Boomkat Product Review:
Even Helte Hermansen – guitar, Rune Nergaard – bass, Gard Nilssen – drums. They've been called the missing link between Albert Ayler and Black Sabbath and a Marshall amp version of John Coltrane's Interstellar Space.
"With this, their eighth album, they go all the way back to their humble beginnings some twelve years ago and for the first time do what can loosely be dubbed a "proper" jazz album. Hence the album title which translates "Jazz, From Memory" in English. Getting back together after a much needed break from the group, they all felt that they had taken the prog/jazz/rock concept as far as they possibly could, and had a strong urge to go back to their music school days when jazz was on the agenda and Coltrane was God. Being a bit older and more experienced, a bit tired of fast and loud, less to prove and more confident, the new studio sessions proved to be the most natural, organic and all around joyful they have done.
The goal, according to Even Hermansen, is still to explore the link between the Shorter/Coltrane world on one side and electric blues/Hendrix on the other, but without having to turn it all up to eleven. Sporting four originals and two cover versions - McCoy Tyner's "Contemplation" and Albert Ayler´s "Angels" - this is easily their most confident, spiritual, heartfelt and fully realised album so far. "Gamle Plata Til Arne" originates from the first ever jam session they had before starting the band all those years ago, and the title refers to composer Arne Nordheim's old plate reverb that has ended up in Amper Tone studio were the album was mixed. The album closer "Lola..." is an elegant slice of Scandinavian summer melancholy, in a jazz tradition first explored by legendary Swedish jazz pianist Jan Johanson in the mid 60s."