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8 Ape Club  by  Ape Club
Released: 04/12/2013 • Label: Recorda Records

Naming a song after my current favorite alcoholic beverage is a good start.

I could easily break some out while listening to this record at a dinner party.

“Calvados” is about as good as it gets on this record. Other standout numbers include “underground” and the final number “Circus” on this little 8 track record out on Oslo’s Recorda Records. Most tracks here are melodic and groovy, lead by a pretty solid bassline including some improvisation with nods to greats like Coleman, Coltrane, Mingus, Monk, etc.

It does lose tempo about midway through, but ends on a high note.

A pretty young and unknown 4 piece out of Oslo, Ape Club consists of Kasper Værnes on sax, Øyvind Brække on trombone, Julius Lind on standup bass and Erik Nylander on drums. Starting up in 2009, this is their first compositions cut to wax.

If you’re in the mood to check out some new Norwegian jazz, this is a good place to start.

Ape Club is pretty accessible stuff inspired by classic 50-60s jazz; perfect for your soirée.


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