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Roma Roma 6:41    
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Track length:6:41
Artist: Atomic
Performer: Håvard Wiik - piano
Fredrik Ljungkvist - tenor and barytone saxophone - clarinette
Magnus Broo - trumpet
Ingebrigt Håker Flaten - doublebass
Paal Nilssen-Love - drums
Producer: atomic
Genre: jazz
Studio: recorded live at Teater Lederman by Thomas Hukkelberg. Mixed and Matered by Thomas Hukkelberg at Decilbel.no
Arranger: Atomic
Composer: Atomic
ISRC: NOWAJ1006010
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Sanguine Sanguine 9:52    
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Track length:9:52
Artist: Atomic
Performer: Håvard Wiik - piano
Fredrik Ljungkvist - tenor and barytone saxophone - clarinette
Magnus Broo - trumpet
Ingebrigt Håker Flaten - doublebass
Paal Nilssen-Love - drums
Producer: atomic
Genre: jazz
Studio: recorded live at Teater Lederman by Thomas Hukkelberg. Mixed and Matered by Thomas Hukkelberg at Decilbel.no
Arranger: Atomic
Composer: Atomic
ISRC: NOWAJ1006020
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Edit Edit 9:02    
Album only
Track length:9:02
Artist: Atomic
Performer: Håvard Wiik - piano
Fredrik Ljungkvist - tenor and barytone saxophone - clarinette
Magnus Broo - trumpet
Ingebrigt Håker Flaten - doublebass
Paal Nilssen-Love - drums
Producer: atomic
Genre: jazz
Studio: recorded live at Teater Lederman by Thomas Hukkelberg. Mixed and Matered by Thomas Hukkelberg at Decilbel.no
Arranger: Atomic
Composer: Atomic
ISRC: NOWAJ1006030
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Two Boxes Two Boxes 11:50    
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Track length:11:50
Artist: Atomic
Performer: Håvard Wiik - piano
Fredrik Ljungkvist - tenor and barytone saxophone - clarinette
Magnus Broo - trumpet
Ingebrigt Håker Flaten - doublebass
Paal Nilssen-Love - drums
Producer: atomic
Genre: jazz
Studio: recorded live at Teater Lederman by Thomas Hukkelberg. Mixed and Matered by Thomas Hukkelberg at Decilbel.no
Arranger: Atomic
Composer: Atomic
ISRC: NOWAJ1006040
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Barylite Barylite 5:35    
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Track length:5:35
Artist: Atomic
Performer: Håvard Wiik - piano
Fredrik Ljungkvist - tenor and barytone saxophone - clarinette
Magnus Broo - trumpet
Ingebrigt Håker Flaten - doublebass
Paal Nilssen-Love - drums
Producer: atomic
Genre: jazz
Studio: recorded live at Teater Lederman by Thomas Hukkelberg. Mixed and Matered by Thomas Hukkelberg at Decilbel.no
Arranger: Atomic
Composer: Atomic
ISRC: NOWAJ1006050

New Album! Taken from Live recordings at Teater Lederman in Stockholm in October 2009, the recordings presented on "Theater Tilters" are fresh and vibrant, brimming over with the kind of energy and spontaneity that has made Atomic one of the key acoustic Jazz ensembles in Europe today.

Compositional chores take a 60/40 split between Ljungkvist and Wiik respectively, but the album remains pure Atomic.

"Roma", originally appearing in the studio album, Happy New Ears! plays the role of disc opener once again on Volume 2, melodically immediate, and featuring great solos from Fredrik, Magnus and Håvard, all the while underpinned by the near-telepathic rhythm section of Ingebrigt and Paal.

"Sanguine" takes the music into a more relaxed zone, led by Magnus and Paal, and joined by the others at the halfway mark with a magnificent solo from Håvard. The piece continues with a Fredrik and Pall, echoing the earlier sub-duet between Magnus and Paal, except this time the gloves are off and it punches its way into the final ensemble motif.

"Edit" has a more sedate feel, yet still retains that special kind of tension (if that is even the word for it) that all Atomic's music is embued with ... sometimes there is a suggestion of some lurking threat, at others that they could just leap into some variety of Roadrunner cartoon soundtrack. But Edit remains within a particular set of boundaries, feeding from the energy of the expectation it creates.

"Two Boxes" has the same kind of manic energy found in Bop About: the theme is suitably off-the-wall, the instruments seem to be in literal dialogues. Ingebrigt is a major feature here, his skewed and screwball approach to the acoustic bass jumping in and out of the foreground, sometimes making sounds that would normally be considered beyond the instrument's range. Hot on his heels comes Paal, showing the kind of playing that could inspire the young to hit things for a living. Again, the magical forces that run through Atomic's veins bring them together for a beautifully crazy finale.

"Barylite" follows Edit with the same kind of suggestion, but this time the underlying suggestion of inevitable action takes form in moments of group spontaneity and compositional unison. Even the most seasoned listener of Atomics music must still be surprised by their ability to seamless jump from moments of wild free jazz to perfect unison. Texturally dense, featuring a particulalry poignant solo from Magnus, Barylite is a perfect encapsulation of the Atomic ethos, covering ground from swing to free jazz to what can only be described as being as close to rock music as and acoustic jazz quintet can get. A perfect close to a perfect set.

Atomic continue, unchained and energized as ever, to produce another classic album - a note-perfect capture of a band at the top of their game. Long may their combustible soundworld reign supreme!

 

Atomic are:

 

Fredrik Ljungkvist - Saxophones- clarinette

Magnus Broo - Trumpet

Håvard Wiik - Piano

Ingebrigt H. Flaten - Doublebass

Paal Nilssen - Love - Drums

 

 

2010 Jazzland recordings

About Atomic:

Combining the powerful, cutting edge Oslo rhythm section of Håvard Wiik on piano, Ingebrigt Håker Flaten on bass and Paal Nilssen-Love on drums -- a combination that received rave notices as the rhythm team of the Coltrane-influenced 'cult' group Element -- with the Stockholm front-line of trumpeter Magnus Broo and saxophonist Fredrik Ljungkvist, this group are one of the freshest acoustic ensembles to have emerged in the new millennium http://www.myspace.com/atomicjazz

 

In their amazing, powerhouse performance on their new CD Happy New Ears! (Jazzland, 2006), ATOMIC yet again finds themselves awarded with their second Norwegian “Grammy” (Spellemannprisen), awarded for Best Jazz Album. Following up 2005’s release of the triple-CD live set The Bikini Tapes (Jazzland, 2005), the album is filled with 65-minutes’ worth of new material in 10 tracks from the combined talents of Fredrik Ljungkvist (saxophones, clarinet), ...