"This recording of an improvised pre-Christmas experimental knees up features an impressive nine-piece line-up of improvisers whose combined musical CV includes over a dozen groups. A supergroup they may be, but as some football managers know, a group of star players doesn’t necessarily make a team. The Pan-Scan Ensemble however seem to be gelling very nicely.
It’s brass-heavy, with three saxs (one of whom spontaneously transforms into a flautist) and three trumpets accompanied by a piano and two percussionists, giving things a tone that’s heavily jazz-infused. No overdubs, no FX, just raw but mostly non-abrasive avantgarde improv.
Both recordings are an exercise in contrasts. The baseline mode is extremely sparse; individual instruments, individual notes, standing alone among sections of actual silence, tentative and tense. Then there’s a mutual consensus to crescendo, an unspoken agreement to disagree among the performers as they all get louder and more chaotic, before calm is restored and we settle back into abstract and sporadic instrumental opinions. Some instruments echo another, others contradict each other, but it’s clear there’s no tight structure or specific plan, just a selection of confident and skilled performers riffing wildly and freely.
“In Time And Space” the trumpet sounds are more sustained and there’s a greater sense of urgency in ‘the loud bits’, but otherwise despite one track being twice as long as the other, they still have the same overall sonic identity.
This is a well-produced, neat if slightly disposable little bit of fun broken jazz."
- Stuart Bruce, Chain D.L.K.
released February 24, 2017
HISPID 007 / PNL035
Co-released by Hispid Recordings and PNL Records.
All music by Pan-Scan Ensemble (TONO/STIM/KODA)
Lotte Anker – soprano, alto and tenor saxophone
Anna Högberg – alto saxophone
Julie Kjær – alto saxophone, flute
Thomas Johansson – trumpet
Goran Kajfes – trumpet
Emil Strandberg – trumpet
Sten Sandell – piano
Paal Nilssen-Love – drums and percussion
Ståle Liavik Solberg – drums and percussion
Recorded live in concert on December 20th 2016 by Stig Gunnar Ringen at Blow Out, Mir, Oslo, Norway.
Mixed and mastered by Lasse Marhaug.
Photo by Tine Hvidsten.
Cover by Lasse Marhaug.
Special thanks to Øyvind Brungot Dahl, Andreas Drevland, Tine Hvidsten, Kari Grete Jacobsen, Stig Gunnar Ringen.