Boomkat Product Review:
“Ha!” is the fourth Humcrush album, this time with the addition of singer Sidsel Endresen. Having toured together for a couple of years, they finally recorded some shows last year. This album was beautifully recorded in concert at Willisau Jazzfestival and is a good example of the duo´s seamless interaction as well as Endresen´s ability to improvise, listen, react, adapt and surprise. Sidsel Endresen worked as a singer and co-writer in Jon Eberson Group from 1981-87, releasing five albums and winning two Norwegian “Grammys”. In 1990 and 1994 she recorded two solo albums for ECM. The 90s also saw a very fruitful collaboration with Bugge Wesseltoft, resulting in three albums and two more “Grammys”. Since 2000 she has done solo projects, written film music and collaborated further with Norwegian and international artists. She has toured all over the world, written music for several theater and dance perfomances and has been festival composer for the jazzfestivals in Bergen and Molde. And these are only some of her credentials. Thomas Strønen has studied music and composition. He is a regular member of several bands, most notably Food, Maria Kannegaard Trio, Meadow and Parish, the quartet led by the great pianist Bobo Stenson. Having appeared on over thirty records, he released his first solo album “Pohlitz” in 2006. As is the case for most Norwegian jazz musicians of his generation he has played with just about everybody and been a frequent performer at the Norwegian and European festival circuit for several years. Ståle Storløkken is a founder member of Supersilent, Elephant9, Terje Rypdal´s Skywards and Bol but was first noticed with freeform trio Veslefrekk with fellow Supersilent members Arve Henriksen and Jarle Vespestad. This group was formed as a result of meeting at the ”jazz academy” in Trondheim, an important breeding ground for a whole generation of young players in Norway. He is probably the most versatile and adventurous electric keyboard player operating on the Norwegian scene at the moment."