#recentlistening – March 2019

Mike Walker – Ropes
Mike Walker, Gwilym Simcock, Iain Dixon, Steve Rodby, Adam Nussbaum and Psappha Strings
Released 15 March
propermusic.com

Marton Juhasz – Discovery
Marton Juhasz, Yumi Ito, Sergio Wagner, Paco Andreo, Enrique Oliver, Szymon Mika, Olga Konkova, Danny Ziemann
Released 24 January
martonjuhasz.bandcamp.com/album/discovery

Daniel Herskedal – Voyage
Daniel Herskedal, Bergmund Waal Skaslien, Eyolf Dale, Helge Andreas Norbakken, Maher Mahmoud
Released 8 March on Edition Records
danielherskedal.bandcamp.com/album/voyage

Bridges – Continuum
Seamus Blake, Hayden Powell, Espen Berg, Jesper Bodilsen, Anders Thorén
Released 15 March on AMP Music & Records
www.ampmusicrecords.com/releases-1/bridges-with-seamus-blake-continuum

Vasil Hadžimanov Band – Lines in Sand
Vasil Hadzimanov, Branko Trijic, Miroslav Tovirac, Bojan Ivkovic, Pedja Milutinovic + guests
Released in January on MoonJune Records
weblinkhttps://vasilhadzimanov.bandcamp.com/album/lines-in-sand-hd

Frostlake – Ice & Bone
Jan Todd, Terry Todd
Released 28 February on Discus Music
discusmusic.bandcamp.com/album/ice-bone-79cd

‘Wolf Valley’ – Eyolf Dale

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EDITION RECORDS’ impressive relationship with Scandinavian and other European artists, forged over the past few years, continues with pianist and composer Eyolf Dale’s Wolf Valley.

Having previously released a handful of solo albums in his native Norway, as well as appearing as sideman on many recordings (including tubist Daniel Herskedal’s Slow Eastbound Train), Dale’s compositional expertise is brought to life here by broader forces – a colourful and adaptable octet of piano, bass and saw, drums, tenor sax and clarinet, trumpet, trombone, vibraphone and violin. Greatly influenced by classical music, jazz, improvisation – and, most likely, the folksongs and landscapes of his homeland – the pianist’s eclectic output is distinct in its compositional spaciousness and instrumental diversity. Within such a spirit of invention, numerous musical boundaries are traversed, providing so many rich discoveries along the way.

Dale’s scaleable and constantly fluctuating episodes – one moment ‘big band’, then ‘chamber orchestra’ or ‘minimal atmospheric’ – are the key to these nine generous tracks. For example, gentle horn grooves in opener Furet are embellished by coruscating vibes and bluesy piano; and all at once the mood drifts into the cinematic longing of Fernanda, whose attractive, flowing undercurrent is elaborated upon by lyrical clarinet and violin, swelled by Dale’s beautiful eight-piece orchestration. Based on a previously-recorded improvised organ chorale, Shostachoral‘s sustained progress, featuring André Roligheten’s gruff, melancholic tenor, is reminiscent of John Surman or Jan Garbarek; and Ban Joe‘s folksy animation (cannily resembling a banjo accompaniment) pauses delicately amongst vibraphone ripples before breaking into exuberant piano jazz – but stay focused… this musical journey keeps moving on!

Combining funereal, New Orleans-style marching band with a weighty, prepared-piano bass pulse, Sideways restlessly portrays its themes of loss, adding classy solo trombone and trumpet improvisations, whilst Tegistein‘s empty, industrial landscape of sinuous screeches and echoes grabs the attention. The Creek‘s playfully clattering groove is another standout, full of dancing piano riffs, syncopated horns, languid jazz trumpet, audaciously fluttering tenor and delicate vibes-decorated textures (so much to enjoy); the quiet, slowly unfolding solitude of Silent Ways, complete with wavering saw, is oh so delicate; and fast-paced The Walk sparkles brightly, thanks to ticking percussion and a sumptuous octet arrangement.

Eyolf Dale and his accomplished personnel breathe so much into this vast panoply of creative ideas, presenting a recording which is a pleasure to delve into more and more deeply – and it’s bound to remain a favourite for some considerable time. Thank goodness for our resolute, European, musical connections.

Released on 10 June 2016, Wolf Valley (direct translation: Eyolf = Wolf, Dale = Valley) is available as CD and high-quality download at Bandcamp.

Video: Furet.

 

Eyolf Dale piano
Per Zanussi bass, saw
Gard Nilssen drums
André Roligheten tenor saxophone, clarinet
Hayden Powell trumpet
Kristoffer Kompen trombone
Rob Waring vibraphone
Adrian Løseth Waade violin

eyolfdale.com

Edition Records – EDN1073 (2016)

‘Slow Eastbound Train’ – Daniel Herskedal

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NORWEGIAN TUBA PLAYER Daniel Herskedal turned heads in 2012 with the release of his outstanding duo album, Neck of the Woods – a revelatory collaboration with friend and musical compatriot, saxophonist Marius Neset. Now, for much-anticipated follow-up Slow Eastbound Train, it is piano, percussion and chamber string orchestra that join him to broaden the creative possibilities.

Read the full review at LondonJazz News…

 

Daniel Herskedal tuba, bass trumpet
Eyolf Dale piano
Helge Andreas Norbakken percussion
The Trondheim Soloists chamber string orchestra

danielherskedal.com

Edition Records – EDN1057 (2015)