Geir Åge Johnsen drums
Fredrik Sahlander bass
Bernt Moen piano
Release No: LOS 249-2
Recorded July 2020 in Studio A at the University of Agder, Norway
Mixed October and mastered November 2020 by Lars Nilsson at Nilento Studios, Sweden
All arrangements by Bernt Moen.
Produced by Bernt Moen.
Supported by Sørnorsk Jazzsenter
Supported by PMRU at the University of Agder
Supported by the University Research Committee at the University of Agder
Pianotuner/tech: Åse Tveit
Front cover painting by Espen Lillehamre Strøm
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Bernt Moen´s thoughts about the music:
- “The Intro” Well, for me, it is always a struggle to name my compositions, but in this case, it was easy. It’s the intro. It is based around four chords and somehow turned into a Giant Stepsish version when Fredrik started to do his thing.
- “Solar” I came up with the idea of a bassline that was really laidback and we just went with it. I think we did it in one take, just deciding on the tempo and key beforehand.
- “A Foggy Day”. This is one of the first “standards” I learned, and I remember my piano teacher was quite unimpressed, I´ve never been good at Bebop and he was all about Bebop, so…. But I wanted to revisit this composition and take it in a whole new direction. The melody lends itself very easily to reharmonization and I did an arrangement based mostly on minor chords and tonal centers being moved around the melody. The right feel was there when we played it and this ended up being our take on “A Foggy Day” and I feel that I got some closure on my previous experiences with this composition.
- “Bemsha Swing” This is a composition that I really like! Nobody did it like Monk and there was no point in trying to copy the way he played his compositions and the piano in general, so I wanted to take it in another direction and give the arrangement a sense of a laidback, chill, groovy feel.
- “The Scenes” I do compose a lot of music, in many genres and I wanted to include a piece that sort of centered the album, a resting place. Geir Åge really shines on this recording. We did an alternate version with bass and piano solos, but it felt wrong and this take on the composition felt right, the feel and the Interpretation.
- “Autumn Leaves” Well, are there any jazz musicians that have not played this composition? I love the melody and wanted to take it in a different direction than what it is usually performed. I wrote a bassline that Fredrik and I play in unison and the arrangement is strict, but that was also the idea behind the arrangement.
- “Giant Steps” A 7/8-time signature and based around two chords? Well, why not? We all had fun with the arrangement, going all over the place before the melody was introduced in the end. It also hints back to the first track on the album.
- “The Ballad” Again, I find it easier to compose the music than naming the compositions. This composition went though some revisions. I usually work until I am satisfied with the result, but sometimes compositions just don’t work and just feels wrong. We did some takes and it just was not there. Then, after some alterations of the harmony and tempo, it suddenly came alive. We hope you enjoy the result!