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Meadow | Blissful Ignorance


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TORE BRUNBORG saxophones


1. Badger 5:32
2. Blissful Ignorance 6:13
3. Kirstis Tarer 5:53
4. Tunn Is 5:14
5. Meadow 6:25
6. Amentia 2:39
7. Will 5:17
8. Reven 5:21
9. Ritual 6:07


Blissful Ignorance? Whoever brought these guys together in Oslo’s Rainbow Studios knew just what they were doing. Featuring three of Europe’s finest and most sensitive players, each one with countless recordings under their belt, Blissful Ignorance is a record that comes in many colours. If the group’s name suggests some kind of pastoral idyll, then so be it. But there’s no sentimentality or fey romanticism about Meadow or Blissful Ignorance. This music has the wisdom, honesty and vigour that is borne only of experience. Blissful Ignorance has its own sense of place, time and worth, able to seek and to soar but with the maturity to know what really matters. Blissful Ignorance – these guys have it sussed.


‘[Meadow] has produced one of 2011’s likely jazz triumphs of the year…worthy of ECM label’s greatest moments’. GUARDIAN **** (UK)

‘This is an album of sublime creativity that will stand the test of time… they have created a classic’. JAZZWISE MAGAZINE (UK)

‘Imagine the sound of saxophonist Wayne Shorter if he’d worked on a north-Euro ECM Records project, perhaps with the label’s legendarily restrained house-drummer Jon Christensen — then add one of Europe’s most sensitive and resourceful pianists, and you have something like this remarkable trio’. GUARDIAN ****

‘Meadow is three superb musicians… an assertively interactive group. The trio is in arresting form throughout’. IRISH TIMES *****

‘An early contender for new trio of the year…Quite simply one of the most accomplished recordings by the Edition label thus far’. UK VIBE ****

‘Vastly appealing…European Jazz at its most elegant’. MANCHESTER EVENING NEWS ***** (FIVE STARS)

‘The success of Meadow and Blissful Ignorance is predicated in its focus on the song, the sound, the melody and the collective’. ALL ABOUT JAZZ

‘Meadow deliver a classic in conception and in execution’. FOCUS/ LE VIF (Belgium)

‘Meadow are able to make almost-empty space seem eloquent. Tore Brunborg’s sinuous sax is supported by faint but urgent patterings from Thomas Stronen’s drums and perfectly placed enigmatic chords from pianist John Taylor’. TELEGRAPH (UK)


All music by Tore Brunborg except Amentia by Stronen / Taylor, Will by Thomas Stronen and Ritual by John Taylor.

Recorded, mixed and mastered at Rainbow Studio, Oslo by Jan Erik Kongshaug

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