The burgeoning of Scandinavian jazz that has been ongoing for years now is a unique phenomenon. Articles, debates and entire books have been written in an attempt to uncover the secret to its conquest of the jazz world from the Americas to the Norwegian fjords. The men at the vanguard of this revolution have to include trumpeter Nils Petter Molvær, keyboard and electronic whiz Bugge Wesseltoft, and the guitarist Eivind Aarset, who has been pouring blue ink into jazz waters since the nineties. But this is not the typical blues of Afro-America, but the mystical cloudplay of the cold north, at the depths of which a trance-inducing fire still burns.

Since the nineties, Aarset is not only the key figure of his homeland's jazz music, his debut album Electronique Noire also attracted universal enthusiasm worldwide. So much so that it is considered among the best examples of electronic jazz since Miles Davis. He created another significant recording in 2012 with Dream Logic, this time released by Europe's most prestigious publisher. This put Aarset in the same league as his colleagues Molvær, Arve Henriksen, Andy Sheppard, Marilyn Mazur and many others (Keith Jarrett, for example).

His creative partner for several tracks is soundsmith Jan Bang. As the title of the album suggests, the sound progressions based on the guitar sound rise to achieve an intangible quality to create dream-like, even hypnotic images in the listener, who is always fully aware that she is following the development of a masterful construction. The two drums produce an unusual effect in that their conversation is capable of intensifying these dynamic progressions to an even higher plane.
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  • Cyrille Aimée

    Festival Theatre