Boomkat Product Review:
Gorgeous, frazzled jazz flex from Norway’s rising piano star Anja Lauvdal and skilled sticksman Joakim Heibø in swingeing style on the Actions for Jazz series.
Norwegian freeform pianist Anja Lauvdal - who compiled the genius "Frijazz mot rasisme" set - mints a new series of albums with "All My Clothes", a collaboration with reclusive drummer Joakim Heibø.
Laudval comes full circle on this release - the virtuoso pianist grew up listening to Smalltown Supersound, developing an obsession at the age of 12 when she was living in the small town of Flekkefjord in the south of Norway. Since then, she's become an established force on the Norwegian scene, running the All Ears festival and collaborating with Jenny Hval, Hamid Drake and William Parker, among others. "All My Clothes" is the Lauvdal's first release under her own name, and serves as a springboard for her characteristic playing, backed up at all times by Heibø's seismic percussion.
On the opening track, Lauvdal beats harmelodic notes to mirror Heibø's frenetic patter. It's free jazz, but Lauvdal is never dissonant for the sake of it, she's not attempting to make unlistenable music, but marinate in the piano's versatility and timbre. The second piece is more restrained, and allows Laudval to trade intensity for smoky sensuality as she lets notes ring out over Heibø's rustling rattles, while 'Untitled 3' picks up the pace again, casting Heibø in the lead role for a modernist back-and-forth that allows Laudval to create movement and Heibø to squeeze color from his set.
If you enjoyed "Frijazz mot rasisme" compilation, "All My Clothes" is required listening. So good.