Rune Grammofon

"Norwegian jazz is as vital as ever and one can but wonder where it all comes from. With Night Owl, their second album for Rune Grammofon, Eyolf Dale and André Roligheten are already five albums into their career and showing a maturity in writing and...

"Eyolf Dale and André Roligheten aka Yonkers are already three albums into their career and showing a maturity in writing and playing that is betraying their age considerably. The album was recorded during what the duo describe as a magic late night...

"Alog's fifth album was recorded in a wide range of spaces and places -- from recordings of Dag-Are Haugan and Espen Sommer Eide as street musicians in San Francisco while touring, to scavenging old collections of 78 rpm records in the mining town of...

"This is the third and possibly final installment in the Low Digitals series by non-Norwegians Luigi Archetti and Bo Wiget. Low Digitals is a series of extremely fine-tuned pieces that mix acoustic instruments and electronic elements in a subtle and...

"These days, it's quite an unlikely event that a non-Norwegian artist will end up releasing a record on Rune Grammofon. But when presented with these recordings, the label realized that this was simply too good to turn down. French group Astrïd began...

"This is the debut release by Box: Raoul Björkenheim (guitars, viola da gamba), Trevor Dunn (bass), Ståle Storløkken (keyboards, electronics), Morgan Ågren (drums). Something of an international supergroup, the founding of this excellent ensemble is a...

"This is the fourth album from Bushman's Revenge, and their third on Rune Grammofon. It's no secret that the label has a soft spot for this fabulous group and would wish nothing less than world domination for them. What they do seems to be an almost...

"Bushman's Revenge have been called the missing link between Albert Ayler and Black Sabbath and a Marshall amp version of John Coltrane's Interstellar Space (1974). With Jazz, Fritt Etter Hukommelsen, their eighth album, they go all the way back to their humble beginnings and for the first time do what can loosely be dubbed a "proper" jazz album, hence the album title which translates to "Jazz, From Memory" in English. The goal, according to guitarist Even Hermansen, is still to explore the link between...

"This is the third album by Norway's Bushman's Revenge (Even Helte Hermansen, Gard Nilssen, Rune Nergaard). Like great records from Elephant9, Scorch Trio, Supersilent, In The Country, Spunk, Fire! and others, Jitterbug was recorded in the old...

"This is the companion to the Bonanza album, recorded and mixed during the same sessions in Athletic Sound in summer 2011. Here they cover some of their personal favorites, fully showing the diversity of artists that is so typical for the listening...

This normally sells for $18.00, but we've got a special on a limited number of copies for $5.00 off the regular price. Once those copies are gone, there will be other, identical copies still available and this will still rock and kick butt, but they...

Power trio music that does somehow manage to combine stoner rock and punk/jazz, harmolodics, etc.

"This is the second full-length release by Norway's Bushman's Revenge (Even Helte Hermansen, Gard Nilssen, Rune Nergaard). You Lost Me At Hello...

1999 release. "Dingledoodies, their second album for Rune Grammofon, is a much more optimistic record than Whatever and in many ways a far more polished production. It´s a more immediately melodic and catchy record; from the irresistible pop refrains...

"1998 release. "In ´92 and ´93 Chocolate Overdose released two very ambitious albums for WEA in Norway. However, the combination of a truly original band, a major label, an expensive producer, media hype and lack of immediate results once again proved...

"This international improvising ensemble has been going since 1984 with various members, but a couple of years ago leader and legendary Norwegian sax and clarinet player Frode Gjerstad handpicked a new band of musicians that has meant something special...

"Helge Sten aka Deathprod has been a central character of the Norwegian independent scene for 20 years as a recording artist, occasional member of and producer for Motorpsycho, founding member of Supersilent and producer for Arve Henriksen, Susanna...

"Helge Sten aka Deathprod has been a central character of the Norwegian independent scene for 20 years as a recording artist, occasional member of and producer for Motorpsycho, founding member of Supersilent and producer for Arve Henriksen, Susanna...

Frode Gjerstad: tenor and soprano saxophones, bass clarinet, alto flute
Eivin One Pedersen: piano and keyboards
John Stevens: drums

"If anybody deserves to be called a living legend in Norwegian free jazz it must surely be saxophone...

"Anneli Drecker's Revelation For Personal Use is very much a follow-up to the huge artistic success of Rocks & Straws, an ode to her native town and region, and again consists of songs based on lyrics by Norwegian cult poet Arvid Hanssen and translated to English by artist and writer Roy-Frode Løvland. Anneli has written the album's eight lovely songs, plays piano and keyboards, and has produced the album. It largely moves in the same musical landscape as the previous album, with the Arctic Philharmonic...

