Trygve Seim Ensemble

The ensemble’s strong front line includes trumpeter Arve Henriksen, gradually being recognised as one of the most individual voices in contemporary jazz improvisation. Henriksen has some stunning moments on this disc. If Seim, Henriksen and Haltli most often appear in the arrangements’ spotlight, the underrated Håvard Lund on clarinets also helps shape the tone of the music as a whole. In his writings for the ensemble, however, Trygve Seim is challenging the notion of jazz arrangement as mere backgrounds as soloists. Texture and melodies are highlighted in new ways, the individual voices of the band are often blended, to create new colours, and the distinction between the written and the improvised is constantly blurred.

Trygve Seim, saxes
Arve Henriksen, trumpet
Tora Augestad, vocal
Torben Snekkestad, bass saxophone and contrabass clarinet
Håvard Lund, clarinet, bass clarinet
Embrik Snerte, bassoon and contrabassoon
Øyvind Brække, trombone
Lars Andreas Haug, tuba
Kristine Martens, cello
Frode Haltli, accordion
Per Oddvar Johansen, drums –