Sunday, October 07, 2012

Bobby Bradford, Frode Gjerstad, Ingebrigt Håker Flaten, Paal Nilssen-Love - Kampen (NoBusiness, 2012)

Brass player Bobby Bradford may be most well known for his association with fellow Texan Ornette Coleman. But he has had quite an admirable career on his own as a bandleader and an educator. His profile has been rising lately with the recent release of an excellent Mosaic Select consisting of the recordings of the band he co-led with clarinetist John Carter, and new recordings. This album is a collaborative effort with Bradford on cornet, Frode Gjerstad on clarinets and alto saxophone, Ingebrigt Haker-Flaten on bass and Paal Nilssen-Love on drums. This is a collectively improvised album recorded live in concert on November 17th, 2010 at Kampenjazz, Oslo, Norway. The improvisation is broken into four parts wittily titled "This Is", "A Live", "Recording From", "Kampen, Oslo." The music is quite exciting and recorded in a way that shows the four musicians interacting in a deep seated and powerful fashion. Bradford and Gjerstad make for an inspired front line, swirling and sputtering while long time partners Haker-Flaten and Nilssen-Love are a superb rhythm team, stretching and kneading time as necessary. This is a limited edition of 300 records, so turntable owning improv lovers shouldn't wait. Bobby Bradford, Frode Gjerstad, Ingebrigt Håker Flaten, Paal Nilssen-Love - Kampen

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