"Anneli Drecker's Revelation For Personal Use is very much a follow-up to the huge artistic success of Rocks & Straws, an ode to her native town and region, and again consists of songs based on lyrics by Norwegian cult poet Arvid Hanssen and translated to English by artist and writer Roy-Frode Løvland. Anneli has written the album's eight lovely songs, plays piano and keyboards, and has produced the album. It largely moves in the same musical landscape as the previous album, with the Arctic Philharmonic...

"Anneli Drecker's ethereal voice first became known through the music of her band with Geir Jenssen (aka Biosphere) and Nils Johansen, Bel Canto, in the '80s. The trio signed to the legendary Belgian label Crammed Discs, alongside Zap Mama and...

"Debut album from "young veterans" of the Norwegian heavy and progressive scenes, fronted by singer, guitarist, writer and producer Ole Petter Andreassen. This is classic, heavy, guitar-driven and melodic progressive rock, the playing and production...

Second album by this Norwegian jazz-rock band whose first album "Dodovoodoo" was one of my favorites of last year. With this one, they've moved a bit more into purely Hammond organ-driven sound; there's less Weather Report and more Brian Auger...

Great Norwegian jazz-rock band who add a bit of modernity and noise to the old school sound of overdriven organ and Rhodes piano (plus some synthesizer), along with electric bass and...

"It's not often a jazz band takes the big step from the club scene to a 1300-capacity rock venue like Oslo's Rockefeller. But then again, Elephant9 is not your ordinary jazz band. Often cited as Norway's best live band -- surely quite rare for an instrumental band -- they are equally popular in jazz and rock circles.

On this, their fourth studio album, Elephant9 once again join forces with Reine Fiske, the Swedish guitarist from Dungen and The Amazing, for an epic slice of mindblowing modern...

"It's not often a jazz band takes the big step from the club scene to a 1300-capacity rock venue like Oslo's Rockefeller. But then again, Elephant9 is not your ordinary jazz band. Often cited as Norway's best live band -- surely quite rare for an instrumental band -- they are equally popular in jazz and rock circles.

On this, their fourth studio album, Elephant9 once again join forces with Reine Fiske, the Swedish guitarist from Dungen and The Amazing, for an epic slice of mindblowing modern...

"Here is one of the leading vocal improvisers in the world in a fantastic display of telepathic music- making at an extremely high level with one of the leading guitar experimentalists currently on the scene. The result is a beautiful and unique...

"Sidsel Endresen and Stian Westerhus' debut recording from 2012, Didymoi Dreams, was awarded with a much-deserved Norwegian Grammy (Spellemannpris) and was applauded across the borders, with The Guardian concluding about its "power, originality and...

"The Espen Eriksen Trio, after worldwide tours that further refined their signature sound, present Never Ending January, their third album. Beautifully recorded and mixed at Propeller Studio in Oslo, the album focuses on typically Scandinavian elements such as folk music, melancholia, and the deep woods.

In that respect it's fair to say that they belong to the same tradition as Tord Gustavsen and the late Esbjörn Svensson, even Jan Johansson in some respects, but without really sounding like...

"On their second album, this most melodic trio continue in the same tradition as on their highly-acclaimed debut from 2010 -- a tradition that implies typically Scandinavian elements such as folk music, melancholia and the deep woods. In that respect...

Mats Gustafsson: tenor, baritone, and bass saxophones
Johan Berthling: double bass
Andreas Werliin: drums and lap steel guitar

"Fire! is a Swedish trio comprising Mats Gustafsson (The Thing), Johan Berthling (Tape), and Andreas Werliin (Wildbirds & Peacedrums), which came together with the idea of a fresh approach to improvised music drawing upon a number of influences from free jazz, psychedelic rock, and noise. Fire! is also these musicians' vehicle for rekindling their instrumental...

"Rune Grammofon presents (without noticing), the fifth album from Swedish trio Fire!, comprised of Mats Gustafsson (The Thing), Johan Berthling (Tape) and drummer Andreas Werliin (Wildbirds & Peacedrums). This album follows collaborations with Jim O'...

"It can't be easy gathering 28 of Northern Europe's finest jazz and improvising musicians in one place at the same time, which is why Sweden's Fire! Orchestra has been one of the continent's best-kept secrets so far. After playing rare shows a handful...

"Fire! is a Swedish trio comprising Mats Gustafsson (The Thing), Johan Berthling (Tape) and drummer Andreas Werliin (Wildbirds & Peacedrums). Fire! is where they go to stretch their instrumental skills and to play outside their comfort zones, or...

