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Scandinavia and Jazz have always got on well and the major artists from the North have always imposed their originality. The northern jazz scene offers a beautiful rainbow of styles: neat hard bop, avant-garde electro jazz, fusion, ambient, vocal jazz… a diversity that is represented in this playlist. photo: Esbjörn Svensson Trio © Jim Rakete / ACT

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Title Artist Album Duration
1
Eastern Smiles
Hanna Paulsberg Concept Eastern Smiles 00:05:59

Hanna Paulsberg Concept, MainArtist - Hanna Paulsberg, Producer

(C) 2016 ODIN (P) 2016 ODIN

2
Jeg Gik Mig Ud En Sommerdag
Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen Dancing on the Tables 00:03:32

John Scofield, FeaturedArtist - Dave Liebman, FeaturedArtist - Billy Hart, FeaturedArtist - Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen, MainArtist

(C) 1986 SteepleChase Productions ApS (P) 1986 SteepleChase Productions ApS

3
Did They Ever Tell Cousteau?
Esbjörn Svensson Trio Seven Days of Falling 00:06:05

Dan Berglund, Composer - Copyright Control, MusicPublisher - Esbjörn Svensson, Composer - e.s.t. Esbjörn Svensson Trio, Artist, MainArtist - Magnus Öström, Composer

2018 ACT Music + Vision GmbH + Co KG 2003 Superstudio Gul, A Division Of Diesel Music AB.

4
Karusell
Terje Rypdal Waves 00:08:11

Palle Mikkelborg, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - Jan Erik Kongshaug, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Sveinung Hovensjø, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal) - Jon Christensen, Drums, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Manfred Eicher, Producer - Terje Rypdal, Composer, Electric Guitar, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1978 ECM Records GmbH, under exclusive license to Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

5
Spiral Dance
Keith Jarrett Belonging 00:04:16

Keith Jarrett, Composer, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Jan Erik Kongshaug, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Palle Danielsson, Double Bass, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Jon Christensen, Drums, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Manfred Eicher, Producer - Jan Garbarek, Tenor Saxophone, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1974 ECM Records GmbH, under exclusive license to Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

6
Access / Song Of Sand I
Nils Petter Molvaer Khmer 00:05:50

Rune Arnesen, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Nils Petter Molvær, Composer, Trumpet, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Ulf W. Ø. Holand, Producer, Samples, AssociatedPerformer - Eivind Aarset, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Manfred Eicher, Producer - Reidar Skår, Sound Effects, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1997 ECM Records GmbH, under exclusive license to Universal Music Classics & Jazz - a division of Universal Music GmbH

7
Waterloo
Geir Sundstøl Brødløs 00:05:05

Geir Sundstøl, Composer, MainArtist

© 2018 HUBRO / Grappa Musikkforlag AS ℗ 2018 HUBRO / Grappa Musikkforlag AS

8
It's Ok To Listen To The Gray Voice
Jan Garbarek Group It's OK To Listen To The Gray Voice 00:04:41

Jan Erik Kongshaug, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - DAVID TORN, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Eberhard Weber, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Manfred Eicher, Producer - Jan Garbarek, Composer, Tenor Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Jan Garbarek Group, MainArtist - Michael Di Pasqua, Drums, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1985 ECM Records GmbH, under exclusive license to Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

9
Golden Rain
Bobo Stenson Trio Serenity 00:05:16

Åke Linton, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Bobo Stenson, Composer, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Jon Christensen, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Manfred Eicher, Producer - Anders Jormin, Double Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Bobo Stenson Trio, MainArtist

℗ 2000 ECM Records GmbH, under exclusive license to Universal Music Classics & Jazz - a division of Universal Music GmbH

10
Once
Mette Henriette Mette Henriette 00:03:55

Jan Erik Kongshaug, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Manfred Eicher, Producer - Katrine Schiøtt, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Mette Henriette, Composer, Saxophone, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Johan Lindvall, Piano, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2015 ECM Records GmbH, under exclusive license to Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

