Viddal, Mathilde Grooss - Undergroove
Fantastically good Norwegian jazz/new music big band led by composer and bass clarinetist/saxophonist Mathilde Groos Viddal. This is their 3rd album and like all their others, it's an utter corker and a joy.
The most obvious comparison would be to Maria Schneider and Darcy James Argue's work, but Mathilde and her ensemble have their own sound. She's utterly unknown here, but I can't believe that a great band like this can be ignored for long. Even more impressive, it's a live recording, so there's no fixing it in the mix; these performances are what this band really does. Unless you are completely allergic to jazz, this comes highly recommended!