Gjermund Larsen: ArriVals




Gjermund Larsen (fiddle)


Ankomst (Heilo 7235)

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Gjermund Larsen (fiddle), Andreas Utnem (piano), Sondre Meisfjord (bass).

Composed by Gjermund Larsen


Recorded: Norway, June 2-6, 2008


Rating: 92/100 (learn more)

This Norwegian trio could easily fall outside your music radar screens, but their pastoral 2008 release Ankomst is well worth tracking down. Larsen's playing meets at the crossroads where acoustic jazz and folk styles intersect, a rich field only occasionally plowed by American jazz artists these days, but with far more adherents in other parts of the world. This CD covers a range of styles, sometimes even evoking a spirited Nordic hoedown or ECM-ish currents, but "ArriVals" is a simple, heartfelt performance that I found myself listening to over and over, and sharing with others. Highly recommended!

Reviewer: Ted Gioia

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