Bolage is a new label based out of Norway that has released a number of innovative jazz recordings.
HÅVARD STUBØ QUARTET: Way Up (Way Down) (BLGCD009)
For Bolage´s ninth release, guitar player Håvard Stubø has put together his dream band,
featuring some of Scandinavia´s strongest players. Stubø has composed a brand new
reportoire for the band, and this debut album was recorded while they were touring in
Norway in March 2009. The result: groovy acoustic jazz, inspired by Eddie Harris, Wayne
Shorter, John Scofield and Jim Hall, but also with clear references to newer Nordic/
European jazz. The album also features two beautiful originals by Torbjörn Zetterberg.
IPA: Lorena (BLGCD008)
Records like Lorena is the reason we started Bolage. We feel really priviliged to be able
to release this album; great music performed by great musicians. Atle, Ingebrigt and
Håkon, the guys behind Play Complete Communion (BLGCD005), have joined forces with
the fantastic Swedish trumpetplayer Magnus Broo and formed IPA. This debut album
consists of six exciting new compositions, all written by the bandmembers themselves.
Lorena is fresh, sparkling jazz of the highest quality.
CHROME HILL: Earthlings (BLGCD007)
We’re very excited about this one. Shining’s Jørgen Munkeby and Torstein Lofthus
on sax and drums play 9 disturbingly beautiful songs by guitarplayer Asbjørn Lerheim
with Roger Arntzen (Ballrogg, In the Country) on bass. Release November 17th.
Releaseparty at Victoria, Oslo Saturday November 15th.
HÅVARD STUBØ/DANIEL FRANCK/HÅKON MJÅSET JOHANASEN: Wes! (BLGCD006)
Håvard Stubø (Jupiter) on guitar and the omnipresent Håkon M. Johansen on
drums team up with bass player extraordinaire Daniel Franck to play music
by jazz guitar legend Wes Montgomery.
Catchy stuff indeed.
ATLE NYMO/INGEBRIGT HÅKER FLATEN/HÅKON MJÅSET JOHANSEN: Play Complete Communion (BLGCD005)
Atle Nymo (Motif) on saxophone, Ingebrigt Håker Flaten (Atomic) on bass,
and Håkon M. Johansen (Motif, Maryland) on drums take on Don Cherry‘s
classic 1965 suite, and the result is simply exhilarating.