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Bradford / Gjerstad / Nilssen-Love: Dragon (PNL)

Legendary West Coast cornetist Bobby Bradford meets two Norwegians, drummer Paal Nilssen-Love and multi-reedist Frode Gjerstad, for a live performance at Klub Dragon in Poland.
 

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Label: PNL
Catalog ID: PNL014
Squidco Product Code: 16432

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2012
Country: Norway
Packaging: Cardboard Gatefold Foldover
Recorded live on November 11th, 2010 at Klub Dragon, Poznan, Poland by Frode Gjerstad.


Personnel:

Bobby Bradford-cornet

Frode Gjerstad-alto saxophone, Bb clarinet, bass clarinet

Paal Nilssen-Love-drums, percussion

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track listing:


1. Pitaya 11:17

2. Pogona 7:14

3. Draco 7:34

4. Agamidae 7:50

5. Dracaena 6:38

6. Komodo Dragon 4:39
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Legendary West Coast cornetist Bobby Bradford meets two Norwegians - drummer Paal Nilssen-Love and multi-reedist Frode Gjerstad - for a live performance at Klub Dragon in Poland. A free outing, the 6 tracks are relatively short, with "Pitaya" the longest at 11 minutes. The dialog is often quite subtle and well informed, using extended techniques and unusual twists and turns that are fascinating to follow. Which isn't to say that the trio doesn't fire up some serious power playing at points, but these three masters find their true language in intelligent interaction, of which there is no end to in these wonderful recordings. Highly recommended.



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Artist Biographies:

"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.

At the early stage of his career, he choose mainly to play with international musicians because there was no tradition in Norway for the free music. However, after the club Blå opened in Oslo in 1996, a good number of younger musicians are now picking up on the music.

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.

He has also been active, running a larger group of mostly Norwegian musicians, the Circulasione Totale Orchestra. He started the group using electric instruments and modern rock-oriented rhythms. He has used the band to present his own compositions as well as a workshop and a place for young people to get to know free music. The band presented a commissioned work at the Molde Festival in -89 with a 13 man band combining free improvisations, compositions as well as rapping and scratching.(Three horns, three bassists, three drummers, accordeon, guitar a rapper and a DJ). The Circulasione Totale Orchestra is a powerful ever-changing band.

But it´s not easy to keep such a big group together. In 1998 he decided to keep the core of the band 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.

He has received several grants from various foundations and has been very active in the Norwegian Jazzmusicians Federation as well as in the committee for the Norwegian Contemporary Music Federation. Voted Jazz Musician of the Year in Norway, 1997. Part of the price was a concert where he could freely choose which musicians to use. This was the first meeting with Hamid Drake and William Parker. The concert became a tour of Scandinavia in -97 and the US in 2000.

US Pianist Borah Bergman has also been important to Frode. They first met in -94 and have played as a duo and also as trio with Evan Parker and later Peter Brøtzmann. Borah has been a great inspiration and a challenge over the years!

English bassist Nicholas Stephens first played with Frode in 1984. He played electric bass at the time, but it was not until after John Stevens died in 1994 that they started working together as "Calling Signals". First with a tour of England in 1995 with Paul Rutherford and Terje Isungset. And in 1996 with Louis Moholo and Danish guitarist, Hasse Poulsen. The latest version of the group has been with accordionist Eivin One Pederesen and Paal Nilssen-Love or Tony Marsh on drums. Frode also met and worked with US percussionist Kevin Norton in 2004 and they have found a common ground. They have a trio with Nicholas Stephens: Instinctual Eye.

Electronic music started to make an impact when he met Lasse Marhaug. They have played some concerts together and made some recordings. Lasses sounds have opened up a whole new territory of possibilities and came at a time when Frode started playing clarinets. A very fruitful combination!

Another side of the electronic thing was the group Ultralyd which was Frodes idea: to bring in a loud powerful electric bass with drums, guitar and reeds. After about a year, he left the band because the sound level was unbearable for the old man.! And he left it to the youngsters to decide how loud the band should be. Still, he has continued playing with Morten, Anders and Kjetil in other projects."

