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Commissioned by the Molde International Jazz Festival and recorded live at the Norwegian festival in 2010, La notte is a salute to Italian filmmaker Michelangelo Antonioni, whom Ketil Bjornstad counts amongst his formative influences. At the same time that I was listening to Miles Davis In A Silent Way and discovering what jazz could be, I was also watching films by Godard, Bresson and Antonioni. Perhaps it was the slow, rhythmic authority in the films by Michelangelo Antonioni that made me think of music... As long as visual art creates music in our minds, and music creates pictures and visual expressions with the same intensity, the two are deeply and profoundly interdependent. This album, then, can be considered the soundtrack to an inner film, in which Antonionis images and atmospheres are translated and transformed through personal moods and memories. For the Molde concert, Bjornstad convened a special Norwegian-Danish-German-British band of musicians, old and new friends closely associated with ECM. The concert was rapturously received by the media, and described as an absolutely stunning performance by All About Jazz.
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  • Audio CD (June 11, 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: ECM
  • ASIN: B00BUT5HTO
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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It's been at least twenty years since I last dozed through the Antonioni film that allegedly inspired this suite, so I'm just going to go ahead and say that this music strikes me as a more rhythmically adventurous version of one of pop composer Fox Amoore's imaginary movie soundtracks, by way of a Yo-Yo Ma crossover project (cellist Anja Lechner plays the lion's share of the solos in this all-star sextet).

The suite's eight sections, imaginatively titled with Roman numerals, begin with a stately prelude for piano, cello, and (eventually) bass; "II" is a swinging piece that overlays fiery solos for guitar, sax, and drums over a melody that wouldn't sound out of place under the closing credits of an anime action movie. The Nino Rota-like "III" is melancholy-tinged circus music for cello and soprano sax, while "IV" is a piano ballad that cries out for a set of wistful Japanese vocals, but gets a lovely trio with tenor sax and cello instead.

"V" is a slower, more melancholic ballad, at least until the drums kick in for the power outro. "VI" is a nocturne for cello and piano that ends, memorably, in a virtuoso cello/bass duet that segues into the most explicitly jazzy part of the suite, the uptempo "VII." Arild Andersen's driving bass, Eivind Aarset's freak-out guitar, and Andy Sheppard's soprano sax take their turns in the spotlight.

"VIII" is the postlude for piano, cello, and percussion that leads us into the dawn and out of LA NOTTE. Recorded live at Norway's Molde International Jazz Festival, there's not so much as a peep from the audience, which was either enraptured or absent.
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I love it!
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Sophisticated, subtle, with many layers of exquisite complexity.... The European Jazz musicians are finding their own voice and niche in the Jazz community,
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a friend introduced me to this artist,there are no words to describe the vibration of this concert ,get it now
ECM best label in the world
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