The Vinyl Vault features some 70s fusion from Norway! We’ll hear a 1977 album entitled “Blow Out,” a release on Compendium Records. The band didn’t have a real name, so it was released under the names of the four main players: Håkon Graf, who played keyboards including Moog synthesizer, Rhodes electric piano, organ, string ensemble, and acoustic piano; Sveinung Hovensjø, who played 4 string and 6 string bass; Jon Eberson, who played acoustic and electric guitars; and Jon Christensen, who played drums and assorted percussion instruments.
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Christensen, who passed away about two years ago, is probably the best known of this group, at least in the United States. For decades, Christensen was a mainstay on the Euro-centric ECM record label. He often played alongside his fellow Scandinavians such as Terje Rypdal and Jan Garbarek. He also logged an extensive stint with Keith Jarrett, often with Palle Danielsson on bass.
The rest of the band is generally more well-known in Norway than in the US. And, since Norway is a relatively small country, most of the band members have worked, at one time or another, with most of the Scandinavian musicians listed, above. Graf currently lives in Los Angeles. Hovensjø has remained in Norway and is currently one of the most in-demand studio musicians in the country. Eberson, too, has remained in Norway and continues to record and play live around Europe.
So check out some jazz from Norway, Tuesday, March 22 at 8:30 pm on the Vinyl Vault with Geoff Anderson. Only on KUVO JAZZ!
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March 22, 2022
Hakon Graf, Sveinung Hovensjo, Jon Eberson, Jon Christensen