Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Sten Sandell Trio

Sten Sandell Trio´s new album is out on Paal Nilssen-Love´s record company PNL. "Face of Tokyo" (PNL 004, 2009) is 70 minutes of hot improvisation (2 tracks), recorded in Tokyo in February 2008. The trio is Sandell himself (piano, voice), Johan Berthling (bass) and Paal Nilssen-Love drums. Sometimes I think I hear a koto in here, but I guess it´s just Sandell inside the piano. Some guttural singing and samurais on the cover, adds an eastern feel to the album. Play loud, and enjoy. If you find it, that is. I bought my copy at the All Ears festival, but sometimes it is pretty hard to find where they sell some of the great records made. The PNL albums are not on iTunes or eMusic either. Suggestions?

In addition to this album, there are three others on PNL, all of them with covers designed by Lasse Marhaug:
Magnus Broo/Paal Nilssen-Love: "Game" (PNL 003, 2008)
Nils Henrik Asheim/Paal Nilssen-Love: "Late Play" (PNL 002, 2007)
Lasse Marhaug/Paal Nilssen-Love: "Stalk" (PNL 001, 2007).

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