They say love is the international language; Schlippenbach and Narvesen prove it is actually free improvisation.
- Andrey Henkin
Salt Peanuts (English)
The duo manages to keep an arresting tension even on minimalist and sparse pieces like «Banging the Barrel», where von Schlippenbach and Narvesen create a mysterious, profound sense of tension by focusing on a delicate cymbal work and gentle overtones produces by gentle touches of the piano keys. Both play masterfully with different elements of tension building on the following «Catch Up», now turning these elements into a fast and playful chasing game. Neither of them is shy from a more conflictual, more tensed dialogue as explored on the dynamic «Hard Nosed». «String Out» distills von Schlippenbach and Narvesen highly inventive vocabularies into an enigmatic poem of fascinating and otherworldly sounds. Both play brilliantly with phrases of Monk’s iconic «Evidence» on the last, title-piece that corresponds with Monk-ish expressions in another energetic, imaginative play of ideas, forms and dynamics.
The two pieces on the bandcamp page – The energetic «The Blues Morlocks» and the brief and cryptic «Single Bells» continue the multilayered, colorful dialog of these gifted and resourceful free-improvisers. Both have crafted their own language that blurs all differences.
Tor de Jazz (Norwegian)
Here there are not a lot of generational contradictions to talk about - they are completely aligned. They bring what they have learned and who they are into this encounter and yet another unique meeting point is conceived.
- Tor Hammerø
Reviews of Hyvinkää (UniSono 2017)
The Free Jazz Blog (English)
"It’s delicate, stripped-down and introspective with lots of fragile short noise intersperses. Very recommendable."
- Martin Schray
"The quintet carries its play in a large sector multipurpose, generating a wealth of different voices on a common dynamic frequency.. [...] By spreading it, the astonishingly multifaceted abstract sound of the spectrum becomes more diverse and colourful like a rainbow."
- Jouko Kirstilä
Turun Sanomat (Finnish)
"The sound texture in the Soundtracks recorded transmit a high sensitivity with which the group takes common expression out for new, unknown searches."
- Matti Komulainen
"[...] the sound flow of the quintet flows pleasantly in this interesting document of the current scene of European musical improvisation."
- A. G. Bertinetto
Sanz-sine - Sound and Silence (Italian)
"The approaches and releases of the five instrumentalists create a well-thought-out team game that leaves no room for moments of pain and can keep the attention during all of the 40 minutes of this collective improvisation."
- Filippo Piccoli
"[...] the music is particularly appealing, when a pulse even without a clearly marked beat becomes noticeable."
- Günter Buhles
Reviews of The Expanding Circle (Hevhetia 2016)
"Almost bombastic resonance (missing only the strings) meets intimate jazz club - The DIDRIK Ingvaldsen ORCHESTRA is well worth a discovery ... not only or even last of all for classical music lovers."
- Andreas Schiffmann
Rock and All (Czech)
"Experiments and free jazz can have a surprisingly meaningful dimension for the attentive listener."
- Pavel Víšek
"That's what I call an excellent jazz cut!"
"The Expanding Circle" is a solid dose of music for lovers of large compositions, music full of expression and unexpected solutions."
- Robert Ratajczak
Reviews of Cornua Copiae (Clean Feed 2016)
The Free Jazz Blog (English):
"Cornua Copiae is an exciting, ever-surprising work, one that will undoubtedly appeal to listeners who not only want their jazz to entertain, but to astound."
- Derek Stone
All About Jazz (English):
"Narvesen, who wrote all the tunes, takes the big band tradition and gives it a smart contemporary twist. It's all done without irony or pastiche, and presents a coherent facade in spite of the stylistic diversity.
- John Sharpe
Jazz and Blues Blogspot - Music and More (English):
"The compositions on this album are fine and varied, offering a wide array of settings in which to express the band’s talent and they create music it is a uniformly interesting and moving experience."
- Tim Niland
Jazz i Norge (Norwegian)
"Damana combines intensity and elegance and offers healthy resistance."
-Arild R. Andersen
Klassekampen (Norwegian daily newspaper):
Two out of ten reviewers picked Cornua Copiae as the Norwegian Record Release Of The Year:
Eirik Blegeberg's review of Cornua Copiae (Norwegian)
Chris Monsen's review of Cornua Copiae (Norwegian)
Clean Feed is consistently releasing interesteing records and this is another disc to glorify life with in the autumn darkness.
- Roger Bergner
The Multikulti Project (Polish)
"A great team and brilliant - in my opinion - recording!"
- Józef Paprocki
Salt Peanuts (Norwegian)
"I think it is all too rare that we hear well-arranged music for larger ensembles nowadays. [...] I hope that Narvesen gets the possibility to play numerous concerts with this ensemble, abundant with skilled, relatively young, Norwegian jazz musicians, who prove themselves yet again to be a part of the top shelf."
- Jan Granlie
Tor de Jazz (Norwegian)
"Dag Magnus Narvesen stands out as a new and very exciting name as a composer and bandleader."
- Tor Hammerø
Outward Bound Hatena Blog (Japanese)
Live concert review:
Salt Peanuts (Norwegian)
"It is a musical miracle we are being served."
- Johan Hauknes
Reviews of Kitchen Orchestra with Alexander von Schlippenbach
(What's Cooking Records - CCAP 2013)
All about jazz (English)
Under the leadership of von Schlippenbach the Kitchen Orchestra has matured as one of the most exciting European big bands. His sheer breadth of stylistic output, ranging from collective improvisation, contemporary music to jazz legacy created ideal structures for this fearless and playful orchestra.
The Kitchen Orchestra debut is a great masterpiece. An impressive testimony of both von Schlippenbach and the Kitchen Orchestra's creativity and immaculate and imaginary performances.
- Eyal Hareuveni
Reviews of Enter The Sasquatch (CCAP Knirk 2010)
In a musical landscape not very far away from Atomic, but with lots of originality and personality, we experience brilliant ensemble play, great soloists, intense tunes and hypnotising arrangements. Sasquatch appears as a band with enormous potential. With the sound of this debut still in the room and in mind, one has just to state that this is the surprise of the year so far.
- Tor Hammerø
[…] a significant element in young Norwegian jazz, mainly a place in the stylistic landscape of expressionism, the quartets of Ornette Coleman and free jazz, played by musicians who combine solid formal education with apparent willingness to sound just as raw as the style of the given moment implies.
Modern quintet with guts and impact.
- Terje Mosnes
Downtown Music Gallery (English)
"The odd thing here is that if I didn't know that these lads were Norwegian, I would have no clue just by listening. The bassist & drummer sound as if they have been playing together for many years, constantly swinging together and playing tightly as one force. It is difficult to pick any one horn or reeds player since each one shines when it is his turn to solo as well as provide solid interaction with the other players. [...] It just goes to show that every week some unknown group of players will deliver to DMG another gem for us to grab & hold on to for dear life."
- Bruce Lee Gallanter
Irish Times (English)
"[Sasquatch] creates music that is progressive, and fairly timeless. This is a classy affair with plenty of riches worth experiencing."
- Laurence Mackin