Honest John

Treem W/ Ab Baars (CF 482 CD)

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Treem W/ Ab Baars

Honest John

Clean Feed


FEE 153823

CF 482 CD



CD 12,39 €

"Klaus Ellerhusen Holm's writing for the band Honest John may have the kind of ondulations and turnings you recognize from Anthony Braxton's compositions, but the use of chamber music historical references and of folk instruments (like the banjo played by Kim Johannesen) give it a very different dimension. The way "Treem" associates abstract, experimental moments with passages of the most explicit, bop-ish, groovy jazz is another distinctive aspect in presence, benefiting from the contribution of the guest musician in this album, a star of the Dutch jazz scene, Ab Baars, whose tenor saxophone and clarinet reproduce all the patrimony of jazz in new ways, while his shakuhachi, a traditional bamboo Japanese flute, reinforces the idea that this project is inventing an imaginary folklore for the global village we all live in. This is the last release with the participation of violinist Ole-Henrik Moe, replaced by accordeonist Kalle Moberg after the recording of the present collection of pieces due to his ongoing commitments to his compositional work, being one of Norway most prominent contemporary composers.

You couldn't have a more touching and vibrant farewell from his part, giving to Moberg a supplementar responsability in what concerns the realization of the Honest John beatiful utopia: to open up very specific music to a broader audience."-Clean Feed Records


KIM JOHANNESEN, guitar banjo
OLA HOYER, double bass
ERIK NYÑANDER, drums, drum machine
KLAUS ELLERHUSEN HOLM, alto saxophone, Bb clarinet
AB BAARS, tenor saxophone, Bb clarinet, shakuhachi

Recorded at Nasjonal Jazzscene Victoria, Oslo, Norway, on October 29th, 2016.


01. Sailors of Liechtenstein
02. Aristocrats
03. Out of Doors
04. Treem
05. Fisheye
06. One Thing After the Other
07. Von
08. Prince of Venosa