Wolf Valley is the new album from Norwegian pianist and composer Eyolf Dale. Although this will be his fifth album as a leader since he burst onto the Norwegian scene in 2008, it is with Daniel Herskedal, the innovative tuba player, that Eyolf has developed an international profile.
Eyolf played on Daniel’s Edition Records release Slow Eastbound Train (2015) and now with Wolf Valley Eyolf Dale has brought together eight of the finest musicians from the vibrant Norwegian jazz scene to create an album of subtle grooves, beautiful melodies and rhythmic interplay.
“Wolf Valley is my name, ‘Eyolf ‘meaning ‘wolf’ and ‘Dale’ meaning ‘valley’. This music is the most defining production of my own music until this point in my life: therefore a self-titled album. It is something totally different from my previous solo projects, and it´s a different approach to my musical vision, something much bigger!”
The Octet consists of an exciting collection of musicians from Norway’s young jazz scene. Along with Eyolf are André Roligheten (tenor sax & clarinet), Per Zanussi (bass & saw), Gard Nilssen (drums), Rob Waring (vibraphone), Adrian Waade (violin), Kristoffer Kompen (trombone) and Hayden Powell (trumpet).