KROKOFANT with Storløkken and Håker Flaten (NO)
Tom Hasslan – guitar
Jørgen Mathisen – saxophone
Axel Skalstad – drums
Ståle Storløkken – keyboards
Ingebrigt Håker Flaten – electric bass
“Honestly, Q is an album that will leave you breathless, the perfect meshing of various jazz styles with progressive rock and the occasional metallic burst is expertly done. If you love daring, complex, noisy instrumental music, this is one to seek out immediately.” – Sea of Tranquility
As David Fricke points out in his liner notes, this is not just another novelty guest-project, the Krokofant on “Q” is like a brand new band.
Hasslan´s tunes are perfect vehicles for keyboard player Ståle Storløkken (Elephant9, Supersilent, Terje Rypdal) to present the full scope of his playing; from sheer pastoral beauty to full on jazz skronk. The same can be said about Mathisen, who is given ample room for soloing. The tunes are rich in harmonic structures and melodic hooks, and with the distinctive sax/organ combination it´s difficult not to occasionally think of Van der Graaf Generator in their prime. By introducing Ingebrigt Håker Flaten (The Thing, Scorch Trio, Atomic) on electric bass, work was lifted from Hasslan´s shoulders and a “proper” rhythm section was born, Skalstad and Flaten instantly bonding. As Fricke also notes, “”Q” is their best album, the fullest expression to date of their original design – a drawing of the past forward – with a new strength in numbers”.”
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