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ARTIST
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Sails Set
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CD

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HUBRO 2524CD HUBRO 2524CD
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RELEASE DATE
5/14/2013

On the album Sails Set, recorded at Rainbow Studio in Oslo, we can hear the same trio line-up as featured on the critically-acclaimed album Elegy (HUBRO 2504CD): bassist Mats Eilertsen (Tord Gustavsen), pianist Harmen Fraanje (Michael Moore) and drummer Thomas Strønen (Food, Meadow). Sails Set offers exclusively improvised material, relatively short and often melodic pieces in solo, duo or trio format. The members of the trio communicate seamlessly and effortlessly, and all three possess a richly varied palette of sounds and make a creative contribution to the ensemble, both as soloists and accompanists. Mats and Thomas have joined forces on a wide variety of projects since they met at the conservatory in Trondheim in the mid-'90s. Among these are bands such as Food, the Maria Kannegaard Trio, Parish and Turanga. Pianist Harmen Fraanje met Mats when the latter lived in the Netherlands for a period of time, and since then they have stayed in touch and played together regularly in various connections. Sails Set asserts its subdued and sometimes understated qualities with the resonance of piano, bells and gongs, or in the lower registers of the bass and percussion instruments. There are passages with a refrain-like feeling ("Sails Set"), sonorous and slightly plaintive solo sections with the double bass ("Lunar Light"), more chant-like, monotonous and somewhat grandiose passages ("Monument"), and sonata-like piano segments ("Stellar"). As Sails Set is Mats Eilertsen's fourth release on Hubro, following Radio Yonder (HUBRO 2501CD) (quartet), Elegy (trio) and SkyDive (quintet), and here he is returning to the trio format.