TiPPLE – US tour

We are now in the middle of a US tour.

We started right after I came off the plane on Thursday, and played a concert in Brooklyn, at the  SHAPESHIFTER Lab. I was very tired, but I think we played quite well. But without the explosions that came when we hit the South.

The next day we hit the road heading South. With drums, amp, vibraphone, percussion and sax/clarinet in the back of the van.


On Saturday, we played at the Conondrum Music Hall in Columbia, South Carolina.

Sunday was Raleigh, North Carolina and Monday we played Lexington, Kentucky, at the library. After 9 hours on the road!IMG_2408

Tuesday we are heading North towards Detroit and Trinosophes, one of my favorite venues.


Then Wednesday Kalamazoo at the Satellite Records, (808 S. Westnedge Ave).

IMG_2422Thursday is  Chicago at Elastic, (3429 w Diversey ave 2nd floor)IMG_9072
Friday our last gig on the tour in Cleveland the Bop Stop,  2920 Detroit Avenue.

Then back to New York and on Sunday I fly home.

This tour with Kevin Norton and David Watson, has been great. Our music has taken us into new territories and become more direct. Of cause this happens when we have the chance to play every day. And also meet a new audience.

We will record in Chicago and hopefully, we will deliver the goods!

More later….

Chile -September

Just came back from Chile a weeks ago. Actually I first came to Buenos Aires where I stayed for two days with mt very good friends Fabiana Galante and Luis Conde. We played one day and recorded.

Luis has just got an old Buescher bass sax and he already plays it very well! I do not understand why more people know about Luis. I hope what we recorded as a trio will come out soon.IMG_0873

Then I went to Santiago de Chile. Ramiro Molina had organized a workshop for me for the students at the JazzPro school. They were 19 students and I don´t think any of them had ever played free improv before. The first day, as usual in a workshop, was hard but the second and third day was better. So when we played a concert the 4th day, they really did their best and the music went all kinds of places! Very good indeed with intensity and a good laugh!

Then Ramiro, a good drummer called Nikolas and I, played a concert on the Saturday.IMG_1270 IMG_1272

On Sunday Ramiro took me to the fish marked. I had been looking forward to this since my last time in Chile…IMG_1232


And we recorded together on Monday in a studio with lots of very nice equipment. I have yet to mix it, but I hope it will be good. Then Ramiro and I recorded some duo material Tuesday and Wednesday. And Wednesday evening, we also played at the Theloious jazz club with piano and drums. very nice.

On Thursday Ramiro and I pluss a woman cellist (Isabelle?) played what I think was our best concert. Our instruments blended really well.

Then home with lots of complications, reroutings and terrible seating across the Atlantic. I survived.

Thanks to Ramiro for helping with setting up all this and for his music,


I have not played very much since we returned from AUS/NZ because I needed some time off to work with my grandson who has changed his school and needed some extra attention. And I have also managed to paint our house which was also great!

I played one gig in Oslo in May with percussionist Terje Isungset. We have not played together for about 13 years and it was a nice reunion! I drove to Bergen a few weeks after to have a day with him in his house to practice a little. I think we will be doing something together in the future, but his book is full at the moment, so we cannot do anything until next spring.

I will play a gig in Aalborg, Denmark at the first week-end of August with pianist Sten Sandell and drummer Ståle Liavik Solberg. I am really looking forward playing with Sten who has a very personal style.

Later in August, I will play at the Blow Out festival in Oslo. First with a quartet with Nick Stephens, bass, Andreas Wildhagen, drums and bassist Magnus Nergaard. Should be fun! Then I will play with a percussion-ensemble along with Martin Kuchen. Should be fun too!

And then I will be going to Argentina and Chile by the end of August. I will play one night in Buenos Aires with my friends Fabiana Gallante, piano, and Luis Conde, reeds. Then off to Santiago to do a 4 days workshop plus a concert. After that some gigs with guitarist Ramiro Molina. Looking forward to the music and the fish soup!!!



New CDs


There are two new CDs out on FMR. One is with the trio, recorded in Japan last May, “Miyasaki”  and the other one is called “Distant groove” with Louis Moholo-Moholo, drums, Fred Lonberg-Holm, cello and Nick Stephens, bass.

A new CD with “The Cabinet Trio” is coming out very soon on FMR. “Blood samples”.

The trio is with Børre Mølstad, tuba and Roger Turner, drums. We will do a little tour last week of January, next year.

Australia and New Zealand

After we  arrived in Sidney, we had a quick look at the famous Opera House!aus

January 28th we played:  Foundry616,  Sidney

On January 29th and 30th we played Hobarth, Tasmania at MONA Main Stage. http://www.mona.net.au/what’s-on/music


MONA is a very special place. A great art-museum where they also make excellent wine and beer. If you ever go to Australia, try to go to Tasmania to visit MONA. Amazing!IMG_0977

When we were there, Mathew Barney had the main exhibition. He is the former husband of Bjørk.IMG_0981

Jon Rune turned 30 on the 29th! Last year he had a son and now this!

Then we went to Canberra on January 31st to play at the Sound Out Festival for two days. We play there as a trio both days as well as in some ad hoc combinations.  The venue was ANU Drill Hall Gallery.   Australian National University, Kingsley Street, Canberra.


