Honest John (Moe / Johannesen / Hoyer / Nylander / Holm)
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The Scandinavian quintet of Ole-Henrik Moe on violin, Kim Johannesen on guitar; Ola Hoyer on double bass; Erik Nylander on drums & drum machine; and Klaus Ellerhusen-Holm on alto saxophone and Bb on clarinet, in a daring album of mostly Ellerhusen-Holm compositions, arranged collectively into these creative and energetic gems.
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Catalog ID: CF420CD
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Packaging: Cardboard Gatefold
Recorded at Nasjonal Jazzscene Victoria, Oslo, Norway, on August 18th 2015 and May 16th 2016, by Christian Obermayer.
Kim Johannesen-guitar, guitar banjo
Erik Nylander-drums, drum machine
Klaus Ellerhusen-Holm-alto saxophone, Bb-clarinet
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1. Fredag 5:28
2. Monkeytown 6:07
3. Zanoot 6:27
4. Tirsdag 5:30
5. The Fog Of Rosenborg 2:45
6. Dutchjam 3:19
7. Lange Toner 5:07
8. Rusle 5:58
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"Something like the band Honest John could only come from the Scandinavian scene. It seems that only the musicians born and living in the top of the world have the vision, the ingenuity and the guts to combine elements nobody else would dare to, with the preconceived idea that it wouldn't work, and further more making things in such a way that everything seems natural and just the continuation of old procedures.
You certainly noticed that before: the results use to be new and different, qualities that you only achieve taking risks and walking in no man's land. The Norwegian and Swedish quintet formed by some of the most important musicians of the creative jazz and free improvised circuits in those two countries (we can hear them in groups like Sheriffs of Nothingness, Cortex, Large Unit, Ballrogg and Trondheim Jazz Orchestra) gathered inspiration in the most improbable sources, namely Dutch free jazz (the one established around Misha Mengelberg and the legendary Instant Composers Pool), Brazilian rooted styles like bossa nova and samba and - even more surprisingly - the contemporary classical music of Webern and Sciarrino.
That's what makes this a highly original project, combining a special richness of materials and language to another Scandinavian particularity: the energetic way everything is delivered to us."-Clean Feed
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"Ole-Henrik Moe (1966) is a composer and musician of extraordinary talent and originality who has never really found his place inside the various music scenes in Oslo and Norway. Too extreme even for the most openminded in academic music circles, his likeminded will most likely be found among followers of sound artists like Deathprod, Maja Ratkje and Lasse Marhaug or composers like Scelsi, Feldman and Varese. This double cd contains some of the most extreme solo violin music ever written, performed and recorded. Two pieces lasting 40 and 43 minutes, both pushing the performer to the edge when it comes to endurance and concentration. For the recording of these pieces the composer, himself a more than capable violinist, was happy to leave the difficult task to Kari Rønnekleiv, an accomplished player perfect for this kind of challenge. Liner notes by Cecilie Ore and Rolf Wallin."-Rune Grammofon (http://www.runegrammofon.com/artists/ole-henrik-moe/rcd-2068---ole-henrik-moe-ciac/)
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"Kim Johannesen (born 22 August 1985 in Bærum, Norway) is a Norwegian Jazz musician (guitar) and improviser living in Oslo.
Johannesen has studied jazz performance at the Norwegian Academy of Music in Oslo where he is currently (2013) studying for a Master's degree in improvisation. He has been performing on venues in Oslo with various groups regularly since 2005, and has toured clubs and festivals in Europe with Petter Wettre Quartet, Revolver!, Speakeasy, Wettre/Vinaccia/Johannesen and Golden Dawn. In addition he has collaborated with the likes of John Butcher, Axel Dörner, Raymond Strid, Ingebrigt Håker Flaten, Chris Corsano, Roger Turner, Pat Thomas, Joe Williamson, Frode Gjerstad, Per Zanussi, Klaus Holm, Tatsuya Nakatani and Joel Grip.
Johannesen collaborates closely with Svein Magnus Furu and also composes music on the albums The Eco Logic (2009), Speakeasy including with Tore Sandbakken in the album Kayak (2009), Barrage, Golden Dawn, Revolver! and Jeremy Rose Chiba with the album Blue Then White (2009). He also performs regularly in ensembles led by Petter Wettre."-Wikipedia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kim_Johannesen_(musician))
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"Johan Erik Nylander (born 3 April 1981 in Norberg, Sweden) is a Swedish jazz musician (drums), improviser and composer, working in Norway since 2002. He plays in several bands, among them Ola Kvernberg Trio, "Kobert", Kirsti Huke Quartet, Tore Brunborg Trio, "Liarbird", Bjørn Alterhaug Quintet, "Peloton", Juxtaposed, Magic Pocket, "Monoswezi", and his own Erik Nylanders Orkester.
After completing high school at Domarhagsskolan, Nylander studied on the Jazz program at Trondheim Musikkonservatorium (2002-04). He fold recognition on the Norwegian and Nordic jazz scenes within various projects and contributed on a number of releases, among them the album Corrupted Mirror (2009), in a meeting with Karl Stømme (trumpet) and Steinar Nickelsen (keyboard). The album took shape in the studio where the musicians met without any specific intention to record an album. The idea was to use the three instruments in interaction playing all kinds of music, coming naturally in the moment. The recordings were made in three different sessions. Most of the tracks are improvised on the spot, but also includes compositions written by Strømme and Nickelsen. The Oberheim OB-X synthesizer from 1980 was crucial for the album soundscape.
In 2005 he performed at the international Jazz festival Nattjazz in Bergen, Norway, with Marita Røstad & "Velvet City". The album A festa Vale Tudo (2009) within his Erik Nylanders Orchestra (including Eivind Lønning, Espen Reinertsen, Hanna Gjermundrød, Ole Morten Vågan and Petter Vågan) marked Nylander's debut as a record producer and band leader. He has also collaboratively initiated several other band projects."-Wikipedia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Erik_Nylander)
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"Studied music at the jazzdepartment of the Trondheim music conservatory 2000-2004 and is now located in Oslo working mostly with improvised music and free jazz. I the recent years the most active groups have been Ballrogg, Trondheim jazzorchestra and his own group Klaus Holm Kollektif, who were awarded "Young Nordic Jazzcomets 2003". Holm plays improvised music with the Norwegian quartet Murmur and has worked with international artists such as Ingebrigt Håker Flaten, Ingar Zach, Jim Denley, Raymond Strid, Axel Dörner og Mattias Ståhl. He has been touring festivals and jazzclubs in several countries in both Europe, America and Asia. The last years he has also composed music for various chamber music settings and also music for film."-Ballrogg Website (http://www.ballrogg.no/bio.html)
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