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✨✧ Arashi (Akira Sakata/Johan Berthling/Paal Nilssen Love)Jikan ... CD
PNL (Norway), 2019. New Copy ... $11.99 14.99
Legendary Japanese reedman Akira Sakata joins younger improvisers Johan Berthling on bass and Paal Nilssen-Love on drums and percussion – and really seems to shape their performance, given the results of the record! Sakata blows both alto sax and bass clarinet – always with that rich, raw tone that's made him so great for so many decades – and he also vocalizes occasionally, with an earthy quality that's very powerful, and very different than his saxophone work. Paal is maybe a bit more restrained than usual, really letting Sakata set the scene for most numbers – then finding the right way to embrace and embolden the sound – and Berthling proves again that he's one of the more sensitive improvisers in recent years, while still very much holding his own in the trio. Titles include "Jikan", "Saitaro Bushi Arashi", "Yamanoue No Okura", and "Tsuioku". CD

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Gjerstad/Moberg/Nilssen-LoveTime Sound Shape ... CD
PNL, 2022. New Copy Gatefold ... $11.99 14.99
A set that's every bit as evocative as its title – as the album features one long improvisation that's filled with wonderful sounds – work on gongs from Paal Nilssen-Love, accordion from Kalle Moberg, and alto, flute, and Bb clarinet from Frode Gjerstad! Just the instrumentation alone will highlight the unique vibe of the record – especially as Nilssen-Love doesn't touch the drum kit at all – and the whole thing spins out with a sensitivity that's wonderful, and definitely concerned with time, sound, and shape in the overall process of improvisation! The reed lines sound beautiful next to the gongs – and the accordion is used in ways that are inventive, but gentle too – neither traditional accordion, yet also without some of the more aggressive qualities of avant work on the instrument. CD

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Joe McPhee/Paal Nilssen-LoveSong For The Big Chief ... CD
PNL (Norway), 2019. New Copy Gatefold ... $11.99 16.99
A set dedicated to the legendary drummer Sunny Murray – who passed just a few days before the recording of this live set, and who also gave the world a fantastic album with Big Chief as the title – but a record that's very much in the best sort of spirit you might expect from the great Joe McPhee and drummer Paal Nilssen-Love! If anything, McPhee seems to have grown even more as a musician in recent years – really re-igniting our interest every time we get a chance to hear him, and definitely following that upsurge of intensity on the long title improvisation on this set – beginning with really soulful work on tenor, as Nilssen-Love then comes in with very strong support on drums once Joe turns on the heat! The set also features two shorter numbers, but both equally wonderful and with a new sort of energy – "A Fantasy For Lester" and "Knox". CD

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Neumann/Gutvik/Haker Flaten/Nilssen-LoveNew Dance ... CD
PNL, 2021. New Copy Gatefold ... $11.99 14.99
Older saxophone legend Carl Magnus Neumann blows alto here in a very heady quartet – working with younger musicians Paal Nilssen-Love on drums, Ingebrigt Haker Flaten on bass, and Ketil Gutvik on acoustic and electric guitars – all in a way that builds nicely, with a very thoughtful, sensitive approach to improvisation! Paal's definitely pacing himself here on Neumann's energy – and the saxophonist brings in a sense of soul, and maybe a more straight-pointed direction than some of the other instruments – balancing out strongly in a live performance that resonates with a very personal spirit throughout! Titles include the very long "New Dance" – plus shorter tracks "A Set Et Fro", "Det Er Kjaerlighet", and "Dett Var Dett". CD

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Paal Nilssen-Love CircusPairs Of Three ... CD
PNL, 2024. New Copy Gatefold ... $11.99 14.99
A really amazing project from drummer Paal Nilssen-Love – one that shows just how much he's grown as both a musician and a leader in recent years – able to embrace so many styles and modes that we never would have heard during his earlier years! Here, the approach is completely unique – certainly the improvised music that you'd expect from Paal – but with sounds that also echo the "circus" in the group's name – a weaving of elements from Kalle Moberg on accordion, Thomas Johansson on trumpet, Signe Emmeluth on alto, Oddrun Likja on guitar, Christian Meass Svendson on electric and acoustic bass, and Juliana Venter on voice – an artist who can sing, speak, and make sounds that are really mindblowing. Paal handles a range of percussion next to drums – and the songs are filled with all sorts of amazing twists and turns that make for an album of delight at every new step. Titles include "Hurgulove", "Breakfast In Colombia", "Round About Lapa", "Pairs Of Three", "Bota Fogo", "Nazure De Mata", and "Hummingbird". CD

