JWQ Showcase 2017

Thursday, July 21, 2016

NORWAY Hedvig Mollestad Trio – Black Stabat Mater (2016)



1 Approaching/On Arrival (14:16)
2 In the Court of the Trolls (8:27)
3 40 (6:17)
4 Somebody Else Should Be On That Bus (4:25)

Bass – Ellen Brekken
Drums – Ivar Loe Bjørnstad
Guitar – Hedvig Mollestad Thomassen
Sleeve – Kim Hiorthøy

With four studio albums under their belts in less than five years this explosive trio have gone from strenght to strenght gathering respect from both rock and jazz camps and receiving vivid praise from the likes of Rolling Stone senior editor David Fricke and veteran writer Richard Williams, who started his report from the Berlin Jazz Festival with "a late-night gig last week persuaded me that Hedvig Mollestad Trio have found a way to make headbanging feel good". Although there is enough riffing here to satisfy the headbangers, with "Black Stabat Mater" the trio are venturing into more free and open landscapes with Mollestad truly coming into her own as a solo guitarist as well as a riffmeister previously compared to the likes of Tony Iommi and Jimmy Page. It´s also notable that extensive touring has given them a confidence boost, and once again the tracks have been laid down live in the studio with only minor overdubs.