11
Home
Søren Bebe Trio Home 00:04:30

Søren Bebe Trio, Performer - Søren Bebe, Composer

From Out Here Music Soren Bebe Music

12
Ventura Highway
Ida Sand True Love 00:04:53

Ida Sand, Performer

2009 ACT Music+Vision GmbH+CO.KG 2009 ACT Music+Vision GmbH+CO.KG

13
The Moon (And the Air It Moves)
Magnus Östrom Searching for Jupiter 00:07:05

Magnus Ostrom, Composer, Performer

2013 ACT Music + Vision GmbH & Co. KG 2013 ACT Music + Vision GmbH & Co. KG

14
Garbarek, Morales: Parce Mihi Domine
Jan Garbarek Officium 00:06:44

David James, Arranger, Counter-Tenor, Work Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - PUBLIC DOMAIN, Author - Cristóbal De Morales, Composer - John Potter, Arranger, Tenor, Work Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Rogers Covey-Crump, Arranger, Tenor, Work Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Gordon Jones, Arranger, Baritone, Work Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Manfred Eicher, Producer - The Hilliard Ensemble, Ensemble, MainArtist - Jan Garbarek, Composer, Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Peter Länger, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1994 ECM Records GmbH, under exclusive license to Universal Music Classics & Jazz - a division of Universal Music GmbH

15
My Funny Valentine (Live)
Michel Petrucciani Michel Petrucciani & NHØP (Live) 00:07:07

Michel Petrucciani, Composer, Piano, MainArtist - Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen, Double Bass, MainArtist

© 2009 Francis Dreyfus Music SARL, a BMG Company ℗ 1999 Francis Dreyfus Music SARL, a BMG Company

16
My Song
Keith Jarrett My Song 00:06:14

Keith Jarrett, Composer, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Jan Erik Kongshaug, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Palle Danielsson, Double Bass, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Jon Christensen, Drums, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Manfred Eicher, Producer - Jan Garbarek, Tenor Saxophone, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1978 ECM Records GmbH

17
Lviv
Lars Danielsson Liberetto III 00:04:38

Lars Danielsson, Composer, Performer - Grégory Privat, Performer - John Parricelli, Performer - Magnus Ostrom, Performer - Björn Bohlin, Performer

2017 ACT Music + Vision GmbH & Ko KG 2017 ACT Music + Vision GmbH+Co. KG

18
A Song I Used To Play
Arild Andersen If You Look Far Enough 00:04:03

Ralph Towner, Guitar, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Jan Erik Kongshaug, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Nana Vasconcelos, Percussion, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Arild Andersen, Composer, Producer, Double Bass, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1993 ECM Records GmbH, under exclusive license to Universal Music Classics & Jazz - a division of Universal Music GmbH

19
Behind the Yashmak
Esbjörn Svensson Trio Strange Place for Snow 00:10:26

Dan Berglund, Composer - Esbjörn Svensson, Composer - e.s.t. Esbjörn Svensson Trio, Artist, MainArtist - Magnus Öström, Composer - ACT Publishing, Siegfried Loch, MusicPublisher

2018 Act Music + Vision GmbH + Co KG 2002 Superstudio Gul/Diesel Music AB

20
Laura
Viktoria Tolstoy Blame It On My Youth 00:06:03

Claes Persson, Mastering Engineer, Masterer - Johnny Mercer, Composer - David Raksin, Composer - Janne Hansson, Engineer, Recorder - Alar Suurna, Mixer - Joakim Milder, Producer - Viktoria Tolstoy, MainArtist

© 2001 Parlophone Music Sweden AB This Labelcopy information is the subject of Copyright Protection. All rights reserved. (C) 2001 Parlophone Music Sweden AB ℗ 2001 The copyright in this sound recording is owned by EMI Music Sweden AB

21
Twelve Moons (Pt. 1: Winter-Summer, Pt. 2: Summer-Winter)
Jan Garbarek Group Twelve Moons 00:07:37

Marilyn Mazur, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Manu Katche, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Jan Erik Kongshaug, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Manfred Eicher, Producer - Jan Garbarek, Composer, Synthesizer, AssociatedPerformer - Jan Garbarek Group, MainArtist

℗ 2002 ECM Records GmbH, under exclusive license to Universal Music Classics & Jazz - a division of Universal Music GmbH

The Oscar Peterson Trio (Oscar Peterson, Piano - Niels-Henning Orsted Pedersen, Double Bass - Louis Hayes, Drums) - Charlie Chaplin, Composer - John Turner, Geoffrey Parsons, Lyricists - (Hans Georg Brunner-Schwer, Sound engineer)

