With Large Unit, Nilssen-Love has put together his biggest and most ambitious ensemble to date, certainly in terms of sheer size — the group boasts two drummers, two bassists, two saxophonists, a three-piece brass section, a guitarist and an electronic musician.
Large Unit’s compositions serve its ambitious mission, creating situations likely to bring out their collective strengths. More than an all-ballast white-knuckle ride, the music ranges from out electroacoustic sound work to driving modern European jazz. The unit, when playing all together, generates a powerful noise, but the ensemble often subdivides into smaller, self-governing groups to connect fields of open space, swinging between stoutly built riffs spring-loaded for soloing.
June 13th marks the start of Paal Nilssen-Love’s Large Unit’s 14-date North American tour which includes live appearances in NYC, Baltimore, Raleigh, Columbia, Lexington, Buffalo, Montreal, Ottawa, Detroit, Milwaukee, Chicago, Vancouver and Seatte.
Ahead of the upcoming tour, Paal Nilssen-Love talked to Indy Week earlier this week about what seems to be his infinite supply of musical enthusiasm.
Free Times are also fronting a nice feature on the upcoming tour.
Full tour schedule, venue info etc. in Music Norway’s Calendar Section.
Paal Nilssen-Love Large Unit North American tour is supported by Music Norway’s Tour Support Programme.