Friday, June 27, 2008

Ingebrigt Håker Flaten Quintet

I know I have no reason good enough to defend my attitude, but I'm a bit skeptical to violins and jazz at the same time. Still, I went for Ingebrigt Håker Flaten Quintet's "The Year of The Boar" (Jazzland 2008) expecting it to be good, and right I was. IHF plays bass in three of Norway's best bands (Atomic, The Thing and Scorch Trio) and the rest of the quintet are Ola Kvernberg (violin), Dave Rempis (alt/tenor/baritone saxophones), Jeff Parker (guitar) and Frank Rosaly (drums and electronics). The music is recorded live in 2007, and you get anything from playful free jazz to more funky, swinging stuff. Great.

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