Frode Gjerstad [fro-duh year-stad] (b. March 24, 1948, Stavanger, Norway), generally considered to be “the Father of free Jazz in Norway,” is an intensely expressionistic, yet lyrical player on saxophone, clarinet and flute. Avant-garde Jazz caught his ear early on, after hearing albums by Eric Dolphy and Albert Ayler. As a young trumpeter and tenor saxophonist, his path was blocked. There was no tradition in Norway for free Jazz at the time and it was difficult to find other musicians to play and practice with. Gjerstad studied in Sweden in the early ‘70s, where he found kindred spirits.