We then continued to  New Zealand. Auckland had a touch of summer which was nice as Australia was mostly rain and cloudy.

On February 2nd, we did  The Audio Foundation, Auckland

On February 3rd, we did  THE WINE CELLAR     Auckland. we then drove to Wellington, stopping somewhere in between in a small town.


Jeff: our tour manager having breakfast. A very good driver and excellent saxophonist.

On February 5th, we did  THE PYRAMID CLUB,  Wellington. we then went to the South-Island – a very pretty place.

On February 6th, we played  TIM´S PLACE, MARAHAU

And on February 7th, we played the DHARMA BUMS CLUB, BLENHEIM

On February 8th, we ended the tour at   THE PYRAMID CLUB,  Wellington. Jeff joined us this evening with wailing alto: great!

We had a fantastic tour in New Zealand thanks to Jeff Henderson. He drove us around and showed us the beautiful country.

We had good crowds from day one and we even played two shows at very small places with nice attendance!IMG_1031

This is from Tim´s place, Marahau on the South Island. That night we saw the moon moving from right to left!!! So we were definitely on the other side of the world!IMG_1041In Blenheim we played at the Dharma bums Club IMG_1065This was almost like a Texas roadhouse! With people coming from the area, bringing their own food and drinks. Very nice!

We met many nice people on our trip to Australia and New Zealand. We would like to thank everybody who made the trip possible! Hope to be back sometime….

Record No 100!

The new CD “First Detail” is my record No 100 as a leader/co-leader. It is quite amazing: my first record was with John Stevens and Detail: “Backwards and forwards” came out in 1983 and then my 100th record also is with Detail and John Stevens – recorded in 1982, just a few days before we recorded “Backwards and Forwards”! Full circle!

A coincidence? Maybe, but  John Stevens was, and still is, a very important person in my musical life. So I feel  it´s quite fitting: much of what I did then and what I still do is based on things I developed while playing/talking/ laughing with John. He was a great man and a great inspiration. I miss him a lot and I sometimes wonder what we might be doing now – if he had still been alive. God bless his soul.


New CD: at Constellation

Just got the new trio CD: Steve Swell with Frode Gjerstad Trio. We played Chicago at Constellation on November 19th last year during our North-American tour. Nice place.  There is another recording with the same band which we did 3 days later in Milwaukee at the Sugar Maple. It will come out later this year, but we have no details yet.

This album is not like the others we have made. It´s more reflective than most of the others, I think.



A little taste:

I met Eivin One (oohne) Pedersen in the early fall of 1975. He was 19 and I was 27. We started playing gigs around Stavanger, where we both lived, with our band ”Ida Lupino” and then gradually around Norway. In -79 we did a 25 gig tour of Norway and at that time we had two Swedes in the band when we started the tour: bassist Bruno Råberg and drummer Leffe Fredriksson. After a break in the middle of the tour Bruno never came back and we continued as a trio. This opened up the music very much and we never looked back!

We also did some duo performances during that time.


Me and Eivin One before going to the Molde festival -82

But it was not until December 1981 when we invited John Stevens to come to Stavanger, that the music really became serious. John inspired us and also showed us a way through his playing.


John, Eivin One and I. July -82

After we did the concert in -81, we sat down and talked and John said he would like to continue playing. But he wanted a bassplayer. When we asked who, he said: ”let´s get the best – Johnny Mbizo Dyani”. I had seen him with Mongezi Feza and Okai Temitz so I knew he was a very good player. And I also had met him at the Montmartre Club in Copenhagen around -73 when I was living in Lund, Sweden. I had met Don Cherry via a friend on the boat from Malmø to Copenhagen on my way to Montmartre and he introduced me to Johnny, saying ” He plays tenor”. Johnny wanted me to come to Stockholm to play with him, Okay and Mongezi. But I never did. I was scared and felt I was not ready for such heavyweight matching.


Johnny Mbizo Dyani, July -82

We invited Johnny and he said yes. We did a tour of Norway as a quartet in March -82. The first gig was terrible, I was very nervous and I wanted to og home right after the gig, but after a long talk with John, we continued and gradually, the music came together in a very nice way.

IMG_0899 Me, Eivin One, John and Johnny, July -82: DETAIL

In the summer of 1982, we met again and played at the Molde Jazz Festival and we toured again in October of 1982.

This recording is the first gig we did on our last tour as a quartet. Johnny, however, could not play the first gig , so we did it as a trio. This recording, allthough it´s the third time we played as a trio, shows the original sound of the group that became Detail.

The following day, we played at the legendary Club 7 in Oslo on a double bill with Arild Andersens Maqualero group. Lots of people and a nice room.

The soundman made us a cassette recording of the concert. It will be released in 2015.

It´s the only recorded excemple of Detail as a quartet. The sound quality is also quite good!