2014 Edel Germany GmbH 2014 Edel Germany GmbH

23
Golden Rain
Bobo Stenson Selected Recordings 00:05:14

Åke Linton, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Bobo Stenson, Composer, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Jon Christensen, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Manfred Eicher, Producer - Anders Jormin, Double Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Bobo Stenson Trio, MainArtist

℗ 2000 ECM Records GmbH, under exclusive license to Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

24
New Dance (Live At Nakano Plaza Hall, Tokyo / 1979)
Keith Jarrett Sleeper - Tokyo, April 16, 1979 00:07:07

Keith Jarrett, Composer, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Jan Erik Kongshaug, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Palle Danielsson, MainArtist - Jon Christensen, Drums, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Manfred Eicher, Producer - Jan Garbarek, Tenor Saxophone, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Palle Danielson, Double Bass, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2012 ECM Records GmbH

25
Mystery Man
Terje Rypdal The Singles Collection 00:04:42

Bjorn Kjellemyr, Double Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Jan Erik Kongshaug, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Manfred Eicher, Producer - Audun Kleive, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Terje Rypdal, Composer, Guitar, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Allan Dangerfield, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1989 ECM Records GmbH, under exclusive license to Universal Music Classics & Jazz - a division of Universal Music GmbH

Palle Danielsson Quartet, Ensemble - Palle Danielsson Quartet, Ensemble

27
The Goldhearted Miner (Live in Hamburg)
Esbjörn Svensson Trio e.s.t. Live in Hamburg 00:07:03

e.s.t. Esbjörn Svensson Trio, Performer

2007 ACT Music + Vision GmbH + Co.KG 2007 ACT Music + Vision GmbH + Co.KG

28
Sukha
Mats Eilertsen Trio Elegy 00:07:01

Mats Eilertsen Trio, MainArtist

(C) 2010 Grappa Musikkforlag A/S (P) 2010 Grappa Musikkforlag A/S

29
Mano Sinistra
Tonbruket Forevergreens 00:07:07

Tonbruket, Performer - Johan Lindström, Composer - Dan Berglund, Composer - Martin Hederos, Composer - Andreas Werliin, Composer

2016 ACT Music + Vision GmbH + Co. KG 2016 ACT Music + Vision GmbH + Co. KG

30
Not Wanting
Anders Jormin Spring Tour 00:06:12

Anders Jormin, Artist, MainArtist - Marilyn Crispell, Composer, Artist - Raymond Strid, Artist

(C) 2011 Alice Musik Produktion (P) 2011 Alice Musik Produktion

31
Stars in Your Eyes
Nils Landgren The Moon, the Stars and You 00:04:28

Nils Landgren, Performer

2011 ACT Music+Vision GmbH+Co.KG 2011 ACT Music+Vision GmbH+Co.KG

32
Fält Strid
Atomic Six Easy Pieces 00:06:02

Atomic, MainArtist

(C) 2017 ODIN (P) 2017 ODIN

Bernt Rosengren, tenor saxophone - Lars Sjosten, piano - Bjorn Alke, double bass - Fredrik Noren, drums

34
Tarantella
Lars Danielsson Lars Danielsson Edition 00:05:02

Lars Danielsson, Composer, Performer

2010 ACT Music + Vision GmbH + Co. KG 2009 ACT Music+Vision GmbH+Co.KG

35
Sakta vi gå genom stan
Monica Zetterlund Monicas Bästa 00:03:21

Egil Johansen, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Gösta Nilsson, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - Jörgen Johansson, Trombone, AssociatedPerformer - Fred E. Ahlert, ComposerLyricist - Georg Riedel, Bass Guitar, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Beppe Wolgers, ComposerLyricist - Jan Johansson, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Rune Gustafsson, Electric Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Göte Wilhelmson, Producer - Monica Zetterlund, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Bengt-Arne Wallin, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - Yngve Sandstrom, Flute, AssociatedPerformer - Weine Renliden, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - Georg Vernon, Trombone, AssociatedPerformer - Sixten Eriksson, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - Runo Ericsson, Trombone, AssociatedPerformer - Andreas Sköld, Trombone, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1961 Universal Music AB

