Mats Eilertsen Trio
Harmen Fraanje, piano (NL)
Thomas Strønen, drums
Mats Eilertsen, bass
New album out now on Hubro!
Mats Eilertsen Trio “Sails Set” (HUBROCD2524)
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“I rarely award 5 stars but Sails Set is so intelligently crafted and beautifully destilled that it is nigh on perfect”
“a fascinating glimpse into the creative well from which he pulls from”
“An album that gives so much with so little and makes the ear crave just a little bit more”
“they play what is needed when it is needed.
The result is a thoroughly natural and unpressured recording session, and one which conveys its naturalness and relative serenity to the listener. There is searching here, of course, but not a lot of anguish.
All three musicians put art and sound first, using their considerable technical skills as just the tools, not the means in themselves.
Peter Bacon, the JazzBreakfast
The vastly experienced Eilertsen has a broad conception of what his instrument can achieve, and his colleagues (fellow Norwegian Thomas Strønen on drums and young Dutch pianist Harmen Fraanje) are equally expansive, creating short studies in rhythm and texture that sail past the orthodoxies of piano trio playing.
That Sails Set seems filled with purposeful intent and sense of structure simply means Eiltertsen’s trio is looking to create music and not just aimless meandering.
Sails Set represents palpable growth and even deeper empathy amongst the members of Eilertsen’s trio. There may be no charts, but this ship clearly knows where it’s going.
John Kelman, AllAboutJazz
“Kaptein Eilertsen set segl”
“Mats Eilertsen har mange jarn i elden, og han leier meir enn eitt av Norges beste jazzband.”
“Utruleg vakre songar… ….med sterkt resultat.”
R. Helgheim, Dagsavisen
“Denne trioen leverer kollektive improvisasjoner med en uvanleg idérikdom og formsans”
“Plata har knapt ein likegyldig augneblink”
L.Mossafinn, Dag og Tid
“Vi får høre tre glimrende musikere og i flere passasjer når de en høyere enhet som resulterer i vakker, inspirert og energisk musikk”
T. Lundemo, Adressa
Mats Eilertsen Trio, Set Sails: Bassist Eilertsen has concocted an intriguing album, and he achieves it through some seriously delicate subtleties. He’s joined by pianist Harmen Fraanje and drummer Thomas Stronen (recently a Jazz Pick with his duo Food with Iain Ballamy). For the most part, this is a series of short tracks, almost like a parade of interludes, and each give brief glimpses of restrained beauty. Stronen’s percussion is often unexpected, and it’s his surprising choices that prevents this album from ever getting sleepy. An album that shimmers with emotion, and keeps some of that emotion hidden, which, ultimately, leads to much of this album’s intrigue. Just a beautiful recording. Recommended.
Dave Sumner, E.music.com
en betagande stund av fängslande musik
Det finns pianister och andra musiker som på ett mycket skickligt och känsligt sätt omfamnat tystnadens karaktär, men det är sällsynt att höra någon göra det så konsekvent och distinkt som Harmen Fraanje.
Mats Eilertsen är en alldeles utmärkt kontrabassist, ett lyssnande komplement till Fraanje då han hellre håller inne med en ton och en klang för att höja spänningen ytterligare. Han dröjer, avväger och siktar, och när han till sist släpper iväg tonen har han noga hunnit ta ut riktningen, och den landar som en perfekt pil i musikens bull’s eye.
Peter Sjöblom, Tidningen Kulturen
Mats Eilertsen (b. 1975, Trondheim, Norway)
is one of the finest and most distinct bass players on the Norwegian jazz scene of today. His skills and musical maturity make him the perfect trio member. He has a special warm and lyrical way of treating the bass, being steady and experimental at the same time, bringing it all together and yet showing openness, willingness, and constantly searching for new sounds.
Mats is a highly attractive musician and can also be heard as a member of the three ECM-asociated groups Tord Gustavsen Ensemble, the Source, Wolfert Brederode Quartet.
He has participated on numerous recordings and has also had the opportunity to perform with international stars such as Pat Metheney, Joshua Redman, Lee Konitz, Bobo Stenson, Kenny Wheeler, Tomasz Stanko, Arve Henriksen, Solveig Slettahjell, Sonny Simmons,
Pianist Harmen Fraanje (b. 1976 in Roosendaal, The Netherlands)
“According to the North Sea Jazz Festival Harmen Fraanje can be counted among the most prominent jazz pianists of the Netherlands.
In just under ten years’ time, he has built an impressive musical career, the end of which is nowhere in sight. Fraanje’s music has many layers. His musical muses are many, as are the numerous collaborative efforts he has undertaken. He is able to surprise with a true musical kaleidoscope of jazz, world and classical music.
Not surprising that his name is connected with a number of trend-setting groups, such as that of Eric Vloeimans or American saxophonist Michael Moore. Fraanje’s most recent project consists of his Avalonia trio, with whom he released the album Avalonia last year. The internationally acclaimed website AllAboutJazz selected a performance by this trio as one of the best concerts of 2010. In the same breath as grandmasters like John Scofield, Brad Mehldau and Bill Frisell, no less.“
Besides that Harmen is performing a lot with the trio Reijseger Fraanje Sylla, “creating an authentic sound and a unique character; a humorous, generous world where an outpouring of improvisational brilliance is guided by a fearsomely dedicated technique.“
Thomas Strønen (b.1972 in Norway)
is founder and leader of the norwegian/british band food, with british sax player Iain Ballamy. Humcrush is a duo with keyboardist Ståle Storløkken (and sometimes Sidsel Endresen) the ecm recording group parish is with ace swedish pianist Bobo Stenson, Fredrik Ljungkvist and Mats Eilertsen. Pohlitz (rune grammofon) is a percussion/ electronics project completely without drums, with focus on details and melodic elements. Strønen also writes music for string quartet and fall 2007, Pohlitz performed his own compositions for string quartet ( mr. mcfalls chamber) and percussion/ electronics at different venues in the UK to celebrate Edvard Grieg.
about our previous album “Elegy”
Elegy emerged as the result of a fantastic first meeting of three musicians who share their love of playing music with no boundaries, but with enthusiasm, drive and a sense of humour.
It is difficult to spot the dividing line between composed material and free improvisation here, and the sparks really fly when the three musicians get going. Their scope is broad, ranging from lyrical passages to improvised sections, but a spirit of playfulness permeates the album.
#VÅRT LAND (NO)
Promises something out of the ordinary.
Mats Eilertsen has put together a jazz trio that gives the concept of lamentation a new dimension. It consoles us and bears us up
Unspoiled and sweet…Joyful.
News from Mats Eilertsen is good news…a disc you never tire of listening to.
“Elegy” shows that the Mats Eilertsen trio has the necessary repertoire, individual/collective skills and ditto distinctiveness to become a favourite at club venues…
Music with a meditative quality.
One of the favourite releases of the year!
This is a perfectly judged collaboration that would delight festival audiences across Europe.
#BERGENS TIDENDE (NO)
The lyrical bassplaying of Mats Eilertsen, together with the delicate coloring of Thomas Strønen on the drums and the fluent and tradition-liberatad pianoplaying of Harmen Fraanje, sparks throughout the whole recording.
With the the tradition well hidden in his sleeves, Harmen Fraanje lets loose a tonal language which is modern and refreshing, and makes together with his norwegian companions this into something much more than just a normal pianotrioalbum.
Combines a loose, easy style with inventive detail.