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Albums by Audun Kleive

2010-05-11 by Jon Opstad

Generator X

Review by Jon Opstad @ Allaboutjazz.com

Allaboutjazz.com Review

An interesting aspect of the Norwegian nu jazz scene is how much fine acoustic work each of the key players did before moving into electronic, drum-n-bass-influenced territory. As examples, Nils Petter Molvær (whose albums Khmer and Solid Ether are two of the defining statements of the genre) was a member of Masqualero, a group that brought together the free searching musicality of late-'60s Miles Davis with the more lyrical, impressionistic textures associated with the ECM label. Bugge Wesseltoft, another crucial figure, recorded with Arild Andersen, Sidsel Endresen and Billy Cobham.

Audun Kleive is no exception. He receives far less recognition than he deserves as one of the most individual and talented drummers around. A key example of his abilities in an acoustic setting can be found on the album Off Balance by Jon Balke's Oslo-13, where he drives the complex big band charts forward with his propulsive playing, providing rhythmic momentum in the pedal hi-hat, freeing the hands from their usual time-keeping role to allow more expressive use of toms and cymbals. Recorded in 1988, this predates similar work by drummers like Billy Kilson or Eric Harland.

Generator X is an excellent album and could rank ...

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