Murray / Håker Flaten / Nilssen-Love

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David Murray – tenor sax, bass clarinet
Ingebrigt Håker Flaten – double bass
Paal Nilssen-Love – drums

photo by Christina Marx

This is an exceptional meeting of David Murray with Ingebrigt Håker Flaten and Paal Nilssen-Love. In 2019 they toured Europe twice, using older and brand new compositions by Murray, and also artists like Yusef Lateef, Butch Morris and even Aretha Franklin, as starting points of ferocious improvisations. 
David Murray has perfected an instantly recognizable approach to improvisation that even in its freest flights acknowledges the gravity of a tradition he honors more than most. 
Paal Nilssen-Love and Ingebrigt Håker Flaten, best know from The Thing, have played together since 1992 and have become known as Norway’s heaviest rhythm-section.

“Hearing the two Norwegians in a more or less straight jazz setting like this, is rare, and wonderful. They forge ahead like a fully tuned and prepped racing car engine, out on the sharpest runway circuit, with a swing technique and control of pitch and speed that is out of this world. They do it without letting go of a single millimetre of the peculiarities we know them for. The peculiarities for which we return to their concerts, again and again. The contributions of both Håker Flaten and Nilssen-Love belong in the history books of music. (…)
It feels so good to once again hear the David Murray we fell for, around forty years ago. The raw, hard-hitting style of playing, where you never doubt its foundation: in the blues. A sound that breathes the raw music from New York we once came to love so deeply.”
(Johan Hauknes, Salt Peanuts)

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