Rubicon Mats Eilertsen
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Info for Rubicon
Norwegian bassist Mats Eilertsen has been a strong and supportive presence on a dozen ECM sessions to date. With Rubicon he steps forward to present his own music, with an international cast.
The album features compositions originally written in response to a commission from the Vossajazz Festival. All About Jazz reviewed the premiere performance: 'Rubicon proved to be a very dynamic work. Eilertsen ensured that each of the instrumentalists took their share of the spotlight, brought together combinations of players that emphasized tonal variation, and created ensemble sections bursting with life.'
After fine-tuning the material on tour, Mats brought his septet to Oslo's Rainbow Studio, where Manfred Eicher produced this definitive version of Rubicon in May 2015.
Eirik Hegdal, saxophone, clarinette
Trygve Seim, saxophone
Thomas T Dahl, guitar
Rob Waring, vibraphone, marimba
Harmen Fraanje, piano, Fender Rhodes
Olavi Louhivuori, drums
Mats Eilertsen, double bass
(b. 1975, Trondheim, Norway) is one of the finest and most distinct bass players on the Norwegian jazz scene of today. His skills and musical maturity make him the perfect trio member. He has a special warm and lyrical way of treating the bass, being steady and experimental at the same time, bringing it all together and yet showing openness, willingness, and constantly searching for new sounds.
Mats is a highly attractive musician and can also be heard as a member of the three ECM-asociated groups Tord Gustavsen Ensemble, the Source, Wolfert Brederode Quartet.
He has participated on numerous recordings and has also had the opportunity to perform with international stars such as Pat Metheney, Joshua Redman, Lee Konitz, Bobo Stenson, Kenny Wheeler, Tomasz Stanko, Arve Henriksen, Solveig Slettahjell, Sonny Simmons.