Exposé Online banner

I.P.A. — I Just Did Say Something
(Cuneiform Rune 422, 2016, CD)

by Jon Davis, Published 2017-05-08

I Just Did Say Something Cover art

What’s with the vibes lately? Just a few days ago I reviewed Human Ottoman, and it seems like only a couple of months ago it was Empirical — now I’ve got I.P.A. This Norwegian / Swedish group is part of a stream of jazz that includes label-mates Empirical and Le Rex, along with (to a lesser extent) groups like Led Bib and WorldService Project. Their music is infused with ideas from outside jazz, including modern chamber music, sounds from around the world, and even rock, though it’s clearly seen through a jazz lens. The two horns — Atle Nymo on tenor sax and bass clarinet and Magnus Broo on trumpet — provide the front line, sometimes in unison, sometimes in harmonies, and sometimes bouncing off each other in complementary lines. Mattias Ståhl also gets in on the melodic action with his vibes, along with providing chordal support at times, though he does not generally comp the progression behind the horns as a pianist in a traditional jazz combo might. He also doubles the bass line at times, for a cool sound with hints of the 60s. The bass (Ingebrigt Håker Flaten) is equally at home providing energetic composed lines and outlining chords behind soloists. Drummer Håkon Mjåset Johansen swings effectively, also bringing in elements of latin and other rhythmic traditions without losing the jazz heart. Some of my favorite parts are where they break out of a standard arrangement and don’t have just a single soloist at a time. Without indulging in any electronics or studio tricks, I.P.A. produces original jazz that doesn’t sound dated, a testament to the quality of the compositions and the soloists.


Filed under: New releases, 2016 releases

Related artist(s): I.P.A.

Latest news

2019-04-10
The Pineapple Thief to Tour North America – November and December of 2019 will see The Pineapple Thief bringing their music to Canada, Mexico, and the US, and famed drummer Gavin Harrison will be on board. The band has been touring extensively in Europe, but North America will be new territory for them. » Read more

2019-03-25
Scott Walker RIP – Noel Scott Engel, better known as Scott Walker, was one of the most intriguing and enigmatic musical figures in the second half of the 20th Century. His strange career started with The Walker Brothers, an American pop group that featured no one named Walker and no brothers. After moving to England in 1965, they had a series of hit singles. Scott's solo work started with Scott in 1967. Starting in the 80s, his work took an increasingly avant-garde turn. » Read more

2019-03-20
Freedom to Spend Unearths June Chikuma's Archives – Jun (June) Chikuma is well known for her video game and anime soundtracks, but she also released an album of experimental electronic music back in 1986 called Divertimento where she indulged the kind of spontaneity that wouldn't work in a soundtrack. RVNG Int'l label Freedom to Spend is bringing this overlooked item to broader attention with a deluxe reissue. » Read more

2019-03-03
Seaprog 2019 Lineup Almost Complete – The Seaprog festival in Seattle is scheduled for June 7-9 this year, and they've announced their lineup of performers. The revitalized Trettioåriga Kriget will cap Friday night, perennial favorites Marbin are on Saturday, and District 97 will finish off the fest on Sunday night. In support, they've booked a stellar variety of artists from the Northwest and around the world, including EchoTest, Markus Reuter and Trey Gunn, and the live debut of the amazing Troot project. » Read more

2019-02-21
You Can Be Part of an Ambient Electronic Project – The Gesture of History is a new electronic project put together by Sam Rosenthal of Black Tape for a Blue Girl, Steve Roach, and violist Sam Shadow. The music started as an instrumental track Rosenthal was working on for a Black Tape album, but took on a life of its own and demanded further enhancements. The majority of the funds raised will go to manufacturing costs for LP and CD editions, as well as other items as detailed on the Kickstarter page. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

The Mars Volta - Frances the Mute – If you poke around online for reviews of this album, you’re likely to find everything from “masterpiece” to “piece of crap.” Well, anything that sparks that much disagreement can’t be all...  (2006) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues