Hilmar Jensson
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Krentz Ratings:
Iceman Is (2001), 5.5/10
Tyft (2001), 6/10
Ditty Blei (2002), 6/10
Meg Nem Sa (2005), 7/10

Iceland-born guitarist Hilmar Jensson (1966) displays a broad stylistic range, from pure noise to hard-rock riffing. He recorded a couple of discs with tenor saxophonist Chris Speed and an album, Iceman Is (november 2001), with three improvisers on ice instruments (ice trumpet, ice harp and ice percussion).

Tyft (december 2001 - Songlines, 2002) is a trio with Andrew D'Angelo (alto saxophone and bass clarinet) and Jim Black (drums and electronics). They are reminiscent of noise-jazz-rockers such as Caspar Brötzmann and Fushitsusha but with the addition of Albert Ayler's childish madness.

The quintet (with Herb Robertson on trumpet, Andrew D'Angelo on reeds, Trevor Dunn on acoustic bass and Jim Black on drums) that recorded Ditty Blei (november 2002 - Songlines, 2004) was basically an extension of Tyft.

Tyft's second album, Meg Nem Sa (june 2005 - Skirl, 2007), offers 13 (frequently brief) fragments of vibrant and jarring music. The duets between guitar and sax can sound like random forest sounds during a storm or they can coalesce into hyper-charged rock music or they can indulge in swinging melodic themes. One form coexists with the other with little or no trauma.

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