Top 3: No. 3: Bjørn Alterhaug Quintet: Innocent Play
New album from the acclaimed quintet:
The music on Innocent Play is mainly compositions by Alterhaug, but you will also find arrangements of compositions by Chopin, Verdi and Scrjabin.
All the musicians in Bjørn Alterhaug Quintet are among the leading musicians within the genre of jazz and they are closely involved with jazz education in the Department of Music at NTNU (Norwegian University of Science and Technology) in Trondheim, Norway: John Pål Inderberg and Bjørn Alterhaug as professors, Vigleik Storaas both as a student and a lecturer, and Frode Nymo and Erik Nylander as former students.
Since the late 1960s Bjørn Alterhaug has lead a number of different combos bearing his name, and he has accompanied many jazz musicians from all over the world. These include Ben Webster, Lee Konitz, Chet Baker, Joe Henderson, Sheila Jordan and others. He has contributed to numerous LPs, CDs and written about 250 compositions for different instrumental combinations and occasions.
Bjørn Alterhaug Quintet:
John Pål Inderberg - baritone saxophone
Frode Nymo - alto saxophone
Vigleik Storaas – piano
Erik Nylander - drums
Bjørn Alterhaug - double bass
Innocent Play is Bjørn Alterhaug’s fifth CD released in his own name.
The four former releases:
” Moments” (1979) - received The Norwegian Grammy (Spellemannsprisen)
” A Ballad” (1986)
”Constellations” (1991) - nominated to The Norwegian Grammy
"Songlines" (2009) - same musicians as the quintet on «Innocent Play».
1. Homage á Giuseppe - Bjørn Alterhaug
2. Innocent Play - Bjørn Alterhaug
3. Red Tears - Bjørn Alterhaug
4. The Whitest Smile - Bjørn Alterhaug
5. What Reason Could I Give - Ornette Coleman
6. Jag vet en dejlig rosa -Swedish Folk melody
7. Frydor - Bjørn Alterhaug
8. Skrjababais - Bjørn Alterhaug
9. Memories of Paraty - Bjørn Alterhaug
10. Waltz for Frédérich - Bjørn Alterhaug
11. Homage á Giuseppe (take 2) - Bjørn Alterhaug
”Innocent Play” is mixed and mastered by Jan Erik Kongshaug - Rainbow Studio, Oslo, Norway June 2. 2014.