Wednesday, March 31, 2021

Neumann / Gutvik / Haker Flaten / Nilssen-Love - New Dance [PNL Records 051]

Coming in with another live album these days is the famed PNL Records imprint who've been releasing "New Dance" as their 051 on February 26th, 2k21 - a live performance by label founder Paal Nilssen-Love alongside Calle Neumann, Ketil Gutvik and double bass-player Ingebrigt Haker Flaten. The concert, somewhat of a sequel of a show that had taken place 20 years prior with a slightly different line up of artists, recorded at Oslo's Victoria Jazz Club in July of 2k20 and - like each and every album created these days - somewhat influenced by the ongoing pandemic situation sees the quartet on an intense, yet explorative journey through different realms and incarnations of Jazz, from the deep, tender and twangy acoustic guitar notes of "A Sa Et Fro" later accompanied by clattering drums and meandering alto sax lines to the complex rhythm signatures to be found in the in the nearly 31 minutes spanning main and title piece "New Dance" which partially dies off to near silence or even brooding, unsettling darkness before re-emerging in a truly experimental, improvisational FreeJazz fashion whereas the concluding "Dett Var Dett" caters an explosive eruption of hard hitting creativity showcased by a gazillion of improvised, yet masterly structured sonic events per second. One for the advanced connaisseur of the genre.

Album artwork on Instagram!


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