John Surman bs/ss all tracks
Frode Nymo as track 1, 2, 4 & 5
Håvard Fossum as track 3, 6, 7 & 8 ts track 1, 4 & 5
Knut Riisnæs ts/flt tracks 2, 3, 6 & 8
Atle Nymo ts track 7
Roy Nikolaisen trp tracks 2, 3, 5, 6, 7 & 8
Marius Haltli trp tracks 1 & 4
Jørgen Gjerde trb tracks 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 7 & 8
Harald Halvorsen trb track 3
Erlend Slettevold pno all tracks
Jan Erik Kongshaug g all tracks
Stig Hvalrygg b all tracks
Andreas Bye drms tracks 1, 3, 4 & 5
Roger Johansen drms tracks 2, 6, 7 & 8
CD: LOS 105-2
The Rainbow Band – how did it start?
Well, the idea came from Jan Erik Kongshaug originally. He and I were sitting together enjoying a beer in Bergen when we were there recording with the Bergen Big Band. He said that from time to time the main studio at Rainbow would be sitting empty in the evenings after daytime sessions had finished – and what a shame it was. There there was this great playing space with no music going on and did I have any ideas?
I remembered that when I was packing up my things in England prior to moving over to Norway I had found a pile of 8 piece arrangements from the old octet that I ran in the sixties. I thought it might be fun to play through some of them again. Jan Erik agreed, and so we decided to see if we could put an occasional band together. For this we owe a great vote of thanks to Roger Johansen, who bravely volunteered to phone around a few musicians to see who might be interested and once we were up and running, continued to check on players availability from week to week whenever we could manage to get together. The musicians that you will hear on this CD formed the core of the band – but we also had occasional visits from Jens Fossum and Dave Edge – many thanks to them too!
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