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Arild Andersen


Release Date: October 28, 2022

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1 Affirmation, Part I - One  
2 Affirmation, Part I - Two  
3 Affirmation, Part I - Three  
4 Affirmation, Part I - Four  
5 Affirmation, Part I - Five  
6 Affirmation, Part I - Six  
7 Affirmation, Part I - Six  
8 Short Story  
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In November 2021, bassist Arild Andersen brought his new quartet with saxophonist Marius Neset, pianist Helge Lien and drummer Håkon Mjåset Johansen to Oslo’s Rainbow Studio. Norway’s pandemic travel restrictions having ruled out the participation of Manfred Eicher on this occasion, the musicians were on their own, ostensibly to document some of Arild’s pieces. On the second day of recording, Andersen proposed some collective improvising: “With nothing planned, we recorded a first part of about 23 minutes, and a second part of about 14 minutes." These extended arcs of music became the new focus of the album. “Affirmation Part I” and “Affirmation Part II” are presented, unedited, in their entirety. The album is completed by Andersen’s composition “Short Story."

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