Tor de Jazz (Tor Hammerø Blog) 31.08.2016.
The guitarist and composer Jørn Skogheim has been lurking on the threshold of fame and recognition for many years. Here, together with Stian Carstensen and vocalist Djamila Skoglund-Voss, he once again confirms his long overdue craving for a lot more attention.
Jørn Skogheim is an excellent guitarist…also. At irregular intervals since year 2000, my cd-player and mailbox are visited by Jørn Skogheim and his music. Every time I have thought, and written, that this is very good! Then again silence broods for a long time for reasons beyond my acquaintance; but not for the lack of quality, of that I’m certain!
His two latter releases was on Curling Legs, but his latest is on his own label, released in the beginning of this year, but crossing my path now. Once again it confirms Skogheims ability as a very skilled and independent guitarist, composer and multi-instrumentalist. The core of his band is Djamila Skoglund-Voss on vocals and Roger Williamsen on six-string el-bass, guested by Stian Carstensen on lap-steel and Ian Melrose on low-whistle on two tracks respectively, and himself on a rich variety of guitars, clarinets and whistling, leading us to places of evocative, personal beauty. Skogheims musical palette includes jazz, world music and, in my ears, much latin influences. Skoglund-Voss contributes a great voice with, or without, words in elegant tapestries of sound-on-sound, thus making the songs even more unique. This is probably the highlight of Jørn Skogheim…so far! This diverse and beautiful visiting card is closing with a very original rendering of John Coltranes masterpiece “Giant Steps”, including new lyrics by Skoglund-Voss; a very imaginative angle, fitting perfectly into the whole circumference of his musical body thus underlining what I have said several times before:
Jørn Skogheim deserves a lot more attention!!
Stemningsfullt (norwegian, English further below)
Jørn Skogheim er en utmerket gitarist – og mye annet.
Med ujevne mellomrom har jeg fått besøk i postkassa og CD-spilleren siden 2000 av Jørn Skogheim og hans musikk. Hver gang har jeg tenkt, og skrevet, at dette er jo bra. Så har det blitt stille igjen i en lang periode. Grunnen er jeg usikker på; det har i alle fall ikke stått på kvaliteten.
Etter at hans to seineste utgivelser har vært på Curling Legs, så har hans ferskeste visittkort, som egentlig kom ut like over nyttår, men som ikke har kommet min vei før nå, blitt gitt ut på eget selskap. Det er nok en bekreftelse på at Skogheim har mye personlig å melde både som komponist og gitarist – og multiinstrumentalist.
Med et grunnband bestående av Djamila Skoglund-Voss på vokal og Roger Williamsen på seks strengers elbass og med gjestene Stian Carstensen på lapsteel og Ian Melrose på noe som heter low whistle, på hvert sitt spor, og seg sjøl på allehånde gitarer, klarinetter og plystring, tar musikken oss med til steder som er vakre, stemningsfulle og høyst personlige. Skogheim skriver musikk med alt fra jazz, latin og world music i seg – i mine ører aller mest latinsk inspirert. Når så Skoglund-Voss med sin omfangsrike stemme, med og uten ord i sin stemmeformidling, og med hjelp av elegante pålegg, gjør låtene enda mer unike, så framstår dette som kanskje Skogheims høydepunkt så langt. Dette originale og vakre visittkortet blir avslutta med en høyst original versjon av John Coltranes mesterstykke «Giant Steps» som Skoglund-Voss har skrevet ny tekst til. Med sin originale innfallsvinkel passer den elegant inn i totalen.
Jeg har ment det tidligere og jeg mener det nå: Jørn Skogheim fortjener mye mer oppmerksomhet.
Uncertain Steps to Giant Steps
Kristiansand Avis Kilden…300616
A multiinstrumentalist opened the “Summer at Kilden”- season
by May Linn Tronstad
About 40 guests visited Kilden to get their first concert-for-free this summer season.
Kilden: -Very nice to be playing at Kilden for the first time, it is a fantastic place for a concert, Jørn Skogheim confirms after the first “Summer in Kilden”-concert. 40 artists and band connected to the southern tip of Norway will be performing in the Lobby Hall and outside at the pier of Kilden. Skogheim studied music at the Conservatory and lived in Kristiansand 1982-1998. He now lives in Drammen, working as a fulltime musician.
-I’m very impressed of what has been achieved in the musical milieu of Kristiansand, he says,- and especially of the concept of Kilden as one of the best nationwide. It also features very great musicians, like my band colleague Kim-André Rysstad, Tom Hell, Erik Faber, and Bernt André Moen.
A new project manager.
Silje Hansen took over as leading project coordinator for this concept, replacing Sheila Simmenes this year. She also works as an instructor, coordinating different Kilden Projects.
-It is very exciting to be leading this project, and very exciting to see all the gifted artists with a southern Norway connection in the booking process.
-Was the opening concert to your satisfaction?
– Yes, it was a concert of many moods. Skogheim is what may be considered a multiinstrumentalist. He played various guitars, clarinet, whistling and singing, and he managed to create a warm including atmosphere inside, in spite of the lousy weather outside.
She estimates about 40 people attending the concert, awaiting more when the holiday starts and people get aware of the concept.
KristiansandAvis 30.06.2016 (Norwegian, English further below)
Multi-instrumentalist åpnet sesongen
SOMMER I KILDEN
I GANG MED GRATISKONSERTER: Jørn Skogheim var førstemann ut i årets Sommer i Kilden. Til tross for regn hadde om lag 40 gjester tatt turen for å høre. FOTO: TORBORG IGLAND
Skrevet av: Mai Linn Tronstad
Publisert: 30.06.2016. Sist endret: 30.06.2016 11:25:39
Om lag 40 gjester benket seg i Kilden for å få med seg sesongens første gratiskonsert.
