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Label: ACT Music
Quality: FLAC 16 bits 44.1kHz
mp3 and booklet included
Track length:6:17
Artist: Helge Sunde, Det Store Norske Orkester
Performer: Special Guest: Marilyn Mazur - percussion
Nils Jansen - soprano sax (solo:1), clarinet (9), flute and alto flute (3,10)
Petter Wettre - alto sax (solo:4), tenor (solo:6), soprano (3) and bass clarinet (9)
Atle Nymo - tenor sax (solo:3) and bass clarinet (9)
Børge Are Halvorsen - baritone sax (solo:4) , alto (7) and flute (7,9)
Frank Brodahl, Eckhard Baur (solo: 7, 10), Andres Eriksson - trumpets und fluegelhorns
Even Andersen, Øyvind Brække, Geir Arne Haugsrud - trombones
Helge Sunde - trombone solo (6, 8), trumpet solo (6), tuba and french horn (9)
Olga Konkova - piano
Jens Thoresen - guitar
Per Mathisen - bass
Rune Arnesen - drums
Producer: Helge Sunde
Genre: Jazz - contemporary
Studio: by Jan Erik Kongshaug at Rainbow Studio, Oslo, Norway, February 10-13 and March 4, 2005,Mixed by Jan Erik Kongshaug and Helge Sunde
Arranger: Helge Sunde
Composer: Helge Sunde
ISRC: DEA890601970
Track length:3:07
Artist: Helge Sunde, Det Store Norske Orkester
Performer: Special Guest: Marilyn Mazur - percussion
Nils Jansen - soprano sax (solo:1), clarinet (9), flute and alto flute (3,10)
Petter Wettre - alto sax (solo:4), tenor (solo:6), soprano (3) and bass clarinet (9)
Atle Nymo - tenor sax (solo:3) and bass clarinet (9)
Børge Are Halvorsen - baritone sax (solo:4) , alto (7) and flute (7,9)
Frank Brodahl, Eckhard Baur (solo: 7, 10), Andres Eriksson - trumpets und fluegelhorns
Even Andersen, Øyvind Brække, Geir Arne Haugsrud - trombones
Helge Sunde - trombone solo (6, 8), trumpet solo (6), tuba and french horn (9)
Olga Konkova - piano
Jens Thoresen - guitar
Per Mathisen - bass
Rune Arnesen - drums
Producer: Helge Sunde
Genre: Jazz - contemporary
Studio: by Jan Erik Kongshaug at Rainbow Studio, Oslo, Norway, February 10-13 and March 4, 2005,Mixed by Jan Erik Kongshaug and Helge Sunde
Arranger: Helge Sunde
Composer: Helge Sunde
ISRC: DEA890601971
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Requiescat in Pace (R.I.P.) Requiescat in Pace (R.I.P.) 6:57     Add € 1.50
Track length:6:57
Artist: Helge Sunde, Det Store Norske Orkester
Performer: Special Guest: Marilyn Mazur - percussion
Nils Jansen - soprano sax (solo:1), clarinet (9), flute and alto flute (3,10)
Petter Wettre - alto sax (solo:4), tenor (solo:6), soprano (3) and bass clarinet (9)
Atle Nymo - tenor sax (solo:3) and bass clarinet (9)
Børge Are Halvorsen - baritone sax (solo:4) , alto (7) and flute (7,9)
Frank Brodahl, Eckhard Baur (solo: 7, 10), Andres Eriksson - trumpets und fluegelhorns
Even Andersen, Øyvind Brække, Geir Arne Haugsrud - trombones
Helge Sunde - trombone solo (6, 8), trumpet solo (6), tuba and french horn (9)
Olga Konkova - piano
Jens Thoresen - guitar
Per Mathisen - bass
Rune Arnesen - drums
Producer: Helge Sunde
Genre: Jazz - contemporary
Studio: by Jan Erik Kongshaug at Rainbow Studio, Oslo, Norway, February 10-13 and March 4, 2005,Mixed by Jan Erik Kongshaug and Helge Sunde
Arranger: Helge Sunde
Composer: Helge Sunde
ISRC: DEA890601972
Track length:7:00
Artist: Helge Sunde, Det Store Norske Orkester
Performer: Special Guest: Marilyn Mazur - percussion
Nils Jansen - soprano sax (solo:1), clarinet (9), flute and alto flute (3,10)
Petter Wettre - alto sax (solo:4), tenor (solo:6), soprano (3) and bass clarinet (9)
Atle Nymo - tenor sax (solo:3) and bass clarinet (9)
Børge Are Halvorsen - baritone sax (solo:4) , alto (7) and flute (7,9)
Frank Brodahl, Eckhard Baur (solo: 7, 10), Andres Eriksson - trumpets und fluegelhorns
Even Andersen, Øyvind Brække, Geir Arne Haugsrud - trombones
Helge Sunde - trombone solo (6, 8), trumpet solo (6), tuba and french horn (9)
Olga Konkova - piano
Jens Thoresen - guitar
Per Mathisen - bass
Rune Arnesen - drums
Producer: Helge Sunde
Genre: Jazz - contemporary
Studio: by Jan Erik Kongshaug at Rainbow Studio, Oslo, Norway, February 10-13 and March 4, 2005,Mixed by Jan Erik Kongshaug and Helge Sunde
Arranger: Helge Sunde
Composer: Helge Sunde
ISRC: DEA890601973
Track length:1:41
Artist: Helge Sunde, Det Store Norske Orkester
Performer: Special Guest: Marilyn Mazur - percussion
Nils Jansen - soprano sax (solo:1), clarinet (9), flute and alto flute (3,10)
Petter Wettre - alto sax (solo:4), tenor (solo:6), soprano (3) and bass clarinet (9)
Atle Nymo - tenor sax (solo:3) and bass clarinet (9)
Børge Are Halvorsen - baritone sax (solo:4) , alto (7) and flute (7,9)
Frank Brodahl, Eckhard Baur (solo: 7, 10), Andres Eriksson - trumpets und fluegelhorns
Even Andersen, Øyvind Brække, Geir Arne Haugsrud - trombones
Helge Sunde - trombone solo (6, 8), trumpet solo (6), tuba and french horn (9)
Olga Konkova - piano
Jens Thoresen - guitar
Per Mathisen - bass
Rune Arnesen - drums
Producer: Helge Sunde
Genre: Jazz - contemporary
Studio: by Jan Erik Kongshaug at Rainbow Studio, Oslo, Norway, February 10-13 and March 4, 2005,Mixed by Jan Erik Kongshaug and Helge Sunde
Arranger: Helge Sunde
