Jazz Norway


In 2010 I started posting jazz tips on LinkedIn and Twitter. Than the idea came to me to start a blog. I am grateful to some people who encouraged me to really begin the blog. Thus, here and now is the time to gather my jazz tips for you. I hope you, all folks that like jazz, will (re)enjoy it.

Ofcourse my tips are not representative for all styles of jazz. My favourite jazz-style is the so-called: avantgarde-nu-future-modern-creative- jazz.

Looking forward to read your comments!  Enjoy !

Greetz ,  Theo Van Eldik

Content: (1) Arve Henriksen (2) Bugge Wesseltoft (3) Nils Petter Molvaer (NPM) (4) Sidsel Endresen (5) Jan Garbarek (6) Tord Gustavsen  (7) Supersilent (8) Arild Andersen (9) Terje Rypdal (10) Eivind Aarset (11) Live Maria Roggen (12) Wibutee (13) Mathias Eick (14) Jon Balke (15) Anja Garbarek (16) Beady Bell (17) Solveig Slettahjell (18) Christian Wallumrod (19) Jaga Jazzist (20) Tore Brunborg (21) Maria Kannegaard Trio (22) Hans Mathisen Quartet (23) Audun Kleive (24) Kirsti Huke (25) Jan Gunnar Hoff (26) Petter Wettre (27) Kobert (28) Ingebrigt Haker Flaten (29) Atomic (30) Motif (31) Stian Omenas (32) Helge Lien Trio (33) Trygve Seim (34) Pixel (35) Christian Stahler Trio (36) Geir Lysne (37) Anita Skorgan (38) Jan Bang


(1) Arve Henriksen

About 4 years ago I discovered Arve Henriksen (1968), trompet player, one of Norway’s greatest jazz artists; – one of the greatest -,  because many names will follow. He contriuted to many artists e.g. David Sylvian and Christian Wallemrod. Very recently Arve Henriksen received the Paul Acket Award 2011 during North Sea Jazz in Rotterdam. Last year I saw Arve live in The Bimhuis Amsterdam.

With the discovery of Arve my journey into Norway jazz started…  and one year later I began playing the trompet myself.

From his first album Sakuteiki (2001).
From his 3rd album Strjon (2007).
And from his 4th. album Carthography (2008).
Arve Henriksen and Jan Bang, they work together for many years now.
(2) Bugge Wesseltoft

Bugge Wesseltoft (1964) started playing the piano at the age of 3. He was member of different bands making punk, traditionals and poprock. Later on in his career he made a transition to nu-jazz. Since the early 1990’s he took the lead in Norway’s jazz scene and therefor he is being considered as the pioneer of modern jazz in Norway.

The first track here is from his album New Conception of Jazz.

And more recently he plays like this, from the album Moving.

(3) Nils Petter Molvaer

Another great trompet player in Norway is Nils Petter Molvaer (NPM, 1960). The sound of his band is exceptional fragile and sometimes rough, unpolished because of the use of electro/house beats. He creates “dramatic landscapes of deep intensity.” Listening to his music you might get in trance, if not you will probably dislike his sound. I was ever in the audience during the live performance of NPM in Tivoli Utrecht (Netherlands). His debut album as a bandleader is called Khmer (1997). I show you some newer work from his album Hamada (2010).

From his album Baboon Moon (2011)

(4) Sidsel Endresen

Sidsel Endresen (1952) is the best-known Norwegian female jazz vocalist. She has brought out a couple of beautiful solo albums (So I write; Excile, Undertow) and often she contributes on albums of other Norwegian jazz artists e.g. Bugge Wesseltoft, Jon Balke, Trygve Seim, NPM and Jan Bang.

She has a wonderful personalized voice, clear and penetrative. Listen for yourself. The first track is from her solo album So I write. Notice: the trompet player is NPM.

The second track , Sidsel together with Bugge Wesseltoft, from the album Out here. In there.

