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Quality: FLAC 16 bits 44.1kHz
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Track length:8:17
Artist: Atomic
Author: Fredrik Ljungkvist
Performer: Magnus Broo - Trumpet
Fredrik Ljungkvist - Saxophones
Håvard Wiik - Piano
Ingebrigt Flaten - Doublebass
Paal N. Love - Drums
Genre: Jazz
Publisher: Copyright Control
ISRC: NO-WAY-08-03010
Track length:10:27
Artist: Atomic
Author: Håvard Wiik
Genre: Jazz
Publisher: Copyright Control
ISRC: NO-WAY-08-03020
Track length:6:32
Artist: Atomic
Author: Håvard Wiik
Genre: Jazz
Publisher: Copyright Control
ISRC: NO-WAY-08-03030
Track length:6:01
Artist: Atomic
Author: Håvard Wiik
Genre: Jazz
Publisher: Copyright Control
ISRC: NO-WAY-08-03040
Track length:7:24
Artist: Atomic
Author: Håvard Wiik
Genre: j
Publisher: Copyright Control
ISRC: NO-WAY-08-03050
Track length:4:02
Artist: Atomic
Author: Fredrik Ljungkvist
Genre: Jazz
Publisher: Copyright Control
ISRC: NO-WAY-08-03060
Track length:7:46
Artist: Atomic
Author: Fredrik Ljungkvist
Genre: Jazz
Publisher: Copyright Control
ISRC: NO-WAY-08-03070
Track length:7:09
Artist: Atomic
Author: Håvard Wiik
Genre: Jazz
Publisher: Copyright Control
ISRC: NO-WAY-08-04010
Track length:9:31
Artist: Atomic
Author: Fredrik Ljungkvist
Genre: Jazz
Publisher: Copyright Control
ISRC: NO-WAY-08-04020
Track length:3:53
Artist: Atomic
Author: Magnus Broo
Genre: Jazz
Publisher: Copyright Control
ISRC: NO-WAY-08-04030
Track length:8:36
Artist: Atomic
Author: Fredrik Ljungkvist
Genre: Jazz
Publisher: Copyright Control
ISRC: NO-WAY-08-04040
Track length:5:27
Artist: Atomic
Author: Fredrik Ljungkvist
Genre: Jazz
Publisher: Copyright Control
ISRC: NO-WAY-08-04050
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Swedish Oklahoma in the Desert of Love Swedish Oklahoma in the Desert of Love 4:54     Add € 1.50
Track length:4:54
Artist: Atomic
Author: Ingebrigt Haaker Flaten
Genre: Jazz
Publisher: Copyright Control
ISRC: NO-WAY-08-04060
Track length:6:53
Artist: Atomic
Author: Håvard Wiik
Genre: Jazz
Publisher: Copyright Control
ISRC: NO-WAY-08-04070

The Scandinavian quintet Atomic are now entering, in piano player Haavard Wiiks words, “our difficult second box set-phase”. Not too many years have passed since their universally acclaimed 3-disk bonanza The Bikini Tapes, but now they are at it again with Retrograde. The triple collection is bursting with exciting new material that is further advancing the legacy of this stellar jazz combo. Their initial goal of combining the american Fire music of the sixties with the advanced stylings of european improvisational music have since long been achieved, and they are now constantly refining and/or attacking their own tradition. One of the most memorable tracks on Retrograde can be found on disk one, titled “Invisible cities”, composed by Wiik, who alongside reed player Fredrik Ljungkvist writes most of the tunes. It may very well be a tip of the hat to the Italian author Italo Calvino, and his book of the same title from 1972, where we in short chapters are introduced to some fantastically invented cities, as told by adventurer Marco Polo to the emperor Kublai Khan. The cities are fictionalised, but still exist somehow, in the imagination of the narrator – and the listener, as shades of societies past and present, and possibly future ones as well. Likewise: The compositions on Retrograde all evoke images of substantial volume and scope: It is the world atomized. It may also be a more prosaic reference to the fact that the members of Atomic, however tightly knit as a performing unit, live in four separate cities, in four different countries. Magnus Broo (trumpet) and the aforementioned Ljungkvist (saxophone, clarinet) are inhabitants of Stockholm, Sweden, and have been working together for so long that finishing each others musical sentences could be continued while enduring water torture. The Norwegian delegation have been playing together since their early twenties. Paal Nilssen-Love carries his drum kit around the world, from his home base in Oslo, while Wiik resides in Berlin, Germany. And look to the windy city of Chicago, USA for the bass thump of Ingebrigt Håker Flaten. Might as well make the most of it when they do find the time to meet up in the same room! This creative outburst is evident on the two disks of studio material. But there are other cities represented on this box set as well. “Live in Seattle” was recorded some six months after these studio sessions, and you can sense how developed the compositions have become during the year. The recording sound is knocked out and beautiful, or is that a description of the audience? The disk plays its part in the package as a supplement, to shed light on the very nature of the new material. For our listening pleasure there are also two older Håvard Wiik compositions on this disk presented in glorious new effect, from the starter “Crux” all the way to the typewriter machinegun attack of the final track “ABC 101 B”. But the new material most certainly rank among the most precious moments in Atomics eight year long career. Wiik and Ljungkvists material show off their compositional and improvisational skills at full force. But make sure to lend an ear to the tunes by Broo, the funked-up live showstopper “Painbody” (don’t ask), and Håker Flatens majestic “Swedish Oklahoma in the desert of love” (don’t ask). The albums title refers to the action of moving backwards, but this must surely be a joke. Retrograde is the sound of a band near it’s peak, but let us hope they never really reach it.

Released 2008

Personell:
Fredrik Ljungkvist - Tenor & Soprano Saxophones
Magnus Broo - Trumpet
Håvard Wiik - Piano
Ingebrigt Håker Flaten - Bass
Paal Nilssen-Love - Drums

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), ...