FrØyish is the first and only song on the CD that sounds like it was influenced by someone else, but all the names that come to mind are worthy of emulation. At times it is very much a Coltrane influenced piece, at other times, you hear Ornette Coleman. But in the end it is pure Aagre. Well executed by Aagre and the band. Williamsen’s bass work shows a maturity beyond his years as he demonstrates a command of the instrument in all facets of this project. From speed to dynamics, Williamsen teams up with drummer Freddy Augdal to form a rhythm section of considerable merit. The success of this album is the combination of Aagre’s compositions and arrangements executed finely by a group of solid players. This is as fine a debut CD as I have listened to in a long while. Aagre is another example of fine musicians coming out of the Norwegian Jazz scene, I look forward to more from this fine young player.
The CD features and award-winning multimedia piece entitled katalyze. While I was not reviewing this, I did take a look at it, and it was fascinating. Also worth investigating.