Circulasione Totale Orchestra / Frode Gjerstad


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What is so striking about this recording is that it is so utterly original. Gjerstad performs on tenor saxophone with what he calls his Circulasione Totale Orchestra, made up of players from his native Norway. The somewhat odd instrumentation includes two drummers, two acoustic bassists, an electric guitarist, a trumpeter, and, of course, Gjerstad on tenor. The collective sounds are enthralling, even overwhelming, but as fascinating as the arrangements are, the unique contributions of the players are equally compelling. Guitarist √ėyvind Torvund is a large part of the group's success, with his enticingly abstract style, sometimes the result of focusing on a single tone. Didrik Invaldsen is a fabulous trumpeter who sounds like a cross between Don Cherry and Don Ellis. In all, this is a major recording by an artist who should be better known, proving that some of the best jazz comes from the most unusual places.

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