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Norwegian progressive/neo-psychedelic/jazz-rock trio Elephant9 formed in Oslo around the talents of keyboardist Ståle Storløkken (Supersilent), bass player Nikolai Hængsle (National Bank), and drummer Torstein Lofthus (Shining).
The instrumental group's heady blend of mid-'70s Miles Davis, Weather Report, the Tony Williams Lifetime, King Crimson, and Yes has drawn considerable praise from both the jazz and rock communities worldwide. Elephant9's debut album, Dodovoodoo, was released on the Rune Grammofon label in June 2008, followed by Walk the Nile in 2010. The band issued Live at the BBC in 2011, and the recording was greeted with nearly universal acclaim, garnering interest from across the rock and jazz press. When Elephant9 returned to the studio, they enlisted guitarist Reine Fiske (Dungen, latter-day Trad, Gräs och Stenar) as a collaborator for 2012's Atlantis -- he received co-billing. After an intense bout of touring, the members of Elephant9 took a time-out to focus on their other individual projects. Fiske was enlisted again when the band began recording sessions for a new album. In early 2016, Silver Mountain -- again co-billed -- was released by Rune Grammofon. Two years later, after collaborations with Fiske and guitarist Terje Rypdal, they returned to the core trio of their two first albums--Storløkken, Hængsle and Lofthus-- to investigate a more visceral but groove-oriented sound. The single "Actionpack1" was issued in January of 2018, with their fifth full-length, Greatest Show on Earth, following a month later. ~ James Christopher Monger, Rovi

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