Kristoffer Berre Alberts alto and tenor saxophones | Jamie Saft hammond organ, whitehall organ, moog, lapsteel guitar | Ingebrigt Håker Flaten Ibanez 8-string Fretless Bass, Fender Precision Bass, Univox Hi-Flyer Bass | Gard Nilssen drums, percussion, electronics
It’s not the first time we find Scandinavian and American musicians playing together – some of the bands founded by Ken Vandermark have this characteristic –, but Starlite Motel comes with a different focus than the ones trying to reconnect the techniques and aesthetics of improvisation developed in Europe with its jazz roots in the United States. In “Awosting Falls”, non-idiomatic and idiomatic improv meets with… psychedelic rock. Those procedures and styles are very well known by the mastermind of this new enterprise: Gard Nilssen, the Norwegian drummer of the rock-oriented, electric bands Puma and Bushman’s Revenge, but also of hardcore post- free jazz groups like Acoustic Unity and Cortex. His Nordic companions are also familiar with it, namely saxophonist Kristoffer Berre Alberts, who brought jazz to noise domains with partners like Lasse Marhaug and Maja Ratkje, and bassist Ingebrigt Haaker Flaten (now living in Texas, by the way), a member of the free jazz / free rock band The Thing and leader of the metal / hip-hop / jazz combo The Young Mothers. The American in the quartet is Jamie Saft, one of the most permanent of John Zorn’s collaborators, part of Electric Masada and also the author of “Trouble: The Jamie Saft Trio Plays Bob Dylan” and leader of a band including the jazz mainstream bassist Steve Swallow, The New Standard. The music is puzzling and sensuous, cosmic and groovy at the same time. Now you can dream with a beat.
Recorded by Jamie Saft at Potterville International Sound, NY, December 2014 | Mixed and mastered by Jørgen Træen, November 2015
Produced by Gard Nilssen and Kristoffer Berre Alberts | Executive production by Pedro Costa for Trem Azul
Design by Travassos | Photos by Jamie Saft
Thanks: Jamie, Ingebrigt and Kristoffer for being great musicians and human beings, the Saft family for great hospitality, Jørgen Træen, Pedro Costa, Phil Nestor, Kathrine Lygren Toppe, friends and family.