Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Norwegians in Texas, among other things...

Well, I'm still unpacking boxes in the new house and, coupled with a busy couple of weeks, it'll be a real coup if I'm able to post any disc reviews, jazz tidbits or anything of real consequence this week.

Texans and the Texas-based did get a treat this weekend, though, with one of two Stateside performances by the Circulasione Totale Orchestra, a multinational improvising 12-tet, in Houston on Sunday night. Okay, so it wasn't as seamlessly amazing as the recently-released Bandwidth 3CD set, but the set was very powerful at its best and otherwise, solid playing all around. Kevin Norton (vibes), Morton Johann Olsen (drums), and Nick Stephens (bass) were all in revelatory form.

On Tuesday night, Austinites were treated to a trio/quartet performance by CTO leader Frode Gjerstad, drummer Paal Nilssen-Love (who keeps getting better & better), Stephens and recent Tx. transplant Ingebrigt HÃ¥ker Flaten. To give you an idea of what you may have missed, here is a 2008 performance captured on video.

1 comment:

  1. I would love to see Nilssen-Love again. Alas, those dudes never come out this far west...