KILDEN: -Veldig fint å spille i Kilden for første gang, det er jo et fantastisk konsertsted, sier Jørn Skogheim etter sesongens første Sommer i Kilden-konsert.
40 artister og band med tilknytning til Sørlandet skal underholde i Kildens foajé og på bryggekanten utenfor i sommer. Skogheim studerte musikk og bodde i Kristiansand fra 1982-1998. Nå har han bosatt seg i Drammen og satser på musikk på fulltid.
– Jeg er veldig imponert over hva man har fått til i Kristiansands musikkmiljø. Spesielt Kilden, som er et av landets beste konsepter. Det er også mange dyktige musikere fra landsdelen, som bandkollega Kim André Rysstad, Tom Hell, Erik Faber og Bernt André Moen, sier han.
Silje Hansen har overtatt etter Sheila Simmenes som ny prosjektleder for konseptet. Hun jobber ellers som instruktør og koordinator for diverse prosjekter i Kilden.
– Fryktelig spennende å være ny prosjektleder, og veldig kjekt å se hvor mange talentfulle artister vi har i landsdelen gjennom booking-jobben.
Er du fornøyd med åpningen?
– Ja, det var en veldig stemningsfull konsert. Skogheim er det man kan kalle en multi-instrumentalist. Han spilte ulike gitarer, klarinett, plystret og sang og han klarte å lage en skikkelig god, varm stemning inne, med det vi må kalle «drittvær» ute.
Hun estimerer om lag 40 til å ha tatt turen til åpningskonserten mandag, og håper på flere etter hvert som folk går ut i ferie og blir obs på konseptet.
Jazznytt/Jazznews nr.5 2011
Canal Street, Arendal, Norway….by Borge Tronrud
…in order to attend the Susanna Wallumrød concert I had to leave Bakgården/The Backyard earlier than intended. Here Karl Seglem and Elin Furubotn performed songs on (Goat!)horn an sax. After this, the Jørn Skoghein Trio, featuring Djamila entered the stage, performing this year musical highlight of the festival! Skogheim excels in clarinet and whistling at the same ease as his elegantly wielding of the guitar. But his compositions are of no ease, albeit smoothingly entering the ears of the listener for a permanent stay! Djamila precisely vocally layered the landscape of Skogheim with outstanding talent.
The festival also included Synne Sanden, Silje Neergaard, Jarle Bernhoft and Bob Geldof to conclude this huge festival by the most economically and musically satisfactory means.
Jazznytt NR.05: 2011 Canal Street 2011. LEVENDE LYD (Norwegian, English further below)
…..Audun Kleive skapte suggererende perkussive effekter med trommer og elektronikk. Hans solonummer stående med et cymbal i hånden var et av de sterkeste innslagene. Når vi først er inne på sakrale tema, tar vi med at Susanne Wallumrød holdt årets konsert på vakre Arendal kirkegård. . «Jeg vil hjem til menneskene» basert på Gunvor Hofmoes lyrikk blir for meg et ganske monotont og dystert konsept. Diktene er mørke, nakne og underfundige. Et minimalistisk orkester, som for eksempel Magical Orchestra, hadde kledd diktene godt. Isteden ble diktene til tider nesten slått ihjel av rockerytmer og rotete akkompagnement.
For å rekke konserten med Wallumrød, så måtte jeg forlate Bakgården tidligere enn jeg hadde ønsket. Her hadde Karl Seglem og Elin Furubotn fremført viser med bukkehorn og saksofon. Deretter entret trioen med Jørn Skogheim og Djamila scenen, og årets musikalske høydepunkt var et faktum. Skogheim turnerer klarinett og plystring med samme lette eleganse som gitarspill. Skogheim leverer ingen lettvinte komposisjoner. De er meget iørefallende, men slett ikke enkle. Djamila la vokale toner med stor presisjon i Skogheims musikalske landskap. Hun er intet mindre enn et oppsiktsvekkende talent.
I tillegg alt dette rommet årets Canal Street en solfylt fyrkonsert med Silje Neergaard, irsk musikk av beste merke med Bob Gedof, særegne og intense Synne Sanden og solokonsert med vokaltalent og loopfantast Jarle Bernhoft. Når i tillegg værgudene tok hånd om lys og varme, så kunne allestedsnærværende general Mats Aronsen innkassere både en musikalsk og økonomisk suksess. Gigantfestivalen var passé. Less is more!
Tekst: Børge Tronrud
Foto: Jarle K. Jørgensen
Agderposten…Canal Street 2011.
It was fulfilled.
…then something happens…the Jørn Skogheim Trio featuring Djamila enters the stage and the Backyard is suddenly transformed to an oasis of magic. What an orchestra! Jørn Skogheim plays his guitar and clarinet with an uncanny easiness. He is also whistling so beautifylly that the soaring gulls close their beaks in shame. Skogheim delivers no easy pieces. His compositions are complex but catchy. This craves for a state of the art vocalist to sublimely layer his landscape utterly. Djamila did this in a seemingly effortless tour-de-force. She is an astounding talent. It was fulfilled.
Agderposten, Canal Street 2011. (Norwegian, English further below)
PÅ JAKT ETTER DET FULLENDTE
Trommeslager Audun Kleive delte raust av sine musikalske erfaringer og holdt en solokonsert på trommesett, cymbal og datamaskin – ja, datamaskin! Den var i de beste hender. Audun har en årelang musikalsk merittliste, så han vet hva han driver med. Kleive spilte for de rundt 30 frammøtte på Rytmisk fabrikk samtidig som han øste av sin kunnskap om faget. Han har skapt sitt særpreg gjennom mer enn 30 år som profesjonell musiker, og han er fortsatt på leting etter det fullendte.