-Frode Gjerstad Website (http://frodegjerstad.com/?page_id=162)
8/16/2017

"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)
8/16/2017

Other Releases With These Artists:
Tipple (Frode Gjerstad / Kevin Norton / David Watson)
Live at Elastic Arts
(FMR)
Lean Left
I Forgot To Breathe [VINYL]
(Trost Records)
Lean Left
I Forgot To Breathe
(Trost Records)
Ballister
Low Level Stink [VINYL & DVD]
(Dropa Disc)
Ballister (Renpis / Lonberg-Holm / Nilssen-Love)
Slag
(Aerophonic)
Fielder, Alvin / Frode Gjerstad / Damon Smith
The Shape Finds Its Own Space
(FMR)
Arashi (Sakata / Berthling / Nilssen-Love)
Semikujira
(Trost Records)
Gjerstad, Frode / Ramiro Molina
Unseen Seas
(FMR)
Conde, Luis / Fabiana Galante / Frode Gjerstad
Give And Take
(FMR)
Nilssen-Love, Paal
News From the Junkyard [VINYL]
(PNL)
Yagi, Michiyo / Lasse Marhaug / Paal Nilssen-Love
Angular Mass
(PNL)
Large Unit
Ana
(PNL)
Gjerstad, Frode / Jon Rune Strom / Paal Nilssen-Love
Steam In the Casa
(PNL)
Monkey Plot w/ Frode Gjerstad
S/T
(FMR)
Thing, The
Shake [VINYL 2 LPs]
(The Thing Records)
Thing, The
Shake
(The Thing Records)
Cabinet Trio, The (Gjerstad / Turner / Molstad)
Blood Samples
(FMR)
Moholo-Moholo / Gjerstad / Stephens / Lonberg-Holm
Distant Groove
(FMR)
Gjerstad, Frode Trio (w/ Paal Nilssen-Love / Jon Rune Strom)
Miyazaki
(FMR)
Lacerda / Manso / Nilssen-Love / Zenicola
Bota Fogo [VINYL]
(Bocian Records 2014/QTV/PNL)
Circulasione Totale Orchestra
Enten Eller
(Circulasione)
Ballister (Rempis / Lonberg-Holm / Nilssen-Love)
Worse For The Wear
(Aerophonic)
Thing, The With Thurston Moore
Live [VINYL]
(The Thing Records)
Thing, The With Thurston Moore
Live
(The Thing Records)
Lonberg-Holm, Fred / Frode Gjerstad
Life On Sandpaper
(FMR)
Lindsay, Arto & Paal Nilssen-Love
Scarcity
(PNL)
Lacerda / Manso / Nilssen-Love / Zenicola
Bota Fogo
(Bocian Records 2014/QTV/PNL)
Yoshihide, Otomo / Paal Nilssen-Love
[VINYL]
(JVTLANDT)
Thing, The
Garage [VINYL]
(The Thing Records)
Thing, The
Viking [VINYL 7-Inch]
(The Thing Records)
Thing, The
Boot! [VINYL 7-INCH]
(The Thing Records)
Satoh, Masahiko / Paal Nilssen-Love
Spring Snow
(PNL)
Sandell, Sten & Paal Nilssen-Love
Jacana
(Rune Grammofon)
Ballister (Rempis / Lonberg-Holm / Nilssen-Love)
Both Ends [VINYL]
(Bocian)
Moholo, Louis / Frode Gjerstad
Sult
(FMR)
Nilssen-Love, Paal / Mats Gustafsson
Sin Gas [Vinyl]
(Bocian)
Lean Left
Live At Area Sismica
(Unsounds)
Nilssen-Love, Paal / Mats Gustafsson
Sin Gas [CD]
(Bocian)
O'Rourke, Jim / Lasse Marhaug / Paal Nilssen-Love
The Love Robots [VINYL]
(PNL/PICA)
VCDC (Motland / Lonberg-Holm / Solberg / Gjerstad)
Insult
(FMR)
Gjerstad, Frode / Luis Conte
Mirrors Edges
(FMR)
McPhee, Joe / Paal Nilssen-Love
Red Sky
(PNL)
Thing, The
Mono [VINYL 2 LPs]
(The Thing Records)
Thing, The
Boot! [VINYL]
(The Thing Records)
Thing, The
Boot!
(The Thing Records)
VCDC (Motland / Lonberg-Holm / Solberg / Gjerstad)
Insult
(FMR)
Gjerstad / Norton / Watson
Live Tipple
(FMR)
DKV Trio + Gustafsson / Nilssen-Love / Pupillo
Schl8hof [VINYL]
(Trost Records)
Ballister (Lonberg-Holm / Nilssen-Love / Rempis)
Mi Casa Es En Fuego
(Ballister Music)
Boneshaker (Williams / Nilssen-Love / Kessler)
Boneshaker [VINYL]
(Trost Records)
Lean Left (The Ex guitars meet Nilssen-Love/Vandermark Duo)
Live at Cafe Oto
(Unsounds)
Double Tandem (Vandermark/ Baars / Nilssen-Love)
OX
(Den Records)
Gjerstad Trio, Frode
Hide Out
(PNL)
Brotzmann, Peter
Solo + Trio Roma [2 CDs]
(Les Disques Victo)
Double Tandem (Baars / Vandermark / Nilssen-Love)
Cement
(PNL)
Gjerstad / Nilssen-Love
Side By Side
(CIMP)
Ballister (Dave Rempis, Fred Lonberg-Holm and Paal Nilssen-Love)
Mechanisms
(Clean Feed)
Circulasione Totale Orchestra
PhilaOslo [2 CDs]
(Circulasione)
Nilssen-Love / Terrie Ex
Hurgu!
(PNL)
Nilssen-Love / Hana
Hosanna and Prallel Sevens I [10-inch LP]
(PNL)
Slugfield (Nilssen-Love / Marhaug / Ratkje)
Slime Zone
(PNL)
Gjerstad, Frode / Fred Lonberg-Holm
Tistel
(FMR)
Gjerstad, Frode
East Of West
(Circulasione)
Gjerstad, Frode / Kevin Norton / David Watson
Tipples
(FMR)
Nilssen-Love / Hana
AM / FM
(PNL)
Nilssen-Love, Paal
27 Years Later
(PNL)
Gjerstad / Lonberg-Holm / Zerang
Sugar Maple
(FMR)
Sandell, Sten
Face of Tokyo
(PNL)
Godforgottens, The
Never Forgotten, Always Remembered
(Clean Feed)
Circulasione Totale Orchestra
Bandwidth 3CD
(Rune Grammofon)
Bradford / Gjerstad / Haker Flaten / Nilssen-Love
Reknes
(Circulasione)
Gjerstad, Frode
The Walk
(FMR)
Gjerstad / Edwards / Sanders
Bergen
(FMR)
Gjerstad / Lonberg-Holm / Sen / Nilssen-Love
The Cello Quartet
(FMR)
4 Corners
Alive In Lisbon [DVD]
(Clean Feed)
Townhouse Orchestra (E.Parker/ Sandell / Flaten / Nilssen-Love)
Belle Ville
(Clean Feed)
Circulasione Totale Orchestra
Open Port
(Circulasione)
Broo, Magnus / Nilssen-Love, Paal
Game
(PNL)
Marhaug, Lasse / Nilssen-Love, Paal
Stalk
(PNL)
Gjerstad, Frode / Parker, William / Drake, Hamid
Remember To Forget
(Circulasione)
Gjerstad, Frode
Ism
(Circulasione)
Chicago Tentet
At Molde 2007
(Okka)
Sandell Trio, Sten / Butcher, John
Strokes
(Clean Feed)
4 Corners (Vandermark / Lane / Broo / Nilssen-Love)

