UØB Sampler 2017​-​2020 (FREE download)

by Uuskyla Øgrim & Berg

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Since the release of their first album ULLR in 2017, Uuskyla Øgrim & Berg have tirelessly developed their red-hot mix of jazz, rock, and several other styles in between. Their seven albums, recorded in the studio as well as live in concerts, as a trio and with guests, show how much the Scandinavian free music scene remains vibrant.

Written about the band:

....most striking about this album is the way in which the musicians anticipate and respond to each other...no single member outshines another... Uuskyla provides a foundational groove through most of the album...I often wonder whether so many performances really need to be documented and presented to the public. Then, I find an album like this that clearly caught a special band on a special night. And, I start to allow space for the exceptions...The Free Jazz Collective

While we have no more Power Tools music (Bill Frisell, Melvin Gibbs and Ronald Shannon Jackson), there is the Scandinavian power trio led by drummer Peeter Uuskyla to fill the void....Pulse master Uuskyla glues this affair. - AllAboutJazz, February 2017

Oslo Hærverk appeared on Avant Music News' list of Excellent Releases first half of 2018"

They seem more refined and have progressed considerably on this album. Good Scandinavian avant-garde. - Unfretted.com about Oslo Hærverk.

The single 42-minute track allows for no questions and takes no prisoners...Hearing the musicians in their natural state is the purest experience...This disc reminds me of the response we used to give to complainers, "If it's too loud, then you're too old." – Marc Corroto for All About Jazz, April 2018.

It gives us free improvised music one otherwise is accustomed to hearing from musicians in the landscape where Mats Gustafsson, Paal Nilssen-Love, Peter Brötzmann and that lot lives." – Salt Peanuts about LAIV.

This trio sounds like a rock/jazz power trio from the early seventies, pre-fusion, moving in immense waves without many actual solos, more of a group sound. The set is mostly organic, explosive only in sections, the trio taking their time to explore each other’s playing. This set seems to be more about mood and vibes, kind of dark and mystical at times, like an ancient ritual taking place around us. We can’t help but be enveloped by the cautious, creative spirits. - Bruce Lee Gallanter, Downtown Music Gallery

Contrasting the stylistic traits exhibited by some of their peers – Trespass Trio’s contemporary jazz sensibilities or Fire! (Orchestra)’s progressive approach – the trio’s music is an oblique and deconstructed but red-hot mix of jazz, rock, and several other styles in between. As a whole, Ullr is an engaging, captivating, and often unrivalled listen. - Freejazzblog.org on Ullr

It is all carried by Peeter Uuskyla's energetic drumming. - Orkesterjournalen, Sweden

Uuskyla’s trio is taut and metallic, sprung, flexed and sinuous, hitting hard on the recoil. - Dalston Sound about Ullr, March 2017.

Guitar, bass and drums is a classic power trio-setting. Such is also the setting on this record. There ends all likeness with the power trios I know...Like reading James Joyce’s Finnegans Wake. Hard to understand it truly is. - Lira, Sweden

Oh! This is just terrific! Unstoppable energy and propulsion...intricate interplay...knife-edge, thrilling balance... - Customer John Cratchley about Ullr at simlas.bandcamp.com


released December 20, 2020


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