At the end of the tour, after our last concert at Kongsberg, we started to talk and ended up with Eivin One getting upset and leaving the group. Two days later, we had booked a studio in Stavanger to make our first recording which we did. Kjell Arne Jensen recorded us direct to two tracks and two LPs came out after the two days in the studio: ”Backwards and Forwards”, released on Impetus in -83 and ”Okhela” on Affinity in -84.IMG_0897This picture was John´s idea. He wanted us to look like “Ornette at the Golden Circle” LP…John, Johnny and I -83

It was the first time we played together as a trio. Those two albums presented Detail as a trio to an international audince. But there was a story before the trio and I am very happy to have this new album out as it represent a very important musical step and is therefore part of the history of Detail. And so is the quartet recording.

I also found a 3-set concert recording from Stavanger with John and Johnny from -83 and I would like this musci also to be released in 2015.

I have been sitting on these tapes for a long time. The truth is, I have not been able to listen to the recordings because there were so many feelings involved. There was the problems between Einin One and I (we were like a couple: love and hate went hand in hand) and then there was the death of first Johnny in -86 and then John in -94.

IMG_0902Eivin One and I, in Molde -82.

When Eivin One died in February of 2012, I said to myself I just had to go through all the tapes. I wanted to see if I could release something which would show the world what a great keyboardist Eivin One was. But it was not until the summer of 2014 that I did it. When I finallyd did it, the music surprised me a lot because it was much stronger than I thought it was. When I tried listening before, I always felt my own playing was not much, but now I can listen to the whole band and not focus on my own playing. Which makes for a big difference.

Eivin One was a very good and close friend. We had our problems. But often a good cup of coffee would resolve whatever the problem was. He was a very talented musician. He wrote music for theatre, for films and cabaret. But he also loved to play and improvise. In his later years he moved more and more towards the accordeon. We did four recordings where he only played accordeon: ”Dreams in Dreams”, ”Live in the UK” and ”the Walk” on FMR records and ”From Cafe Sting” on Loosetorque.

First Detail is in memory of two good friends.  Thanks to Rune for releasing the music.



Buenos Aires

I was in Argentina recently. A week after I came back from the US, I boarded the plane which took me to Buenos Aires. A very long flight, but it was good: I got the chance to listen to some old recordings.


The first gig was at Mar del Plata at their Jazz festival. Luis Conde, tenor and bass clarinet, Pablo Ledesma, soprano and alto sax, plus myself played a nice gig there.

The next day I had a workshop at House of the National Arts Found. This house belonged at one time to Victoria Ocampo, a well know author.

Then we went back to Buenos Aires and I had another workshop, this time with serious people over three days. We started with simple exercises to make sure everybody found their place. On the second day we moved forward and played much better. The third day, we sounded like a new band! On the evening that day, we had a performance in the evening. it was good, but one of the drummers said he thought the rehearsal was better…I think he had a point. At least it was different. It´s not easy to compare performances.

Anyway, I had a great time with the band and I hope they will continue. Maybe I will be back one day.


Luis and Fabiana

On Saturday the 13th, Fabiana Galante, piano and Luis Conde, sax, clarinets, invited me to play with them at a culture house in Buenos Aires.  After the show, we were invited to eat at private party. they are jazz records collectors and had made fantastic, grilled food for us with the best wines. Just amazing. Fantastic. Never have eaten any meat like this!



Our host, Marcus.  Thanks a lot for letting me try this!!!!!


Food from the party.

I know there is lot of focus on food on my site. But I love it! So many different tastes around the world!

So when I got on the plane the following day, I was tired but happy. But I was also looking forward to seeing my grandchildren and my wife!

US tour with the trio + Steve Swell.

IMG_0833Steve Swell eating before the gig in Charlotte.

Thursday, November 13th,  we started our US tour with Steve Swell, in New Orleans. We came directly off the plane – i lost my luggage so lots of work – but when we hit, it was very nice to once again discover that when we play, the tiredness goes away! Steve is a very nice addition to the group and it sounded like we had played together for quite some time.

Here is the tour list:

13th  new orleansthe ALLWAYS LOUNGE,   14th  columbia @ the conondrum music hall,  15th  charlotte  @ the McColl Center16th ashville  @ the Mothlight , 17th  lexington  @  mecca dance studio,  18th  cleveland  @ Mahalls bowling alley,  19th  chicago  @ constellation, 20th  detroit  @  Trinosophes , 21st  kalamazoo  @  Satellite Records , 22nd  milwaukee  @ the Sugar Maple, 23rd  edmonton  @ the  Yardbird suite , 24th  montreal  @  Casa del Popolo

Here is a little sound file from our Montreal gig:

We bring many CDs and LPs for good prices….


Ross is our man in Columbia, South Carolina. He makes fantastic food and has a wonderful garden where he grows his herbs etc


Our bassist,  Johnny Rune (Ruun) with coffee and new cap  bought in Houston. He loves Texas!

Our tour went really well and the music was good. Many thanks to Steve Swell who made a big difference because I had had a rather difficult time before the tour and his presence made me see daylight again!

Steve will be 60 next year (!) and he has invited us to play at his one week celebration at the Stone, New York, last week of November 2015. This will be our first gig at the Stone and we are looking forward to it! We will play some US gigs before and after the Stone-gig.

Thanks to everybody who came to see us during our tour and to all who made the tour possible.



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