No holds barred at the performances by Gard Nilssen Acoustic Unity: with just sax, double bass and drums, they manage to break new ground time and again, without losing coherence. They aim high: saxophonist André Roligheten, double bassist Petter Eldh and drummer Gard Nilssen are inspired by avant jazz monuments such as Spiritual Unity by Albert Ayler and To Whom Keeps a Record by Ornette Coleman. They made their own contemporary classic with the album To Whom Who Buys A Record. Gard Nilssen is one of the current spearheads of progressive Scandinavian jazz. Alongside Acoustic Unity he’s part of Bushman’s Revenge, which has been described as the missing link between Albert Ayler and Black Sabbath. He also plays in Amgala Temple, which draws comparisons with the Jimi Hendrix Experience and electric-era Miles Davis. Last summer he formed the 16-piece Supersonic Orchestra, which can sound as energetic as his other bands. ‘Ask me to name a killer working band that most American jazz listeners still don’t know, and there’s a good chance I’d land on Gard Nilssen Acoustic Unity. Based in Oslo, Norway and led by Nilssen, an excellent drummer on that scene, it’s an acoustic trio that can veer from abstract expressionism to hard, barreling swing’ (Nate Chinen, WBGO).   Nordic Jazz