Before the Light

COMPOSERS: Ketil Bjørnstad
LABELS: November
PERFORMER: Ketil Bjørnstad (p, ky), Eivind Aarset (g), Nora Taksdal (va), etc
CATALOGUE NO: NVR 2019-2

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This exemplary statement in contemporary jazz surrenders its secrets reluctantly, revealing a little more of itself with each listening. The intense moods, from the startling opener featuring guitar genius Aarset to Taksdal’s haunting viola, are exquisitely exploited by this unusual juxtaposition of instruments. There is drama and joy to be had here in one of the year’s unmissable albums. SN