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This is an exciting new album from Norwegian bass player Mats Eilertsen's new quartet featuring a superb cast of musicians. Radio Yonder is his best and maybe most accessible album to-date. The title takes as its subject the dichotomy of "here" and "there," and the space in between, or "yonder." Yonder is between "here" and "there." Yonder is a state of mind of a place neither here nor there or in-between, and is as hard to grasp as the location of the rainbow. Radio Yonder is the muse the creative artist searches to find and tune into, never truly knowing if his artistic antennas will be able pick up the tender signals flowing around out in the ether. The new quartet Mats has put together for this album comprises some of the greatest voices on the Scandinavian and international jazz scene today, with the wonderful, mesmerizing sound of sax maestro Tore Brunborg stirred into guitarist Thomas Dahl's electric brew, combusted by the dazzling and inspiring supportive rhythm-works and percussive sounds from young Finnish drum wizard Olavi Louhivuori, all firmly rooted and wheeled by composer and bandleader bassist Mats Eilertsen. The quartet is both dynamic and playful. All members are equal and shine through the whole album. The music is melodic, energetic and has a strong lyrical vein. Radio Yonder also showcases Mats Eilertsen as a solid and inventive songwriter. All the material on the disc is written by Eilertsen except "Hunting High And Low" by Norwegian pop group A-ha. Members include: Tore Brunborg (saxophone), Thomas Dahl (guitar), Olavi Louhivuori (drums), Mats Eilertsen (double bass).