It’s been a couple of months since Cortex’s newest album “Legal Tender” was released, but they had managed to get EIGHT astonishing reviews in four different languages! Check this out:
Klassekampen by Chris Mosnes 4,5/6★
“Legal Tender er nok derfor noe mindre dynamisk, men musikken fascinerer heller der den utfolder seg mer gradvis.””
„De fire, som til sammen disponerer utadvendt energi på terrawattnivå og plasskrevende individuelle ferdigheter, demonstrerer hele tiden at balanseringen av det solistiske og kollektive i samspillet er en av forutsetningene for at Cortex kan framstå som et dynamisk lite uhyre”
“The punchy cadences and thrashing melodies have a volatility that could break toward either extreme, and it’s not uncommon that the choice made on the album is ‘both.“
Bill Meyer for The Wire
„A well-integrated group sound and a chord-less aesthetic that is both resilient and sparkly.”
“The music on this album widely varied and thoughtful, with a flexible rhythm section and an excellent front line that are very meticulous in their themes and solos, leading to another finely constructed album.”
„Cortex doet op Legal Tender waar het kwartet goed in is. De verschillen met de voorganger zitten in de details, niet in de grote lijnen. Het levert opnieuw een mooi en bezield jazzalbum op dat ondanks het ontbreken van echte verrassingen opvallend vaak in draaiend in de cd-lade te vinden is. Vertrouwde kwaliteit noemt men zoiets.”
“Część pierwsza wprowadza uspokojenie; druga natomiast – dzięki pulsującemu rytmowi – pobudza do brawurowego tańca z mocnym podtekstem etnicznym. Norweski kwartet nagrał kolejną doskonałą płytę, która w tym tak trudnym czasie przynosi sporo radości (mimo że nie zawsze jest optymistyczna).”
NEW RELASE ALERT! Legal Tender, Cortex’s 6th album is out now on Clean Feed Records!
Free jazz? Well, not exactly. This quartet from Norway took that tradition as a basis, but the original African-American free jazz never sounded like this. The magazine Jazzwise chose better words to describe Cortex’s blasts of energy: «Avant-garde party music». Instead of the pathways to spiritual ascension, or the revolt against the Man, Thomas Johansson, Kristoffer Berre Alberts, Ola Høyer and Gard Nilssen play music to party to and to be joyful, and that’s also political and sacred in these times of suffering, hatred and disbelief. The composed themes are simple and with no ornaments, giving to the improvised developments all the needed space and all the complexity we like to hear in creative music. The pieces are intense, dramatic and noisy, inviting you to move your body and constantly defying your mind and your soul. Do you remember when Ornette Coleman and Don Cherry, or John Zorn and Dave Douglas, played together? Cortex is that next thing you were waiting for…
Buy it HERE
After three intensive days in the studio, Jonas Cambien Trio is finished recording new material for their third album! So stoked – this will be amazing stuff. Check out this little sneak peek of what’s to come and stay tuned for more info:
Couldn’t imagine better birthday wishes for my 25th! Thanks to my freakin’ awesome sister Klara Weiss, who arranged this secret project. Big hugs to you guys for kind words and beautiful tunes: Ingebrigt Håker Flaten, Mats Gustafsson, Maciej Obara, Kassin Kamal, Jason Jackson, Jonathan F Horne, Jonas Cambien, Ken Vandermark and Macio Moretti! I was crying my heart out ❤
It’s official! No Earplugs has been chosen for Music Norway’s Master Program 2020/21 together with other talented peers from the music industry. It is a leadership program for industry professionals, with lots of meetings, workshops, networking and professional guidance from August 2020 to June 2021. So stoked to be a part of this! Can’t wait to meet all the participants, discuss new ideas and expand my network.
Remember the legendary 50th birthday party and a duo concert of Ingebrigt Håker Flaten and Fredrik Ljungkvist I organised last year? Not only can you read about this event on my blog HERE, but also listen and buy our exclusive recording from the concert! Live at Winnica De Sas in now available on Bandcamp. What a happy day – enjoy!