Derfor er han ikke udelt begeistret for TV – programmer som Norske talenter og idol. Han mener at vi foreldre ofte gjør barna en bjørnetjeneste når vi hauser opp fjortisene våre som strålende musikere. Å være utøv-ende musiker er hard jobbing, prøving og feiling gjennom mange år. Jeg innrømmer gjerne at jeg er imponert over årets unge artister på talentscenen, Både Ask og Maggie Bright vil kunne nå langt hvis de jobber hardt. Men de skal vite at ti prosent talent og 90 prosent hardt arbeid er oppskriften. I tillegg må du desverre ha en liten porsjon flaks også.
Arendalittene skal være stolte av at det både er en talentscene og en Rytmisk fabrikk i byen. Karl Knudsen og Ole Johan Lillegaard på Rytmisk fabrikk sørger for at artister som representerer det smale og litt ulendte får en scene hvor de er tett på tilhørerne.
Vi som vandrer rundt på de mange konsertarenaene i byen, er også på jakt etter den store konsertopplevelsen – musikk, mennesker og magi. Kombinasjonen tenorsaksofon og visesang med henholdsvis Karl Seglem og Elin Furubotn fungerte fint i Bakgården. Den litt naive formen til Furubotn ble tilført dybde og lyrisk dimensjon med tonene fra Seglems saksofon. Uten Karl Seglem enten på sax, eller bukkehorn for den saks skyld, tror jeg forestillingen ville blitt litt ensformig.
Så skjer det: Trioen med Jørn Skogheim og Djamila entrer scenen, og Bakgården ble med ett forvandlet til en magisk oase. For et orkester! Jørn Skogheim trakterer gitar og klarinett med største letthet. I tillegg plystrer han så vakkert at de alltid tilstedeværernde måkene lukket igjen nebbet i ren ærbødighet. Skogheim leverer ingen lettvinte komposisjoner. De er meget iørefallende, men slett ikke enkle. Derfor må han også ha en vokalist som er i stand til å legge toner med en god por-sjon presisjon i landskapet hans. Djamila turnerte det elegant og helt uanstrengt. Hun er intet mindre enn et oppsiktsvekkende talent. Det ble fullendt!
Digg plink plonk
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It’s still very early in the year, but here is the southern (Norwegian) jazz album of the year. Oh, where does one begin when describing a piece work as astonishing as this- because Jørn Skogheim’s latest release New Direction certainly is! I start off with the melodies: they are intricate, yet inviting. They are catchy, but never dull. And they are delicately wrapped and unwrapped by instruments as diverse as vocals, guitar, clarinet, whistling, piano, drums and six-string bass. Fittingly, a very interesting and smiling band graces the album cover.
Vocalist and lyrics writer Djamila Skoglund-Voss was born and raised in Kristiansand, as is the case with pianist Bernt Moen, while composer and guitarist Jørn Skogheim has spent 16 years in the city. In collaboration with bassist Roger Williamsen and drummer Klaus Blomvik they have created a record that truly heads in new directions, both melodically, instrumentally and in terms of lyrics.
Each improvisation contributes to a larger whole as opposed to fragmenting it, which in turn renders each opus something separate and unique, worthy of repeated listening.
It’s wonderful to observe a guitarist and band leader who is so good that he doesn’t get lost in his own brilliance. This makes comparing Skogheim to greats such as Pat Metheny, Al Di Meola og John McLaughlin only natural. Skogheim’s solo instrumental tribute to his favorite guitar “My Dear Les Paul” is further affirmation of this.
For those of you who usually take greater interest in prog than jazz, but whose curiosity was hopefully piqued by such a great record as New Direction: consider this a more joyful King Crimson.
BT Mobil 10.02.2011.
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This review from BT Mobil was also printed in Fædrelandsvennen on 01.02.2011.
(Curling Legs/ Musikkoperatørene)
A study in elegant playing
Four years have passed since the good album “Above water” and Jørn Skogheim is back with “New Direction”, where the Pat Metheny- sounding guitarist (and clarinet player, let’s not forget) has shrunk his lineup to Roger Williamsen on bass, Klaus Blomvik on drums and the German/Swedish singer/songwriter Djamila Skoglund-Voss. The pianist Bernt Moen is involved in 4 of the 10 tracks, all composed by Jørn Skogheim.
The music flows deceptively easy, melodically charged and unobstructed on this album- deceptively because Skogheim’s catchy compositions are anything but simple. The album may lack variety, but Skogheim & co offer beat changes, modulations, melody lines and harmonies that can rival anyone. The musicians are completely in charge, and to top it off, the albums sense of ease is further enhanced by the presence of singer Skoglund-Voss. She sings noted improvisations with such steadiness and clarity that what is really a challenging performance comes across as effortless.
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Skogheims New Year’s Project
When Jørn Skogheim opens the Norwegian year of Jazz with ”New Direction”, it’s not a bad start.
Some refer to him as the Pat Metheny of Jazz, but the guitarist and clarinet player is certainly his own man, covering vast musical ground with his original material. In 2007 he employed more than a dozen musicians on the impressive album “Above Us”. On “New Direction” the core ensemble of four is represented, with the German-Swedish vocalist Djamila Skoglund-Voss providing solo vocals. It would have been nice to hear her vocals playing a more prominent role, but in this case her voice is used more as an “instrument” with or without lyrics alongside Skogheim’s usual cast of musicians Roger Williamsen, bass, Klaus Blomvik, drums, and Bernt Moen on piano and synth.
