The Jazz Review is constantly stretching its views of jazz music to give our audience a global picture of jazz today. We feel that jazz is a common language spoken all around the world. This weeks feature comes from Norway where we get a picture of how jazz is done Norwegian style. This quartet features the truly inventive Olav Dale as band leader and on tenor / soprano saxes, adding tremendous direction to the music is Sebastian Dube on bass, Dag Arnesen in concert form on piano, and Frank Jakobsen on the steady beat driving drums. Olav Dale is among the elite of Norway's contemporary jazz artists and proves it on this release. This quartet has worked together since 1995. They have recorded this release live in the studio without any additional tracks or studio refinements.
The quartet plays with a heart full of inspiration and feeling. When asked about the motivation behind their work the quartet says, "We intentionally work without too much planning or within detailed parameters and repertoires. We attempt to create a living, improvisation-based expression within the American jazz tradition, which is our source of inspiration." This release features standards along with some original tracks that showcase the talents of these great musicians. On the Miles Davis original, "Nardis" we get the feel of a real Miles jam session; each artist in their own world but still rotating around a common sun. We found this release both enlightening and stimulating to listen to. We look forward to this quartet recording together again!