This wonderful debut album by Anders Thorén Quartet, entitled “Sources of Inspiration”, gives a clear reference to the sources that inspired Anders Thorén to come back to music after a lenghty hiatus.
Thorén has chosen one of his main mentors as featuring artist; the eminent, grammy-winning pianist Lars Jansson. Spillemanspris- winning (Norwegian grammy) bassist Frode Berg, and the upcoming saxophonist Børge-Are Halvorsen make up the rest of this solid line-up together with bandleader/producer Thorén behind the drums.
The material is not original, but instead a selection of compostions that have been part of the inspiration for Thoréns return; composers such as Seamus Blake, Lars Jansson, and Marc Miralta among others. Stilistically the album is nicely varied with intense groove-based jazz, pretty ballads and improvised duo-segments.
"A strong debut album" - Roald Helgheim / Dagsavisen (NO)
"An album that makes you feel lighthearted and happy in the name of jazz." - JazzSpecial (DK)
Lars Jansson – piano
Børge-Are Halvorsen – saxophones
Frode Berg – bass
Anders Thorén – drums