 24-03-1948. He started trying to play improvised music as a trumpeter in 1968. When he moved to Lund in Sweden (1971 to 1975) he got a chance to meet, talk and play with musicians interested in this music. He had at that time started playing tenor saxophone (1969).

After he came back to Stavanger in 1975 he started collaborating with keyboardist Eivin One Pedersen. Together, they explored many different aspects of improvised music, as a duo or with others, but it was not until 1981, when they first played with John Stevens, that he had a real chance to feel what a dedicated musicians can do to the music-making.

His relationship with British drummer, John Stevens which started in -81 and lasted up until his death in -94, was of great importance both musically as well as on a personal level. Through Stevens, he was introduced to some of the finest British improvisers and got to know their way of playing. Together, they led the trio "Detail" starting with Johnny Dyani on bass. And after Johnny died in -86, with Kent Carter.

In 1998 he decided to keep the core of his Circulasione Totale Orchestra, which at that time was Paal Nilssen-Love on drums and Øyvind Storesund on bass and try to develop that sound. It became Frode Gjerstad Trio. So far the trio has toured Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Polen, Italy, Austria, Portugal, England, Canada and the United States.


Paal Nilssen-Love first started playing with Frode Gjerstad when he was 15. Since then, he has become one of the most active musicians of the new generation in Norway. He has also played and recorded with international sax-players Mats Gustavsson, Joe McPhee, Ken Vandermark and many, many more! He is now traveling the world and also is a permanent member of the Brøtzmann Tentette.


Jon Rune Strøm now plays bass in the trio. We first played with him last September in Oslo at the MIR club. A CD form the gig will be out soon, called MIR. Then we did a tour in May with him. Before the tour, we rehearsed a couple of days and also recorded. So another CD is on it´s way "East of West". I feel very excited playing with Jon Rune and I think we are moving into something else..."-Frode Gjerstad website

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Product Information:

UPC: 786497072750

Label: Circulasione
Catalog ID: 13
Squidco Product Code: 15425

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2013
Country: Norway
Packaging: Cardstock gatefold foldover
Recorded in Stavanger on April 19th, 2011 by Frode Gjerstad.


Frode Gjerstad-alto saxophone, Bb clarinet

Jon Rune Strom-acoustic bass

Paal Nilssen-Love-percussion

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Track Listing:

1. Summersault 10:23

2. Floral Dune 13:07

3. Dead Bird's Nest 3:07

4. Winter Bone 7:18

5. Letters 6:58

6. East Of West 3:20