(Clean Feed)
Butcher, John / Nilssen-Love, Pal
Concentric
(Clean Feed)
Amado / Kessler / Nilssen-Love
Teatro
(European Echoes)
FME
Montage
(Okka)
Ulander, Lars-Goran Trio
Live at Glenn Miller Cafe
(Ayler Records)
Nilssen-Love, Paal
townorchestrahouse
(Clean Feed)
Atomic / School Days
Nuclear Assembly Hall
(Okka)
Recommended & Related Releases:
Tipple (Frode Gjerstad / Kevin Norton / David Watson)
Live at Elastic Arts
(FMR)
Lean Left
I Forgot To Breathe [VINYL]
(Trost Records)
Lean Left
I Forgot To Breathe
(Trost Records)
Ballister
Low Level Stink [VINYL & DVD]
(Dropa Disc)
Ballister (Renpis / Lonberg-Holm / Nilssen-Love)
Slag
(Aerophonic)
Fielder, Alvin / Frode Gjerstad / Damon Smith
The Shape Finds Its Own Space
(FMR)
Arashi (Sakata / Berthling / Nilssen-Love)
Semikujira
(Trost Records)
Gjerstad, Frode / Ramiro Molina
Unseen Seas
(FMR)
Conde, Luis / Fabiana Galante / Frode Gjerstad
Give And Take
(FMR)
Nilssen-Love, Paal
News From the Junkyard [VINYL]
(PNL)
Large Unit
Ana
(PNL)
Gjerstad, Frode / Jon Rune Strom / Paal Nilssen-Love
Steam In the Casa
(PNL)
Monkey Plot w/ Frode Gjerstad
S/T
(FMR)
Thing, The
Shake [VINYL 2 LPs]
(The Thing Records)
Thing, The
Shake
(The Thing Records)
Cabinet Trio, The (Gjerstad / Turner / Molstad)
Blood Samples
(FMR)
Moholo-Moholo / Gjerstad / Stephens / Lonberg-Holm
Distant Groove
(FMR)
Gjerstad, Frode Trio (w/ Paal Nilssen-Love / Jon Rune Strom)
Miyazaki
(FMR)
Lacerda / Manso / Nilssen-Love / Zenicola
Bota Fogo [VINYL]
(Bocian Records 2014/QTV/PNL)
Circulasione Totale Orchestra
Enten Eller
(Circulasione)
Ballister (Rempis / Lonberg-Holm / Nilssen-Love)
Worse For The Wear
(Aerophonic)
Thing, The With Thurston Moore
Live [VINYL]
(The Thing Records)
Thing, The With Thurston Moore
Live
(The Thing Records)
Lonberg-Holm, Fred / Frode Gjerstad
Life On Sandpaper
(FMR)
Lindsay, Arto & Paal Nilssen-Love
Scarcity
(PNL)
Lacerda / Manso / Nilssen-Love / Zenicola
Bota Fogo
(Bocian Records 2014/QTV/PNL)

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