Friends & Neighbors represents a new generation of bands coming out of the Norwegian jazz-scene. The music can be described as energetic and melodic free jazz inspired by musicians like Ornette Coleman, Archie Shepp, Pharoah Sanders and John Carter. On their debut album ”No Beat Policy” (2011), Friends & Neighbors created an authentic and acoustic atmosphere that refers back to the political roots of free jazz. Through original and strong compositions, this has resulted in a band sound with strong identity, crystal clear presence and personality. Their second release «Hymn for a Hungry Nation» was received with 4 1/2 out of 5 stars in DownBeat Magazine. The quintets members can also be heard in bands like Paal Nilssen-Love Large Unit, Frode Gjerstad trio, Albatrosh and Cortex. Friends & Neighbors is now out with their third album “What´s Wrong?” on Clean Feed Records.
“The spirit behind the phrase suits the quintet beautifully, and in terms of both historical stylistic precedent and a certain, strong and palpable ensemble identity…”
“Call it a neo-“New Thing” sensation” (Joseph Woodard/DownBeat Magazine)».