FLY NORTH! New album January 2014 feat. Arve Henriksen, Anders Jormin, Marilyn Mazur
Allaboutjazz: ”Together these four master musicians travel deep into a land of beauty. Fly North! is an enchanting musical journey in first class all the way through”.
Dagens Næringsliv: «Årets første jazzalbum kan godt vise seg å være et av årets fineste. Kvartetten har laget en klassiker med FLY NORTH” (“The quartet has made a classic”)
Dagsavisen: «Fly North!» er bodskapen når pianisten Jan Gunnar Hoff opnar jazzåret med nytt band og eit strålande album, et album uten dødpunkt” (” an album with no deadlocks”)
Bergens Tidende: “Jan Gunnar Hoff har levert en plate som vil bli stående som en av de sterkeste norske jazzutgivelsene i 2014. Tittelsporet må være en av de vakreste jazzlåtene som er innspilt” (“The title track must be one of the most beautiful jazztunes ever recorded”)
LIVING (Blu-ray/SACD/vinyl) – solo piano album on 2L (2013)
AUDIO (Germany): ” The Norwegian jazzpianist succeds with Living in making a gentle, almost seductive debut. Varied melodics and magical depths, soundwise this is an absolute reference production”
The Vinyl Anachronist: “Listening to the lush, flowing, impassioned performances on Living, it’s easy to imagine that they are emanating deep from within his soul”
Blu-raydefinition.com: “This is a lovely disc filled with music with will soothe every listener’s soul. There is a continuing sense of improvisation, and yet, there is never a moment where you are not aware of an overarching structure to each piece”
Audiophile Audition: “In general I liked the tracks by Hoff…more variety and a stronger rhythmic pulse”
Mono and Stereo, Slovenia: ”For me Jan Gunnar Hoff creates a certain emotional bond between a listener and performer, transcends the labelling of pop, jazz, classical and simply work on evoking of feelings while cutting straight through any perceptions…”
Hifitest.de: In jeder Hinsicht ein Traum von einem Album!
Dagsavisen, Oslo: “A great album, an excellent solo debut”
Jazznytt, Oslo: “Highly recommended, a superb album”
Smaalenene.no: “Living oser av malerisk skjønnhet, vill natur og meditativ inderlighet” (5 of 6 stars) Nordlys, Tromsø: “Hoff articulates himself with an impressive clearness in his performing and with a unique control of the instrument” Dagbladet, Oslo: “Hoff merges classical elements with jazz aesthetics.. the music is able to fold out in the listeners mind” (5 of 6 stars) Avisa Nordland, Bodø: “First class piano music. You don´t have to be a jazz nerd to enjoy this album” (5 of 6 stars) Link to album info and documentation Platekompaniet Buy on ITunes BARXETA – Acuna/Hoff/Mathisen (2012) iDrum Magazine: “Superb trio with a highly succesful fusion of jazz, rock, funk and world music. The trio combines musicality, groove and a strong melodic sense on this evocative and highly recommended album” AllaboutJazz.com.: “For those believing that Norwegian artists are all about glacial cool and rubato tone poems, Barxeta demonstrates there’s plenty of fire in the far, far north” Progressive Rock Central.com: “First class fusion with a blend of passionate, high energy and gracefully elegant music performed by three world class musicians…Jan Gunnar Hoff combines the melodic sensibility and dexterity of Lyle Mays with the edginess of Chick Corea” JAZZ IN NORWAY review (Jazznytt): “A supreme album! The title track Barxeta has the potential of a classic, almost like Weather Report´s “A remark you made” Dagbladet, Oslo: (5 of 6 stars) Dagsavisen, Oslo: ”A sparkling trio as well as in studio, as on stage” www.side3.no: ”When two of our best men invites a world leading drummer, it is really happening” Avisa Nordland (5 of 6 stars) Buy on CDon.com Buy on Platekompaniet Buy on Itunes QUIET WINTER NIGHT (Blu-ray/vinyl) w/Bøksle, Eick, Andersen, Bratland, Arnesen, Lien, Øverleir, Hoff a.o (2012) The music from Blåfjell composed by Bøhren & Åserud, arranged by Jan Gunnar Hoff. Nominated for GRAMMY AWARDS 2013 as “Best surround sound album” Audiophile Audition: “A gorgeously-played and recorded program” Einsnull (Germany): ”The sound is amazing and gives the mix of folk and jazz a warm yet powerful expression. This is submersive music that capture the listener in a totally calming and comforting way” Audiostream: ”This wonderful recording is a blend of jazz and folk..the album fits together beautifully..highly