Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Free Jazz

After a lesson on Free Jazz at the Molde Festival Academy, guided by Bjørn Stendahl and Paal Nilssen-Love, we were ready for the first concert this year at Reknes, the festival's smallest venue. Small venue, but at least it was packed for Bobby Bradford (cornet), Frode Gjerstad (clarinette, saxophones), Ingebrigt H. Flaten (bass) and Paal Nilssen-Love (drums).
With Nilssen-Love and Håker Flaten driving, Gjerstad and Bradford tok off in free flight. I could see nothing but smiles, both on stage and among the audience. I heard something like this at the academy: "Free Jazz is the new Dixieland".

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