36
The Rythym of Our Hearts
Lisa Ekdahl Lisa Ekdahl Sings Salvadore Poe 00:04:08

Fredrik Jonsson, Electric Guitar - Fredrik Jonsson, Acoustic Baritone Guitar - Lisa Ekdahl, Performer - Lisa Ekdahl, Producer - Jonas Holgersson, Percussion - Jonas Holgersson, Drums - Mikael Nilsson, Percussion - Mikael Nilsson, Congas - Magnus Lindgren, Flute - Magnus Lindgren, Woodwinds - Magnus Lindgren, Tenor Saxophone - Magnus Lindgren, Baritone Saxophone - Magnus Lindgren, Bass Clarinet - Magnus Lindgren, Clarinet - Magnus Lindgren, Piano - Magnus Lindgren, Guitar - Salvadore Poe, Composer - Salvadore Poe, Lyricist - Salvadore Poe, Producer - Salvadore Poe, Guitar - Orchestra, Performer - Mattias Lindgren, Arranger - Mattias Lindgren, Producer

(P) 2000 BMG Entertainment International UK & Ireland Ltd.

37
Flickan i trädet
Nannie Porres Närbild 00:02:25

Gunnar Lindqvist, Producer - Fritz Sjöström, Composer - Nannie Porres, MainArtist

© 1976 Parlophone Music Sweden AB This Labelcopy information is the subject of Copyright Protection. All rights reserved. (C) 1976 Parlophone Music Sweden AB ℗ 1976 The copyright in this sound recording is owned by EMI Music Sweden AB

38
Simple Song
Esbjörn Svensson Trio Layers of Light 00:03:06

Nils Landgren, Composer, Performer, Lyricist - Esbjorn Svensson, Performer - Traditional, Composer, Lyricist - Esbjoern Svensson, Composer, Lyricist

2001 ACT Music + Vision GmbH + Co. KG 2001 ACT Music + Vision GmbH + Co. KG

39
Balladen om herr Fredrik Åkare - Den söta fröken Cecilia Lind
Jesper Lundgaard Trio Jesper Lundgaard Trio Plays Cornelis 00:03:00

Cornelis Vreeswijk, Composer - Jesper Lundgaard, Composer - Jesper Lundgaard Trio, Ensemble, MainArtist

(C) 2010 Touche Music (P) 2010 Touche Music

Zdenek Fibich, Composer - Bengt Hallberg, MainArtist

© 1970 Parlophone Music Sweden AB This Labelcopy information is the subject of Copyright Protection. All rights reserved. (C) 1970 Parlophone Music Sweden AB ℗ 1970 The copyright in this sound recording is owned by EMI Music Sweden AB

41
Unbreakable
Nils Landgren Funk Unit Unbreakable 00:05:46

Nils Landgren Funk Unit, Performer - Ray Parker Jr., Performer - Nils Landgren, Composer, Lyricist

2017 ACT Music + Vision GmbH & Ko KG 2017 ACT Music + Vision GmbH+Co. KG

42
Sommernatt ved fjorden
Kirsten Braten Berg Syng du mi røst 00:04:20

Kirsten Bråten Berg, MainArtist

(C) 2001 Grappa Musikkforlag A/S (P) 2001 Grappa Musikkforlag A/S

43
Blåmann
Ketil Bjørnstad Early Years 00:06:08

Jan Erik Kongshaug, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ketil Bjørnstad, Composer, MainArtist - Svein Erik Børja, Producer

℗ 1974 Universal Music A/S

44
Still Crazy After All These Years
Rigmor Gustafsson with radio string quartet vienna Calling You 00:04:31

Rigmor Gustafsson, Performer

2010 ACT Music + Vision GmbH + Co. KG 2010 ACT Music + Vision GmbH + Co. KG

45
Solen Glimmar Blank Och Trind
Jan Lundgren Trio Swedish Standards 00:05:54

Jan Lundgren Trio, Performer

2009 ACT Music+Vision GmbH+Co.KG 2009 ACT Music+Vision GmbH+Co.KG

46
Our Love Is Here To Stay
Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen Those Who Were 00:06:59

George Gershwin, Composer - Ira Gershwin, Author - Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen, MainArtist - Niels Lan Doky, Producer

