We proudly present volume eight of JazzCD.no. This compilation gives a good picture of the Norwegian jazz scene today, ranging from mainstream to more modern forms, and shows the variety, the versatility and the quality of jazz in Norway as of today.
These CDs are produced by Norsk Jazzforum in close cooperation with The Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Music Norway.
JazzCD.no is for promotional use only, not for sale. The first compilation was made in 2002. Volume 8, JazzCD.no – 8th set, is available from January 2018.
JazzCD.no – 8th set – jazz from Norway 2018 includes tracks from the following artists:
Hanna Paulsberg Concept – Kjetil Mulelid Trio – Rohey – Erlend Apneseth Trio – Erik Honoré – Atomic – Krokofant – Gard Nilssen´s Acoustic Unity – Arild Andersen Trio – Daniel Herskedal – Torun Eriksen – Arve Henriksen – Kjetil Husebø – Helge Lien Trio – Eyolf Dale – Northern Concept – Ellen Andrea Wang – Marius Neset – Eple Trio – Espen Rud – Halles Komet – Frode Kjekstad – Megalodon Collective – Dans les arbes – Ballrogg – Monoswezi – Erland Dahlen – Maren Selvaag – Magnolia Jazzband – Team Hegdal – Jonas Cambien Trio – Wako & Oslo Strings – Scheen Jazzorkester & Audun Kleive – Bugge Wesseltoft – Silje Nergaard – Stein Urheim – Hegge – Nils Økland Band – Mats Eilertsen – Tanaka/Lindvall/Wallumrød – Nakama – Jan Bang + Eivind Aarset – Dag Arnesen Trio
Liner notes JazzCD.no 8th set by author Ashely Kahn:
How vibrant and varying are the colors and shades? What’s the emotional range—how soothing and sincere, challenging and surprising does it go? Is it familiar or is it strange? Is it strange and is it startling? Does it leave me smiling?
I like smiling. In my line of work, smiles usually mean I am finding that the music continues to grow and change and fulfill its promise to me: “I will always be here. I will always be changing and the story I tell you will never end. All you have to do is keep listening.”
It’s a promise music makes to everyone. But sometimes—too often—we decide to stop listening. We approach adulthood and a silly notion filters into our heads that we’ve somehow reached our limit. “That’s enough,” we tell ourselves. “There’s no more room for new music.” We get the feeling we need to remove something old—something we know and love, in order to make room for what’s new. “Of course,” we assure ourselves, “That is not happening.”
I am here to tell you one thing experience has shown me: the hard drive of music appreciation is never full. Trust me. Music listening is never reductive. It can be—should be—an additive adventure, with endless room for discovery. Nothing old has to be discarded to delight in the new. New musicians. New music. New smiles.
The outpouring on this year’s 3-disc collection of new creative music from Norway is proof that the adventure continues. Collectively among these 43 tracks, I hear another indication that another generation of music-making talent is always waiting in the wings, ready for their moment onstage. I hear more evidence that the conversation between tradition and innovation still comes up with fresh sounds, and that the categories of the far and recent past—“jazz”, “classical”, “folk”, “funk”, “electronica”—will always be insufficient to accurately describe what sounds are coming around the corner.
“The future is now,” goes an old admonishment from a younger time. “So LISTEN UP!”
The temptation in writing about a music collection of this kind—performances united by generation and geographical location—is to try to determine a common denominator, a comfortable average between the extremes. But—as I state above—it’s the extremes that matter the most, and define the health and vibrancy of what’s going on.
(There’s also the temptation among some writers to mention fjords, reindeer, akevitt, and long, winter nights. What those tourist clichés have to do with creative music I have never been able to figure out—and if I do ever drop to that editorial level, please kick me into the nearest fjord…)
The Norwegian music scene is alive and well and filled with wave upon wave of diversity. Yes, yes, I know 43 tracks seems a bit daunting in these days of search engines and single-click access. You want to know what tracks to skip to, and what to focus on? You want to know what I found making me smile the most?
I am not going to deprive you the same thrill and slight trepidation that comes with entering a party not knowing who will be there. I won’t tell you who the 43 guests are, and what they sound like. I don’t want to listen for you. I want you to decide what you like and want to explore further—which is, after all, the reason for a collection of this sort.
But I will say this—I love this music and how it tracks. I love the lack of logic in the way the music moves from instrumental to vocal, from small group to big band, from shimmering, electronic textures to the snap and crackle of acoustic instrumentation, from light, open soundscapes to heavy, somber moods.
Trust me, you’ll have a great time. Enjoy the party.
—Ashley Kahn, October 2017