A Guide to the Wild Side of Norwegian Jazz

Source: Bandcamp Daily.

From saxophonist Jan Garbarek’s international breakthrough in the 1970’s to contemporary stars like pianist Eyolf Dale, Norway has a proud—if brief—lineage of traditional jazz. The country is perhaps better known for its other jazz tradition, one that hurtles off into electronic, noise, and ambient without a hint of doctrinaire concern. Since roughly the turn of the millennium, this motley vanguard of Norwegian musicians has done everything imaginable to overturn the conventions not only of American jazz, but also of Scandinavian jazz (except, it has to be said, for the convention of being mostly dudes). So we’ll skip the clichés about the spacious, wintry Nordic tone—even if those verities still stand.