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October 2005

Roundtrip
Two Way Street
Jazzaway

The Norwegian trio Roundtrip-Klaus Ellerhusen Holm, alto and bari saxes; Ole Morten Vagan, bass; Ole Thomas Kolberg, drums-play a personalized strain of post-Ornette Coleman jazz with a great deal of passion and no small amount of imagination. Their original tunes explore a variety of rhythmic feels, from swing and groove to totally free, and the band excels at them all. The music's almost more folkish than bluesy, but suitably expressive.

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Roundtrip: Ole Thomas Kolberg, Klaus Ellerhusen Holm and Ole Morten Vagan

Saxophonist Holm is an energetic, adept improviser of ample resources. He's synthesized Coleman and Eric Dolphy, certainly, but he adds a lot of himself. His chops are clean but not too clean; there's definitely dirt under his fingernails. If he has a flaw, it's that his phrasing is a trifle blunt. Subtle inflection is usually the last thing to come to a player. If Holm gets a handle on it, look out. Bassist Vagan has a nimble technique and sets a solid foundation. Drummer Kolberg gets a bit carried away in terms of volume, but he's an impassioned and creative player. This is an exciting young band, easy to recommend.

Originally published in October 2005
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