(5) Jan Garbarek

Jan Garbarek (1947) is a tenor and soprano saxophonist from Norway. He is well-known of both classical, world music and jazz. His discography is almost unlimited. When you hear his sharp-edged, long, sustained notes combined with silences, you feel the atmosphere of walking in the fjords. Garbarek worked with several artists e.g. Keith Jarrett, Bobo Stenson, Ralph Towner, Terje Rypdal, Manu Katche, Eberhard Weber and Marilyn Mazur. Famous are the recordings with the Hilliard Ensemble.

Two tracks which are my favourites; from the album Twelve Moons and a recording of the Hilliard Ensemble.

(6) Tord Gustavsen

Tord Gustavsen (1970) is a Norwegian jazz pianist. Before studying jazz he finished a degree in psychology. He is well-known of the Tord Gustavsen Trio, that has toured world-wide. Starting 2008 he works with more flexible line-up settings, in duo, trio, quartet or quintet: the Tord Gustavsen Ensemble. The music is melodic, once gentle and robust, lyrical, romantic.  

One track by his Trio, and one track by his Ensemble

On this track Tore Grunborg as saxophonist.

(7) Supersilent

Supersilent is a Norwegian avant-garde jazz group formed in 1997, with trompetter Arve Henriksen, Helge Sten (electronics), Stale Storlokken (synthesizer) and Jarle Vespestad (drums). Their approach is characterized by more amorphous, freer forms of jazz using a lot of electronic instrumentation. Their early recordings are heavy and loud jazz improvisations, their newer albums are more quiet and dreamery.

This track is from the album “6”

(8) Arild Andersen

Arild Andersen (1945) is a Norwegian bass player. He started as a member of the early Jan Garbarek Quartet. He recorded several solo albums and is a often requested session musician. Artists he collaborated with are e.g. Chick Corea, Sheila Jordan, Ference Snetbergen, Tomasz Stanko, Marcus Stockhausen and in Norway he joined with e.g. Jan Garbarek, NPM, Audin Kleive, Tore Brunborg and Eivind Aarset. In January 2009 Andersen was named Musicien Europeen 2008 by the French Academie du Jazz.

This track is from his album Hyperborean

(9) Terje Rypdal

Terje Rypdal (1947) is a Norwegian guitarist.  He began as a rock guitarist but in 1968 he turned towards jazz joining the Jan Garbarek Quartet. Over the years, he became an important member in the Norwegian jazz community. He has collaborated both as a guitarist and as a composer with other artists such as Ketil Bjornstad, David Darling, Markus Stockhausen, Arild Andersen, Bugge Wesseltoft.  He has recorded several solo albums into jazz, often combined with classical elements.

This track id from the album Vossabrygg

(10) Eivind Aarset

Eivind Aarset (1961) is a Norwegian guitarist. He worked with artists a Ray Charles, Mike Manieri, Arils Andersen, Dhafer Youssef and NPM. Aarset has recently started with solo albums. His style is associated with nu -jazz, with many electronic influences. Aarset’s guitersound is being considered as exceptional. I heard his sound during the concert with NPM in Tivoli Utrecht The Netherlands.

Track from the album Sonic Codex

(11) Live Maria Roggen

Live Maria Roggen (1970) is another jazz singer, playing the violin and piano as well,  who is mostly respected in Norway and abroad. She has collaborated with different artists such as Lars Andreas Haug (duo: Tu’ba), the band Wibutee and Pat Metheny. Another band she formed was Come Shine. In 2007 Live Maria Roggen arrives with her first solo album Circuit Songs. She received several prizes e.g. the honor of the Radka Toneff Memorial Prize.

Track of the band Come Shine.

