EIVIND AARSET

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Eivind Aarset is a guitarist with a unique musical vision that absorbs and reflects all manner of music while retaining an enviable individualism and high quality craftsmanship that can span from quiet intimacy to searing intensity. His debut as a bandleader on Jazzland Recordings was described by The New York Times as “One of the best post-Miles electric jazz albums,” setting a high benchmark that Aarset has consistently met and exceeded, both in the studio and in live performance.

As one of Norway's most in-demand guitarists, Eivind Aarset has worked with Bill Laswell, Dhafer Youssef, Jon Hassell, Jan Garbarek, Paolo Fresu, Marilyn Mazur, J.Peter Schwalm, Talvin Singh, and Andy Sheppard. He works regularly with Nils Petter Molvær's band, (appearing on all of Molvær's albums, including the breakthrough album Khmer and 2005's award-winning ER). He also is a regular collaborator with Dhafer Youssef, both live and in the studio.

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EIVIND AARSET Électronique Noire album cover 4.00 | 2 ratings
Électronique Noire
Nu Jazz 1998
EIVIND AARSET Light Extracts album cover 3.07 | 3 ratings
Light Extracts
Nu Jazz 2001
EIVIND AARSET Connected album cover 3.33 | 3 ratings
Connected
Nu Jazz 2004
EIVIND AARSET Sonic Codex album cover 3.92 | 6 ratings
Sonic Codex
Nu Jazz 2007
EIVIND AARSET Dream Logic album cover 3.50 | 2 ratings
Dream Logic
Nu Jazz 2012
EIVIND AARSET I.E.-A New Album album cover 3.50 | 2 ratings
I.E.-A New Album
Nu Jazz 2015
EIVIND AARSET Eivind Aarset & Jan Bang : Snow Catches on Her Eyelashes album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Eivind Aarset & Jan Bang : Snow Catches on Her Eyelashes
Jazz Related Improv/Composition 2020

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EIVIND AARSET Live Extracts album cover 3.67 | 3 ratings
Live Extracts
Nu Jazz 2010

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EIVIND AARSET Light Extracts

Album · 2001 · Nu Jazz
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“Light Extracts” is the second album by nu jazz guitarist Eivind Aarset. Released in 2001 when the nu genre was still establishing its goals and boundaries, you could say that “Extracts” has the usual elements of a nu jazz record from this period, but it is hardly just a trendy cliché. Although the nu jazz phenomena has been exploited by some who have the right sound but no substance, the same can’t be said of this album where Aarset produces music that has deep soul and emotional maturity. For those seeking the classic nu jazz sound, its all here; dark somber moods, ambient electronics, Kiranic flavored horn solos and subtle world music flavored drum machine loops. The expected influences of Nils Petter Molvaer, Jon Hassell and mid-70s Miles hang heavy over this recording, in fact Molvaer makes a guest appearance on one cut. Despite the ambient nature of this disc, it never becomes boring as Aarset keeps things interesting with varying sound textures and good compositional structures.

As is the case with a lot of nu jazz recordings, the occasional crossover into heavier rock territory might prove problematic for some. “Between Signal & Noise” starts with an ambient drumnbass beat, but then shifts into all out space rock attack when the guitar solo kicks in, its head-bangin time. Aarset further proves he’s no fluff on the guitar on “Self Defence” where he plays a fierce Pete Cosey style solo over a frantic jungle beat. Overall an excellent nu jazz recording that should easily stand the test of time and become a fusion classic.

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