BJORN SOLLI Aglow: The Lyngr Project Vol. 2

Lyngr Records

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - MUSIC REVIEWS - COR­MAC LARKIN

Lyngr is an ar­chi­pel­ago of is­lands off the coast of Nor­way with no cars but lots of mu­sic, where young gui­tarist Bjorn Solli goes to com­pose. But if that con­jurs images of wail­ing Scan­di­na­vians pin­ing for the fjords, think again. Recorded in Brook­lyn with an a-team of New York’s finest, Aglow is an up­beat, swing­ing af­fair ex­plor­ing the bright, melodic space opened up by Pat Metheny. Sax­o­phon­ist Seamus Blake (with trum­peter In­grid Jensen on four tracks) pro­vides a sour coun­ter­point to Solli’s buoy­ant lines, pi­anist Aaron Parks adds a rich har­monic layer, and bassist Matt Clo­hessy and drum­mer Bill Ste­wart move ev­ery­thing along at a pace. No­body ex­actly breaks a sweat, but if they did, Solli’s breezy, in­stantly like­able mu­sic would chill them out soon enough. bjorn­

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