"Fire! Orchestra follow their acclaimed 2014 album Enter with Ritual, slimming the ensemble down from 28 of northern Europe's finest jazz and improvisational musicians to a mere 21. Since the release of Enter, this energetic and dynamic mass ensemble has gone from intimate jazz settings to the main hall at the Molde International Jazz Festival and a major stage at the prestigious Roskilde Festival. As brilliant as Enter is, with Ritual they have outdone themselves and produced a beast of beauty and power...

"The second album from this excellent Swedish trio, something of a supergroup with members from already well-known projects. This time they collaborate with the legendary Jim O'Rourke. With their hypnotic, psychedelic jazz of sorts, they have carved...

"The fourth album from this quartet and quite possibly their very best. Brilliantly performed and recorded, it's highlighting the delicate balance between Ballamy and Henriksen's melodic and lyrical playing and the electronic soundscapes they fully...

"This is the fifth full-length release for Norway's Food, now down to the duo of Iain Ballamy (saxophones, alto flute) and Thomas Strønen (drums, electronics). Molecular Gastronomy was recorded by Jeremy Cox over a period of two years. Food was formed...

"This is the third album from the quartet featuring Iain Ballamy (sax), Arve Henriksen (trumpet), Mats Eilertsen (bass) and Thomas Strønen (trommer), produced by Helge Sten (Deathprod). The blend of Ballamy´s distinctive and lyrical saxophone and...

Another very strong release 'rock/electric jazz/avant-progressive/call it anything' release from Rune Gramofon who are definitely on a roll these days. Then again, they have one of the most fertile contemporary scenes to draw on (their home turf in...

"Henriksen played in various jazz ensembles in his youth before co-forming Supersilent in 1997. His trumpet, augmented with effects and electronics, has appeared with David Sylvian, Terje Rypdal, Nils Petter Molvær, Jon Balke, Terje Isungset and Iain...

"Henriksen played in various jazz ensembles in his youth before co-forming Supersilent in 1997. His trumpet, augmented with effects and electronics, has appeared with David Sylvian, Terje Rypdal, Nils Petter Molvær, Jon Balke, Terje Isungset and Iain...

"Arve Henriksen stumbled across the title of his latest album while reading a book about furniture-making. "The author mentioned the complexity of making a chair and all the people involved in the process," the Norwegian trumpet player says. "The high...

"First time on vinyl for Arve Henriksen's heart-wrenching 2004 album, Chiaroscuro. Chiaroscuro was the follow-up to this fantastic trumpet player's debut album, the much acclaimed Sakuteiki from 2001.
BBC Online called Sakuteiki "a thing of rare and compelling beauty.... music making as natural and essential as breathing."
This time he is joined by drummer Audun Kleive and sound artist Jan Bang to create some very beautiful musical soundscapes where the trumpet is the natural point of focus...

"Cosmic Creation follows and expands upon Arve Henriksen's 2013 album Places of Worship, a series of tone poems and mood pieces located around religious buildings and ruins. With Cosmic Creation he has gone beyond physical place to an audio...

"With Towards Language, trumpeter Arve Henriksen is back with his trusted long-time musical partners Jan Bang and Erik Honoré. Also, an important part of the line-up is Eivind Aarset, the ECM associated guitarist extraordinaire. Towards Language is Arve's ninth album (eight on Rune Grammofon and one on ECM) under his own name. Asked to comment on his new album, and its title, here's what he has to say: "To express something on your own can be quite challenging at times. I have, for years, been in...

"With Towards Language, trumpeter Arve Henriksen is back with his trusted long-time musical partners Jan Bang and Erik Honoré. Also, an important part of the line-up is Eivind Aarset, the ECM associated guitarist extraordinaire. Towards Language is Arve's ninth album (eight on Rune Grammofon and one on ECM) under his own name. Asked to comment on his new album, and its title, here's what he has to say: "To express something on your own can be quite challenging at times. I have, for years, been in...

"The second album from the duo that is Thomas Strønen and Ståle Storløkken, now simply calling themselves Humcrush, after the title of their debut from 2004. While that had a focus on rhythm and abstract grooves, this is a more varied, subtle and someh...

Third album by the keyboardist of Elephant9 with the drummer of Bobo Stenson's group.

"This is the third full-length album from Norway's Humcrush (Thomas Strønen and Ståle Storløkken). Rest At Worlds End was recorded live at various European...

"Ha! is the fourth Humcrush album, this time with the most welcome addition of singer Sidsel Endresen. Having toured together for a couple of years, they finally recorded some shows in 2010. This album was beautifully recorded in concert at the Willisau..