Magazine article IAJRC Journal

Happy Days/windows

Magazine article IAJRC Journal

Happy Days/windows

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HAPPY DAYS

TORE JOHANSEN

GEMINI GMCD 108

Tore Johansen (tpt) Jan Gunnar Hoff (pno) Ole Morten Vagan (bs) Finn Sletten (dms) Recorded at Boda, Norway on September 17 & 18, 2001

Alone/Something For The Future/Broken Wing/Happy Days/Ellen and David/Book of Joshua/Andy Winneris/Golden Earrings/Answer Me My Love TT:49:17

WINDOWS

TORE JOHANSEN

GEMINI GMCD 113

Tore Johansen (tpt) Hallgeir Pedersen (gtr) Ole Morten Vagan (bs) Roger Johansen (dms) Recorded at Boda, Norway on July 22, 2002

Imaginings From the White Planet/If I Should Lose You/A Nightingale Sang In Berkeley Square/Windows/Song For a Good Guy/How Deep Is The Ocean/Conviction/Everytime We Say Goodbye TT: 49:34

Two marvelous but somewhat different CD's by a 29 year old Norwegian whom I knew nothing about prior to receiving these albums for review. Now I do not think I shall ever forget him. This young man has marvelous control of the trumpet, plays with great feeling and is so honest in his playing. He just does not fall back on clichés but improvises well and takes chances. I shall get into this more later. His style I would describe somewhere between Chet Baker and Art Farmer but not a clone of either.

First we shall discuss Happy Days. This CD starts out not with an up tune but rather a brooding type of song. They handle it well. Here is where you begin so see the control he has of his horn holding those sustained notes. The next three tunes then are more upbeat and the quartet does them proud. …

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