3xCD / 1xDVD Boxset

Plastic Strip Press are proud th present the complete works of the Norwegian avant-garde jazz pioneers Svein Finnerud Trio in a 3CD/1DVD boxset. After the critically acclaimed CD Preachers containing the unreleased works of the trio was released 18 months ago, the label started the project to document the trios output throughout 31 years on different obscure labels and limited edition prints that is impossible to buy.

Svein Finnerud Trio have achieved a cult following amongst musicians in Norway and are regarded as one of the most controversial and important avant-garde groups from Scandinavia ever to come out. Even when the trio was doing different things such as free-jazz, musical theatre, jazz & poetry, working with graphic notation or collaborated with electronic composers - their music always had that unique Finnerud sound that develop through a 50 year long friendship between the bass player Bjørnar Andresen and pianist  Svein Finnerud.

The boxset shows the trio from the self titled Paul Bley-inspired debut LP released by Norsk Jazzforum in 1968 to the legendary Plastic Sun LP from 1970, when the group almost reached popstar status in Norway and was signed to record mogul Arne Bendiksen label. We get to hear for the first time on CD the fusion inspired jazz & poetry record Mulitmal which they made together with visual artist and poet Trond Botnen and legendary saxophone player Carl Magnus Neumann in 1971,  to the more sombre and dark record Thoughts recorded in 1973 but released by Henie Onstad Art Centre in 1984 after being shelved for 11 years. The trio made a comeback in the 90s with the record Travel Pillow in 1994 before cutting Egne Hoder with then young drummer Paal Nilssen-Love in 1999, released by the jazzclub BLÅ own label BP. 

The release contains remastred versions of:

-Svein Finnerud Trio Svein Finnerud Trio (1968)
-Svein Finnerud Trio Plastic Sun (1970)
-T. Botnen / S. Finnerud Trio / C.Neumann MULTIMAL (1971)
-Svein Finnerud Trio Thoughts (1984)
-Svein Finnerud Trio Travel Pillow  (1994)
-B. Andresen/S. Finnerud / P. Nilssen-Love Egne Hoder (1999)

The box comes with a DVD that contains two unreleased TV Shows the trio recorded for the Norwegian Broadcasting bureau at the Central theatre in Oslo and the Munch Museum. It also contains two radio interviews with Bjørnar Andresen and Svein Finnerud, a slideshow with the scrapbooks of  Bjørnar Andresen and Svein Finnerud found after their deaths. As a bonus there is an MP3 audio of an unreleased concert the trio held at the Henie Onstad Art Centre in 1971 found in the centres sound archives.

Also included in the box is a 40 page booklet with essays on the trio by Paal Nilssen-Love, Ivar Chr. Johansen, Martin Revheim, Per Hovdenakk and Eivind Opsvik. Lars Mørch Finborud has also interviewed the drummer Espen Rud for the booklet where he tells the story of the trio from its mere beginnings in 1967.