Quiet Winter Night Hoff Ensemble
- 1Dronning Fjellrose03:34
- 2Stille, stille kommer vi04:00
- 3Dele alle ord og tanker03:37
- 4Redd Mamma02:53
- 5Sulla, sulla krekling03:13
- 7Ville fjellgutt04:04
- 8Hva skal hende nå?04:04
- 9Ved bålet02:22
- 10Tufsa danser03:34
- 11Vesle, rare bygdeunge04:06
- 12En blånissekveld02:46
- 13Kveldslokk for små unger02:56
- 14Lys i desember03:46
- 15Bonus Track: Ved bålet - instrumental02:22
Info for Quiet Winter Night
HOFF ENSEMBLE consists of some of Norway's finest jazz and session musicians, fronted by trumpeter Mathias Eick, of ECM renown, who plays a leading role in several of the compositions. The ensemble's basic quartet features legendary veteran bassist Arild Andersen and arranger Jan Gunnar Hoff on piano. Hoff has performed with his own group since 1993, collaborating with such artists as Mike Stern, Pat Metheny, Maria Joao and Alex Acuna. This time in this great Norwegian band he mixes flavours in a 'cross-over' setting. Eick, with whom Hoff has worked on earlier projects, was the obvious first choice for QUIET WINTER NIGHT, along with Andersen and the rest of the band, complemented by Rune Arnesen (ex N.P.Molvær) on percussion and Børge Petersen-Øverleir, Norway's leading session guitarist.
Brilliant fiddle player Annbjørg Lien is an exciting addition to the HOFF ENSEMBLE, giving QUIET WINTER NIGHT a sound that is definitely Nordic with elements of jazz, folk and beyond, making this an interesting and original journey. On some of the instrumental tracks, like 'Blågutten', Eick and Petersen-Øverleir create an overall jazz/fusion sound, while the trio setting of 'Redd Mamma' is reminiscent of the work of Sweden's Jan Johansson. 'Hva skal hende nå' bears comparison with Metheny's ballad form, yet with a more rock-influenced guitar sound. This tune also includes a great bass solo by Andersen.
The music is created by film composers Geir Bøhren and Bent Åserud and among the vocalists are some of Norway's top names (and Universal artists) in popular music: Helene Bøksle, Åsne Valland Nordli, Sondre Bratland, Unni Wilhelmsen, Tomine Harket, Bjørn Johan Muri, Cecilia Vennersten and Bjørn Eidsvåg.
Helene Bøksle, vocals
Mathias Eick, trumpet
Børge Petersen-Øverleir, guitar
Jan Gunnar Hoff, piano
Arild Andersen, double bass
Rune Arnesen, percussion
Annbjørg Lien, nyckelharpa & hardanger fiddle
Åsne Valland Nordli, Annbjørg Lien, Sondre Bratland, Unni Wilhelmsen, Tomine Harket, Bjørn Johan Muri, Cecilia Vennersten and Bjørn Eidsvåg
Bøhren & Åserud, music
Gudny Ingebjørg Hagen, text
Jan Gunnar Hoff, arrangements
Recorded at Sofienberg Church, Norway, August 2011
Executive Producers: Geit Bøhren and Bent Åserud
Balance Engineer: Morten Lindberg
Recording Technician: Beatrice Johannessen
Editing: Geit Bøhren, Jan Gunnar Hoff and Morten Lindberg
Mix and Mastering: Morten Lindberg
Helene Bøksle - Vocal
is one of Norway's most famous traditional singers. She has released "Elverhøy" on Universal Music in 2006, and was nominated for the Norwegian Grammy Awards. She released her new album "Morild" in January 2009. Helene Bøksle is The Voice from "Age of Conan". She appears in the new online game from Funcom. You can buy her albums buy visiting www.heleneboksle.no The “Age of Conan – Hyborian Adventures” original soundtrack is composed by Knut Avenstroup Haugen (www.knutavenstrouphaugen.com) and is available from www.grappa.musiconline.no, iTunes and in music stores.
