Artists

Bård Helgerud electric & acoustic guitars, vocals (5, 7, 11)
Håvard Fossum tenor & soprano saxophone, flute, clarinet
Andreas Dreier double bass, background vocals (5, 7, 11)
Torstein Ellingsen drums & percussion, trumpet (11)

CD info

Catalogue no: LOS 275-2
EAN: 7090025832758

Copyright Northern Songs / ATV Music / Sony / ATV Music Publishing Scandinavia

Recorded April 22-24 and June 2, 2022 by Dag Erik Johansen at Athletic Sound, Halden, Norway
Track 8 recorded June 27, by Jens Fossum at Kruttrøyk Studio, Oslo, Norway
Mixed September 2022 by Jens Fossum
Mastered October 2022 by Fridtjof Lindeman at Svenska Grammofonstudion, Gothenburg, Sweden
Produced by Rubber Soul Quartet
Front cover photo by Kjersti Holst
Inside cover photo by Lars Opstad
Cover design by Max Franosch

The musicians in Rubber Soul Quartet have at least four things in common: We love The Beatles, we love to play jazz, we love to have fun on stage and we love to travel. Our second album, Something, is a kind of a “what if”-project, where we musically move Beatles’ tunes around the world, to see if our harmonic and rhythmic “filters” can produce new versions of these fine English standards. With respect for the great compositions, we re-arrange them in a new style or combine them with parts of American jazz standards that we like. We take some of Lennon’s, McCartney’s and Harrison’s melodies on a jazz-journey, starting in New Orleans, making a few stops in various places in the USA, South America and France, and ending up in West Africa.

The main intention with our band is to experiment with the repertoire made by these gentlemen from Liverpool, having fun playing their beautiful songs live. Like The Beatles, Rubber Soul Quartet has a guitar-based sound. But it is more acoustic, using upright bass, reed instruments and hand percussion. As with our previous album, Blackbird (2020), the goal is not to copy, but to improvise and swing; to disassemble the musical building blocks – and put them back together again.

Hope you enjoy the journey!

Torstein Ellingsen

 

1. SOMETHING
(George Harrison. Arranged by Håvard Fossum)

2. ELEANOR RIGBY
(John Lennon/Paul McCartney. Arranged by Rubber Soul Quartet and inspired by Wes Montgomery)

3. THE FOOL ON THE HILL
(John Lennon/Paul McCartney. Arranged by Håvard Fossum)

4. EIGHT DAYS A WEEK
(John Lennon/Paul McCartney. Arranged by Rubber Soul Quartet and inspired by Giant Steps by John Coltrane and Oppvaskbenken by Robert Normann)

5. I’M ONLY SLEEPING
(John Lennon/Paul McCartney. Arranged by Bård Helgerud)

6. DAY TRIPPER
(John Lennon/Paul McCartney. Arranged by Bård Helgerud)

 

7. HELP!
(John Lennon/Paul McCartney. Arranged by Rubber Soul Quartet with excerpt from All of Me by Gerald Marks and Seymour Simons)

8. MICHELLE
(John Lennon/Paul McCartney. Arranged by Håvard Fossum)

9. AND I LOVE HER
(John Lennon/Paul McCartney. Arranged by Andreas Dreier)

10. IN MY LIFE
(John Lennon/Paul McCartney. Arranged by Håvard Fossum)

11. YOU’VE GOT TO HIDE YOUR LOVE AWAY

(John Lennon/Paul McCartney. Arranged by Torstein Ellingsen)