Steinar Raknes Quartet

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The 2nd album by Steinar raknes Quartet Recorded live at Pit Inn, Tokyo, the 16th of December 2011 All Compostitions by Steinar Raknes www.steinarraknes.com label: Reckless Records publisher: musikkoperatørene liner notes by Erling Aksdal: One may sympathise with my reluctance to meet the request to write these notes, learning that the band consists of one close friend of twenty years (and a colleague of forty!) and three former students of mine of which one is my ex-brother-in-law. Too close, don't you think? I resolved this simply by letting the music persuade me. Steinar's simplistic but well elaborated material with an undeniable Hispanic tint, the romantic but never sentimental expression, the virtuosity that manifests itself on many levels, yet contained as a rule. It is a live and intimate (as the applause reveals) concert often taking dramaturgical and expressive risks, the musicians still not refraining from pulling well known tricks out their sleeves, always avoiding contrived solutions. Not ever having set foot in Tokyo my experience with the music is confined to the recording. And I find that the music works remarkably well also in this format. The group is true to its core (no pun intended) idea, creating an aesthetic and expressive unity whilst not fearing surprising deviations, making listening to the whole album a complete experience. The occasional virtuoso solo features never overshadow the group effort and a mentality of humble contribution rather than showing off prevails. It is a mellow album, beautiful even. The strong musicians draw upon an abundance of musical resources in addition to their instrumental excellence. To mention a few: Steinar with his great sound, impeccable intonation and sense of groove. John Pål with his unique baritone sound (ever heard anybody else with such centered tone on that noisy instrument?) and characteristic integral absurdities. Håkon with his great supportive musicality and brilliant drumming. And the cameleon Erlend (capable of any style?) exploring a sometimes Jarrettesque, a sometimes Corea-an language this time, with a distinct personality of his own. Not only a good album, but both a soothing and invigorating listening experience. Enjoy!
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1. Almodovar 00:06:52 1.00 USD
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Performers John Pål Inderberg | Håkon Mjåset Johansen | Steinar Raknes | Erlend Slettevoll
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2. Tango Rachetti 00:06:45 1.00 USD
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3. Morning Song 00:04:25 1.00 USD
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4. Interlude 00:03:00 1.00 USD
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5. Invitation 00:03:47 1.00 USD
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6. Song For Everyone 00:02:25 1.00 USD
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7. Passion Island 00:07:27 1.20 USD
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8. Memories Of Her 00:06:37 1.00 USD
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9. Beauty Of Kuti 00:03:42 1.00 USD
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10. Minor Your´s 00:06:32 1.00 USD
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11. Bass Contemplation 00:02:37 1.00 USD
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12. Blues For Alex 00:06:29 1.00 USD
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