Skogheim’s debut was in 2000 with the album “Joy”, performed with musicians hailing from Riga and Canada. He has taught and worked as a musician in Norway, the Baltics and New York City. He has a broad repertoire, with strong guitar solos. He’s also a clarinet player, and every now and then he whistles. Once in a while his guitar play resembles Pat Metheny, as in the Latin-sounding “The Unexpected Incident”. “Precious Oslo” is a stylish solo performance on guitar synth, and “My Dear Les Paul” is a tribute to the late electric guitar pioneer Les Paul, who passed away last year at the age of 94.
Jørn Skogheim is a musician with much on his heart, and you’re free to help yourself to a taste.
Oppland Arbeiderblad, 03.02.11.
Pat the Norwegian
The Jazz guitarist Jørn Skogheim heads down an exciting road on his new album New Direction, and vocalist Djamila Skoglund-Voss deserves substantial credit for this. With a lively and playful voice, she traverses the various tracks as a whirlwind, shadowing drummer Klaus Blomvik’s lead across the hihat.
Jørn Skogheim’s music is both melodic and ambient. The combination of guitar/vocals evoke memories of 90’s heroes Special EFX, although Pat Metheny is clearly the great godfather of Skogheim’s Jazz Universe.
The combination of great melody and lyrical guitar defines Pat Metheny, and while Jørn Skogheim never plagiarizes the guitar legend, strokes of Metheny’s guitar brush are heard in the distance.
Vocalist Djamila Skoglund-Voss provides the greatest excitement this time around, though the album overflows with wonderful jazz tunes, where the guitar and rhythm section share the spotlight as well.
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Jørn Skogheim playing both guitar and clarinet on his new Album. Photo Kaj Dahl.
Jørn Skogheim: “New Direction”
Romerikes Blad, 08.02.11.
Playful and intricate
“New Direction” (Curling legs/Musikkoperatørene)
11 tracks, length: 1.03.31
Exciting, challenging, playful, artistic, ambient, demanding and at times lengthy…
Many compare Jørn Skogheim to Pat Metheny, and he won’t be accused of creating simplistic music.
He offers jazz with intricate solos, where he plays the clarinet as much as he does guitar. We find frequent rhythm and tempo changes, all effortlessly performed. As most of the compositions are quite demanding on the listener, the pop-ish and pleasant “Uncertain Steps” offer a break of sorts.
The vocalist Djamila Skoglund-Voss largely represents the new direction. In a sense, she’s an additional instrument, with her impressive sense of tonality and dedication.
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Smaalenenes Avis 08.02.2011.
11 Tracks, length: 1.03.31
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This review from Smaalenenes Avis was also printed in Romerikes Blad on 08.02.2011
Troms Folkeblad 19th of February 2011.
CD: New Direction
Artist: Jørn Skogheim
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Delicasies on guitar and vocals.
Important message to guitar enthusiasts: Watch out for Jørn Skogheim, guitarist and composer from Kristiansand with ancestry from Sørreisa. His “lightjazz record” “New Direction” is a treasure!
I have known about Jørn Skogheim for several years now. His grandfather Terje Brox from Sørreisa was in his time a very prominent guitarist and two of his sons were also musicians. Based in Kristiansand, Jørn Skogheim has established himself on the Norwegian jazz scene – and has released earlier records that have drawn great superlatives for known jazz journalists.
The Superlatives which Jørn Skogheim has received have contained comparisons with guitar legend Pat Metheny. This influence is easily found when “New Direction” is put in CD player. Clearly Skogheim has spent numerous of hours listening to Metheny – both his guitar work, improvisations and even the sound is influenced by the American. Similarities in composition and chord progressions are further examples. Very exciting indeed. This is a joy to listen to.
Even the sound production is inspired by Pat Metheny – this open sound with percussion instruments at the forefront. Consequently, the material eases into your ears. This is a record I will play over and over again. This is night music you never get tired of, as I never get tired of listening to Pat Metheny or Chet Baker.
The big surprise is the vocal elements. The German/ Swedish Djamila Skoglund –Voss has herself written all the beautiful lyrics, and sings with a cleanly and smoothly voice, a real pleasure to listen to. All compositions are written by guitarist Jørn Skogheim who also plays the clarinet on this record. Also contributing are Roger Wiliamsen on bass, Klaus Blomvik, drums and Bernt Moen, piano and synths. “New Direction” is recommended to all that love beautiful music. The record is a treasure to own and a relief for those whose senses are open to revelations of beauty.
Reviewed by Tom R. Johansen
Vol.no 22nd of february 2011
Suprisingly lovely new jazz
Jørn Skogheim stakes out a new and personal course, with intricate melodies in a bossa – and jazzlike touch.
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Tom Sigvald Jenssen:
He accomplishes this with help from the guitar, guitar-synthesizers, the clarinet, some vocals and whistling. The music is very beautifully arranged, unlike most of the jazz music that is released in Norway today. It is tastefully well-made and it is easy recognizable.
We get the impression that it is a whole and that the compositions are inter-connected.
The essence of this musical “Cake” is the German/Swedish Djamila Skoglund-Voss who sings her own lyrics. She has a surprisingly bright and beautiful voice. It is like hearing Amanda Parsons from the old English prog rock band National Health. Djamila’s voice is often dubbed with guitar, clarinet and whistling, providing a light and “airy” touch. The overdubs also contribute to the identity.
