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  • Albatrosh 'Yonkers' - Cargo Records UK

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    Norwegian jazz is as vital as ever and one can but wonder where it all comes from. With ”Yonkers” Eyolf Dale (26) and André Roligheten (26) are already three albums into their career and showing a maturity in writing and playing that is betraying their age considerably.

    The album was recorded during what the duo descibe as a magic late night session in the Oktaven Audio studio in Yonkers just outside New York City. The music is contemporary jazz with threads to both American and European traditions, structured compositions paired with improvisation; playful and melodic, modern and accessible. Eyolf and André met at school in the small town of Skien and have played together since the age of seventeen. The duo formally started in 2006, followed by rehearsals and concerts.

    They won the annual JazzIntro prize at Molde Int. Jazz Festival in 2008 and the ”best band” category at the European Jazz Competition at the North Sea Jazz in 2009, with jury leader Maria Schneider commenting ”most original, great interplay and amazing improvisation, effective and colourful compositions”. The same year also saw the release of their debut album ”Seagull Island” followed by ”Mystery Orchestra with Grenager & Tafjord” (2010), both receiving great reviews, the latter named best Norwegian jazz record of the year in national paper Dagsavisen.

    Grenager and Tafjord are both founder members of SPUNK, the all female impro quartet that has released six albums on Rune Grammofon. Eyolf Dale got his exams at the Norwegian Academy of Music in Oslo in 2009 and received a master degree in improvisation at the same academy in the spring of 2011.

    He recently released a solo piano record and is also playing in Hayden Powell Trio and Kompen Quintet. André Roligheten got his exams at Jazzlinja at NTNU in Trondheim in 2009. Like Eyolf, he also has a master degree in improvisation from the Norwegian Academy of Music. Other bands and project include Team Hegdal and Trondheim Jazzorkester.

    Tracklisting:
    1. Albony & Ivory
    2. Fifths
    3. Major Little
    4. Coral Fox
    5. Linedance
    6. Central Park
    7. Pickup Truck
    8. Pannebrask

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  • Alog 'Amateur' - Cargo Records UK

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    Tracklisting:
    Side A:
    1. Son Of King
    2. A Throne For The Common Man
    3. Write Your Thoughts In Water

    Side B:
    1. Sleeping Instruments
    2. The Beginner
    3. The Learning Curve

    Side C:
    1. Turn Back. Undo
    2. A Book Of Lightning
    3. The Future Of Norwegian Wood
    4. Exit Virtuoso

    Side D:
    1. Bedlam Emblem
    2. The Northeast Passage

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  • Alog 'Duck Rabbit' - Cargo Records UK

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    Tracklisting:
    1. Islands Of Memory
    2. Objects Began To Appear From The Future
    3. Violence And Magical Danger
    4. Fire's For Burning
    5. Duck-Rabbit
    6. Idea-Changing Liquid Alchemy
    7. Your Secret Flesh
    8. As Complicated And As Beautiful As Always
    9. Drunk Dj's

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  • Alog 'Miniatures' - Cargo Records UK

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    Tracklisting:
    1. Severe Punishment And Lasting Bliss
    2. Steady Jogging Of The Heart
    3. St. Paul Sessions II
    4. The Youth Of Mysterious Conversations
    5. Leyden Jar
    6. Pesce Spada
    7. Buffalo Demon
    8. Change Position
    9. Building Instruments

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  • Arve Henriksen 'Chiaroscuro' - Cargo Records UK

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    1. Opening Image
    2. Bird's-Eye-View
    3. Chiaro
    4. Holography
    5. Blue Silk
    6. Parallel Action
    7. Circled Take
    8. Scuro
    9. Time Lapse
    10. Ending Image

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  • Arve Henriksen 'Chron / Cosmic Creation' - Cargo Records UK

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    Cosmic Creation follows and expands upon Arve Henriksen’s 2013 album Places Of Worship, a series of tone poems and mood pieces located around religious buildings and ruins.

    With Cosmic Creation he has gone beyond physical place to an audio exploration of pure rapture, contemplation and universal origins.
     
    Cosmic Creation: 
    Cosmic Creation 1–8

    Chron: 
    1. Proto-Earth
    2. Hadean
    3. Chron
    4. Solidification
    5. Zircon
    6. Plume Of Ash
    7. Magma Oscillator
    8. Archean
    9. First Life
    10. Plate Tectonic
    11. Chronozone

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  • Arve Henriksen 'Places Of Worship' - Cargo Records UK

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    Arve Henriksen 'Places Of Worship'

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    Vinyl edition is the first pressing of 500. Includes a CD.