℗ 1996 Universal Music (Denmark) A/S

47
The Madonna
Lars Danielsson Lars Danielsson Edition 00:06:27

Lars Danielsson, Composer, Performer

2010 ACT Music + Vision GmbH + Co. KG 2009 ACT Music+Vision GmbH+Co.KG

48
Fedja
Lars Gullin Baritone Sax 00:05:00

Lars Gullin, Writer, MainArtist - L. Gullin, Baritone Saxophone

1956 Atlantic Recording Corp. 1956 Atlantic Records

49
Sömnlös
Per 'Texas' Johansson Swedish Jazz Masters: Holon 00:02:51

Pål Svenre, Producer - peter Dahl, Mastering Engineer, Masterer - Alar Suurna, Mixer, Engineer, Recorder - Per 'Texas' Johansson, Composer, MainArtist

© 1997 Parlophone Music Sweden AB This Labelcopy information is the subject of Copyright Protection. All rights reserved. (C) 1997 Parlophone Music Sweden AB ℗ 1997 The copyright in this sound recording is owned by EMI Music Sweden AB

50
Rough Edges (Album Version)
Niels Lan Doky Misty Dawn 00:04:01

Niels Lan Doky, Performer - Niels Lan Doky, Composer - Niels Lan Doky, Lyricist - Unknown, Producer

(P) 1994 Sony Music Entertainment (Denmark) A/S

About Playlist

Scandinavia and Jazz have always got on well and the major artists from the North have always imposed their originality. The northern jazz scene offers a beautiful rainbow of styles: neat hard bop, avant-garde electro jazz, fusion, ambient, vocal jazz… a diversity that is represented in this playlist.

photo: Esbjörn Svensson Trio © Jim Rakete / ACT

Nordic Jazz in 10 Albums

by Marc Zisman

Snowy scenes, big expanses, beautiful nature everywhere… Scandinavia is often described by the same old clichés. Jazz is no exception. We tend to talk about Scandi jazz like it’s one big genre. However, each country has its own distinct style; Denmark’s scene rivals traditional North American jazz, Norway tends to get experimental and Sweden treads the line between the two. Nordic musicians have been adding their own unique touch to the genre since the 70s and the younger generation continue to sculpt its future. Here, we zoom in on Scandinavian jazz in 10 albums, offering a glimpse into a discography that’s as wide as a fjord.

Bobo Stenson Trio – Serenity (2000)

You’d better forget the Keith Jarrett tag that people have often stuck to Bobo Stenson. Even though he regularly played with the American’s three Scandinavian partners (Jan Garbarek, Palle Danielsson and Jon Christensen), Stenson had a thoroughly distinctive style. After spending the 60s accompanying jazz stars who passed through Stockholm (Sonny Rollins, Stan Getz, Don Cherry, Gary Burton), this subtle pianist started to feed off a wide variety of sources and influences. His music was never limited to one place. He expanded his world into the many corners of improv, be it jazz or some other genre. This eclecticism made Stenson a great match for his label: ECM. His Serenity album with his piano/bass/drums trio is arguably his best work. Mixing their own compositions with pieces by Wayne Shorter, Silvio Rodriguez, Alban Berg, Charles Ives, Hanns Eisler and Lorens Brolin, the three men invented their own melody-centric semantics. Even in their most adventurous improvisations, Bobo Stenson and his rhythmic section never broke the thread that linked these composers and disparate periods. They marry traditional jazz and European/Cuban folk with 20th century classical. As is often the case with this kind of musician - the ones who always have one ear pricked, listening out to what the others are doing - silence and space are the specialities here.

E.S.T. (Esbjörn Svensson Trio) – Seven Days of Falling (2003)

During their fifteen-year-long career (which ended when their leader died in a scuba diving accident at the age of 44) Esbjörn Svensson’s percussive trio never sat still. Together with drummer Magnus Öström and bassist Dan Berglund, the Swedish pianist went full tilt. If you thought the piano/bass/drums trio was a bit passé, you’d be forgetting this trio who left their mark on hordes of people in the 90s. At first, their music felt a bit like a smokescreen. But Svensson wasn’t just a jazz pianist with an eye for rock and drum’n’bass... As proved by Seven Days of Falling, E.S.T.’s soul remained viscerally jazzy and sagacious. On this record, which was released in late 2003, the band celebrated their ten-year-long career by demonstrating their unfailing complicity. More than ever before, their three personalities merged into one voice. They cited Radiohead, The Police, Deep Purple and Aphex Twin as their inspirations, though the essence of Ballad for the Unborn, Believe, Beleft, Below and Why She Didn't Come lies elsewhere. They skilfully play with space and silence (did someone say it’s not the notes you play, it’s the notes you don’t play?!). They cleverly weave rhythms around melodies (Seven Days of Falling). They purify their art and explore repetition (Did They Ever Tell Cousteau?). They reaffirm their values and then quickly sweep them away again. Seven Days of Falling is the album that most and least sounds like E.S.T. It’s also their best.

