Troen - Arnesen Quartet - Tread Lightly
Cat. no: LOS2552
Release Date: 9th July 2021
It’s not uncommon in improvisational music to see the melody primarily as a point of departure for musicians’ solos.
But obviously, melodies have a power of their own and playing them and letting them shine in their own right takes skill; skills that are abundant in this incredible quartet co-led by Norwegian saxophonist and composer Elisabeth Lid Troenand and pianist Dag Arnesen.
Featuring all original composition, eight by pianist Arnesen and two by Troen, the overall impression is of songs that sound familiar and where melodic development and chords are equal partners, but at the same time establishing contrasting dimensions. Throughout the album, then, we as listeners are given a master-class in melodic thinking.
Elisabeth Lid Troen picked up the saxophone at 16 in 2008, and studied jazz at Voss Jazzskule. By the age of 20, she had already played with musicians Andy Sheppard, Terri Lyne Carrington, Tord Gustavsen, Joshua Redman, and the Bergen Big Band featuring keyboardist and orchestra leader Django Bates.
Elisabeth Lid Troen (saxophone, flute), Dag Arnesen (piano), Ole Marius Sandberg (bass), Sigurd Steinkopf (drums)
Tracks: Super Mario / Stumbling and Fumbling / Song For a Summer Night / Fooling Around / No Exit! / Where the Songs Have No Name / Donning / West Goes East / My Funny Quarantine / Denne