Ståle Liavik Solberg & John Butcher

Village Underground, London - by Ryan Jewell.

Two high-class musicians talk to each other.. Butcher handles his saxes with enormous knowledge and Ståle Liavik his coordinated and «dry» drums with a wide register. The music lacks the anger that you can hear from many of Butcher and Ståle Liavik's colleagues. But who said you should be angry, especially on a record with this poetic name.
Salt Peanuts - Lars Grip.

Ståle Liavik Solberg

Over the last 5 years Butcher and Solberg have been developing two parallel projects; their intimate duo music and trio collaborations with a wide range of  partners - Agnes Hvizdalek, Nick Stephens, Pat Thomas, Kaja Draksler and Barre Phillips.

The quartet STRAY with Dominic Lash and John Russell (on electric guitar) has released “Into Darkness" and a quintet adding Joe McPhee, Pascal Niggenkamper and Agnes Hvizdalek played the Kongsberg Jazz Festival.

Two high-class musicians talk to each other.. Butcher handles his saxes with enormous knowledge and Ståle Liavik his coordinated and «dry» drums with a wide register. The music lacks the anger that you can hear from many of Butcher and Ståle Liavik's colleagues. But who said you should be angry, especially on a record with this poetic name.
Salt Peanuts - Lars Grip.

So beautiful, it starts to rain
So beautiful, it starts to rainCD / DL

Jazz i Norge

Butcher / Phillips / Solberg

Offene Ohren,  Munich - by Thomas J. Krebs.

Butcher / Phillips / Solberg

In 2018 Butcher & Solberg were on a double bill in Munich with Barre Phillips, who was launching his new ECM solo CD. Their unscheduled trio set at the end seemed full of promise - so the next year they chose to play again at the Blow Out festival in Oslo.
We met - and then  features music from both concerts.

When I listen to "We met – and then", repeatedly, I come down into the nooks and crannies of music. Then it can open up differently than it might in the one meeting you get at a concert. Butcher, Solberg and Phillips' spontaneous compositional abilities are so well developed that they carry many rounds.
Jazz i Norge - Arild R Anderson.

We met - and then
We met - and then artCD / DL

Jazz i Norge
Salt Peanuts

Solberg / Butcher / Draksler

Solberg / Butcher / Draksler

Blow Out, Oslo-  by Francesco Saggio.

Slovenian pianist Kaja Draksler joined the duo for just two concerts in late 2019.
Fortunately the Oslo evening was recorded and released as: At Kafé Hærverk.

The idea grows out of how the lines from the three musicians wind together, twist around each other, bite each other in the tail, and create the illusion of a coordinated movement when we look at it from the outside. A bit like how independent water molecules that swirl around, collide and seem uncoordinated can create an undulating sea, with wave formations that extend far and farther than far.
SALT PEANUTS - Johan Hauknes.

At Kafé Hærverk
At Kafe Haerverk artDL

Spontaneous Music Tribune

Solberg / Butcher / Thomas

Solberb, Butcher & Thomas

Iklectik, London - by Livia Garcia.

Fictional Souvenirs: a recording of an unusual set at Iklectik, London with Pat Thomas on Moog Theremini & iPad electronics.

Tones and timbres emerge as meticulously formed packets of information…  At the same time, there's an ineffable touch of the cosmic at play - largely thanks to Pat Thomas's theremin and electronics adding a cheeky B-Movie twinkle that Sun Ra would have approved of.
Jazzwise - Daniel Spicer.

Fictional Souvenirs
Fictional SouvenirsCD

All About Jazz / Jazzwise

STRAY

stray

Iklectik, London - by John Eyles.

STRAY was a quartet with Dominic Lash on double bass and John Russell on electric guitar.
Into Darkness records their only meeting.

Russell fills up space like never before, with feedback and elongated tones that ooze and flow like molten lava.
DUSTED - Bill Meyer.

Into Darkness
into darkness

Point of Departure
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