All music composed and conducted by Geir Lysne except 'Ingen vinner frem til den evige ro' (Norwegian folk
song) arranged by Geir Lysne
Recorded by Jan Erik Kongshaug 6.-8. November 2001 at Rainbow Studio, Oslo.
Mixed and mastered by Jan Erik Kongshaug in January 2002
Produced by Geir Lysne
The studio session, Korall, is, to say it plainly, more accessible, which is not to imply that it is less ambitious than Borealis, only different. There's more here that is recognizably jazz, especially rhythmically, and less of an 'outer space' ambiance encircling the enterprise. Three of the pieces - M.B., Djambo and especially most of P.T. 1 - could even be described as high-spirited, while the dreamy Korall boasts a charming melody embellished by something that sounds like a human voice but probably isn't. M.B. prances percussively from the gate before a male chorus helps set its groovy course, while Djambo summons visions of Africa with its insistent cadences and exotic melodies accentuated by drums and percussion.
Again, the soloists aren't there to seek notice but to reinforce the motif. They include trumpeters Myklebust (Theme for O.J.) and Marius Haltli (M.B.), alto Klaus Graf and trombonist Helge Sunde (Djambo), baritone Bernhard Seland, trombonist Jorgen Gjerde and drummer Knut Aalefjaer (P.T. 1), alto Halle, tenor Maile, trumpeter Baur and trombonist Jaksjo? (Korall). Guest vocalist Sondre Bratland (that's a man) is featured on the elegiac Norgwegian folk hymn Ingen vinner frem til den evige ro.
As noted, Lysne's music isn't for everyone, and a reasonable course of action for any listener would be to place a toe or two gingerly in the water before diving in headlong.
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