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Paal Nilssen-Love's Large Unit of some of Norway's brightest young improvisers in a solid 3-CD box set recorded live during their 2014 tour, performing Nilssen-Love's compositions that focus on interaction, free improvisation, sound, dynamics and energy.

Nilssen-Love, Paal Large Unit
Erta Ale [3 CD BOX SET]

Nilssen-Love, Paal Large Unit: Erta Ale [3 CD BOX SET] (PNL)

Label: PNL    
Released in: Norway    

"Paal Nilssen-Love has been one of the world's most prolific and active musicians that came out of Norway for the last 20 years. With thousands of gigs and hundreds of recordings the drummer is known for bands like The Thing, OffOnOff, Ballister, Hairy Bones, Chicago Tentet, and Original Silence, as well as collaborations with musicians like Arto Lindsay, Otomo Yoshihide, Akira Sakata, Ken Vandermark, Jim O'Rourke, Peter Brötzmann, Thurston Moore, Michiyo Yagi and many others.

In 2013 Nilssen-Love decided it was time to start his own big band ensemble. Consisting of mostly younger Norwegian musicians, Large Unit manifests as an intense powerhouse force on stage, but also veers into more subtle and textural passages.

Large Unit burst into life at the Molde Jazzfestival July 2013 and has since then toured Norway and played festivals. A small taste of what to expect came with the two-track EP "First Blow", but this autumn Large Unit unleashes its full load with the massive debut album called Erta Ale - which is released in four different formats totalling more than two hours worth of new music.

Erta Ale is a combination of live and studio recordings of the pieces Large Unit has played in the last 12 months. All compositions are by Nilssen-Love, but the musicians are given great freedom to contribute their own flavours to the music."-PNL

Also available on Vinyl.

Sturdy box set with 3 CDs, 2 with full-color gloss sleeves and the bonus disc in a chipboard sleeve, plus 2 booklets, one with pictures of each band member, and the other with liner notes, credits and recording data.

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Product Information:

Sturdy box set with 3 CDs, 2 with full-color gloss sleeves and the bonus disc in a chipboard sleeve, plus 2 booklets, one with pictures of each band member, and the other with liner notes, credits and recording data.

Label: PNL
Catalog ID: PNL 024 CD
Squidco Product Code: 19596

Format: 3 CDs
Condition: New
Released: 2014
Country: Norway
Packaging: Box Set - 3 CDs
Recorded live in concert at Victoria, Nasjonal Jazzscene in Oslo; Verftet, Bergen Jazzforum; Dokkhuset, Trondheim, and in the studio on location in Trondheim, and Dokkhuset during a tour of Norway between Janurary 30th and Feburary 4th, 2014 by Christian Obermayer.


Thomas Johansson-cornet, flugelhorn

Mats Aleklint-trombone

Kasper Vaernes-soprano saxophone, alto saxophone

Klaus Ellerhusen Holm-Alto saxophone, baritone saxophone

Borre Molstad-tuba

Ketil Gutvik-electric guitar

Lasse Marhaug-turntable, electronics

Jon Rune Strom-electric bass, acoustic bass

Christian Meaas Svensen-electric bass, acoustic bass

Andreas Wildhagen-drums, percussion

Paal Nilssen-Love-drums, percussion

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Track Listing:


1. Round About Nothing I 9:27

2. Fortar Hardar 13:43

3. Fendika 12:53

4. Birdbox 6:25

5. Round About Nothing II 13:46


1. Culius 13:06

2. Erta Ale 13:00

3. Slow Love 10:08

4. Austin Birds 13:33

5. Birdbox 4:40

6. Round About Nothing III 11:45

7. Birdbox 5:47


1. Round About Nothing I 11:25

2. Fortar Hardar II 15:51

3. Austin Birds 13:13

4. Culius 14:17