The newly released album Feeling by Norwegian star quintet Hegge conveys a mix of modern jazz, soul, and classical jazz. You get associations to Keith Jarrett as well as Cannonball Adderly, This is indeed a Scandinavian top-notch jazz album with a feeling. Norwegian bassist Bjørn Marius Hegge started his quintet in 2016 consisting of five of the finest jazz musicians in Scandinavia; Jonas Kullhammar (tenor saxophone), Martin Myhre Olsen (alto and soprano saxophone), Vigleik Storaas (piano) and Håkon Mjåset Johansen (drums). Hegge plays double bass.
Best Jazz Album of 2017
Hegge received a Spellemann ( The Norwegian Grammy Awards) for best jazz album of 2017 “Vi er ledsna men du får inte längre vara barn” (We’re sorry, but you can no longer be a child).
The opening track on Feelings, “New Romance” demonstrates how five talented musicians conveys soloistic elements in a way that almost can convince yourself to be a religious person. Other tracks invite the audience into the melodic vibe that existed in the 1960s and the quintet collectively drives its music into different directions where every member is allowed to freely express themselves.
Swedish saxophonist Jonas Kullhammar is founder of the Moserobie record label. He has been recording for 18 years and has appeared on over 150 records, both as leader and sideman.
Pianist Vigleik Storaas has appeared on and contributed to countless projects, has won accolades including Norwegian Grammies (for two of his solo records) and has been named Jazz Musician of the Year by the Association of Norwegian Jazz Musicians. He has worked with artists such as Karin Krog, Terje Rypdal, Jon Surman, Norma Winstone, Chet Baker, Jack DeJohnette and many more.
Saxophonist Martin Myhre Olsen has worked with Chick Corea, and has won numerous accolades including a Norweian Grammy and the prestigious title NTNU-Ambassador at Jazzfest 2018.
Håkon Mjåset Johansen, already recognized as one of Norway’s best drummers, has been a member of various key Norwegian jazz groups including Come Shine, Motif, the Håvard Stubø Quartet, IPO and many more. He has also worked with Bugge Wesseltoft’s New Conception of Jazz, the Ola Kvernberg Trio, and Jan Garbarek.
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Scandinavian Top-Notch Jazz Album With a Feeling
Feeling is an album that is well organized as well as playful with roots back to the 60’s and at the same time genuine contemporary jazz. Feeling by Hegge is a jazz album for people who really appreciate good jazz.
Scandinavian Top-Notch Jazz Album With a Feeling, written by Tor Kjolberg