Composer: Helge Sunde
ISRC: DEA890601974
Track length:5:11
Artist: Helge Sunde, Det Store Norske Orkester
Performer: Special Guest: Marilyn Mazur - percussion
Nils Jansen - soprano sax (solo:1), clarinet (9), flute and alto flute (3,10)
Petter Wettre - alto sax (solo:4), tenor (solo:6), soprano (3) and bass clarinet (9)
Atle Nymo - tenor sax (solo:3) and bass clarinet (9)
Børge Are Halvorsen - baritone sax (solo:4) , alto (7) and flute (7,9)
Frank Brodahl, Eckhard Baur (solo: 7, 10), Andres Eriksson - trumpets und fluegelhorns
Even Andersen, Øyvind Brække, Geir Arne Haugsrud - trombones
Helge Sunde - trombone solo (6, 8), trumpet solo (6), tuba and french horn (9)
Olga Konkova - piano
Jens Thoresen - guitar
Per Mathisen - bass
Rune Arnesen - drums
Producer: Helge Sunde
Genre: Jazz - contemporary
Studio: by Jan Erik Kongshaug at Rainbow Studio, Oslo, Norway, February 10-13 and March 4, 2005,Mixed by Jan Erik Kongshaug and Helge Sunde
Arranger: Helge Sunde
Composer: Helge Sunde
ISRC: DEA890601975
Track length:9:01
Artist: Helge Sunde, Det Store Norske Orkester
Performer: Special Guest: Marilyn Mazur - percussion
Nils Jansen - soprano sax (solo:1), clarinet (9), flute and alto flute (3,10)
Petter Wettre - alto sax (solo:4), tenor (solo:6), soprano (3) and bass clarinet (9)
Atle Nymo - tenor sax (solo:3) and bass clarinet (9)
Børge Are Halvorsen - baritone sax (solo:4) , alto (7) and flute (7,9)
Frank Brodahl, Eckhard Baur (solo: 7, 10), Andres Eriksson - trumpets und fluegelhorns
Even Andersen, Øyvind Brække, Geir Arne Haugsrud - trombones
Helge Sunde - trombone solo (6, 8), trumpet solo (6), tuba and french horn (9)
Olga Konkova - piano
Jens Thoresen - guitar
Per Mathisen - bass
Rune Arnesen - drums
Producer: Helge Sunde
Genre: Jazz - contemporary
Studio: by Jan Erik Kongshaug at Rainbow Studio, Oslo, Norway, February 10-13 and March 4, 2005,Mixed by Jan Erik Kongshaug and Helge Sunde
Arranger: Helge Sunde
Composer: Helge Sunde
ISRC: DEA890601976
Track length:6:26
Artist: Helge Sunde, Det Store Norske Orkester
Performer: Special Guest: Marilyn Mazur - percussion
Nils Jansen - soprano sax (solo:1), clarinet (9), flute and alto flute (3,10)
Petter Wettre - alto sax (solo:4), tenor (solo:6), soprano (3) and bass clarinet (9)
Atle Nymo - tenor sax (solo:3) and bass clarinet (9)
Børge Are Halvorsen - baritone sax (solo:4) , alto (7) and flute (7,9)
Frank Brodahl, Eckhard Baur (solo: 7, 10), Andres Eriksson - trumpets und fluegelhorns
Even Andersen, Øyvind Brække, Geir Arne Haugsrud - trombones
Helge Sunde - trombone solo (6, 8), trumpet solo (6), tuba and french horn (9)
Olga Konkova - piano
Jens Thoresen - guitar
Per Mathisen - bass
Rune Arnesen - drums
Producer: Helge Sunde
Genre: Jazz - contemporary
Studio: by Jan Erik Kongshaug at Rainbow Studio, Oslo, Norway, February 10-13 and March 4, 2005,Mixed by Jan Erik Kongshaug and Helge Sunde
Arranger: Helge Sunde
Composer: Helge Sunde
ISRC: DEA890601977
Track length:6:22
Artist: Helge Sunde, Det Store Norske Orkester
Performer: Special Guest: Marilyn Mazur - percussion
Nils Jansen - soprano sax (solo:1), clarinet (9), flute and alto flute (3,10)
Petter Wettre - alto sax (solo:4), tenor (solo:6), soprano (3) and bass clarinet (9)
Atle Nymo - tenor sax (solo:3) and bass clarinet (9)
Børge Are Halvorsen - baritone sax (solo:4) , alto (7) and flute (7,9)
Frank Brodahl, Eckhard Baur (solo: 7, 10), Andres Eriksson - trumpets und fluegelhorns
Even Andersen, Øyvind Brække, Geir Arne Haugsrud - trombones
Helge Sunde - trombone solo (6, 8), trumpet solo (6), tuba and french horn (9)
Olga Konkova - piano
Jens Thoresen - guitar
Per Mathisen - bass
Rune Arnesen - drums
Producer: Helge Sunde
Genre: Jazz - contemporary
Studio: by Jan Erik Kongshaug at Rainbow Studio, Oslo, Norway, February 10-13 and March 4, 2005,Mixed by Jan Erik Kongshaug and Helge Sunde
Arranger: Helge Sunde
Composer: Helge Sunde
ISRC: DEA890601978
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The Ugly... (Den Grimme) The Ugly... (Den Grimme) 4:33     Add € 1.50
Track length:4:33
Artist: Helge Sunde, Det Store Norske Orkester
Performer: Special Guest: Marilyn Mazur - percussion
Nils Jansen - soprano sax (solo:1), clarinet (9), flute and alto flute (3,10)
Petter Wettre - alto sax (solo:4), tenor (solo:6), soprano (3) and bass clarinet (9)
Atle Nymo - tenor sax (solo:3) and bass clarinet (9)
Børge Are Halvorsen - baritone sax (solo:4) , alto (7) and flute (7,9)
Frank Brodahl, Eckhard Baur (solo: 7, 10), Andres Eriksson - trumpets und fluegelhorns
Even Andersen, Øyvind Brække, Geir Arne Haugsrud - trombones
Helge Sunde - trombone solo (6, 8), trumpet solo (6), tuba and french horn (9)
Olga Konkova - piano
Jens Thoresen - guitar
Per Mathisen - bass
Rune Arnesen - drums
Producer: Helge Sunde
Genre: Jazz - contemporary
Studio: by Jan Erik Kongshaug at Rainbow Studio, Oslo, Norway, February 10-13 and March 4, 2005,Mixed by Jan Erik Kongshaug and Helge Sunde
Arranger: Helge Sunde
Composer: Helge Sunde
ISRC: DEA890601979
Digital booklet Album only

