duo of pianist Eyolf Dale and reedist André Roligheten
Wow, our album just got reviewed in the major British newspaper, The Guardian! 4 out of 5 stars! John Fordham writes:
Albatrosh are the twentysomething Norwegian duo of pianist Eyolf Dale and saxophonistAndré Roligheten. Star composer Maria Schneider hailed their “great interplay and amazing improvisation, effective and colourful compositions” when they won the Best Band prize at the North Sea festival in 2009, and this third album illustrates what she meant. Sometimes they operate in a subdued free-improv space populated with sly multiphonic sax sounds and tinkling piano, sometimes they are quirkily dynamic, and the balance between meticulous, integrated composition and improv freedom is imaginatively struck. Pieces such as Linedance and Pickup Truck rattle through fast, intertwined postbop melodies bristling with percussive sax blurts and cop-show piano rumbles, while slow features such as Central Park and Pannebrask explore deep, sax-ballad sighs or tone-bending meditations. Both players are formidable improvisers, but the quality of their compositions makes that task easier – it’s a combination of elements that suggests the sax/piano conversations of Julian Arguelles and John Taylor.