In fall 2009 Helene joins the side project "Nightingales" with three other talented female artists; Heidi Ruud Ellingsen, Christine Gulbrandsen og Karianne Kjærnes. Helene has cooperated with other artists/bands like Bjørn Eidsvåg, Vamp, David Urwitz, Secret Garden and Kurt Nilsen. In November 2009 Helene releases an album with various songs for the Christmas holidays and New Years; "Det hev ei rose sprunge". The record is released again in November 2010 with two additional songs. In 2011 Helene competes in the European Song Contest with the song "Vardlokk" composed by Helene Bøksle, Sindre Hotvedt and Knut Avenstroup Haugen, and with lyrics written by Cecilie Larsen.
Mathias Eick - Trumpet / Allround musician
Being one of Norways most promising young talents for over a decade, Mathias Eick moves steadily towards being one of the finest musicians from the Northern regions, regardless of age group and genre. Still only 30 years old, Eick has marvellous range of achievements to show for himself; in 2007 he won the International Jazz Talent, awarded to him by the International Jazz Festivals Organization situated in New York. He then won the Statoil Scholarship in 2009, undoubtedly the largest scholarship in Norway, and he is currently heading for release of his second album on one of the worlds most influential jazz record labels, ECM.
In the meantime Eick keeps himself busy participating on several albums playing either trumpet, double bass, vibraphone, piano, guitar, or in his own words “anything needed.” Some of his collaborators have been, among a vast amount of others, Trondheim Jazz Orchestra and Chick Corea, Iro Haarla, Manu Katché and Jacob Young. Eick is also a member of the Norwegian genre-defying group Jaga Jazzist, a group with which he has performed for many years.
Eicks band is currently a five-piece, featuring two drummers, bass, piano and Eick himself. The lineup changes invariably as all the participating musicians are amongst Norways finest, but for the most part the band consists of Andreas Ulvo (piano), Torstein Lofthus and Gard Nilssen (drums), and Audun Erlien (bass). The music is composed by Eick and pays tribute to both the truly unique Scandinavian soundscape, as well as the lyricism and melancholy of the American master trumpeter Kenny Wheeler.
Jan Gunnar Hoff - Piano
Hoffs background includes classical piano, progressive rock and jazz. His career as a jazz musician started in 1976 with piano trio and continued as a backing musician for drummer Jon Christensen and other jazz artists at local clubs. Hoff has worked as a professional musician since 1979. As early as 1982 he toured with Arild Andersen and Nils Petter Molvær in Northern Norway. In 1987 he participated in an all star Norwegian combo presenting Jan Garbarek's new composition for the Federation of Norwegian Jazz musicians, FNJ.
Hoff has played and collaborated with Mike Stern, Pat Metheny, Kenwood Dennard, Maria Joao, Lars Danielsson, Cæcilie Norby, Fathy Salama, Martin France and many other fine artists. In 1995 he did a spontanous duo performance with Chick Corea at the Harstad Festival in Northern Norway, that was to be much commented and appreciated. As a duo he has performed with Maria Joao in France, Norway and Croatia. Hoff´s new trio "Acuna/Hoff/Mathisen", with legendary Alex Acuna and Per Mathisen (bass) is highly in demand with upcoming 2009- projects in USA, England, Sweden, Norway, Croatia and Russia.
Arild Andersen - Acoustic Bassist
Born in Norway October 27 -1945. He has been one of Europe’s leading bass player since the early 70-ties. Andersen started out as a member of Jan Garbarek Quartet (67-73). The group also included Terje Rypdal and Jon Christensen. In the same period he played in the local rhythm section in Oslo for visiting American musicians. He worked and recorded with Don Cherry, George Russell and Sam Rivers during this years. He recorded 17 albums in his own name for ECM. Bill Frisell, Ralph Towner, Nana Vasconcelos, Paul Motian, Alphonze Mouzon, Kenny Wheeler, John Taylor are among the great musicians that can be heard on some of these albums. 1982-92 his band “Masqualero” included Nils Petter Molvaer and Jon Christensen. In the 90-ties his band included Bendik Hofseth, Bugge Wesseltoft, Eivind Aarset and Nana Vasconcelos. He has played and toured with: John Abercrombie, Stan Getz, Pat Metheney, Paul Bley, John Scofield, Sheila Jordan, among others. In 2005 he was “Artist in Resident “ at The Molde International Jazzfestival His latest album for ECM is “Live at Belleville“ with Tommy Smith sax and Paolo Vinaccia drums. This cd has received raving reviews around the world. He received “ Jazz Musician of the year 2008 “ from Academie du Jazz in France.