Spotlight: Jake Vossler

I have discovered a disproportionate number of modern guitarists through their association with trumpet players. Maybe it is the direct inspiration of Miles Davis, with his relentless search for the new, but Arve Henriksen, Jon Hassell, Nils Petter Molvær, Cuong Vu, Steve Bernstein, Christian Scott, Michael White, Paolo Fresu, Paolo Raineri are just a small percentage of the trumpeters who have been involved in experimental music in the last few decades. Often working with forward thinking guitarists like Eivind Aarset, Stian Westerhus, as well as “Davids” Tronzo, Kollar, and Torn, these artists have made some of the most interesting, truly modern jazz around.

Now add to that list Los Angelino Daniel Rosenboom. His releases, Burning Ghosts and Book of Storms on his lable Orenda Records both feature avant/noise/death metal guitarist Jacob Vossler. Rosenboom has also released Vossler’s duo record with drummer Aaron MacLendon, Versus. Vossler gets so many great sounds and textures out of his instrument that it was a revelation to find out that he largely eschews effects and uses an amp that has inspired many an argument in the gearhead world.

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Another Side of Eivind Aarset

Many Guitar Moderne readers are aware of Eivind Aarset‘s contributions to the music of Jon Hassell, Nils Petter Molvær, Andy Shepard, Dhafer Youssef, and Michel Benita’s Ethics, as well as his own his own body of brilliant work. Fewer have heard his earlier playing in the band Ab und Zu, in which he was joined by his wife Anne-Marie Giørtz. There he displayed the pop proficiency and versatility that has made him a valued session player. Below is just one example of their multi-style output.

Form the sound of this teaser video for her upcoming release Capital Punishment for Cars [Grappa Records], Ms. Giørtz’s music has evolved in an interesting direction, displaying a less familiar side to her husband’s playing as well.

A live version:

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Sly & Robbie meet Nils Petter Molvaer & Eivind Aarset: The Full Concert

For those of us who couldn’t make it to Europe to see this, here it is, the full concert—every bit as amazing as you might suspect. Great shots of Eivind’s gear, grooves to die for, and cool, dub-style sampling from Vladislav Delay.

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Sly & Robbie Meet Vladislav Delay, Nils Petter Molvær and Eivind Aarset

If you are in Europe this summer, don’t miss this. I am tempted to just get on a plane. Great shots of Nils Petter Molvær using Ableton Live and Guitar Rig, and of some of Eivind’s gear.

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Spotlight: Stian Westerhus & Pale Horses

Check out the Maelstrom record by Stian Westerhus & Pale Horses and you will hear echoes of Scott Walker, Radiohead, and Tim Buckley. Don’t worry, the latest offering by experimental guitar god Westerhus features plenty of the exotic guitar tones we have come to expect from the now former Nils Petter Molvær sideman’s, while adding vocal driven tunes sung in English. Who would have imagined Westerhus would have a singing voice as compelling as his instrumental one? Here, the Norwegian axe-mangler shares the lowdown on his new band with cohorts Erland Dahlen on drums, and Øystein Moen on keys, as well as his need for pedals that “klonk.”

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