Friday night the free jazz warriors of Circulasione Totale Orchestra played in Bergen. Frode Gjerstad seemed to be smiling his way thriugh most of the concert, guiding his troops with nods and hiddden signs. It may sound strange to some of you, but this is free jazz that swings and rocks.
Check out this bunch of musicians: Louis Moholo-Moholo (drums), Morten J. Olsen (drums), Anders Hana (guitar), Nick Stephens (bass), Paal Nilssen-Love (drums), Per Zanussi (el-bass), Børre Mølstad (tuba), Sabir Mateen (saxophone, flute), Kevin Norton (vibrafon), Bobby Bradford (cornet) Lasse Marhaug (electronics), Frode Gjerstad (saxophone, clarinet) and John Hegre (sound).
This big orchestra does not travel much, but if you get the chance to see them, do it! The concert was close to perfect, with the audience near the stage, and with great sound (at least for us wearing ear plugs).
It was a bit difficult to see all the musicians in action, and the light was too bad for the amateur photographer, but come on, a great evening!
I hope they recorded the show, and don´t forget "Bandwith" released by Rune Grammofon.