Roy Powell Trio –
Roy Powell Trio
Reviews (in Norwegian):
Puls av Tor Hammerø
Roy Powell – Piano
Terje Gewelt – Bass
Jarle Vespestad – Drums
Improvisation – Interplay – Contrast
Holus is the result of a meeting one November evening in 1997
of three musicians for an informal session. This séance took place at Terje Gewelt’s studio, «The Cookie Factory». It was natural to let the tape run, to see if any of the music was worthy of further development.
As none of the musicians had envisioned that the session would
result in a CD, many musical chances were taken. After listening back to the recording, they discovered that they had documented a unique musical meeting. Holus consists of fourteen improvised pieces, plus a composition of Wayne Shorter, Nefertiti, all played in a loose, playful and daring manner which is often lacking in studio recorded jazz
Resonant Music is proud to present this fresh and uncompromising music featuring three of Norway’s leading jazz musicians.
Oslo based pianist, Roy Powell (32) has a background as a classical pianist and composer, being, at one time student of Sir Harrison Birtwistle at the Royal Northern College of Music. As a Jazz musician he has worked with The Creative Jazz Orchestra, Anthony Braxton, Art Farmer, Vince Mendoza, Herb Geller and he has lead his own groups since 1995. He has toured the UK and Scandinavia with his own group (featuring Arild Andersen). His debut recording ’A Big Sky’ was critically aclaimed ’a brilliant new talent’ Jazz on CD.
Alumnus of Berklee College of Music and student of Jaco Pastorius and Dave Holland, bassist, Terje Gewelt has recorded some forty CDs with Scandinavian, European and American artists including Billy Cobham, Tommy Smith, Misha Alperin, Michael Schrieve and for Labels such as RCA, CBS, Blue Note and ECM. He has toured extensively with Billy Cobham, Tommy Smith and Misha Alperin.
Jarle Vespestad is one of the most ’in demand’ drummers in Norway and has amassed an impressive discography since leaving the Jazz College og the Trøndelag Musikkonservatorium in Trondheim in 1992.
His drumming expertise covers mainly styles including Central/Eastern European folk forms with the group ’Farmers Market’, through to Avant Garde soundscape experimentalism with ’Supersilent’ and forays intoRetro-Bop and Groove projects.
All tracks composed by Powell, Gewelt and Vespestad (Tono) except Nefertiti composed by
Wayne Shorter (Miyako Music Co. / BMI) Produced by Powell, Gewelt and Vespestad.
Recorded November 10, 1997 at the Cookie Factory, Oslo, Norway by Anders Svinndal.
Mastered by Mikkel Schille at Lydmuren, Oslo, Norway. Piano Tuning by David Strøm.
Cover Design and Photography by Christoffer Glosli.