Whistling is not often found on records, though Jørn handles it nicely on the tune “Uncertain Steps”. He also plays the clarinet with a lovely warm and soft tone, an instrument which we seldom hear. The rhythm guitar evokes memories of Genesis, and the use of guitar synth. add a sense of weightlessness. On the other hand it doesn´t sound artificial, but rather acoustic. The guitar improvisations of Jørn Skogheim are perhaps not the most exciting, he plays a bit too fast, but this does not offend us. The album was recorded 3-4 years ago. He has probably improved his technique since then.
As a composer and arranger Jørn Skogheim has made a record that is accessible yet solid. The Duo of Jørn and Djamila have given us something really beautiful, exciting, complex, accessible and demanding at the same time. But we shall not forget the contributions of the BWM trio, which was considered as one of the most prominent young jazz trios in Norway, during their performance in the Molde jazz festival 2000. Not without reason, they play very nice and the drummer is superb. The accompaniment consists of Roger Williamsen playing the 6 string electric bass, Klaus Blomvik – drums and Bernt Moen from Shining playing the piano and synths.
This is Jørn Skogheim´s third CD, the first was with a large orchestra and was named Above Water, though we have only heard the latest one. If you wonder where he has all this from, a tiny part of the answer is Sørreisa, where he lived during his childhood.
Nordlys 16th of February 2011.
CD – recommendation for this Week v/Kjell Moe
”New Direction” (Curling
With traces from Sørreisa
Jørn Skogheim is convinced that his childhood and where he grew up and his first musical
education in Sørreisa is reflected in the music he is creating today.
Magnificent natur and nourishing environment for growing up has its contribution, he says who manage both taking lessons at the local music school and playing in the band before he left the community as a 12 year old.
The music on “New Direction” is both original and of free flowing.
Skogheim is first of all a guitarist, but on this record which is his third, he is almost as prominent as a clarinetist. In addition he also masters the fine art of whistling, which he is using in some of the arrangements.
Skogheim has made a lot of effort on this production, maybe one can be tempted to say that it has been a bit too well made. On the other hand no one can accuse him for repeating himself. His third record makes good on its title, teaming up with the previous recordings in making a diverse collection.
The German – Swedish vocalist Djamila Skoglund-Voss is the records second main person.She has singelhandedly written the lyrics and the vocal arrangements, and she uses her voice as an instrument and in a classically trained fashion, where she exploits both pop – and choir effects. In many ways her voice fulfills the role that the string players had in Skogheim´s earlier music. Skogheim´s compositions are deeply rooted in melody, but in the same time complex and complicated, harmonically as well as rhytmically. The boundaries between rigid compositions and improvisations are clearly defined . Skogheim is happy to use tecnical and electronic accessories in a way that draws comparisons to Pat Metheny, technique-wise.
In other ways we are also reminded of the legendary guitar pioneer Les Paul, especially in the guitar piece Skogheim has called My Dear Les Paul. In addition to Skoglund-Voss he has also gotten help from the so called BWM trio (Roger Williamsen playing six string electric bass, Klaus Blomvik drums and Bernt Moen piano and various synths).
Jazznytt Nr. 02:2011
Jørn Skogheim (guitar, clarinet, whistling), Klaus Blomvik (drums),
Djamila Skoglund-Voss (vocal),
Roger Williamsen (electric bass),
Bernt Moen (piano, synth)
CURLING LEGS CLP CD 117
Every once in a while appears the guitarist, composer and bandleader Jørn Skogheim.
My first meeting with him was in 2000, releasing his album “Joy”, playing with mostly musicians from Latvia.
He made his appearance in 2007 with “Above Water” where gentlemen as Kenneth Ekornes,Bendik Hofseth and Trygve Seim made their contribution.
With “New Direction” recorded in 2007 and 2008, he is giving us until now, his very best and most original contribution.
Skogheim is writing fascinating and beautiful music which is complicated but in the same time easily understood. Whether it is his guitar, orchestrated guitar synth., clarinet or whistling which is the most important part, he is creating an atmosphere which is most personal.
Djamila Skoglund-Voss’ self-made lyrics and performance style – also polyphonic – on several tracks certainly gives “New Direction” – Just as written – a new direction.
Klaus Blomvik and Roger Williamsen are playing important parts, in bringing Skogheim’s music to where he wants it to be – they are very much organized in parts of the intricate arrangements.
Bernt Moen – in this case far removed from his role model in Shining, provides several examples of what a fantastic pianist he is.
All music is written by Jørn Skogheim and both the fundament and the way it is treated and expressed, tells us about a musician that has received all too little attention.
“New Direction” can hopefully change that.
Aftenposten, Monday 22 of january 2007
14 track, length 71:13
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Jørn Skogheims «Above Water» should reach outside the borders of Norway. Over six years have passed since Jørn Skogheim’s debut album, and the multi-instrumentalist, composer and arranger have used these years well. Inspired by the atmosphere of the inner part of the Oslofjord, he has created an album that should elicit international attention. The first listening to the Cd created a bit of ambivalence – where did Skogheim want to go? A track such as «Terror» was confusing – was it the hooligan in him that rebelled against the romantic? Because the performance was as in tune with the title, a piece that did only sparked a headache. When listening once more to the CD, it feels like a Jazz surprise packet. A central part of the recording is a quartet-shuffled according to musical demands, with strings and wind instruments. Towards a backdrop of discreet percussion and synthesizer, viola and violins Trygve Seim does a sublime soprano performance on «My Friend Trygve, while Bendik Hofseth puts in a word or two with «Painful Voyage». Håvard Daae Rognli’s mood ewoking viola play must also to be mentioned. «Early Spring» in quartet format sounds as fresh as a spring stream, with inspired solos from Lars Tinderholt, bass and Bernt Moen, piano, and energetic drumming of Klaus Blomvik. Skogheim is not satisfied with just exceptional guitar performances; on some tracks he represents fascinating clarinet play and even whistling in search for new and exiting ways of expressions.
