Thomas Stronen and Time is a Blind Guide
Strønen’s nimble quintet drift effortlessly from Japanese and northern European influences on this rich, ethereal and warmly melodic effort.
with a new pianist Ayumi Tanaka, aural associative connections between Japan and Norway emerge through the groups improvisation, which comes to the fore in these spacious arrangements. and yet this is still instantly wondrous music – like grad school for the neo-classical set, and therefore recommended listening for lovers of nils frahm, peter Broderick, johann Johannsen etc. “the impression of a jazz piano trio finding itself in a room with an ethereal strings-and-drums chamber group, and though some of it is slow and impressionistic, it’s often jazzy and songlike, too.” 4* - the guardian
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