Vintermåne (Lindberg Lyd NOMPPO201001, 2002)
Norway seems to produce quite a few excellent groups that combine melancholic Scandinavian folk music with jazz and atmospheric sounds. Vintermåne is a group formed by three outstanding musicians: Anne Gravir Klykken on vocals, Frøydis Grorud on saxophone and Torjus Vierli on piano and keyboards. The sound of the group is clean and full of exquisite ambience. There is little jazz improvisation in the group’s music. The group’s sound is characterized by Anne Gravir Klykken’s beautiful vocals performing duets with Frøydis Grorud’s sax, accompanied by Torjus Vierli’s minimalist piano.
The album features several guests musicians. The one that attracted my attention is Jørn Simenstad, who plays the delicate willow flute, one of the most wonderful instruments from the Nordic lands.