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Paal Nilssen-Love Large UnitClusterf*ck ... CD
PNL, 2022. New Copy Gatefold ... $11.99 14.99
Forget the implications that the title might imply – as this large unit of improvising players comes together without any sense of collision or accident – as they work through a number of longer compositions from drummer Paal Nilssen-Love, which are balanced with plenty of individual improvisation throughout! The lineup is as large as the group's name – with work from Mats Aleklint on trombone, Per Ake Holmlander on tuba, and Marthe Lea, Kristoffer Berre Alberts, and Klaus Ellerhusen Holm on a variety of reed instruments – next to more percussion, bass, guitar, and accordion – all together making for a very great sonic range, especially when augmented with some overdubbed harp and electronics! There's a sense of tension at many points that's great, but one that has a lot of cohesion too – and titles include "Clusterfuck", "Bubbles", and "Moodplay". CD

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Paal Nilssen-Love Large UnitEthiobraz (colored vinyl pressing) ... LP
PNL, 2024. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... $34.99 39.99
A huge ensemble, and one who create sounds that we never would have expected from avant jazz drummer Paal Nilssen-Love many years back – as the whole performance resonates with Ethiopian and Brazilian elements that are very different than some of the more improvised music that we usually expect from Paal! Truth told, this isn't a new group – they were formed over a decade back – but this long live performance really gives them a chance to show off their interwoven sounds, and tremendous blend of jazz improvisation with roots and rhythms from global sources – served up here with some especially great work on saxes and reeds from Julie Kjaer, Kristoffer Berre Alberts, and Klaus Ellerhusen – whose baritone lines really shape the sound. Terrie Ex is also in the group on guitar – and titles include "Tzeta", "Gonder", "Hay Loga" "Anbessa", "Kunama & Oromiga", "Fluku", "Capoeira Mata Um", and "Zelesegna". LP, Vinyl record album

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Paal Nilssen-Love Large UnitNew Map ... CD
PNL, 2022. New Copy Gatefold ... $11.99 14.99
A record that was recorded at the same time, in the same space as the Large Unit's Clusterfuck album – and one that features a similarly magical blend of instruments, all in a larger ensemble, but with a sensitivity that's amazing! The lineup is as large as the group's name – led by Paal Nilssen-Love on drums and percussion, with work from Mats Aleklint on trombone, Per Ake Holmlander on tuba, and Marthe Lea, Kristoffer Berre Alberts, and Klaus Ellerhusen Holm on a variety of reed instruments – next to more percussion, bass, guitar, and accordion – all together making for a very great sonic range, especially when augmented with some overdubbed harp and electronics! There's a sense of tension at many points that's great, but one that has a lot of cohesion too – and titles include "New Map", "Circles", and "Gong Piece" – the last of which is especially striking. CD

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✨✧ Paal Nilssen-Love/Carl Magnus Neumann/Bjornar Andresen/Eivind Opsvik/Ketil GutvikQuintet – Events 1998/1999 (5CD set) ... CD
PNL (Norway), Late 90s. New Copy 5CD ... $34.99 55.00
A huge document of a really special group – a meeting of two different generations of Norwegian improvisers who made some really incredible sounds together! The Quintet only released one album back in the day, so this 5CD set really expands the group's recorded output – and stands as a tremendous tribute to an ensemble who really found a way to resonate strongly with each other. The songs are all improvised, and untitled, but have a much more tuneful vibe than you might expect – almost echoing an earlier generation of modernism that first found root in the Swedish and Norwegian scenes of the late 60s, built a bit upon ideas from a few years before, woven with some of the new freedoms of the European jazz world. There's definitely plenty of dark or frenzied moments, but there's also more subtle elements at work too – delivered beautifully by a lineup that includes Carl Magnus Neumann on alto, Bjornar Andresen and Eivind Opsvik on basses, Ketil Gutvik on guitar, and Paal Nilssen-Love on drums and percussion. The use of the double basses really gives the group a distinct, unique vibe – and the box features two booklets of notes and photos that further testify to their really unique legacy. CD

