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Bayashi: Rock

Thomas Stronen is also the drummer on Bayashi’s Rock (Jazzaway), a free-jazz recording featuring multireedist Vidar Johansen and legendary bassist Bjornar Andresen, who died last year. Andresen came up with the likes of Jan Garbarek and played with Terje Rypdal in the free-jazz (and sometimes funk) power trio Min Bul, and he’s been described as something of a father figure to today’s crop of Norwegian jazzers. This five-track, expertly recorded live date-so clear that I didn’t realize it was made in a club until after I read the credits-is Euro free-jazz (part chamber, part energy) with a dash of psyche-rock, primarily in the way Andresen treats his bass with gurgley electronics. Rock isn’t a must-have, but it’s a nice memento of one of the cofounders of modern Norwegian jazz.

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