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Rune Grammofon are very excited to present a young trio of gifted Norwegian musicians with one foot in heavy rock and one in jazz. Hedvig, Ellen and Ivar are all from the districts but met at the music academy in Oslo. Hedvig asked them to join her after receiving the Jazz Talent of the Year award at Molde International Jazzfestival in 2009. Hedvig Mollestad Thomassen (guitar) was born in Ålesund and grew up in a musical family where both jazz and rock played a part in her life. She states Nirvana, Melvins, Jimi Hendrix, Motorpsycho and Miles Davis as important musicians, while jazz guitarist Jon Eberson and Snah (Motorpsycho) is mentioned as guitarists she has listened to with special attention. Hedvig also plays with Jon Eberson as well as with Norwegian chart-topping pop/funk sensation Jarle Bernhoft and Hilde Marie Kjersem. Ellen Brekken (electric and acoustic bass) is from Tynset, her musical journey taking her from a pop background towards a more jazzy territory. Her teacher and mentor is bassist Bjørn Kjellemyr, most known for his long co-operation with guitarist Terje Rypdal. Rypdal is also sited as a major influence by Ellen. She is involved in several projects and has previously played with former Svein Finnerud Trio's drummer Espen Rud, Bugge Wesseltoft and Nana Vasconcelos. Ivar Loe Bjørnstad (drums) is from Surnadal and studied jazz at the Music Academy in Oslo with Bushman's Revenge guitarist Even Hermansen. His musical background is rock in the form of grunge and metal but he also mentions guitarist Bill Frisell as a major influence together with major Norwegian drummers Audun Kleive and Per Oddvar Johansen. He has played with Bjørn Kjellemyr, Jon Eberson, Karl Seglem, Hilde Marie Kjersem, Ken Stringfellow and many more. Their debut album Shoot! was recorded live in the studio with just a couple of minor overdubs. It was mixed by Kai Andersen in Athletic Sound and mastered at Dave Collins Mastering in Los Angeles. Fully instrumental apart from the shouts in Melvins' "Blood Witch," Shoot! is more song-structured in nature than other guitar-led trios such as Bushman's Revenge and Scorch Trio.