"The population of jazz violinists has always been small but strong. One of the reasons for this is that the violin is a difficult instrument. Despite talent and ability, much practice is required. With Stephane Grappelli as a benchmark, Terese has practiced and practiced and practiced and finally found "Her expression". She played with authority, free, swinging, technically brilliant and perfectly well-nuanced. Grappelli certainly enjoyed it a lot."
"Terese Lien Evenstad has her tonal expression and her ability to create suggestive melodies is in a league of its own. Influences from Miles Davis modal jazz, Hans Zimmer's compositions for film productions and the Nordic nature can all be heard in Woodland. But in the end, Woodland sounds like Terese Lien Evenstad Quartet and nothing else."
"An almost written rule in the record industry is that artists should release one album at a time. But if you want to establish yourself with a "bam"? Then you do as Terese Lien Evenstad. "Woodland" contains her songs; atmospheric modern jazz, alternating lyrical and pulsating, with melodies that have the capacity of painting images in the head of the listener."
"Suggestive and Nordic, but also loving warmth. Everything has a personal sound, which remains with the listener after a playthrough of the album"
"Terese has written all the music and the interaction is responsive, almost telepathic, with great improvisations from everyone involved"
"The extremely talented Terese Lien Evenstad and her band were a rejuvenating experience. Two worn clichés I've often used in my jazz reviews over the years are "virtuoso" and "equilibrist". Here, however, they come to their full right. This is four craftsmen who know how to draw a grindstone"
"Here, the four band members have fun with, among other things, Django Reinhardt's "Micro", Sonny Rollin's "Pent-up House" and "I can't give you anything but love". Two very driven solo guitarists match Evenstad's cleverness and brilliance."
"French swing, which is a mixture of Roman folk tunes and American jazz, is always melodically latent in all seven titles which the album contains. Of course, with personality, both technically and in terms of skillful solo play, indented."
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