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✨✧ Ken Vandermark & Paal Nilssen-LoveAMR ... CD
PNL (Norway), 2020. New Copy ... Just Sold Out!
Ken Vandermark and Paal Nilssen-Love are no musical strangers – having played together for most of the past three decades – so it's no surprise that they leap right out of the gate with boundless improvisational energy here – completely on fire in a live performance recorded together in Switzerland! As always, Vandermark really blows us away with the range of sounds that he gets from his reeds – elements that effortlessly shift between musical moments and more textural passages – as Paal himself moves between romping rhythm and more abstract percussion elements. There's no songs listed at all on the CD – although there appear to be five selections – but given the instant appeal of this duo from a free jazz perspective, you hardly need notes to tell you what to love! CD

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✨✧ Paal Nilssen-Love Large UnitEthiobraz ... CD
PNL, 2024. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A huge ensemble, and one who create sounds that we never would have expected from avant jazz drummer Paal Nilssen-Love many years back – as the whole performance resonates with Ethiopian and Brazilian elements that are very different than some of the more improvised music that we usually expect from Paal! Truth told, this isn't a new group – they were formed over a decade back – but this long live performance really gives them a chance to show off their interwoven sounds, and tremendous blend of jazz improvisation with roots and rhythms from global sources – served up here with some especially great work on saxes and reeds from Julie Kjaer, Kristoffer Berre Alberts, and Klaus Ellerhusen – whose baritone lines really shape the sound. Terrie Ex is also in the group on guitar – and titles include "Tzeta", "Gonder", "Hay Loga" "Anbessa", "Kunama & Oromiga", "Fluku", "Capoeira Mata Um", and "Zelesegna". CD
Also available Ethiobraz (colored vinyl pressing) ... LP 34.99

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✨✧ Lean LeftMedemer ... CD
PNL, 2020. New Copy Gatefold ... Out Of Stock
One of the most bracing albums we've ever heard from drummer Paal Nilssen-Love – a set that features the leader on drums, Ken Vandermark on tenor and Bb clarinet, and both Terrie Ex and Andy Moor on guitar – each one playing in a different channel of the stereo recording! All the sharp edges you'd know from Terrie's work in The Ex are in place – but pushed into much more of an improvisational mode, and egged on by the contributions of Moor – so much so, the record almost feels as if Vandermark and Nilssen-Love have opened the door for a massive guitar jam, then find a way to fit in! The set features one long piece – "Medemer" – divided into six parts. CD

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✨✧ Ken Vandermark & Paal Nilssen-LoveJapan 2019 (7CD set) ... CD
PNL (Norway), 2019. New Copy 7CD ... Out Of Stock
Brilliant improvisations between to major figures – already great musicians on their own, then joined by some key Japanese players over the course of this extended package of performances from an overseas tour! The set begins with long improvisations between Paal Nilssen Love on drums and Ken Vandermark on tenor and Bb clarinet – passages that maybe serve as a reminder of how great they are together, with a legacy of spontaneous creativity as a team that stretches back for decades. Then, the door opens up to include other musicians – in formations that include trio and quartet lineups – with work from Masahiko Satoh and Yuji Takahashi on piano, and the great Akira Sakata on alto and Bb clarinet – a reedman who's every bit as creative as Vandermark! The final part of the package returns to duets between Paal and Ken – and somehow, these tracks almost feel as if they've grown creatively since their first duo performances in the set – even though they're just separated by a few weeks in time. CD

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✨✧ Joe McPhee & Paal Nilssen LoveCandy (7CD set) ... CD
PNL (Norway), 2015. Used 7 CDs ... Out Of Stock
Joe McPhee on pocket trumpet, flugelhorn, soprano, alto and tenor saxophone and Paal Nilssen Love on drums and percussion. CD

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✨✧ Paal Nilssen-Love Large UnitSelected Tracks – 2013 to 2017 ... CD
PNL (Norway), 2010s. Used ... Out Of Stock
A great introduction to this fantastic ensemble – with 6 tracks from First Blow, Erta Ale, Large Unit 2015, Ana, and Fluku. CD
 
 
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