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ARTIST
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Elegy
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CD

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HUBRO 2504CD HUBRO 2504CD
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RELEASE DATE
11/23/2010

Elegy is Norwegian bass player Mats Eilertsen's fifth album under his own name, presenting a brand new trio with pianist Harmen Fraanje and drummer Thomas Strønen. Recorded at Galleri Festiviteten in Eidsvoll Verk, Norway, in October 2009, 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. Bass player, composer and bandleader Mats Eilertsen has toured extensively with the Tord Gustavsen Ensemble, played at festivals all over Norway with his own Radio Yonder (HUBRO 2501CD) quartet, and found time to perform at concerts in Europe and South America with artists such as Wolfert Brederode and Yuri Honing. The exciting pianist Harmen Fraanje plays in several of the most popular Dutch jazz groups, including Fugimundi, and is beginning to make a solid name for himself internationally. His piano style combines the lyrical, the virtuoso and the intuitive in a masterful way. There is no doubt about the contagious enthusiasm that Harmen's playing generates. The inventive drummer Thomas Strønen has performed with Humcrush and the Espen Eriksen Trio, and his chemistry with Eilertsen is evident, having previously performed together in groups such as the Maria Kannegaard Trio, FOOD, and the Anders Aarum Trio. 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. Mixed by Jan Erik Kongshaug at Rainbow Studios.