recommended” 6moons.com: ”Hoff is an arranger with vision. Not only did he expand the scope of his ensemble by inviting musicians of great characters to collaborate, Hoff knew exactly how and when to let each shine, thus giving each song real character” Link to The Absolute Sound review JAZZNYTT- Norway (Jazz news) Misc. reviews Norway PDF Link to 2L info and all reviews Buy on CDon.com Buy on Platekompaniet Buy on 2L Buy on Itunes Acuna/Hoff/Mathisen trio in concert – 2011 (DVD/CD) Recorded live in Los Angeles at Drumchannel Terry Bozzio: “I was party to this improvisation here at Drum Channel and was transported to a place of excitement, joy and awe as I listened to it all go down. I don’t think I have heard anything this wonderful since Weather Report disbanded & Joe Zawinul passed on. Flanked by two Norwegian geniuses Jan Gunnar Hoff & Per Mathisen, Acuna has assembled a World Class Performing Trio that will soon captivate audiences everywhere with cutting edge, yet accessible new music that draws the listener in & affects a transcendent experience” Buy on Drumchannel Buy on Amazon.com Buy on Alfred Music Publishing ATMOSPHERES – 2011 Meditation and atmospheres with Hoff and Ove Bjørken (guitar) Adresseavisen, Trondheim: “A relaxed kind of jazz-rock with focus on distinct rhythms and strong melodies” Buy on Itunes JUNGLE CITY Acuna/Hoff/Mathisen 2009 Debut album by the AHM-trio, recorded in Austria AllaboutJazz nov 2009: ”The thoroughly exciting Jungle City. From the higher velocity of Mathisen’s title track and frenetically swinging Jangala, to Hoff’s abstract, synth-laden Visions and more upbeat, equally Zawinul-esque Tribute, Jungle City clearly reveals an unmistakable reference point for these two fine Norwegian players, on one of Acuña’s best co-led sessions to date” Buy on Itunes Buy on CDon.com MAGMA 2008 feat. Mike Stern, Maria Joao, Eick, Aarset, Kleive, Kjellemyr, Norbakken An international line up performs Hoff´s commissions for Vossajazz and Bodø festivals John Kelman, AAJ: ”Throughout, Hoff’s writing and playing possesses an almost pop-like clarity and concision, but with a far richer vernacular. A vividly appealing album of attention-grabbing writing and even more convincing playing” Buy on Itunes Buy on CDon.com MEDITATUS 2007 w/Jan Gunnar Hoff Group and Bodø Cathedral Choir Jazz mass receiving the Edvard-prize from TONO in 2005 Dagsavisen, Oslo: “The sacred content presented in an excellent jazz setting” Side2.no, Tor Hammerø: ”Hoff has in his highly personal way succeded in creating a synthesis between 1000 year old texts and hip, modern jazz music” Buy on Itunes Buy on CDon.com Buy as score for mixed choir and jazz band IN TOWN 2003 The 4th release from Jan Gunnar Hoff Group Dagbladet: “Strong melodies driven by a highly vital interplay” VG: “A very original pianoplayer and composer with a unique melodic gift” Aftenposten: “Passionate and beautiful” Buy on Itunes Buy on CDon.com EQUILIBRIUM 2001 Bjørken, Hoff, Sletten, Kjellemyr Adressa, Trondheim: ”An undiscovered recording of delicate, melodic jazz deserves a bigger audience” Buy on Itunes CROSSLANDS 1998 Jan Gunnar Hoff Group feat. Tore Brunborg Richard Palmer, Jazz Journal Nov. 1998: ”Hoff emerges as a keyboardist of considerable versatility and flair. Clearly a player and musical mind to watch. An intriguing and often rewarding album that is well worth checking out” Jazz Stage, Sweden 1998: “Hoff has established himself as one of the important artists within Nordic jazz. He shows his own distinct language in both his pianoplaying and in his fine compositions” Buy on Itunes Buy on CDon.com MOVING 1995 Hoff´s second solo album w/Jørgensen, Riisnæs Aftenposten: “Hoff deserves international recognition for this CD” Jazz Special, Denmark: “The CD MOVING with Norwegian keyboardist Jan Gunnar Hoff has more substance. This CD and Hoff´s music is simply on top” JAZZNYTT, Norway: “Jan Gunnar Hoff definitely takes a step into the Premier League of jazz. He is about to establish himself as one of the most important musicians on the Norwegian Jazz Scene in the late Nineties” Buy on Itunes Buy on CDon.com SYKLUS 1993 Jan Gunnar Hoff´s highly acclaimed debut album feat. Kleive, Kjellemyr, Riisnæs, Carvalho, Yttredal, Kopperud Boris Rabinowitch, Politiken (Copenhagen): “An excellent album” Klassekampen, Norway: ”The vitamin-injection of 1993” Buy on Itunes Buy on CDon.com