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The Source: The Source

Saxophonist Trygve Seim often comes across like he’s a classical musician holding a jazzman’s instrument. But when he’s around his friends in the Source collective, his more abstract chamber-music instincts give way to something akin to free-jazz balladry. Part of the reason, at least on The Source, is that trombonist Øyvind Brække supplies most of the tunes, and has a much jazzier sound than Seim (who wrote just one song). But together they share a love of wide-open harmonies and controlled spontaneity mixed with gorgeous minimalism.

The core of the Source formed in 1993 when Seim, Brække and drummer Per Oddvar Johansen joined forces while attending Trondheim Music Conservatory, which has turned out numerous great musicians. Bassist Mats Eilertsen, who has played with some the best musicians in Norway (Solveig Slettahjell, Thomas Strønen, etc.), rounds out the band for its second ECM CD (and third overall).

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