(12) Wibutee

Originally formed as trio Triangle, Hakon Kornstad, Wetle Holte and Per Zanussi, the band Wibutee was joned by Erlend Skomsvoll and Live Maria Roggen and Gulleiv Wee. The band had different constellations e.g. Roggen and Skomsvoll left the band and pioneer in Norwegian electronica Rune Brondbo joined. Than Per Zanussi left and Marius Reksjo tok his place and finally by Tor Egil Kreken. Wibutee is now working towards a more melodic concept than before, still with Kornstad’s easily recognisable tenor saxophone in front. 

Track from their album Newborn Thing and Sweet Mental.

(13) Mathias Eick

Mathias Eick (1979) is a Norwegian jazz musician, mainly trompet player, but he also plays double bass, piano, guitar and vibraphone. Mathias Eick has performed with and contributed to several bands and artists e.g. Jaga Jazzist, Manu Katche, Cick Corea, Pat Metheny and Thomas Dybdahl. Two solo albums he released so far: The Door (with collaboration from Jon Balke, Audin Kleive and Audin Erlien) and Skala (with another lineup). I was in de the audience while Eick was performing with theManu Katche Band in Eindhoven, The Netherlands.

Tracks from the albums The Door and Skala.

(14) Jon Balke

Jon Balke (1955) is a Norwegian jazz pianist and composer for ballet, theatre, jazz ensembles et cetera. When he was only 18 yrs old he joined the group of Arild Andersen. Since the mid-1980s he became one of Norway’s leading jazz composers, e.g. active in groups of Radka Toneff, E’ olen (afrofusion), Oslo 13 and Masqualero (with Audun Kleive and Per Jorgensen). He contributed to several artists e.g. Arve Henriksen, Sidsel Endresen, Mathias Eick, and others. He started his own projects Jokleba, Magnetic North Orchestra, Batagraf and Siwan (with Amina Alaoui and Jon Hassell).

Track from the project Siwan.  

(15) Anja Garbarek

Anja Gabarek (1970) is a Norwegian singer-songwriter. Daughter of saxophonist Jan Garbarek. In 2001 she received the Spellemannsprisen for her debut – english – album Smiling & Waving (with collaboration of Mark Hollis): an album with electronic samples, acoustic instruments and “her ethereal, other-worldly voice”. Than another two – english – albums were released: Balloon Mood and Briefly Shaking, and the soundtrack to Luc Besson’s film “Angel-A”. She contributed amongs others to the band Wibutee.
(16) Beady Bell
The group Beady Belle is a Norwegian jazz and acid-jazz band, founded by Beate S. Lech in 1999. Using upbeat and downbeat electrinica roots, piano, strings and vocal harmonies. Beady Belle is an internationally performing band. In 2008 was their breakthrough withtheir album Belvedere and at the Calgary Jazz Festival. Band members are Beate S. Lech, vocals, composer; Marius Reksjo, bass; Erik Holm, drums;  Jorn Oien, keypoards; Tommy Kristiansen, guitars.


(17) Solveig Slettahjell

Solveig Slettahjell (1971) is an educated jazz singer from Norway. Influences are her childhood’s church music and American spirituals. Her main project since 2001 is the Slow Motion project; its result was several albums. The last one, Domestic Songs, is based on the Slow Motion Duo concept with trumpeter Sjur Miljeteig, and Solveig herself on piano. The Slow Motion members are now: Sjur Miljeteig, trumpet; Per Oddvar Johansen, drums; Jo Berger Myhre, doublebass; Morten Qvenild, piano; Andreas Ulvo, piano/organ) and Even Hermansen, guitar. Solveig worked also with Tord Gustavsen.

(18) Christian Wallumrod

Christian Wallumrød (1971) is considered a prominent piano/ keyboards player/ composer (improvised music) of the younger Norwegian jazz generation. In 1996 his debut album No Birch, in 2003 his second album, Sofienberg Variations, with his ensemble Arve Henriksen, Nils Okland and er Oddvar Johansen. In 2008 the trumpeter Eivind Lønning replaced Arve Henriksen. His album Fabula Suite Lugano (2009) was nominated for the Nordic Musicprice 2010. The Christian Wallumrød Ensemble has regularly toured and played festivals in Norway, Scandinavia, Europe and the US. I saw him playing in The Bimhuis Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Wallumrød has had long term collaborations with e.g. Sidsel Endresen, Jan Bang, Audun Kleive and with he trio Close Erase.

