This great quartet performed at the first ever Maijazz festival and did only two concert – at Maijazz and Nattjazz. At the time they were 3 young musicians with the more experienced Arild Andersen as chaplain master. Now, almost 30 years later, they are all important musicians on the international jazz scene with the world as their workplace. Now they do not need a much closer presentation – Arild Andersen at the age of 70 is still touring jazz scenes in Norway and around the world. Frode Alnæs has worked closely with Arild Andersen for many years, including the group Masqualero (ECM recording Aero) and the incredible trio with Arild, Frode and Alphonse Mouzon on Drums (Weather Report). Later followed big success with “Dance with a Stranger” . Audun Kleive has been a drummer in many projects, including Jøkleba and his long collaboration with Terje Rypdal. Last Audun was on Maijazz, with Extended Noise in 2017 together with Frode Alnæs. Scottish Tommy Smith has become one of Great Britain’s finest saxophonists. Last time Tommy Smith was in Stavanger it was together with Arild Andersen. Rumours say that Frode Alnæs is in possession of some recordings from the first Maijazz concert. This turn out very interesting !
Due sick leave Thomas Strønen is replacing Audun Kleive on drums
Arild Andersen Bass, Frode Alnæs guitar, Thomas Strønen drums and Tommy Smith saxophone