Jazz guitarist Michael Aadal brings his group to Band on the Wall to perform work from his latest LP ‘Pomona’. Entry is free, just sign up in advance.
As did ‘Abigail’, the bands’ previous Losen Records release, Pomona resonates with charm. Aadal is passionate about his instruments and on this musical delight his strings are succulent and his chords command.
Pomona Avenue, Fullerton, Los Angeles was, in the early 1950s, the original location of the famed Fender factory. “I only use solid guitar body guitars on this album”, explains Michael. “An old Stratocaster and a Telecaster. No arch tops and hollow bodies, which are the guitars most usually associated with jazz music. I wanted a more ‘direct’ and ‘edgy’ sound this time.”
In Pomona we find a driven determination to examine musical roots. We are taken to the heart of blues, country and jazz, but this is no superficial fusion album – it represents cultural timelessness. There is a serene and seamless structure to both the compositions and the collective contributions of Aadal’s superb musicians, a truly interactive ensemble and the resulting album is all-enveloping, a sonic tapestry.
Michael Aadal – guitar
André Kassen – saxophones
Anders Hofstad Sørås – pedal steel guitar
Ole-Bjørn Talstad – piano
Audun Ramo – bass
Gunnar Sæter – drums
This is an unreserved mixed seated and standing show.