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SOLID – Happy Accidents AIMCD126

Bjorn Solli (guitar), Håkon Mjåset Johansen (drums) and Daniel Formo (organ)

SOLID! is one of Norway’s premiere organ trios, comprising three of the country’s finest young jazz musicians. SOLID! takes the guitar/organ/drums format, so rich in tradition, into new musical territory with their interplay, inspired improvisations and original compositions.

was voted “Young Jazzmusicians of the year 2002” by the Norwegian Jazz Forum and the Norwegian Concert Institute. They also won the grand prize in the Getxo International Jazz Contest in Spain in 2003, and they won both the soloist prize and the ”audience’ favorite-prize”.

The trio has released two albums to critical acclaim. Both albums are available on iTunes Music Store. The trio’s repertoire consist mainly of guitarist Bjørn Vidar Solli’s original compositions, for which he received a composition prize in France in 2005. The music of SOLID! is rooted in the american jazz of the 60's, but there is a certain undeniable european influence as well. The music varies between hard swinging jazz to more open and subtle soundscapes.

In 2005 toured Nepal and India for three weeks and headlined at the Jazzmandu in Kathmandu. They also performed in front of packed auditoriums in New Dehli and Mumbai.

Organist Daniel Formo’s fresh and original sound combined with the elegant touch and incomparable drive of Håkon Mjåset Johansen, fronted by Bjorn Solli with his inventive and swinging guitar playing makes SOLID! one of Norway’s most exciting jazz outfits.