With "Smells Funny" being their sixth album in seven years, this explosive and expansive trio have gone from strength to strength, gathering respect from both rock and jazz camps, sharing big stages with the likes of John McLaughlin and Black Sabbath, and being equally comfortabel in jazz and rock clubs. The new album sees Mollestad truly coming into her own as an amazing lead guitarist as well as a dependable riffmeister.
The last ten years have seen a thrilling new progessive wave of Norwegian avant jazz´n´rock and free metal energy combos like labelmates Elephant9, Bushman´s Revenge, Krokofant and Motorpsycho - especially in the form of their Roadwork live albums. And let us not forget the mighty Scorch Trio - led by Finnish guitarist Raoul Björkenheim - who can be said to have started it all some 15 years ago.
But it could very well be Hedvig Mollestad Trio that defines it all with their ability to turn the full force of heavy rock and electric jazz to demonic purposes. Hedvig first picked up her mother´s nylon-strung acoustic guitar at ten, before discovering a whole new world through her father´s jazz and rock record collection as a teenager.
She translated a biography of Jimi Hendrix for a school project and was given her first electric guitar and amplifier as a confirmation present. The members of the trio are from the districts, but Hedvig met Ellen Brekken and Ivar Loe Bjørnstad at the Music Academy in Oslo. Hedvig asked them to join her after she received the Jazz Talent Of The Year Award at Molde International Jazzfestival in 2009.
They have stayed together since, and all previous albums have been released on Rune Grammofon; "Shoot!" (2011), "All Of Them Witches" (2013), "Enfant Terrible" (2014), "Black Stabat Mater" (2016) and "Evil In Oslo" (2016), all to wide international acclaim.
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