The music of høbama draws a direct inspiration from the European and American free jazz of the sixties and seventies - especially from the smaller free "chamber ensembles" of such individuals as Jimmy Giuffre, Paul Bley, or Steve Swallow. It can be described as a journey through an improvised landscapes with short stops at themes and compositions.
The trio was born in spring of 2016 during the Danish composer and trumpeter Claus Højensgård’s two-years stay in Bologna in Italy. And from there the Scandinavian airiness and the Italian subtleties merged into a fresh new hybrid. Do you hear it?
released August 28, 2018
Recorded at Alpha Dept. Recording Studio, Bologna on April 11, 2017
Engineered and mixed by Pierluigi Ballarin
Mastered by Michał Kupicz
Executive producing by Tomo Jacobson/Gotta Let It Out
Cover photograph & layout by Dawid Gąsiorek
høbama was made with support from DJBFA – Composer and Songwriters’ Production Pool and Koda’s Cultural Fund
Released by Gotta Let It Out in 2018
'There’s a moodiness to this session that is every bit as appealing as the many ways the trio Høbama express it.'
(Dave Sumner - Bandcamp Daily - USA)
"Høbama is a highlight of this year's Danish jazz releases."
Included in YEAR'S BEST DANISH JAZZ RELEASES 2018 short list
(Niels Overgård - Jazznyt - Denmark)
'Tune of the day' : Aug 15, 2018
(Dave Foxal - a Jazz Noise - USA)
"If Miles Davis had decided to record a set of new ballads around 1971-72, it might have sounded a bit like the music on Hobama."
(Scott Yanow - L.A. Jazz Scene - USA)
“The focused trio impresses with their moody and spaced-out improvisation. A joy is the fine Fender-playing by Maniscalco. The atmosphere is relaxed.”
(Frans de Waard - Vital Weekly #1150 - The Netherlands)
“All three musicians seem intent on expressing themselves in a mode that is, at one and the same time, distinctive to this trio and easily appealing to a passing ear. This delightful record bears many repeated listenings.”
(David Keffer - Poison Pie Publishing House - USA)
"Quite unique Italian-Danish trio."
(Alberto Bazzurro - All About Jazz - Italy)
"A promising debut."
(Eyal Hareuveni - Salt Peanuts - Norway/Israel)