Wedensday 17. of january 2007 Dagbladet
Terje Mosnes firstname.lastname@example.org
The first surprise of the year
CD: The gitarist Jørn Skogheim is not an unknown figure in Norwegian jazz, but with his «Above Water» he truly displays a suprisingly ambitious and powerful new way of thinking. Skogheim himself plays different acoustic, electric and electronic guitars effortlessly , he also plays the clarinet and he whistles, and it also has to be mentioned that he has composed and arranged all the music. Save for two exceptions, the music is solidly based on melody and presented partly with a vital sounding jazz quartet (Skogheim plus Bernt Moen, piano; Lars Tinderholt, basses; Klaus Blomvik, drums), but more often from the Quartett plus 3 violinplayers and a violaplayer. To expand the sound, Skogheim has also invited some guests, among them Trygve Seim (soprano), and Bendik Hofseth (tenor) to weave their respective saxophone webs. Even if not all of Skogheim compositions are equally original, the expression he clothes them with is impressive with it’s consistent complexity. The many-faceted rhythmics lend a sense of jazz to the often string-dominated sound, and extremely few have surpassed Skogheim’s efforts to integrate elements from different musicgenrés such as jazz, fusion, latin and classical chamber music to make an appealing and unified whole, on a cd that is the first big surprise of the year.
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Ambitious, and the first big surprise of the year.
Dagsavisen sunday 14th of january 2007
With much on his heart
The guitarist Jørn Skogheim show a big presentation on «Above water», but the guitarist fulfil the title,s motto, and is floathing trough an eventful album.
jazz on sunday
This is a bit pompous, is my first impression during the band’s introduction of the opening piece «Sleepless Night», before Skogheim enters with his guitar and gets things in order, not unlike composer Pat Metheny when he plays with the round tone. The next piece starts in the same manner, with a magnificent arrangement with jazzband and strings as introduction to «Christmas Snowstorm», before we get the first pianosolo from Bernt Moen, a musician we know from youth jazz competitions, and that also puts his stamp on this album in a noticeable fashion. Saxplayer Trygve Seim settles it down in the next opus, and we are just in the beginning of a jazzalbum that is a rarity in contemporary Norwegian music. Composer and arranger Skogheim had his debut in 2000 with his acclaimed album «Joy», featuring musicians from Riga and Canada. He has been teaching and working as a musician both in Norway, The Baltic states and New York city. Skogheim, Klaus Blomvik (drums), Lars Tinderholt (bass) and Bernt Moen (piano) make up a team that first get to showcase their skills on «Early Spring». New constellations enter, Skogheim can also play the clarinet and whistle, and several superb soloists appear on this monumental work, where «Terror» is a musical commentary on the times in which we live, before we settle down with a wonderful violin performance by Håvard Daae Rognli. The record lasts for over 70 minutes, and I think you get the best listening experience if you don’t play it all in one stretch. Take your time with this album.
Dagens næringsliv Magasinet 20./21. of january 2007
A nice mix
If you crave a nice, mixed candy-bag of jazz , we recommend a few hectograms of guitar magic from Jørn Skogheim. The beginning is perhaps a bit pompous, but then it feels right. Jørn Skogheim has put together a tremendous and entertaining album, where he displays a repertoire that goes beyond six strings. The Guitarist and composer has been quiet now for six years. The first album , recorded with an assembly of Latvian musicians in 2000, was named «Joy» and lived up to its name. His latest CD is no less fun, as Skogheim has invited a whole caboodle of good friends. Fresh from the candy stand. You can zapp yourself to the track called «To my friend Trygve» right off the bat. Trygve in this context has the surname Seim and is one of the most prominent soprano sax players here in Norway. In interplay with Jørn Skogheims Les Paul this piece becomes a beatiful and meditative composition. Things don’t exactly get worse when Skogheim hits the deeper notes and the soloist on tenor sax is called Bendik Hofseth. Then you can sink your teeth into the rest of the record that offers more complex jazz than his first cd. It is other rhytmic figures, other ensemble solutions, and definite more resistance than in the first go ’round. Skogheim offers more classical chamber music, with an extremely talented string quartet, He whistles a bit here and there, and after a while contributes with the guitarsynthesizer. The whole is such an excellent assortement of tasty treats, that it should have been sold at the local candy shop. Without breathing pains. Everything circles around the good melody created by Skogheim himself, and with a constant bow in the direction of the homeland of the bossa -nova, Brasil. A little bit of Gismonti, Jobim and Vasconcelos. And of course lots of greetings to Pat Metheny, without it becoming an issue. The great dynamic of the record appears where the freely improvised meets the strictly arranged and written solo parts. The use of the mentioned strings plus flute and the clarinet creates huge width in sound and give much room for surprises and new tidbits as you snack yourself through the candy bag. The cd’s title is not misleading. Skogheim’s head is way above water indeed.
