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 (Team Hegdal, Cortex, Lord Kelvin, Trondheim Jazz Orchestra 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.
Since the Grammy nominated and critically acclaimed debut album “Firehouse” in 2015, they have been touring all around the world: Japan, USA, Canada, Portugal, Germany, Austria, Holland, UK, Denmark, Slovenia and Norway, and developed a more personal and distinct expression with telepathic interplay, big ears, impulsive and energetic sound.
In the frontline is an astonishing revelation of a saxophone player, André Roligheten. Whether in his own band Roligheten, as a half of the duo Albatrosh, in the tighter context of the Trondheim Jazz Orchestra, collaborating with the psych-rock band Motorpsycho, or in other great acts like Team Hegdal, Friends & Neighbors and Cambien Trio, every player would envy his drive and capacity to instantaneously re-invent melody and rhythm while improvising.
Petter Eldh, Berlin based bassplayer, known for his work with the Django Bates trio, Amok Amor, Speak Low, Peter Evans, Jim Black and Tobias Delius among others, is another idiosyncratic figure, perfect for the cause; claiming references as diverse as Dr. Dre, Charlie Parker and Peter Brötzmann, he’s definitely the right choice for maintaining the backbone of these tunes and at the same time always being ready to cross the winds.
“Live In Europe” is a triple live vinyl and cd box release, featuring the saxophonists Fredrik Ljungkvist (Atomic), Kristoffer Alberts (Cortex) and Jørgen Mathisen (Krokofant), out on Clean-feed Records now.