Balke, Jon - Diverted Travels

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"Norwegian composer/pianist Balke creates a remarkable evocation of his homeland by combining the fluttering dissonances of freeform jazz with rootsy violins and percussion. His spicily percussive yet spacious piano-playing dovetails neatly with the trumpet of the other main soloist, Per Jorgensen. But it is the scoring for violins that makes this album special. Played with verve, it gives the music structure and emotional depth, whether menacingly out of tempo or driving the ensemble with riffs that would do Count Basie proud."
(Financial Times)

"The eight members of Jon Balke's Magnetic North Orchestra include bass and two percussionists, but add trumpet, sax, two violins and Balke's keyboards, and there's an ensemble with a surely unique sound. Woodsy textures and the thrumming of palms and fingers on drumskins are blended with the sharp chatter of horns, the leader's needle-fine piano commentaries and a faint background burble of electronics. As the album's title suggests, the 14 pieces make up a fascinating journey."
(BBC Music Magazine)

Magnetic North Orchestra:
Per Jørgensen, trumpet, vocals
Fredrik Lundin, bass flute, saxophones
Jon Balke, piano and keyboards
Bjarte Eike, violin
Peter Spissky, violin
Thomas Pitt, bass violin
Helge Andreas Norbakken, percussion
Ingar Zach, percussion

Recorded September and November 2003
Artikelnummer ECM1886
Streckkod 0602498187913
Utgivningsdatum 2004-08-31
Kategori Jazz
Skivbolag ECM
Enhet CD
Antal enheter 1
Artister Balke, Jon
Disk: 1
1 Machinery 04:47
2 Nutating 03:59
3 Sink 01:06
4 Columns 03:30
5 Deep 01:33
6 In Patches 05:58
7 Ondular 02:44
8 Downslope 04:55
9 Rivers 03:32
10 Climb 04:05
11 Inside 00:52
12 And On 06:47
13 The Drive 04:30
14 Falling 02:38
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