Bjørn Olav Nordahl
Bergens Tidende wedensday 31st of january 2007
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Clever mixture of different ingredients With «Above Water» the guitarist Jørn Skogheim courageously attempts to melt together elements from jazz, fusion and classical chambermusic. In addition to the jazzquartet there are also both strings and flute. The measures are also put together with a lot of different variations on this record. And from this he manages to create a whole that is rich in melodic eleganse. Skogheim’s recipe is also dangerous as he easily could have gotten himself entangled in nonchalant aesthethical gymnastics. In this case the musicians help avoid that, not least through Bernt Moen’s fresh piano performance and Klaus Blomvik’s energetic drum play. Bendik Hofseth pitches in on tenor sax, while Trygve Seim on soprano sax contributes technically sound solos that elevates the album’s quality to a different level. This however, is Skogheim’s album first and foremost. All the music on the album is composed by him. Furthermore, his guitar play is first rate, whether he plays rapidly or slowly. He even plays the clarinet……..
Fædrelandsvennen tuesday 16th of january 2007
Aesthete and jazzcomposer
Jørn Skogheim, (Curling legs)
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Not often does one listen modern jazz that is so soothing to the ear, so warming for the soul and such an overwhelming aesthetic experience as in this case. The guitarist, clarinetist and composer originates from Tveit in Kristiansand, educated at the college level at the music department HIA. He now releases a cd by the title «Above water». He garnered marvelous critiques for the album «Joy» which was released in year 2000 , recorded with musicians from the Baltic states. Now he appears with some of Norway’s finest musicians, and the result is excellent. All compositions, 14 all together, are his own. He plays guitar, sometimes with guitarsynthesizer, and the clarinet. With him appear also Bendik Hofseth, Trygve Seim and Bernt Moen – plus many others that are not only some of the best in the jazz genré but also in the field of classical music. I’m listening, and thinking that Jørn must be a kind man. The music is good for the ear. And then I discover a wellspring of creative musical ideas that he shares with the others. This is jazz, not edgy and fiery, but soft and floathing, as sun beams in quit water. Sometimes it is almost impressionism , with flute tones that remind us of Debussy. Other times it is melodic, with suprising harmonic changes that exite the listener. The titles are kind: «My Friend Trygve», «Early Spring», «Perfect Love», «Inspiration» etc. It sounds beatiful even when the title is «Painful Love» and is dedicated to Bendik Hofseth. Only in the piece with the title «Terror» you do really face resitance – as expected. But then being comforted immediately afterwards in «Håvard’s Siesta», where Håvard Rognli gets to caress the strings of his viola in deep, soft and dark strophes before a tender musical background of whistling, synthesizer, guitar and percussion. It is not hard to recommend this-sincerely. Listen and enjoy, and experience that many positive things eminate from the music department of Kristiansand College.
Emil Otto Syvertsen
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As a foundation for this album, the guitarist Jørn Skogheim uses his three close friends and the jazz quartet. It seems he is a man who composes quite a bit, yet uses rather a small amount of what he writes. This because we find unusually great variations of rhythm and arrangement. It sounds like each and every melody has a very good reason for being recorded, and each tune give you a feeling of experiencing something new. With guest musicians such as Trygve Seim, Bendik Hofseth and singer Jane Kelly not only a quality product is assured, but so is musical diversity. String instruments are used successfully on almost every tune. The result is a very rare and wonderful collection of melodic compositions by Skogheim himself. KD
Troms Folkeblad 2007
Exiting and melodic
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Jørn Skogheim, born in Sørreisa, has released a new cd. The already well known guitarist serves up jazz-inspired compositions with airy arrangements and extensive rythmics. And this is really a brilliant guitarperformance – though Skogheim masters other instruments also. In addition to this, the string arrangements are floating through the sound. But ther’s more. Much more. Teaming up with the jazzguitarist is an elite of musicians. They contribute to the compositions in a creative and rather quit ambitious manner, where several styles meet – among them classical chamber music and also more latin inspired expressions. Jørn Skogheim plays in a superior manner on this cd. The result is an exiting and interesting listening experience.
written by Ronny Trælvik
Dagens næringsliv, Joy, 2001
From Russia With Joy
A Counsul, a nice brother and a Gibson. Jørn Skogheim had all the ingredients needed to make an outstanding jazz album. Innovative, playful. Jørn Skogheim forcefully enters the Norwegian jazz scene Sometimes records are published, but not listened to. At first glance, Jørn Skogheims record appears slightly homemade, but as it turns out it should have been inserted into the cd player much earlier. Because inside this modest cover is music that can melt a frozen Nordic soul. Samba measures combined with playful, melodic jazz performed by quality musicians. This is the short description of listening through Skogheim’s first Cd. Skogheim is an unknow entity on the Norwegian jazz scene. But together with a bunch of Latvian musicians and a Canadian sax player, he has accomplished writing and perfoming music that deserves attention. Lots of attention. Maybe it all started when his brother offered him his Gibson guitar. From that time he has been loyal to his Les Paul Custom. That is also some of the a advantages of this record. Skogheim Plays his guitar straight into the amplifier without any mystic effects. Therefore his guitar sound appears both clean and sharp. Or perhaps it all started when Jørn Skogheims buddy introduced him to the Riga jazzfestival. His friend, Erling Johansen, was the counsul for Latvia in Norway, and was of the opinion that Skogheim should travel east. And since then the guitarist has traveled to The Baltic states where he has found the majority of his band. And let us get this straight, the Latvian musicians Maris Briezkalns on drums, Ivars Galenieks on acoustic bass and Viktors Ritovs on piano are the real deal. They are well educated and have had a long journey in the art of improvisation. Combined with Nic Gothams alto sax and Skogheim’s lead to Brasilien rhythmics and sense of striking melodies, it all simply becomes beatiful. Here is a dash of Egberto Gismonti merged with an influence from the two guitarheroes Pat Metheny and John Mclaughlin. It would surprise us if Skogheim has not listened quite a bit to the percussionist Nana Vasconcelos too. Skogheim’s implementation of the guitar synthesizer works out really well and creates a sound that we first mistook for a vibrafone. But first and foremost it is the lightheartedness, the flow and the joy in the music that impresses and warms us. «Joy» is an apt name for this record, though you may have to visit a specialty store to find it.
