The title “Homegrown” gives justice to the music assembled in this CD: it testifies exemplarily the way jazz is played in the North of Europe. Scandinavian musicians may not do it better, but certainly they do what they brilliantly do with a personality you can’t find elsewhere. It’s strong, seductive and full of arguments in what regards musicality, expression, technical control, imagination and that kind of vision only achieved when there’s an analytical and critical distance towards the tradition – if any doubt happens to appear, it’s enough to hear what saxophonist André Roligheten does with an Ornette Coleman’s composition, “Kathleen Gray”, the last of the album. Roligheten is one of the most distinctive horn players in Norway, and a mere consultation of his curriculum gives a good idea of how elastic his playing can be, never loosing focus: either as a member of the prestigious Trondheim Jazz Orchestra or contributing to the music written by Stale Storlokken for the psychedelic rock band Motorpsycho, and either collaborating with musicians like Paul Lovens, Håvard Wiik, Fredrik Ljunkvist, and Per Zanussi or being an active voice in the projects Albatrosh, Friends & Neighbors and Team Hegdal, this dynamic player is capable of covering a wide ground. Just confirm it.
Roligheten states that he has written all the compositions inspired by, and especially tailored for the musicians on this record. «My idea for this recording is based on the warm sound of tenor sax and violin in octaves, the open harmonic flexibility of no chord instruments, the spirit and feeling from some strong live experiences of music from Greece, Marokko, Madagascar, Norwegian folklore in Telemark, all tied together in the attitude and approach of legends like Ornette Coleman and Archie Shepp. I found my dream-team of musicians to execute these ideas in three of Norway´s most distinctive, creative and unique players: Adrian Løseth Waade on violin (Trondheim Jazz Orchestra), Jon Rune Strøm on double bass (Paal Nilssen-Love Large Unit) and Erik Nylander on drums (Ola Kvernberg Trio).
All compositions by André Roligheten, except «Kathleen Gray» by Ornette Coleman
Recorded by Ingar Hunskaar at Victoria, Oslo, 4th of October 2016 | Mixed by Ingar Hunskaar, 15th of June 2017 | Mastered by Fridtjof Lindemann, 26th of June 2017
Produced by Adrian Løseth Waade, Jon Rune Strøm, Erik Nylander and André Roligheten | Executive production by Pedro Costa for Trem Azul | Photo by Andreas Paleologos | Cover art by Travassos