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Overseas by Eivind Opsvik

Norwegian bassist/composer Eivind Opsvik moved from Oslo to New York in 1998 to pursue a master's degree in jazz at the Manhattan School of Music. While studying, he forged performing alliances with some of the best of the latest generation of New York jazz players. Now, with sheepskin in hand, he's gathered some of them for his first recording as a leader. Issued on the Spanish label Fresh Sound, Overseas draws on Opsvik's training and interest in jazz, classical and pop music forms, offering 12 original compositions composed over several years but all pointing toward the future.

Some of the tracks are quite brief, but even the shortest, a piece for solo bass that comes in under two minutes, seems thoughtfully developed. Opsvik and draws exemplary performances from the nine musicians who join him in rotating lineups that range from a trio to a septet, along with his two solo selections. Combining his American training and sidemen with his distinctively European approach to composition, Opsvik creates music that is genuinely new, yet highly accessible. Creative use of instrumentation helps, as do the skills of the players assembled, but what makes this album stand out is, in the final analysis, the arrival of one of the most promising young composers in jazz today.

Additional Info

  • Artist / Group Name: Eivind Opsvik
  • CD Title: Overseas
  • Genre: Contemporary Jazz / Modern
  • Year Released: 2003
  • Record Label: Fresh Sound
  • Tracks: Foxtrot, Redford, Punchball, Ivandovich, Italian Movie Theme, Twelve Days, Quickstep, Earthly, Hertzian Waves, Indian Summer, Prelude, Overseas
  • Musicians: Eivind Opsvik (bass), Tony Malaby (tenor saxophone), Loren Stillman (alto saxophone), Jason Rigby (soprano saxophone, bass clarinet), Jacob Sacks (piano), Craig Taborn (Hammond C3 organ), Wells Hanley (Fender Rhodes, piano), Gerald Cleaver (drums), Dan Weiss (tablas, kanjira, framedrum)
  • Rating: Four Stars
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