Honeyleap //

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Recording location: 
Biermannsgården, Oslo
Recording date: 
Sunday, June 3, 2012
Øyvind Skarbø
Recording engineer: 
Thomas Hukkelberg
  • 1. Ebony Swing (05:52)
  • 2. Ghibli (06:49)
  • 3. Buster (07:17)
  • 4. In Between Gestures (06:29)
  • 5. Motionless (11:35)
  • 6. Different Directions (07:31)
  • 7. Awakening (09:54)

It's not uncommon for jazz bands to release an album after just one gig, or sometimes even before any concert has been played at all. The nature of improvisation sometimes makes this approach valid. This is no such recording.

Initially a trio, Swedish-Norwegian group Honeyleap has refined their sound and approach since 2009, not wanting to make a recorded statement until the music had its very own identity. "There's so much music out there," says drummer Øyvind Skarbø (Håkon Kornstad, 1982). "We didn't want to do it until it felt right." Along with bassist/composer Per Zanussi (Zanussi5, Trondheim Jazz Orchestra) and pianist and writer Klas Nevrin (Yun Kan 5), the three created Honeyleap almost on a whim. There wasn't any rational reason for hooking up; they hardly knew each other and had certainly never played together. The immediate chemistry was good - but not amazing. When tenor saxman/clarinetist Fredrik Ljungkvist (Atomic, Yun Kan 5) joined the fold – easily one of the most influential players on his instrument in the world - the music changed. It got less serious and more playful. Honeyleap felt ready.

To create a warm and creative mood, the band opted to recorded both with and without an audience in a house dating back to the 16th century in Oslo, Norway. Recording was done by master sound engineer Thomas Hukkelberg. With all music composed by the band, this album is an excellent example of how new and fresh individual statements can still be achieved, and at the same time be deeply rooted in the jazz tradition.