    Worship can come in many forms, and can happen in many different kinds of place. Music can make its church anywhere. With Places Of Worship, Arve Henriksen moves into the front rank of world class musicians. The Norwegian trumpet player has made his mark over many years, not only as the horn player with the consistently challenging and long lived group Supersilent, but also as the purveyor of exquisite and distinctive solo work that stretches to four solo albums since 2001, which Rune Grammofon recently repackaged as a career-spanning box set, Solidification. 


    Deeply rooted in the sublime geology of his Norwegian homeland, Henriksen’s music has developed into something beautifully at one with natural habitats and reflecting the hybrid, cosmopolitan environments of the twenty-first century. On Places Of Worship, he inhabits the space between these two worlds, in a series of tone poems and mood pieces located around religious buildings and ruins.

    These still, silent quarters and abandoned houses of the holy can be where we experience our deepest moments of reflection, silence and occasionally fear. Making the aura of these places audible, Henriksen’s haunted horn and idiosyncratic treble vocals carry an air of treading on forbidden territory, stirring up the dust of forgotten spirits.

    As well as suggesting the creaking timbers and salty tang of North African ports (‘Alhambra’) and the whiff of Gallic scirocco (‘Le Cimitière Marin’), it stirs fond memories of fellow musical souls, both alive and dead: the Miles Davis of Sketches Of Spain and Aura; the Fourth World exotica of Jon Hassell.

    Arve Henriksen played in various jazz ensembles in his youth before co-forming Supersilent in 1997. His trumpet, augmented with effects and electronics, has appeared with David Sylvian, Terje Rypdal, Nils Petter Molvær, Jon Balke, Terje Isungset and Iain Ballamy’s Food.

    With Supersilent he recently collaborated with former Led Zeppelin bassist John Paul Jones.
     
    His own music, which has reached a new intensity on Places Of Worship, will leave you becalmed, bewildered, bewitched…. And full of praise.


    Tracklisting:
    1. Adhān
    2. Saraswati
    3. Le Cimetière Marin
    4. The Sacristan
    5. Lament
    6. Portal
    7. Alhambra
    8. Bayon
    9. Abandoned Cathedral
    10. Shelter From The Storm

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  • Arve Henriksen 'Sakuteiki' - Cargo Records UK

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    1. Sanmon – Main Entrance
    2. Viewing Infinite Space
    3. Inside Tea-House
    4. Peaceful – Close To Cherry Trees
    5. Procession Passing
    6. Evening Call
    7. Breathing
    8. Beauty Of Bamboos
    9. Tsukubai – Washbasin
    10. Planting Trees Creating Beauty
    11. "Stones Should Never Be Placed Carelessly"
    12. White Gravel
    13. Shrine
    14. Paths Around The Pond
    15. Children In My Garden

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  • Astrid 'High Blues' - Cargo Records UK

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    1. High Blues
    2. Erik S.
    3. Suite
    4. James
    5. Bysimh

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  • Box 'Studio 1' - Cargo Records UK

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    Something of an international supergroup, the founding of this excellent ensemble is a touch of genius that remains something of a mystery.

    Hand-picked by writer and film-maker Philip Mullarkey to record and play live as part of the art/film project [box], the four musicians met for the first time in Atlantis Studio in Stockholm for two short days of recording without having planned, scored or prepared any music in advance.

    It quickly became apparent that this avant-garde juggernaut was heading in the right direction - the musical interplay making it hard to believe that these complex pieces were actually improvised on the spot - again, a testament to instant music making at the highest level.

    Raoul Björkenheim, guitar (Scorch Trio)
    Trevor Dunn, bass (Mr. Bungle, Fantomas, John Zorn)
    Ståle Storløkken, keyboards (Supersilent, Humcrush)
    Morgan Ågren, drums (Mats / Morgan, Zappa´s Universe)

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  • Bushman's Revenge 'A little Bit Of Big Bonanza' - Cargo Records UK

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    Bushman's Revenge 'A little Bit Of Big Bonanza'

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    Vinyl edition includes voucher for free MP3 download of the whole album.

    It´s no secret that we have a soft spot for this fabulous group and would wish nothing less than world domination for them. What they do seems to be an almost lost art when it comes to making records. Basically meaning great musicians playing together in a proper recording studio, interacting and playing off each other. The tracks are mostly first or second takes, there is no editing and just a couple of overdubs on the whole album. And while guitarist Even Helte Hermansen is the natural focal point there are no big egos at work here, this is a solid unit where all members are equally important for the end result. Just listen to the ”loose but tight” interplay on the opening track, an energetic and joyful interpretation of Sonny Sharrock´s  ”As We Used To Sing”. And they´re all still in their twenties.

