!!! New album out on March 3:
Anders Lønne Grønseth Multiverse: Outer View
(NXN Recordings / Naxos)
with Hayden Powell (trp), Espen Berg (pno), Audun Ellingsen (bs) and Einar Scheving (drs)
"this is music which engages brain and body, heart and mind alike, delivered with spot-on group interaction and dynamic finesse all round."
"I would be happy to hear this music live in a venue where people give up their chit-chat and becomes part of the music"
"The tracks present a richness in detail that only comes forward after repeated listenings, and that's a heartfelt compliment."
"a very strong voice and identity of their own whatever the influences are they integrate
into their music. Superb!"
""gentle and emphatic interplay and the collective, patient development of ideas work as the engine for the organic flow and progression of the music (...) the highly melodic, rich and nuanced language of Grønseth.
"Theory of Anything shows that music that embraces the classic acoustic jazz style of the ‘50s and ‘60s needn't by definition sound retrograde; in Grønseth and company's hands, the material is as fresh and vital as anything of a more recent vintage."
"The melodies may appear as traditional jazz but they are not really, as if the musicians walked with soles of the past on the trails of a clearly audible contemporaneity. The mix that is born is unlikely but does not fail to be intriguing (...) A highly recommended disc."
"Saxophonist Anders leads this quintet into a glorious landscape of reflection and hope (...) a musical treat for both intellects and those who simply enjoy an exquisite, aural experience."
'Theory Of Anything' will possibly occupy a place in my list of favorite albums for 2019."
"Producing rich deposits of goosebump-raisers (...) Multiverse must be one of today's most original, ambitious, advanced and complete bands in this country."
"Here's two fresh examples of how good and original ALG is (...) an outstanding instumentalist, composer and band leader"
! ! ! New album out on April 26
Anders Lønne Grønseth / Multiverse:
Theory of Anything (Pling Music) featuring Hayden Powell (trp), Espen Berg (pno), Audun Ellingsen (bs) and Einar Scheving (drs)
“Multiverse is, in short, ultimately about intuitive group interplay and responsiveness as much as anything else ... A late-night, smoky ambiance permeates Multiverse, which lends it the aura of a classic jazz quintet recording.”
Beautifully composed, imaginatively performed and luminously recorded, Multiverse is a winner from start to finnish."
"six captivating themes leaving room for initiative and improvisation ... The sax playing by Grønseth in the opening track is fantastic ... The fine interplay and communication is a joy."
"Classic jazz with a twist...lots of twists" (6/6* Songqualität)
"This is, simply put, an important record ... Exquisitely, Multiverse combines composition with broad improvisational fields."
"A quintet with power and class ... who in a rousing way combines controlled melodiosity with quivering improvisational appetite ... The whole quintet seems as to be navigated by one unified brain."
"Soulful jazz of the highest calibre ... Exceptionally good album with aspirations to become a classic"
"six great tunes, performed with finesse by a quintet of the highest calibre." ...
"an album that rewards the listener with each fresh play-through."
! ! ! New album out on Sept. 21:
Anders Lønne Grønseth - Multiverse (Pling Music) featuring Hayden Powell (trp), Espen Berg (pno), Audun Ellingsen (bs) and Einar Scheving (drs)
"One of the best sounding jazz albums ever recorded" ... "Great jazz art in outstanding sound quality"
"These ragas highlight the emphatic, organic interplay of Bhattacharya, Grønseth and Wessel, letting their distinct voices weave nuanced and rich textures."
"understated musical conversations ... languid explorations, shifting between melody and improvisatiuon as naturally as inhaling and exhaling"
"The combination...is quite hypnotic ... I urge you to give it a try"
"What is so interesting about these pieces is that it is so very difficult to pigeon-hole them into any category that had been previously defined as ‘indo-jazz fusion’ (...) to point out the originality of the work of this integration of talented musicians deeply immersed in each other’s musical traditions."
"The East West fusion works perfectly"
"a distinct and innovative product ... a beautiful and relaxing work that will delight the lovers of music with ethnic flavors."
"...sings unspeakably beautiful ... creates interresting encounters"
"engaging and sometimes ineffably, romantically evocative"
"This absorbing session has all kinds of little surprises to offer, and they’re couched in an endlessly curious beauty."
