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Rural jazz


In the Country:
This Was the Pace of My Heartbeat (2005)

In the Country step into a traditon started by the Garbarek-generation, and take their jazz out of the asphalt jungle to explore different aspects of rural moods. The mountain jazz label is not far fetched at all, but Morten Qvenild adds, as always, lots of electronic sounds, as well as interpreting Laschia ch'io Pianga by Händel.

This music is quiet, slow, meditative and beautiful in its rural ambitions. This Was the Pace of My Heartbeat is definitely more accessible than Qvenilds previous record with Shining (the brutal In the Kingdom of Kitsch You Will Be a Monster), and has the same leanings toward the pop jazz music of Swedes Esbjörn Svensson Trio and fellow Norwegians Tord Gustavsen Trio.

This capsule review is based on the full length, Norwegian language review by Audun Reithaug Rasmussen,

Published 05.04.2005