Bjørn Olav Nordahl
Joy, Fædrelandsvennen 24.10. 2000
Fiery Jazz- guitarist
Jazz – The guitarist Jørn Skogheim from Tveit in Kristiansand is educated at the music department Kristiansand college. These last years he has lived in Oslo, and has developed a close collaboration with musicians from the Baltic states. Now he releases his first CD, where he presents himself as a perfect jazz guitarist, and a bunch of co – musicians that also play their instruments eminently. Maris Briezkalns plays the drums, Ivars Galenieks acoustic bass, Viktors Ritovs piano and Nic Gotham alto sax on six of the 12 pieces on the record. All compositions are signed by Jørn Skogheim, and find themselves in the genre of improvised and melodic jazz, but not seldom he leans towards samba – rhytmics, a modern sound and modern chordchanges, he himself uses the term «A hint of acid-jazz». It is exiting to follow Skogheim and the other musicians through the record’s one hour duration. The title tune «Joy» in the middle of the cd carries fits its name, not as loud joy , but in my opinion a more quiet and personal joy, in the same way as the following composition «Samba melancholy». Try to dance to 15/4-7/4 Samba – although I cannot do it, I sense there will be some rhytmic tugs in places. Tremendous tempo in the solos both from guitar and piano, shows that the musicians know their stuff. The bassplayer even pulls of a solo here and there. In the end Jørn Skogheim discloses his background and longing in «Sueno con playa de Hamresanden»- meaning either dreaming of or dreaming at Hamresanden.
As a whole this record is both an exciting and beautiful result from a successful collaboration.
Musico MCD 612
Emil Otto Syvertsen
Indre Smaalenes avis 22.11.2000
A gleam of light in autumn-darkness
«Joy», Musico MCD 612 (2000)
playing length 64:14
Written by Trond Erikson
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Jørn Skogheim has joined forces with jazz-musicians from Latvia, a collaboration that really creates vibrations. When Skogheim in addition has created several exellent compositions, it is really time to lend an ear. The music is delicate- though without any big surprises, but with small details that prompt the listener to put the record back in the cdplayer over and over. Many thoughts come to you as you listen to Skogheim’s Beautiful guitarperformance on «Joy». He has made a clever move in allowing the music time to dwell with the listener. The quartet has brought with it the canadian sax player Nic Gotham – a new and joyful acquaintance. In a addition to Skogheim, the band consists of Maris Briezkalns – drums , Ivars Galenieks – bass and Viktors Ritovs playing the piano, and is one year old. Though it has already been on tour in Latvia, Lithuania, Sweden and Norway.
Oppland Arbeiderblad 23.11.2000
Bubbling Jazz collaboration
Jørn Skogheim Quintet
The Norwegian jazz guitarist is a new and positive acquintance for the writer. His debut record Joy is a bubbling and happy jazz record of traditional quality and style. This is name-brand jazz, where all tunes are composed by Skogheim. Together with the Latvian musicians Maris Briezkalns on drums, Ivars Galenieks (acoustic bass), Viktors Ritovs (piano) and the Canadian Nic Gotham on alto sax , the quintet gives the listeners over one hour of jazz pleasure, where several of the performers are given the opportunity to improvise. In addition to Skogheim’s beatiful guitar performance – and whistling – Viktors Ritovs also makes quite an impression with his exquisite piano performance. Skogheims combination of guitar and whistling, reminds us of Toots Thielemans who is also known for the same expression. Jørn Skogheim’s quintet is a musical collaboration with many countries involved, recorded in Riga after the band was established in Latvia during spring of 1999. The group has since had success with its concerts in both Latvia, Sweden and Norway. The band is once again a proof that Latvia and the two other Baltic countries has much to offer when it comes to musical quality.This cd and many other recordings the last years testify to this. The music scene there is rich, and maintains a high level, both in jazz, classical and pop music.
This new cd deserves the attention of many jazz minded people.
Odd Martin Hesjadalen
Joyful Guitar jazz
This release is an example that collaboration across borders often yields a positive result. The Norwegian Jørn Skogheim has joined some of the finest musicians from Latvia and together they have made a cd. «Joy» is sometimes subtle, yet still provides a positive intensity. With his guitar riffs and whistling Skogheim makes his presence known on this Cd. Personally I find the track «A tune to a special latvian lady» very exquisite. Also, the more playful title tune «Joy» beautifully flows through the loudspeakers. All musicians on this recording share a diverse background as both performers and composers. This reflects itself in the final product, although Skogheim is the composer of every track. If you like instrumental jazz in the style of the Brentwood Jazz Quartet, this record is an excellent choice. The plan is for this recording to be released on the international market next year. That’s not a bad idea at all.
Quotes from puls and jazznytt 2000, 2001
«a CD with over one hour of fine jazzmusic that can be enjoyed anytime and that will never expire»
Puls: Tor Hammerø
«full command and mastery of the guitar……as a composer Joern is extremely inventive, imaginative and manysided»
Jazznytt: Stein Kagge
Jørn Skogheim Quartet, Riga jazzfestival 2001
Jørn Skogheim LNC project , Kaunas Lithuania 2000
Joy: «A consul, a nice brother and a Gibson. Jørn Skogheim had all the ingredients needed to make an outstanding jazz album.» – Bjørn Olav Nordahl, Dagens Næringsliv