Per Mathisen and Jan Gunnar Hoff teamed up with latin drummer prominence Horacio “El Negro” Hernandez, for a tour in Norway October 2017. Following the tour the trio travelled to Barxeta in Spain and the Losen Records studio. Compositions by Mathisen and Hoff were recorded and contributes to this album, BARXETA II, a sequel to the 2012 release BARXETA with Alex Acuna and Hoff, Mathisen.
Jazz Views, UK: “This is jazz-fusion of a high order…”
Progressive Rock Central.com: “The Barxeta series revolves around two exceptional instrumentalists and composers, bassist Per Mathisen and keyboardist Jan Gunnar Hoff. This is state of the art jazz fusion featuring outstanding instrumental performances inspired by some of the finest acts: Return to Forever, Weather Report, Pat Metheny, and others”
AllAboutJazz: “Amidst the high-energy fusion, the title ballad reminds us they’re equally comfortable at the other end of the scale, the shifting solos featuring beautiful fretless and romantic piano in one unexpected highlight”
Jazz Special, Denmark: “Nordic fusion with well-executed nostalgia of high karate. Respect from here!”
Dagbladet, Fredrik Wandrup: “A great recording, a unique tropical rhythm feast!”
Jazz in Norway, Terje Mosnes: “Should be able to send fusion/funk fans to heaven … Hoff’s lovely title tune as something of a high point »