SVEIN FINNERUD TRIO / PREACHERS THE UNRELEASED WORKS / 1969-1980

Svein Finnerud Trio Preachers is the first CD in a series of unreleased recordings of Norwegian jazz, soul and avant-garde music from the Norwegian Broadcasting Bureau archives (NRK), licensed to Plastic Strip Press. It’s no coincidence that Svein Finnerud Trio is the first band to be released; the trio have achieved a cult following amongst jazz musicians in Norway and are regarded as one of the most controversial and important avantgarde groups from Scandinavia ever to come out.

The trio was formed Autumn 1967 with Svein Finnerud on keys, Bjørnar Andresen on bass and Espen Rud on drums and early on they developed their unique sound; ?The more classically trained Finnerud`s gentle lyricism on the keys contrasted by Andresen`s more self thought approach, sitting with the bass hitting the strings hard, all with Rud´s hard polyrhythms as backdrop.

From early on the trio wanted to break the boundaries of the jazz genre and went from a Paul Bley like sound into serialism, Musique concréte, spiritual jazz and experimented very early with an electrical sound. They were closely connected to the avantgarde art centres Munch Museum and Henie-Onstad, where they collaborated with poets, dancers and visual artists in some of the first performance art happenings in Norway. Their legendary SAMKLANG concerts where the trio and the Jan Garbarek Quartet turned into a septet, found them using ergo meter cycles and lawn lowers as percussion and dropping 3000 peas over the audience, while dressed up in voodoo costumes on stage. Concerts have never been better in Norway since.

This release follows the trio’s work from 1969 to 1980 done in different sessions in the NRK studios. The selection is done by Svein Finneruds son Bendik Finnerud and Lars Mørch Finborud. The CD contains 8 formerly unreleased recordings and five unreleased compositions (Hard låt, Ballade, Delta, Odysseen, Haiku Dikt). Also represented is an 11 minute long version of the classic jazz groover Plastic Sun by Bjørnar Andresen, recorded for a TV show in 1970 with 5 percussionists. Another gem is the brilliant folk jazz groover Delta where Norwegian folk music meets jazz in an unreleased radio recording. Terje Rypdal, Calle Neumann, Jon Christensen, Katja Medbøe and Trond Botnen are all featured as guest musicians/poets on the CD.

The CD also contains a 30 minute long interview with a young Svein Finnerud from 1969, conducted by Erling Wicklund. A 12-page booklet with never before seen photos and liner notes is also included. All audio has been remastered by Audun Strype.

 
Musical selection by Bendik Finnerud & Lars Mørch Finborud