Global House (215k bytes), Back In the Jungle (188k bytes)
|Lakki Patey||acoustic guitar|
|Nils Petter Molvaer||trumpet|
|Audun Erlien||bass guitars|
|Lex van Someren||gong|
CD and cassette, Playing time 45:38 minutes
(1995) Wyndham Hill - CD 019341118-2
A unique sonic painting that transcends borders between jazz, classical, ambient, and world music. Øystein Sevåg further builds his reputation with Global House as one of the most daring and distinctive creators of contemporary instrumental music. Often referred to as the Norwegian "Sound Painter," Sevåg weaves a brilliant multi-cultural tapestry, integrating musicians and influences from Europe, Brazil, Cuba, Africa, and Australia. Global House fuses intricate layers of jazz, classical, ambient, and world music into a dramatic soundscape that defies classification.
Reviewer: Liner Notes
Øystein Sevåg is joined by 12 other musicians, though not all instruments are used on all tracks. Didjeridoo player Zotora Nygard performs on tracks 2 (Global House) and 10 (Back in the Jungle). On track 2 the didj provides a solid rhythmic background to a fairly elaborate composition involving a number of other instruments. On Back in the Jungle, however, didj is featured more prominently; playing only with Øystein Sevåg on keyboards and Bendik Hofseth on sax. This track showcases the didj much more than track 2 did, and while there is nothing new or unusual in Nygard's fairly traditional performance it is well done and very listenable. I also enjoyed the other tracks on the CD, since jazz/classical/worldbeat is what I listen to most. The longest track (7:04), Thundernight, is one of the better classical/ambient pieces I have heard.
Reviewer: Mike Van Bundt