GEIR SUNDSTØL

Jazz Related Improv/Composition / Pop/Art Song/Folk / Dub/Ska/Reggae • Norway
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Prolific. That’s a word that is often used to describe musicians. Often that’s an exaggeration. Not in the case of Geir Sundstøl.

Since his career began in 1988, Geir Sundstøl has featured on 260 different albums. This includes the albums he recorded as member of Rovers, and then Morris. Mostly, though, Geir Sundstøl has worked as the musical equivalent of a hired gun.

For much of his career, Geir Sundstøl has worked as a session musician. However, he’s no ordinary session musician. Most session players stick to one instrument. Not Geir Sundstøl. He describes himself as a guitarist and self-taught multi-instrumentalist. Geir Sundstøl can play guitarist, mandolin, pedal steel, banjo, dobro, marxophone and harmonica. There is, it seems, no end to Geir Sundstøl’s talents. That’s one of the reasons why so many artists have dialled Geir Sundstøl’s number.

This includes not just the great and good of Norwegian music. No. Geir Sundstøl
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GEIR SUNDSTØL Geir Sundstøl & Lynni Treekrem ‎: Sweethearts album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Geir Sundstøl & Lynni Treekrem ‎: Sweethearts
Pop/Art Song/Folk 2004
GEIR SUNDSTØL Furulund album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Furulund
Jazz Related Improv/Composition 2015
GEIR SUNDSTØL Langen Ro album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Langen Ro
Jazz Related Improv/Composition 2016
GEIR SUNDSTØL Brødløs album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Brødløs
Jazz Related Improv/Composition 2018
GEIR SUNDSTØL St​.​ Hanshaugen Steel album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
St​.​ Hanshaugen Steel
Jazz Related Improv/Composition 2021

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GEIR SUNDSTØL The Studio Intim Sessions vol. 1 album cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
The Studio Intim Sessions vol. 1
Dub/Ska/Reggae 2022

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GEIR SUNDSTØL The Studio Intim Sessions vol. 1

EP · 2022 · Dub/Ska/Reggae
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Every now and then you come across an album on which every note is so perfectly placed that it sparkles like a rare gem. Such is the case with Geir Sandstol’s “The Studio Sessions Volume 1”. Geiris is a very popular session musicians who specializes in a variety of string instruments such as guitar, dobro, pedal steel, banjo and the Indian Shankar guitar. He occasionally releases solo albums which are usually sparse ambient affairs that reflect the wide open spaces of Norway, but his new album reveals something entirely different, dub reggae from Jamaica. The Nordic guitar work is still there, but everything is backed with very well played dub riddims.

This music is attractively somber and melancholic, often reminding one of early Bill Laswell albums such as “Hear No Evil” and “Hallucination Engine”, and also Ry Cooder’s sparse slide guitar work for the “Paris Texas” soundtrack. This is music for reflection that reaches deep into your soul. Every track is thoughtful and essential, there are no wasted moments on here. Album opener, “Gem”, features the purest dub, while other tracks are closer to dub fusion similar to the work of Laswell again, and Jah Wobble. The Indian Shankar guitar blends with the pedal steel guitar providing nice tone colors on “Dogg”. On “Snik”, Geir plays the stringed harp producing an exotica styled melody. Sampled choir gives album closer, “Whole” a spiritual impact. The top track though may be “C’est Vide en Ville”, on which Middle eastern melodies alternate with a folk melody sung in French. Throughout the entire album the expected dub style ambient breaks and psychedelic effects add to the soundscapes.

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