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Eivind Opsvik: Overseas II

Norwegian bassist Eivind Opsvik and his Overseas band deliver a sequel to their 2003 debut. Opsvik gives steady support to a set that consists almost entirely of his warm, pop-informed music. On “Planned Future,” for example, drummer Jeff Davis, Opsvik and tenor saxophonist Tony Malaby edge closer and closer to ragged free improv, even as Jacob Sacks maintains a dreamy triplet-pattern melody on the celeste to the very end. As with much of Opsvik’s music, the satisfying and simple “Still the Tiger Town” rests on an easy, two-chord swing and a pairing of two keyboardists-Sacks on celeste again and Craig Taborn on Hammond organ-as Malaby returns for another smeary tenor solo. Opsvik varies the program with a few short vignettes and some free-ish passages, but an overall impression of sameness remains.

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