Ketil Bjornstad is, without exception, a truly gifted composer and musician. His most recent CD, "Remembrance," is a wonderful showcase of his many artistic talents. Simply numbered, Tracks I - XI, these pieces (all original compositions by Bjornstad) run the gamut from jazz to improvisational to experimentation. Tore Brunborg and Jon Christensen lend invaluable support on tenor sax and drums, respectfully. Personally, I really enjoy this CD. I won't put it on the same level as "The River," but it's amazing in it's own way.
Find a languid afternoon in Autumn, put this CD on the player, watch the leaves fall in the yard, and remember...all those memories you thought were long forgotten.
I think this interesting composition of an artist that I am still investigating. This CD has changed my impression about this artist and has moved him up a few places in the lists of artists I wanted to investigate more. It maybe where I am in life and the fact that I have always searched for new music and I am at a point of looking beyond American artists. Not that I have not dabbled in different type of music, Stan Getz and the whole Bossa Nova thing lead me into an expanded look into Spanish and Latin music. Antonio Carlos Jobim became a favorite composer and artist, much as "Miles Davis" and "Sketch's of Spain", opened up the door to many Spanish composer's, some going back with guitar composition's five hundred years. So Flamenco and other forms of music of similar origins now find a place a place alongside the Jazz and Blues which are the main part of my music collection. The amazing thing is how many different types of will blend together in interesting compilation's, compositions off this disc will lend a little spice, a new flavor. Good Listening
Norwegian pianist Ketil Bjørnstad rightfully gets the marquee as the composer of the 11 songs on "Remembrance." Each track shares the common name Remembrance, distinguished as Parts I-XI, which allows the composer the freedom to focus on the music and leave interpretations of what memories are being evoked to each listener.
Working with his long-time collaborator drummer Jon Christensen on all the tracks and including Norwegian saxophonist Tore Brunborg on most (VI,VII and IX are piano-drum interactions), Bjørnstad crafts melodies that, if one lets the music have its way, tug at memories and remembrances. The wistful, pristine, and clear music works on a couple of levels, suggesting the natural vivid imagery of Scandinavia. There is nothing flabby or excessive in the composing or playing, but a heightened awareness and gentle urgency running through the music.
But I also find that these "Remembrances" suggest something more fleeting and fragile, perhaps the sacred sphere where the shared memories of someone remembering his or her lost love and the spectral essence of that departed soul longing to reconnect briefly overlap late in the evening or during the silence of the earliest moment of the morning.