The music of Helge Sunde requires musicians with great technical capacity and ability to sense their position in the musical landscape. Playing the music has been described as a hike in Sundes native western Norway: Even if you know the terrain and can reed the map, you actually have to climb a few peaks, jump over icy streams and pass through steep fjord valleys - without loosing contact with the rest of the hikers. The reward is a magnificent musical view and a new understanding of what a big band can be. The band Norske Store is the ensemble of the East Norway Jazz Centre, and the musicians are personally selected to work with innovation, production and performance of new Norwegian music for large jazz ensembles. Executive producer of «Norske Store» is Anders Eriksson.

A swan, a fish, and the art of concealment:
DENADA, Norwegian composer and big band leader Helge Sunde’s ACT-debut

Another astonishing big band leader from Norway: trombonist and composer Helge Sunde, born in 1965. Again a great master of the genre, just like his compatriot Geir Lysne, who astonished five years ago the international jazz world with big band sounds and arrangements of great strength and stylistic distinctiveness. Helge Sunde allows his big band to develop a unique sound of its own. Sunde is himself a member of Geir Lysne’s Listening Ensemble, and some of his musicians belong to Lysne’s band too. But Sunde - incidentally the same age as Lysne - is in no way an imitator of his colleague. Sunde leads the large jazz ensemble into a sonic territory entirely its own. His language is influenced by the fact that he is also active as a composer of avant-garde contemporary music. His jazz works are shrewdly crafted and contain a multitude of surprising details, and yet: the music on DENADA (ACTSACD 9805-2) always remains highly sensual, never academic.

