The songs may come from folk or jazz or pop, yet Solveig Slettahjell and her highly accomplished musicians always make them individual, tasteful and authentic. And the subtle way she bends notes, always bringing them to into perfectly true-pitched final focus is nothing short of miraculous. Every time.
At the beginning of the 2000s, Norwegian singer Solveig Slettahjell and her Slow Motion Quintet made the European jazz scene really sit up and take notice. Her concept, as Canadian critic John Kelman has written, was to take songs from the American songbook and to “slow them down. Way down. [...] She proved that slow, powerful and dramatic need not be mutually exclusive terms.” Her new album "Come In From The Rain" demonstrates how much those virtues have strengthened and deepened in the intervening years.That astonishing ability to concentrate on the essentials of a song – and to express much more with nuances and details than would be possible with volume or bombast– are still Slettahjell trademarks. Together with pianist Andreas Ulvo, bassist Trygve Waldemar Fiske and drummer Pål Hausken, Slettahjell captivates the listene...line up
Recorded live to tape at Propeller Music Division, Oslo, January/February 2020
Engineered by Mike Hartung. Assistant: Frida Blomberg
Produced by Kåre Christoffer Vestrheim
Mixed analog from tape using the Tree Audio Generation 2 console
Mastered at Propeller Mastering by Morgan Nicolaysen