Gard Nilssen Acoustic Unity

«Gard Nilssen’s Acoustic Unity is one of the best trios in Europe»
-Phil Freeman (Stereogum, The Wire, Burning Ambulance)

If you ask the names of the most prominent and sought after jazz- and improvised music drummers in Norway, you can be sure to find Gard Nilssen on that list. Anywhere you turn, he’s there, either as a sideman (Amgala Temlpe, Team Hegdal, Lord Kelvin, Trondheim Jazz Orchestra, Thomas Dybdal or Susanne Sundfør) or leading and co-leading a good number of acclaimed groups (Bushman’s Revenge, Puma, sPacemoNkey or Astro Sonic), some going to the absolute frontier territories of jazz, rock and electric experimentalism. With the triple liverelease “Live In Europe” he continues his work entirely committed to unplugged music; Gard Nilssen ́s Acoustic Unity.

Petter Eldh – acoustic bass
André Roligheten – acoustic saxophones
Gard Nilssen – acoustic drums

Reviews on «To Whom Who Buys a Record»
Nominated for a Norwegian GRAMMY in 2020.

«In a word: Enjoyable! « 

«Acoustic Unity, climaxing the set by having Joshua Redman step up for an ecstatic Ornette Coleman encore.
-Jazzwise Magazine (Martin Longley)

«And there’s plenty more: saxist André Roligheten jelled beautifully with drummer Gard Nilssen and bassist Petter Eldh on To Whom Buys a Record, an excellent set by Nilssen’s band Acoustic Unity that touches on springy, freewheeling post–Ornette Coleman swing and calm freeform reflection».
-Rolling Stone Magazine

«He performed in various settings, including with his remarkable Acoustic Unity trio»
-Downbeat (John Murph)

«Gard Nilssen’s Acoustic Unity is one of the best trios in Europe»
-Phil Freeman (Stereogum, The Wire, Burning Ambulance)

«A powerhouse rhythm section and an excellent reed player making for the perfect combination which led to excellent music, whether playing solos or ensemble sections.»
-Tim Niland (Blues & More)

«To Whom who Buys a Record is an exhilarating musical roller-coaster ride.»
-The Arts Desk (Kieron Tyler)

«Ask me to name a killer working band that most American jazz listeners still don’t know, and there’s a good chance I’d land on Gard Nilssen Acoustic Unity.»
-Nate Chinen 

”This album offers the trio in its prime, perfecting its loose yet deep and close interplay, but, still, sounding greater than the sum of its parts.”

”Gard Nilssen-The drummer everybody wants to play with”
-Eyal Hareuveni

«Et av årets aller spenstigste jazzalbum»
-Dagens Næringsliv (Audun Vinger)

«To whom who buys a record er et briljant album-et av årets beste!»
-Dagsavisen (Espen Løkeland-Stai)

 «Dette er unik musisering»
-Dag og Tid (Lars Mossefinn)

«En strålende innspilling, nok en gang!»
-Salt  (Jan Granlie)

«To Whom Who Buys A Record er gjennomført balansekunst på høyt nivå. Acoustic Unity byr på kvalitet i alle ledd.»
-Aftenposten (Arild R. Andersen) 5/6

«Musikk som beviser at inspirasjon fra og andektighet for fortiden ikke er en tvangstrøye for ny kreativitet.»
-Klassekampen (Chris Monsen) 5,5/6

«…Etter over hundre jobber kloden rundt, så framstår de nå som noe av det heftigste som finnes innenfor dette uttrykket.»
-Nettavisen (Tor Hammerø)

«Yes!! Dette er nemlig klassisk jazzsamspill av beste sort»
-Vårt Land (Ole Johannes Ålekjær)

“To Whom Who Buys A Record er ei av dei mest livgivande platen hittil i år”
-Jazznytt (Torkjell Hovland)