Jan Gunnar Hoff / Arve Henriksen / Anders Jormin / Marilyn Mazur - Fly North
In stock now. Overseas release 27th January 2014.
Hoff - piano, keyboard
Henriksen - trumpet, vocal
Mazur - drums, percussion
Jormin - bass
Recorded October / November 2013. Edited December 2013. In stock first week of January 2014 ! Quick or what ?
Recorded by Jan Erik Kongshaug at Rainbow Studio, Oslo "Flying North" has the superb sonics Jan is renowned for as well as beautiful, melodic playing from all. Arve's trumpet playing is reminiscent of Jon Hassell and to some extent Miles. He uses a minimum of notes to make his statements. Likewise the rest of the band don't overplay - they quietly listen to each other whist exploring JGH's sublime compositions. Excellent.
reviewed by Jakob Baekgaard:
Norwegian pianist Jan Gunnar Hoff has had the honor of being the first
artist on Losen Records to release an album recorded at producer and
label owner Odd Gjelsnes' studio Berxeta, in sunny Spain. It was fitting
that the name of that album was called Berxeta (Losen Records,
2012), and its sound was influenced by the surroundings: a warm and
eclectic brand of fusion with influence from bouncing Latin rhythms.
However, Gunnar Hoff has never shunned his Nordic sensibility and Fly North! finds him returning to his Scandinavian heritage with a stellar cast of musicians. With names like Norwegian trumpeter Arve Henriksen, Swedish bassist Anders Jormin and Danish percussion wizard Marilyn Mazur,
it's nothing less than a Nordic super group and fortunately they are
able to deliver on Hoff's promise. Paradoxically, they do so by setting
themselves aside and being servants to the music.
All compositions are written by Hoff and a good portion of them, including the title track, can be found on his solo release Living
(2L, 2013). The music is epic in its proportions and the natural beauty
of Henriksen's wordless voice and airy trumpet playing is a wonder to
behold on the title track.
Hoff is a master stylist whose soft
keyboard shadings, abstract improvisations and deep lyricism imbue the
compositions with many different moods, while Jormin and Mazur both add
to the atmosphere like painters rather than an ordinary rhythm section.
Together these four master musicians travel deep into a land of beauty. Fly North! is an enchanting musical journey in first class all the way through.
Track Listing: Fly North; Living; Arise; Places; Sacrifice; Böcklin; Spheres; Valse de Décembre; Questions; Gathering.