    ”Bonanza” is their fourth album, the third on Rune Grammofon. It was recorded and mixed in Atlethic Studio in Halden, Norway in summer 2011. Bushman´s Revenge was founded by Even and Gard back in 2003 in their hometown of Skien, a couple of hours south of  Oslo, while Rune joined from the northern town of Bodø. Even was a member of ”blackjazzers” Shining and grew up listening to Kiss, Pantera, Sepultura, Faith No More, Frank Zappa and John Coltrane, while Gard and Rune met at the Jazz Academy in Trondheim, breeding ground for musicians like Arve Henriksen, Ståle Storløkken, Nils Petter Molvær and many more. Gard also plays with pop sensation Susanne Sundfør and in Puma with Øystein Moen (Jaga Jazzist) and young guitar experimentalist Stian Westerhus.

    Tracklisting:
    1. As We Used To Sing
    2. No More Dead Bodies For Daddy Tonight
    3. Jeg Baker Kokosboller
    4. John Lennon Was The Greatest Man Who Ever Lived
    5. Iron Bloke
    6. 4E73
    7. Tinnitus Love Poem
    8. Hent Tollekniven Ivar, Det Har Standa En Hval

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  • Bushman's Revenge 'Jitterbug' - Cargo Records UK

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    1. Always In Motion The Future Is
    2. Kill Your Jitterbug Darlings
    3. While My Guitar Gently Breaks
    4. Too Old To Die Young
    5. Wind And Fire
    6. Professor Chaos
    7. Damage Case (Happy Go Lucky Karaoke Version)
    8. Personal Poltergeist
    9. Waltz For My Good Man

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  • Bushman's Revenge 'You Lost Me At Hello' - Cargo Records UK

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    Vinyl edition includes voucher for free MP3 download of the whole album.

    The second album from this trio of young (all are 25) musicians shows a distinct development from their slightly patchy but very promising debut ”Cowboy Music” (Jazzaway, 2007).

    Founded by Even and Gard in 2003 in their hometown of Skien, a couple of hours from Oslo, the trio aim to combine the jazz/improv background of the rhythm section with the rock/metal background of leader, composer and guitarist Even Helte Hermansen to create their own expressive music inspired by names like Black Sabbath and Jimi Hendrix as well as Ornette Coleman and Albert Ayler. Even grew up with groups and musicians like Kiss, Pantera, Sepultura, Faith No More, Frank Zappa and John Coltrane.

    He is also a member of such diverse groups as Shining and Solveig Slettahjell´s Slow Motion Orchestra. Rune is from the northern town of Bodø and also plays in Humvee and Eirik Hegdal Quartet, while Gard can be found in Puma, Humvee and Lord Kelvin. Both have a background from the Jazz Academy in Trondheim, breathing ground for musicians like Arve Henriksen, Ståle Storløkken, Nils Petter Molvær and many more. Musically ”You Lost Me At Hello” has an untamed energy to it and shows a looser and rougher side than the debut. At the same time the album as a whole seems more focused.

    The production is quite heavy with a dark and dirty side to it. In the Rune Grammofon catalogue ”You Lost Me At Hello” is probably most comparable to Scorch Trio, with a more rocking edge to it, and Motorpsycho. Regarding the origin of the bandname, there´s a real ”this one goes to eleven” story attached to it. Even had a nasty and near fatal encounter with an insanely hot South African Chilli sauce of the same name bursting the hot-o-meter and laying waste strong contenders such as Bushman´s Fire and Bushman´s Hot AZ Hell... A fitting name to a blasting group....

    Tracklisting:
    1. Count The Holes In Your Head
    2. Bølehøgda Rock City
    3. Ginsberg
    4. Hell Is For Hello
    5. King Of Hello
    6. Ghostwriters In The Sky
    7. No Sleep 'Till Hammerfest
    8. Champagne For My Real Friends

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  • Circulasione Totale Orchestra 'Bandwidth' - Cargo Records UK

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    Circulasione Totale Orchestra 'Bandwidth'

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    CD 1 - Yellow Bass & Silver Cornet II:
    Part 1
    Part 2
    Part 3
    Part 4

    CD 2 - Yellow Bass & Silver Cornet III:
    Part 1
    Part 2
    Part 3
    Part 4

    CD 3 - Dancing In St. Johan IV:
    Part 1
    Part 2
    Part 3
    Part 4

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  • Colin Stetson & Mats Gustafsson 'Stones' - Cargo Records UK

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    First pressing of 500, includes CD.Titles inspired by Gunnar Ekelof (1907 - 1968)

    May come as a surprise, but in the history of jazz and improvisation the saxophone duet is remarkably rare. Sax players tend to lock horns with drummers, bassists, trumpeters, even cellists and violinists, but rarely with each other. Perhaps it’s the force of personality that the sax is associated with: this studio ain’t big enough for the both of us.

