Cortex is a Norwegian band which plays enerergetic jazz of the finest brand. With over fifty liveperfomances and two studio albums, they position themselves as one of the strongest additions to the Norwegian jazz scene.
The members have their formal background from the Jazz departments at the Universities in Trondheim and Stavanger, and they are amongst the most sought after young jazz performers i Norway today. They all have marked their position in several other constellations such as: Mathias Eick Quintet, Susanne Sundfør, Team Hegdal, Saka, Zanussi 5, Friends & Neighbors, All Included, Honest John, and The Heat Death.
Thomas Johansson – trumpet
Kristoffer Alberts – saxophone
Ola Høyer – double bass
Gard Nilssen – drums
Label: Resection – Bolage
Göteborg – Gigafon Records
» A confident band with brilliant soloists, and exiting tunes!»
- Roald Helgheim, Dagsavisen
» This is modern, raw jazz with free frames, solid melodic and rhythmic elements, which immediately ensures that Cortex runs into the young norwegian jazz elite.»
- Tor Hammerø, Nettavisen
» Energy that exceeds an average sized power plant, and playing that fascinates immencely!»
- Jan Granlie, Jazznytt
From Bolage about Resection:
The band’s music is clearly inspired by the American avantgarde jazz of the 60s and 70s, with giants like Don Cherry, Ornette Coleman and John Zorn looming in the shadows.
At the same time there is something unmistakably Nordic and contemporary about the way Resection sounds, giving associations to people like Magnus Broo and Kenny Wheeler.
The young quartet offers dynamic musicality and an effortless musical dialogue in a string-of-pearls of original songs, all written by Thomas Johansson, obviously an unusual compositional talent.
All members share a common backgrounds in jazz studies in Trondheim, and they´re active in a number of other constellations – for example Mathias Eick Quintet, Marianne Halmrast Quintet, Zanussi 5, Susanne Sundfør and Team Hegdal.
Cortex is sponsored by The Norwegian Arts Council, The Norwegian Jazz Forum, and Fund for Performing Artist.