Mette Henriette – Mette Henriette (2015)

A double album for a debut. ECM as a label. And Anton Corbijn designing the album cover. Mette Henriette Martedatter Rølvåg made waves when she wowed the international jazz scene in 2015. The young saxophonist from Trondheim chose to split her record in two. She played in trio for the first part with cellist Katrine Schiøtt and pianist Johan Lindvall. For the second, she played with a group of 13 musicians with trumpet, trombone, accordion, piano, double bass, drums and the Cikada Quartet’s strings. The first thing that hits you with this amazing, dense double album is the serene feeling that you can’t help but suspect mirrors the composer’s personality. Everything is like a whisper. Slow breathing, a warm atmosphere, weightlessness. Infused with jazz and classical music in equal measure, the 1h40m album was composed over a decade. Mette Henriette focuses more on the music than her instrument. Her improvisations are more like textures than phrases. The relationship she maintains with her multiple accomplices exhibits a rare intensity. The spaces give this record an immense breadth, which the saxophonist fleshes out on stage by designing scenography, choreographies and light installations. Impressive!

Hanna Paulsberg Concept – Eastern Smiles (2016)

What if Sonny Rollins had a daughter and she was... Norwegian?! Hanna Paulsberg’s powerful roar may well echo that of the musician behind The Bridge, but it is nevertheless very unique. At the head of her quartet (called the Hanna Paulsberg Concept and composed of pianist Oscar Grönberg, drummer Erik Nylander and double bassist Trygve Fiske) the thirty-year-old saxophonist from Rygge, daughter of a jazz drummer, unveiled compositions that she performed with energy and robustness. On this lush post-bop album from 2016, the tenor virtuoso makes her sound more delicate. Each phrase is fluid, elegant. Stan Getz’s ghost - whose music, especially Café Montmartre, encouraged her to take up the sax – doesn’t feel far away. Paulsberg never overdoes it, avoiding complacency and gratuitous reed effects. Her broad sound even caught the attention of the legendary pianist Chick Corea, who invited her to play alongside him. Three years after Eastern Smiles, Paulsberg broadened her spectrum with the mystical and spiritual Daughter of the Sun, a record that was dedicated to Hatshepsut, a queen of ancient Egypt who would become the pharaoh. She created the album together with Swedish trumpet player Magnus Broo and veered towards more traditional African sounds.

Geir Sundstøl – Brødløs (2018)

This choice is a bit of a trick. Not that it’s not an amazing album - quite the opposite. But it’s less about the album and more about the label: Hubro. Meaning owl in Norwegian, it was one of the most exciting labels around in the 2010s. You can’t talk about Scandinavian jazz without mentioning it. Founded in Haugesund, a small town on the west coast of Norway, by Andreas Meland, Hubro brought the vibrant local jazz scene to light. Well, it mostly sticks to the jazz scene, but it doesn’t stop there. Like ECM – though a much more modern, DIY version - Hubro is rooted in jazz but has been quick to branch out into all types of improvised music as well as venturing into post-rock, electro, folk, rock, ambient, you name it! Any album released on this label is one-of-a-kind. Brødløs included. It’s the third album by guitarist and multi-instrumentalist Geir Sundstøl and it sounds a bit like the soundtrack to a western movie set under the northern lights. It was created together with other Nordic madmen including Nils Petter Molvær, Erland Dahlen, David Wallumrød, Mats Eilersten, Jo Berger Myhre, without forgetting the incredible tabla player Sanskriti Shrestha. There’s a bit of Bill Frisell and Brian Eno in Sundstøl, who shapes his music like it’s clay. With the pedal steel, six-string bass, harmonica, banjo, mandolin and a Moog, Sundstøl cleared out his attic and set off on a fascinating expedition to the borders of ambient music. Just like everything Andreas Meland offers up on Hubro, this album is captivating. Legend even has it that Brødløs is his most played record...

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