Raoul Björkenheim - Electric guitar
Ingebrigt H. Flaten - Electric bass
Paal Nilssen-Love - Drums & perc.
The Scorch trio came about as a result of Raoul Björkenheim and Ingebrigt Håker Flaten´s meeting at the Jyvaskyla Summer Jazz Festival in 1998. Hearing each other play, it was immediately obvious to both of them that a collaboration would lead to some highly inspired energetic music. Flaten knew that his heavy rhythm section partner from the group Element, Paal Nilssen Love, was the perfect choice of a drummer, and so several concerts in Finland and a recording for the Finnish radio were set up in early 2000 (part of that recording is included on the compilation CD produced by Wolf Kampman). From the very first sounds they made together, they knew that they were on the same wavelength and subsequent concerts were arranged in Copenhagen, Gothenburg and Oslo. This led to their first recording for Rune Grammofon in 2002, which received very good reviews and was voted as one of the 10 best jazz CDs of the year in The Wire. A second CD was recorded in the winter of 2004 and is due to be released in the spring.
Björkenheim gained recognition on the international scene with his own band Krakatau, recording two CD´s for ECM, and performing at many major European festivals. He developed a shamanistic intensity in his playing which reflects the influences of Hendrix, James Blood Ulmer and Ayler, bringing him to collaborations with Finnish drummer Edward Vesala, Toshinori Kondo, Bill Laswell, Ronald Shannon Jackson and Paul Schútze. Together with Ingebrigt Håker Flaten and Paal Nilssen-Love, the trio will emerge as a very interesting constellation a cross the borders. The trio works with free improvisation.
Scorch Trio live at the Tampere Jazz Happening 2003
by Matthew Wuethrich, allabaoutjazz.com, extract:
The Scorch Trio is an explosion waiting to happen. But guitarist Raoul Björkenheim, bassist Ingebrigt Flaten and drummer Paal-Nilssen Love never let the bomb go off, instead putting it on a long fuse and letting the tension mount. They are often labeled a power trio, and yes, electric guitar fireworks, heavy electric bass and free-wheeling drums do call to mind images of Hendrix and Cream, and they could blow people out of the room if they wanted to but then their more interesting sonic textures would never manifest themselves..
…So yes, there is power in this trio and Björkheim’s exuberant, active stage manner lets off a thrilling energy that might be called the ecstasy of ritual. But if a ritual does not open itself to you, does not let you see its purpose, then it is meaningless. The Scorch Trio has all three: power, purpose and meaning. The Electric Gods do indeed make love.
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