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Funky fusion ensemble MOOSE LOOSE was formed in 1973 and was one of the first groups to feature guitarist and composer Jon EBERSON (his debut as a guitarist in recording was in 1972 with jazz composer Ketil BJØRNSTAD). The band went through a line-up change between the albums where the only constant was EBERSON; out of the more prolific members, the first line-up featured keyboardist Brynjulf BLIX and bassist Sveinung HOVENSJØ which also played with Terje RYPDAL at the time, and the second album line-up had Håkon GRAF on keyboards from RUPHUS. Also a new addition to the second album was the violin which was played by Trond VILLA, which resulted in a more polished sound where EBERSON's guitar work was balanced out and wasn't as prominent as on the debut. Ex-members of both line-ups would later on release one album under the name BLOW OUT which was in a more traditional jazz rock style, while original MOOSE LOOSE albums can vary in style from their loud and raw debut to their second album which might find some of the same fans as Jean-Luc PONTY.


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3.76 | 17 ratings
Elgen Er Løs
3.90 | 10 ratings
3.83 | 6 ratings
(åkon Graf / Sveinung Hovensjø / Jon Eberson / Jon Christensen) Blow Out

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 Transition by MOOSE LOOSE album cover Studio Album, 1976
3.90 | 10 ratings

Moose Loose Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by DangHeck
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4 stars Norway's Moose Loose's sophomore and final release, Transition has plenty to offer for fans of this sub-era of Jazz Fusion, what I would consider its natural second-wave. As mentioned elsewhere, definitely for fans of Jean-Luc Ponty, given the driving everything at play--an excellent rhythm section and specifically key/synth flavors selected; and maybe then, reminiscent of Brand X in these regards--as well as, of course, the jazz violin herein.

And we get quite an array of sonics and intensities: beautiful, reflective "quiet" sections (see the track "Trees"), and great jams and interplay between all the players throughout. Being a good Fusion album, the guys in the band really compliment each other, supporting soloists, laying back, etc., as well as anyone else in the biz. I would otherwise most highly recommend the final track "Graf". Just a nice composition, while being fun and interesting and displaying the best of what this band apparently has to offer.

Not giving the Swedes a run for their money (I'm not sorry), but of course we all know by now that the Nordmen do in fact bring it.

True Rate: 3.75/5.00

Thanks to evolver for the artist addition. and to The Bearded Bard for the last updates

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