Friends & Neighbors represents a new generation of bands from the Norwegian jazz-scene. The music can be described as energetic and melodic free jazz inspired by musicians like Ornette Coleman, Archie Shepp, Pharoah Sanders and John Carter.
The quintets members can also be heard in bands like Team Hegdal, Paal Nilssen-Love Large Unit, Frode Gjerstad trio, Cortex and All Included.
“Friends & Neighbors underscores the implicit point that the language it springs out of, with tentacles going back to Ornette ́s revolutionary sound, is alive and thriving. In this case, a spirited quintet of Norwegian musicians have made it their own. Call it a neo-“New Thing” sensation” (Josef Woodard/Downbeat).
Thomas Johansson – trumpet
André Roligheten – tenor saxophone/clarinets
Oscar Grönberg – piano
Jon Rune Strøm – double bass
Tollef Østvang – drums