Gard Nilssen

Gard Nilssen Acoustic Unity – ‘Elastic Wave’

(ECM 2724. Album review by Jon Turney) Widely admired Norwegian drummer Gard Nilssen’s Acoustic Unity have been together since 2014, with this ECM label debut their fourth CD release. Long acquaintance between Nilssen, bassist Petter Eldh and André Roligheten on reeds confers a mutual confidence that gives a real lustre to their freewheeling trio playing.
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Gard Nilssen Acoustic Unity - Elastic Wave (ECM)

Norwegian drummer Gard Nilssen, sideperson to Macej Obara and Mathias Eick and leader of Acoustic Unity and the Supersonic Orchestra, follows in the footsteps of a legacy – specifically that of late Norse drum legend Jon Christensen (and his peer Paul Motian). As such, Nilssen isn’t afraid to swirl his kit around the beat, trusting the listener to find and hold the pulse. But he’s no free drummer, either, understanding perfectly not only how to swing, but when. Alongside bassist Petter Eldh and saxophonist André Roligtheten, Nilssen utilizes considerable skill but also substantial sensitivity on the fourth Acoustic Unity album Elastic Wave.
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