Bjørn Marius Hegge Trio – “Assosiasjoner” (Particular Recordings, 2018)

“Assosiasjoner” is the newest release of “Particular Records”. Album was recorded by three Norwegian jazz masters – it’s Bjørn Marius Hegge (double bass), Hans Hulbækmo (drums) and Oscar Grönberg (piano). Three young and talented jazz musicians like astonishing and spontaneous musical experiments – they try out new and unusual ways of playing, mix contrasting expressions, instruments, forms and other musical language elements. Their compositions are inspiring and charming – it has active and bright mood for the most of the time. Sudden changes of styles, manners, playing techniques and other musical language elements contein the main part of the compositions. Each musician has hiw own and unique improvising style – eclectic combinations, weird and uncomfortable sounds, huge and vibrant blow outs, rapid and colorful stylistic twists are heard very much in these compositions. The music of this trio is active, contrasting and modern – it’s based on synthesis of various jazz styles and has remarkable and interesting sound.

“Assosiasjoner” has remarkable and bright sound. Free improvisations, spontaneous solos, rigorous and vibrant culminations, which suddenly turn out to silent and subtle pieces or extremely expressive, rapid and moving solos – all these elements are the main elements of these compositions. All improvisations are based on avant-garde jazz basics, but also have the relations with other jazz styles. Bebop, post bop, hard bop, neo bop, cool and other similar modern jazz styles are fused together in one place. The music is played with passion and expression – three musicians are improvising emotionally, vivaciously and creatively. They all like eclectic and strange instrument’s combinations, extraction of weird sounds and timbres ad fascinating musical experiments. All types of rhythms, melodies, special effects and rapid blow outs are joined together and make an effort to marvelous and fresh sound. The compositions have bright and innovative musical language – it’s based on individual melodies, dynamic rhythmic, silmunateously repeated melodic, rhythmic and harmonic elements, colorful harmony, huge variety of extended and modern musical expressions and innovative playing techniques. Oscar Grönberg piano improvisations are free, vivacious, vivid and bright. Sometimes it’s more similar to playground – pianist masterfully fuses together diferent timbres, expressions, playing techniques and other elements of musical language. The musical pattern is bright and rich – sharp, rigorous and aggressive dissonances, soft consonances, contrasting solos, dynamic and colorful stylistic waves and pleasant surprises. All these elements are masterfully joined together by Oscar Grönberg and make an effort to whole sound of the album – it makes it more expressive, passionate and vivid. Pianist reveals his own playing style and its main elements – bright and expressive playing manner, rapid, charming and sparkling passages, sharp harmony and masterful ability to improvise in the spot. Al these elements cotain the main part of his improvisations. The instrumentation certainly is the most vibrant and effective places of the album. The double bass improvisations by Bjørn Marius Hegge are more subtle and calm. His music is based on synthesis between various jazz styles – soft and static traditional jazz rhythmic forms join expressive, furiously fast and rapid rhythms of bebop and hard bop, or get directly to free and turbulent improvisations. Double bass improvisations have unpresictable solos, bright and intenses culminations, extended playing techniques and expressions – musician masterfully shows all his moods, exressions and talent of masterful improvising. Static and calm bass line is highly contrasting with rapid, active and bright culminations and solo parts. Charming and glamorous solos are based on difficult and modern instrumentation – rapid and intense passgaes, gentle pizzicato, effective vibrato and many other usual playing techniques are joined together with exceptional ways of playing or own created playing techniques. That makes interesting, modern and bright sound. Expressive, bright, dynamic, rapid and touching – that’s how we should describe the playing of Hans Hulbækmo. Drummer masterfully mixes together different and contrasting playing techniques, manners, expressions and rhythms in one place. Mdern jazz rhythms are organically mixed with traditional and contemporary jazz rhythms, but the main style is kept the same – it’s the basics of avant-garde jazz and experimental music. Bright, moody and sparkling music is filled with charming solos, glamorous and xtremely rapid passages, interesting musical experiments, sudden changes of mood and character and many other imilar ways of playing. That helps to create innovative and original sound and solid rhythmic section. This album has remarkable, innovative, vivacious and expressive sound.

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