A track from his album Fabula Suite Lugano. 

(19) Jaga Jazzist

Jaga Jazzist is an experimental jazz band, consisting of about 10 members, from Norway. The band had from its start untill now a lot of constellations and members, but the core of the band ware/are the brothers Lars & Martin Horntveth. Martin formed the band with Ivar Christian Johansen in 1994. Some names of (old)-members: Tor Audunson (trompet), Harald Froland (guitar), Sjur Miljeteig (trompet), Mathias Eick (trompet), Ketil Einarsen (flutes, percussion), Erik Johannessen (trombone), Stian Westerhus (guitar). Their first album, A livingroom Hush, was nominated for bast jazz album of 2002 by the BBC. Jaga Jazzist is widely considered to be one of the premier acts of the so-called nu-jazz. In 2010 their album, One-Armed Bandit was released.

A track from that album.

(20)  Tore Brunborg

Tore Brunborg (1960) is a Norwegian saxophonist player and composer. He contributed to many jazz artists e.g. Arild Andersen, Jon Balke, NPM, Bugge Wesseltoft, Lars Danielsson, Billy Cobham, Manu Katche, Diederik Wissels, Jon Eberson, Jan Gunnar Hoff, Geir Lysne Ensemble, amongs others. As a leader he is member of the bands: Tore Brunborg Trio (with Ole Morten Vågan and Erik Nylander), Meadow (with John Taylor and Thomas Strønen) and Scent of Soil (with Kirsti Huke, Petter Vågan, Rune Nergaard, Gard Nilssen). He is a member of the Tord Gustavsen Ensemble, Manu Katche Group, Mats Eilertsen Quartetand  Bjørnstad- Christensen -Brunborg.

Track from his album Gravity.

(21) Maria Kannegaard

Maria kannegaard (1971), born in Denmark, grow up in Noway. She studied piano. A friend of hers introduced her to music of Bill Evens and from that moment she knew she wanted to become a jazz musician. She ha contributed to bands Quintet Alibi, Tingeling (with Eldbjorg Raknes). Her own Trio consisted of Mats Eilertsen (bass), later Ole Morten Vagan, and Thomas Stronen (percussion). The debut album of the Trio was Breaking the Surface, followed by the album Quiet Joy (produced by Bugge Wesseloft) and the album Camel Walk. Her style is influenced by Bill Evans, Keith Jarrett and Horace Silver.

Track from the album Camel Walk.

(22) Hans Mathisen

Hans Mathisen (1967) is a Norwegian jazz guitar player. His brothers Per, Nils and Ole are jazz musicians too. In the band Quarternion he played with Jarle Vespestad, Finn Guttormsen and Arve Henriksen. He collaborated with Kare Conradis and Nora Brockstedt. With his Quartet he released the album Quiet Songs (2005) and Timeless Tales (2011). Members of his Quartet were: Johannes Eick (bass), Per Oddvar Johansen (drums), Gary Husband (drums), Ole Mathisen (saxophone), Per Mathisen (bass), Olga Konkova (piano).  


(23) Audun Kleive

Audun Kleive (1961) is a jazz drummer and percussionist who grew up in Norway. He began to play in a rock and dance band. Well-known jazz rock groups he joined were Lotus and Oslo 13. He contributed to groups of Terje Rypdal, Jon Balke, Jon Eberson, NPM and Marilyn Mazur, amongst others. Kleive has released the albums Bitt, Generator X and Ohmagoddabl on which contributions of Arve Henriksen, Christian Wallumrod, Jan Bang and Stale Storlokken.