"ever-stimulating yet accessible ... never loses its fundamental ability to engage at an immediate, visceral level ... If ever the word organic applied, it does here."
"interesting interplay and rich mixture of sounds"
"Without doubt one of my favourite albums this year"
"Spennende og annerledes er bare forbokstaven."
"vakker og inspirerende musikk som er egna til å drømme seg bort i eller til."
! ! ! New album out on Nov. 18th:
"Bhattacharya / Grønseth / Wessel"
! ! ! New album out on Oct. 21st:
"Mini Macro Ensemble 2nd Edt Vol2"
Radio interview (in English) at NRK P2 "Jungeltelegrafen" (Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation) with Debashish Bhattacharya and Anders Lønne Grønseth on upcoming tour and album release. Listen here.
Announcing Norway tour dates for a truly intercontinental project: Debashish Bhattacharya (hindustani side guitar - India), Kenny Wessel (electric guitar - US), Subhasis Bhattacharya (tabla/percussion - India) & ALG (saxophones - Norway). An album is on the way, too!
"Om Mini Micro Ensemble framträder på en scen nära mig, kan jag nog inte låta bli att gå dit."
" (ALG's) ensemble repeatedly attains a motion as free as a forest stream wending its way through the trees (...) the woodwinds are as ethereal as morning sunlight (...) A very thoughtful recording, existing sometimes in a state of introspection but always in constant motion. It makes for a very potent combination."
"Alene instrumentbesætningen i oktetten giver en fornemmelse af «noget andet»."
"...ibland låter det verkligen som något som är elektroniskt skapat (...) vackert och intressant"
"Dette er definitivt en god plate som fortjener mange lyttere"
«(ALG) succeeds, seemingly unstrained, to wow many threads together in a grand, unforced flow of ideas and musical imaginations …. With this ensemble, ALG establishes himself with sovereign skill and compositional imagination his unique and talented voice in modern Norwegian music.”
"...creates a contradictive feeling of safe uncertainty - unpleasant, beatiful and funky at the same time"
"Det er mye spennende å lytte til i detaljene, og arrangør Grønseth viser at han har et stort potensiale som komponist og arrangør."
"So many different soundscapes that the listener never really get to an end with the music" .... "A special and exciting release"
“a rich spectrum of colors and sonorities that blend naturally” ... “Grønseth's compositions are beautifully performed” ... “like an untimely, universal hymn, embracing all sounds"
"Anja Eline Skybakmoen og Anders Lønne Grønseth løfter frem Haldis Moren Vesaas´ lyrikk på et vakkert vis." ... "Flott, sterkt og nydelig."
! ! ! New album out on Jan. 22nd:
Grøn / Sky: Ord frå ein annan skog.
Performing my songs to lyrics by Norwegian poet Halldis Moren Vesaas, in collaboration with singer Anja Eline Skybakmoen.
«For several years, ALG has shown he has something special to contribute. Fortunately, he continues on that path.» ... «a highly unique instrumentation, and soundscape likewise» ... «ALG shows that he is a composer and musician with something highly special in store.»
«As an exploration and development of Grønseth’s musical theory this is an interesting collection of pieces, but, better still, the CD works a sequence of tunes which create a fascinating set of textures and thematic possibilities»
«Well-balanced chamber music of an ethereal beauty.» ... «Although it's intelligent and eclectic in nature, this does not result in radical cross-bordering music. We hear good craftsmanship in the playing and arrangements.»
(ALG) "guides his eight-member outfit through a remarkable set-list that collapses genre boundaries and blurs the distinction between through-composition and improvisation. "
"On this exceptionally well-realized recording, Grønseth's music is repeatedly enriched by the group's woodwind and percussion textures and its luscious, mini-orchestral presentation. "
"all fans of saxophonist Anders Lønne Grønseth and his many projects will have all their expectations fulfilled"
"An all-star team of musicians (...) take us through the vigoroux, both grandiose and soft-speaking music in changing constellations"
"Open your mind and take in the music"
! ! ! New album "Mini Macro Ensemble 2nd Edt Vol1" released on November 27th on Pling Music.
"Vol 2" is scheduled for release in spring 2016.