Sun Moee


On Sun Moee, we encounter guitarist Thomas Dahl for the first time as the leader and driving force of a band. SkyDive Trio is a good old-fashioned guitar trio solidly rooted in a melodious landscape and nourished by rich harmonies and Dahl's sonorous guitar wizardry. His playing surfs on the rhythmic waves made by Finnish drummer Olavi Louhivuori and Norwegian bass player extraordinaire Mats Eilertsen. The album includes compositions by each member plus a fascinating cover of Portishead's "Sour Times." Thomas T. Dahl studied in the jazz department at the University of Trondheim, and had his breakthrough as a member of the prize-winning band Krøyt featuring vocalist Kristin Asbjørnsen. On Sun Moee he paints a cinematic landscape where pop and rock elements, along with subtle electronic manipulation, intersect with the sound of strings. Dahl has previously released albums with BMX, together with Per Jørgensen; and Dingobats, together with Eirik Hegdal; and has collaborated with Erlend Skomsvoll, Ole Hamre, John Inderberg, Highasakite, and Ephemera. The members of the SkyDive Trio have worked together as part of a larger band for a number of years, and it shows. All three play on Eilertsen's Radio Yonder (HUBRO 2501CD, 2009) and SkyDive (HUBRO 2507CD/HUBRO 3507LP, 2011), as well as in Eilertsen's major work "Rubicon," which had its world premiere at the Vossa Jazz Festival in 2014. Mats Eilertsen has released four albums under his own name on Hubro and has played on albums with Tord Gustavsen, the Wolfert Brederode Quartet, the Kornstad Trio, Food (with Iain Ballamy), Jacob Young, and the Håvard Wiik Trio. Olavi Louhivuori studied drums and composition at the Sibelius Academy. Three of the bands he has played in have won the "Young Nordic Jazz Group" award: the Joona Toivanen Trio, the Ilmiliekki Quartet, and the Sun Trio. Louhivuori has toured and recorded with the legendary Polish trumpet player Tomasz Stańko, and has also played with Anthony Braxton, Marilyn Crispell, Susanne Abbuehl, and Kenny Wheeler. He has released several albums with his own band and as a solo artist, and was awarded an Emma Prize (Finnish Grammy) with Oddarrang in 2007. Sun Moee was recorded at The Village Recording in Copenhagen, and was produced by the band members themselves. This is an inspired jazz album from a rock-solid trio. Thomas Dahl, guitars; Mats Eilertsen, double bass; Olavi Louhivuori, drums.