POING: Giants of Jazz

‘Giants of Jazz’ is the debut album of the trio POING (Rolf-Erik Nystrøm, sax; Frode Haltli, accordion; Håkon Thelin, double bass).

The album captures the spirit of one of the most exciting periods in Norwegian contemporary music. Five young composers: Maja Solveig Kjelstrup Ratkje, Eivind Buene, Lars Petter Hagen, Knut Olaf Sunde and Øyvind Torvund, all of them born in the 70’s and soon after this recording recognized as some of the most central Nordic composers in our time, present pieces that are conceived in a creative process that has seen the ensemble and composers working closely together.

Julian Cowley in The Wire stated that ‘Giants of Jazz’ puts on a display of considerable technical depth and breath as well as strong ensemble identity.

Release details:

The Legendary Royal Records 2003


Rolf-Erik Nystrøm, sopranino, alto and baritone saxophone
Frode Haltli, accordion
Håkon Thelin, double bass
recorded by Audun Strype

1. Maja Solveig Kjelstrup Ratkje: essential extensions (1999)
2.-7. Eivind Buene: Seven Types of Ambiguity (2000)
8. Fisk i kjerka (POING)
9.-14.: Knut Olaf Sunde: ("But Brother Ass, there is a whole dimension lacking to what you say. How is it possible to convey this in Oxford English?") (1999-2001)
15. Øyvind Torvund: Giants of Jazz (1999-2001)
Extra bonus video track: Nora Wjech: Lumière, espaces et vertes (2000)
Buy this release:

Lawo Store

Read more:

POING home page
Bonus video track on YouTube