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Albums by Ingebrigt Håker Flaten

2010-05-11 by Eyal Hareuveni

The Quintet

Review by Eyal Hareuveni @ Allaboutjazz.com

Allaboutjazz.com Review

Norwegian bassist Ingebrigt Haker Flaten gained international recognition through his frequents visits to the Windy City and collaborations with Chicago heroes such as Ken Vandermark and Fred Anderson. But in his eleven years as a professional musician, Flaten has covered much more ground than just modern and free jazz. His interests have extended to local rock bands like Motorpsycho and Cato Salsa Experience, as well as musical exchanges with musicians from India, South Africa and Palestine. On Quintet, Flaten's second release as a leader after Double Bass (Sofa, 2003), he gels all these influences into an impressive mix.

Live and on record, Flaten's quintet repertoire represents his rich musical language, covering anything from the demanding sophistication of Anthony Braxton to the groove-infected anthems of Marvin Gaye. His young co-conspirators are three fellow countrymen, guitarist Anders Hana, reed player Klaus Ellerhusen Holm, and violinist Ola Kvernberg, plus the dynamic Swedish drummer Fredrik Rundqvist. This quintet was founded for the Kongsberg Jazzfestival, where Flaten got the prestigious Vital Prize. Festival producer Martin Revheim contributes poetic liner notes to Quintet.

The opening track, Flaten's "Maxwell Siler Demon," states the direction. Heavy fingering by Flaten, a steady backbeat by Rundkvist, and folky fiddle playing by Kvenberg draw an inviting theme. But then the metallic and punkish guitar of Hana, whose resume includes a stint with the Norwegian metal band Noxgat, takes control with a typical fractured solo above rhythmic playing by Flaten and Rundkvist. Meanwhile Kvernberg seesaws the theme, and Holm's baritone sax shrieks and ...

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