On this track Kleive plays with Petter Wettre.

(24) Kirsti Huke

Kirsti Huke (1977) is a Norwegian jazz singer. Her first Quartet consisted of Havark Wiik, piano; Hakon Mjaset Johansen (drums); Steinar Raknes, bass. Later Wiik was replaced by Vigleik Storaas and Johansen by Erik Nylander. In 2006 Huke began with as vocalist in the indie-pop- rock-band Phy with gitar player Petter Vågan, drummer Vigdis Sjelmo and bass player Ellen Ersfjord. In 2009 her album Kirsti Huke, with her own compositions, was released.

Track from her album Kirsti Huke.

(25) Jan Gunnar Hoff

(26) Petter Wettre

Petter Wettre is a Norwegian saxophonist.

(27)  Kobert

Daniel Formo, Ingrid Lode, Erik Nylander.


(28)  Ingebrigt Haker Flaten  

(29) Atomic

Atomic is a Norwegian jazz band with the following members: Fredrik Ljungkvist, reeds; Magnus Broo, trompet; Havard Wiik, piano/keyboards; Ingebrigt Haker Flaten, bass; Paal Nilssen-Love, drums.

(30) Motif

Motif is a Norwegian jazz band. Members are: Ole Morten Vågan, contrabass; Mathias Eick, trumpet; Atle Nymo, tenor saxophone;
Håkon Mjåset Johansen, drums; Håvard Wiik, piano.

(31) Stian Omenas

Stian Omenas (1981) is a Norwegian multi-instrumentalist, mainly trompet. He currently working with and contributing to the following bands, amongs others: Stian around a Hill Quartet,  Omenas Klangkammer, Parallax, Miles Davis Tribute, Maria Rostad.  

Omenas solo.

The band Parallax.

(32) Helge Lien Trio

Helge Lien Trio is: Helge Lien, piano; Frode Berg, bass; Knut Aalefjær, drums.

(33) Trygve Seim

Trygve Seim (1971) is a Norwegian saxophonist.

On this track Arve Henriksen plays the trompet.

(34) Pixel

Pixel is a Norwegian jazz-rockband, members are: Harald Lassen, sax; Jonas Vemøy, tompet; Jon Audun Baar, drums; Ellen Andrea Wang, bass.

(35) Christian Stahler Trio

(36) Geir Lysne

Geir Lysne (1965) is a Norwegian saxophonist and composer. One of his recent works is The Grieg Code (2009) with his Geir Lysne Ensemble:

Tore Brunborg – tenor saxophone solo.
Geir Lysne: tenor sax, flute, piccolo flute.
Morten Halle: alto & soprano sax, flute, piccolo flute.
Tore Brunborg: tenor sax, flute, Irish flute.
Steffen Schorn: baritone sax, contra alto clarinet, bass flute.
Eckhard Baur: trumpet, flugelhorn, lead vocals.
Jesper Riis: trumpet, flugelhorn.
Arkady Shilkloper: french horn, flugelhorn.
Helge Sunde: trombone, trombonium.
Lars A. Haug: tuba.
Jørn Øien: keyboards, electronics.
Bjørn Kjellemyr: bass.
Andreas Bye: drums.
Terje Isungset: percussion, Jew’s harp, voice.

Track from The Grieg Code with Tore Brunborg playing the sax solo.  

(37) Anita Skorgan

Norwegian singer (1958) performed several Eurosongfestivals for Norway. Now a jazzy album with trompeter Arve Henriksen, amongst others. 

(38) Jan Bang

Jan Bang made his first album on his own name, with other great players, such as Erik Honoré (sampler); Jon Hassell (trompeter), Arve Henriksen (trompeter), Sidsel Endresen (vocals), Lars Danielsson (contrabass).

From the album ..And Poppies from Khandahar (2010). This performance with Jon Hassell, trompet, and Eivind Aarset, guitar, amogst others.


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