    But here to blow that convention out of the water come two of the planet’s most uncompromising and inventive young hornithologists, Colin Stetson and Mats Gustafsson. Mats Gustafsson, a Swede born in 1964, has perfected the art of the vein-popping, no-compromise blowout, and has appeared with Sonic Youth, Jim O’Rourke, BoredomsYoshimi P-We, improvising legends Derek Bailey, Joe McPhee, Peter Brötzmann and Ken Vandermark.

    His own free jazz power trio The Thing recently released the acclaimed Cherry Thing album with Neneh Cherry; while his Fire! trio with Johan Berthling and Andreas Werliin have released three CDs already on Rune Grammofon. He has also worked extensively in other media, including dance, painting, theatre and poetry.

    Colin Stetson is a member of Arcade Fire’s touring group, and his prodigious bass saxophone tones have been called on by a host of American alternative acts including Bon Iver, Tom Waits, Laurie Anderson, TV On The Radio, David Byrne, Feist, My Brightest Diamond, LCD Soundsystem and many more. He was born in Michigan and is currently based in Montreal, Canada, where he recorded his latest solo album, New History Warfare Vol 2: Judges for local label Constellation.

    The four tracks on Stones were recorded live on stage at the 2011 Vancouver Jazz Festival. Miraculously, this explosive encounter was also their first meeting. ‘It was completely magic,” remembers Mats. ‘All was there, the communication, the interaction, the music, the mystery...’ The titles were partly inspired by the Swedish poet Gunnar Ekelöf (1907–1968), of whom Mats says, ‘He is the foundation of Swedish modern poetry.

    There is so much music in the way he constructs his work. It is extremely inspiring, on all levels. Ekelöf is the man.’ From the long throaty drones that open ‘Stones That Rest Heavily’ to the slithering and flutter-tonguing interplay of ‘Stones That Need Not’, it’s clear that this duo is intent on alchemising their brass tubes into liquid gold. But they mainly use low-end instruments like the bass and baritone sax, which emit deep, warm vibrations. And unlike the more in your face free improvisation, there’s an underlying tunefulness that draws you in and envelops you. ‘Colin is playing songs,’ says Mats, ‘and I love that... real songs with great structures and directions! The song quality is still there... but he freakin’ rocks in the way he interacts and improvises.’

    This is fire music that smoulders in the dark. Perhaps this will give the sax duo a new lease of life. After all, as Mats says, there’s ‘No escape... nothing to hide... you just need to go out there and interact!’

    Tracklisting:
    Side A:

    1. Stones That Rest Heavily
    2. Stones That Can Only Be

    Side B:
    3. Stones That Need Not
    4. Stones That Only Have

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  • Deathprod 'Morals and Dogma' - Cargo Records UK

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    1. Tron
    2. Dead People's Things
    3. Orgone Donor
    4. Cloudchamber

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  • El Doom And The Born Electric 'Soundtrack' - Cargo Records UK

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    Debut album from ”young veterans” of the Norwegian heavy and progressive scenes, fronted by singer, guitarist, writer and producer Ole Petter Andreassen. This is classic, heavy, guitardriven and melodic progressive rock, the playing and production being top notch with a natural mix of solid riffs, intricate instrumental passages and great hooks.

    The core of the band, apart from Andreassen, is Hedvig Mollestad on guitar and Hammond organ and brothers Brynjar and Haavard Takle Ohr from El Cuero on lead guitar and drums respectively. Guests include Nikolai Hængsle Eilertsen from Elephant9 on bass, Ståle Storløkken from Elephant9 and Supersilent on Hammond, Mikael Lindquist on Hammond and Mellotron and veteran Jon Eberson on guitar.

    Jazz guitarist Eberson, now 60 and more vital than ever, arrived at the studio, insisted on not hearing any music, plugged in, burned his way through ”It´s Electric” and ”The Hook” and was home in time for an early dinner. Eilertsen and Storløkken is widely reckognised to be two of Norway´s top instrumentalists in any category and Håvard Takle Ohr is probably the best rock drummer in the country at the moment, to watch him live is a revelation.

    All the material is written by Andreassen, with some help on four of the tracks. He has been involved in around 20 albums and most notably been a member of Thulsa Doom and The Cumshots but this is the first album where he is in total control. He is also owner of Caliban Studio, home to many great sounding Norwegian albums. He has been nominated for four Norwegian Grammys and won two.

    Tracklisting:
    1. Fire Don't Know
    2. It's Electric
    3. With Full Force
    4. The Hook
    5. The Lights
    6. Subtle As A Shithouse
    7. Red Flag

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    Recorded live at Grand Sport Studio, november 6-7 2007.

    Side A:
    1. Dodovoodoo
    2. Directions
    3. I Cover The Mountain Top

    Side B:
    1. Hymne
    2. Skink
    3. Doctor Honoris Causa

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