Helge Sunde's versatility can justifiably be called sheer unbelievable. To this date his writing has been more visible than his playing; he has written commissions for the Norwegian Radio Symphony Orchestra, for the Stavanger Symphony Orchestra and the Bergen Philharmonic, for the Norway’s National Ballet and the Oslo Sinfonietta. He has worked as an arranger for Marilyn Mazur (who is also featured on DENADA for Beady Belle and Caecilie Norby. Furthermore he works as a conductor and producer for pop and classical releases. He teaches jazz, trombone, composition and arranging at the Norway State Music Academy. He can look back to an early success in 1990: Together with some fellow students, he was part of an ensemble under the name of the Oslo Groove Company that won the Spellemannspris, the Norwegian equivalent to a Grammy. On DENADA we can hear him demonstrate his mastery of a great assortment of roles, as an instrumentalist on trombone, trumpet, tuba and French horn.

From the very beginning on, this SACD displays a mesmerizing, highly differentiated tonal language of vibrant intensity. A driving rhythm supports the ingenious voice leading of the interlocking horn lines. The treatment of woodwind, muted brass and low wind voices is constantly surprising in its multifaceted colouring and an exceptionally subtle use of dynamics. It is hard to imagine a more refined treatment of soft and loud. It was worth releasing this recording on SACD – in highest fidelity – to bring out the full richness of these compositions and arrangements. Very rewarding for the listener!

In all his compositions Helge Sunde displays a considerable and unusual ability to unify opposites, not only in his subtle use of the widest dynamic palette, but also in the coexistence of lyrical beauty and a carefully organised release of energy. Despite the highly organised sense of structure, he leaves a lot of space for his soloists, pianist Olga Konkova (repeatedly), guitarist Jens Thoresen, a number of horn players and last but not least Marilyn Mazur, who has a decisive influence on “Small Landscape” among other tracks. The album combines compositional rigour with individual expressiveness in a most refined and organic way. The French baroque composer Jean-Philippe Rameau once declared it his aim “to hide art by art itself”, a maxim that can be heard in a number of Sunde’s compositions. They do not advertise their complexity; they make it seem natural. “Lesson III” for example is based on a twelve-tone row exercise that he was given as a student: He succeeded in writing a jazz piece in g-minor while strictly adhering to the rules of serial composition. Sunde recently rediscovered the tune on a faded piece of paper while clearing up his studio – and recorded it: Music that never sounds constructed, but remains - at all times - highly sensual.

Each of the compositions exudes the spirited joy of playing with sound. Not least “Den Grimme” (The Ugly Duckling). Prima ballerina Ingrid Lorentzen from the Norwegian National Ballet needed a new version of Saint-Saëns’ “Swan”, and Helge Sunde wrote after a long day of rehearsing, while his colleagues cooked a fish dinner for him. Next morning, they found the finished piece on their music stands. Thus the swan received his jazz-knighthood. In no way does he remain an ugly duckling, but he enfolds his beauty with an ironically broken pathos that still carries undertones of his humble origins. The fish evidently did not do him any harm.

Sunde is a virtuoso craftsman and a highly creative spirit. DENADA is full of impressively glamorous and unique big band playing, it is a listening-adventure and at the same time an iridescent delight.

About Helge Sunde, Ensemble Denada:

Compared with the innovations and explorations seen amongst small groups, there have been surprisingly few changes in the big jazz orchestras since the end of the big band era. If you look for new approaches you automatically end up in the far North: Norway has established itself as a stronghold of big ensembles promoted by leaders such as Trygve Seim, Geir Lynse and, of course, Helge Sunde. The 44-year old from the small town of Stryn is, to a certain extent, the “universal soldier” of Norway’s orchestral scene, adept in all areas of playing, composition and performance. A lecturer at the state music academy and other universities, Sunde has made a name for himself as a composer for classic symphony orchestras and modern ensembles. He is proficient on several instruments, particularly the trombone, and can be witnessed live in groups such as the Norwegian Radio Orchestra, Geir Lysnes’ Listening Ensemble and the Ophelia Orchestra as well as fronting his own bands.

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