Recorded june 28. & 29. in the fantastic locations Rekstensamlingene in Bergen, Norway. Release date february 06. 2018.
It has taken a while since my last album release, the live album "Clouds" in 2014, to get the recording of Ensemble done. But finally in early 2017, the financing came through and we managed to find dates where all of the musicians could come to Bergen to record.
Now the album is finished and it will be released in CD-format and available on all the digital platformes from february 06. 2018. You can get a CD and a code for full resolution download (24 bit, 96 kHz) on my bandcamp page.
I am a fan of doing recordings in other places than traditional recording studios. For the recording of Ensemble we rented the faboulus Rekstensamlingene, which is tho housings of the late shipowner Hilmar Reksten. It now serves a museum and also as the location of the Professor Jiri Hlinka piano academy. In addition to the house itself beeing a fantastic place, the piano academy has quite a few grand pianos placed around the house. The Steinway D-model used on the Ensemble recording is a reason alone to go there. As it is possible to stay overnight at the house it is perfect for a location recording.
The quartet lineup is just as it has been from my first album.
Erlend Slettevoll on piano, Eirik Hegdal on saxophone and clarinet, Stein Inge Brækhus on drums. Ensemble also includes the fine guest performances by Thomas T. Dahl who plays guitar on four tracks, and Steinar Krokstad who added some percussion on one track. I play bass and wrote all the music.
Stein Inge Brækhus engineered the whole session with his great mobile studio.
I did the mixing and producing in Skaret studio and it was mastered by Morgan Nicolaysen at Propeller mastering.
The recording is partially funded with support from Bergen Kommune and Fond for lyd og bilde.
Special thanks to Laila Nordø at Rekstensamlingene for having us over!