THE WAY AHEAD (ROLIGHETEN / ALBERTS / BARNO / ALEKLINT / STAHL / HOYER / OSTVANG) — Bells, Ghosts And Other Saints

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Album · 2018

Tracklist

1. Eclipse 10:20
2. Lakenskrekk 5:52
3. Headway Heat 5:12
4. Takefyrste 3:45
5. Skremmerud 3:49
6. Molefonken 5:28
7. Bells, Ghosts and other Saints 4:05

Line-up/Musicians

Andre Roligheten-tenor saxophone, clarinet
Kristoffer Alberts-alto saxophone, baritone saxophone
Niklas Barno-trumpet
Mats Aleklint-trombone
Mattias Stahl-vibraphone
Ola Hoyer-double bass
Tollef Ostvang-drums

About this release

Clean Feed CF507CD (Portugal)

Recorded at Studio Paradiso, in Oslo, Norway, on September 16th, 2017

Thanks to snobb for the addition

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THE WAY AHEAD (ROLIGHETEN / ALBERTS / BARNO / ALEKLINT / STAHL / HOYER / OSTVANG) GHOSTS AND OTHER SAINTS BELLS reviews

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The Way Ahead is a new Nordic mini-big band in a tradition of popular co-patriots Angles. Their debut's title says a lot about the source of inspiration - "Bells" and "Ghosts" are well known Albert Ayler compositions, and (Marching)"Saints" are both Ayler spirit and his music roots.

Similarly as "Angles" a decade ago (who grew up from sextet till nonet in few years), "The Way Ahead" are a brass-section centered septet with vibist playing heavy-brass arranged soulful compositions in a manner of marching bands. The main difference is Angles's source of inspiration were Balkan rhythms and Serbian Guča Trumpet Fest folk marching bands style, The Way Ahead are inspired by Albert Ayler interpretation of early New Orleans marching bands jazz.

Both play music without trying to sound authentic - both bands' starting point and interpretation method is free jazz first of all. Similarity in sound isn't accidental though - trombonist Mats Aleklint and vibist Mattias Stahl are members of both projects. Swedish trumpeter Niklas Barnö is a member of another extremely successful and influential modern Swedish progressive big band Fire! Orchestra (led by Mats Gustafsson).

No strange that having such genes new project from their very first release sound as very professional and matured collective. They don't try to sound as raw as Ayler or original early New Orleans marching bands, instead they uses their legacy producing more rounded European sound still having lot of fun but partially attracting more sophisticated listener.

"Bells,Ghosts And Other Saints" doesn't sound revolutionary, it is an evolutionary continuation of Angles/Fire! Orchestra works which most probably will attract fans of both above mentioned bands.

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