Cortex

Photo credit: Jenny Berger Myhre

”No Scandinavian group since Atomic has so powerfully addressed and remade the free jazz of the 60s like Cortex. In a country whose creative music scene is celebrated for its bold hybrids of disparate sounds, Cortex goes another way, embracing tradition in its own unique way, with a personality sketched out by the strength of Johansson’s indelible themes and four distinctive improvisational voices.” – Peter Margasak, Chicago Reader


Thomas Johansson – trumpet , Kristoffer Berre Alberts – saxophone, Ola Høyer – double bass, Dag Erik Knedal Andersen – drums

Listen

Available on tour:

18th – 21st February 2021
11th – 14th March 2021
27th – 30th May 2021

13th – 19th September 2021 and 15th – 21st November 2021

European Festivals 2021

Live

Cortex is a spirited combo that plays energetic jazz of the finest brand. With over three hundred live-performances and five albums, the quartet positions itself as one of the strongest additions to the Norwegian jazz scene. The members are amongst the most sought after young jazz performers in Norway today. They all have marked their position in several other constellations such as:  PNL Large Unit, Trondheim Jazz Orchestra, Zanussi 5, Friends & Neighbors, Honest John, Gard Nilssen Supersonic Orchestra and Moon Relay.

 After extensive touring in Norway, Sweden, Germany, Czech Republic, Belgium, France, Italy, Poland, Slovenia, Portugal , USA, Russia and Japan, Cortex released their fifth album ‘Avant-garde Party Music’on the Portuguese label Clean Feed Records in 2018 and were bestowed with praise by international critics:

Press

« It sizzles with a barely contained energy, one that has yet to be harnessed or become world-weary.» 

– 4,5 of 5 stars from Mark Corroto, AllAboutJazz 

« The music is simultaneously heavy and agile, flowing as rushing river and receives the highest possible recommendation.»

– Tim Niland, Music and More

« The combo shows how it is possible to survey and digest decades of musical precedent and come up with something that feels lived rather than studied.»

– 4,5 of 5 stars from Bill Meyer, Downbeat Magazine

https://www.cortexmusic.no

IN NOVEMBER 2020 CORTEX WILL RELEASE THEIR NEW ALBUM ‘LEGAL TENDER’ ON CLEAN FEED RECORDS!