But if you’re just joining us, don’t fall asleep just yet! We are on percussionists and the letter H, which turns out to be an embarrassment of riches: a whole lot of drummers, and a whole lot of T’Oobs for audio support!
Our first two subjects are drummers named “Ole,” Ole Hamre (born 1959) and Ole Jacob Hansen (born 1940). “Ole” could refer to their relatively advanced age, to bullfighting, to rousing soccer cheers, or maybe something completely different. Post your suggestions below, but let’s move on to T’Oob support.
On our first T’Oob, Ole Hamre lays down the beat for the Norwegian folk songs “Fanteladda” and “Vesle Kari Rud,” on Norwegian TV in 1998. I have to assume black and white is for retro effect since color was available in 1998 (as far as I remember).
Ole plays with Gabriel Fliflet on vocals and accordeon (the anachronestic spelleng is deliberete). The gents are assisted by their Danish pal Peter Bastian operating the accordeon’s wah-wah pedal.
Next, Ole Jacob Hansen (born 1940) goes full classic jazz standard with “Body and Soul,” supporting the immortal Coleman Hawkins on sax, Einar Iversen on piano, and Jarle Krogstad on bass.
Moving on but staying in the hard bop tradition, Trond Sverre Hansen (born 1964) offers fine ensemble work here in Alf Kjellman’s “Central European Time,” from his album Feather, But No Wings (2008). Alf is on Sax, Konrad Kaspersen on bass, Trond on drums, Kurt Samuelsen on piano, and Øystein Blix on trombone.
Jakop Janssønn Hauan (born 1986) drums with the group Ánnásuolo as they perform “Duoddariinnai Ija Bealit“a jazz inflected version of the Scandinavia folk music known as Sami, with Marianne Pentha (vocals), John-Kåre Hansen (guitar), Eirik Fjelde (keyboard), and Svein Schultz (bass).
Pressing up against the Official BoFN Word Limit(TM), we offer the rest of our artists with minimal commentary. Tor Haugerud (born 1962) drums with Tone Åse (vocals), Ståle Storløkken (synths), and Hans Magnus “Snah” Ryan (guitars).
Pål Hausken (1980) puts down the rhythm for “Impatience” by Randi Tytingvåg, with Tytingvåg on vocals, and Ivar Grydeland and Jo Berger Myrhe playing various guitars, banjo, keyboards and syntehsizer.
Per Hillestad (born 1959) rolls and thunders through a drum solo.
Wetle Holte (born 1973) throws down the beat for Weaving on “Golden Child,” with Kirsti Huke (vocals, omnichord), Gunnar Halle (trumpet and synth), and Erik Nylander (also on drums).
Martin Horntveth (born 1977) drums it up for Jaga Jazzist on “Oban” from the album Starfire (2015). Martin co-leads the band with his brother Lars.
Hans Hulbækmo (1989) offers percussive stylings for Hanna Paulsberg Concept on “Catalan Boy” from the album Eastern Smiles (2015), with Hanna (sax, composition), Oscar Grönberg (piano) and Trygve Fiske (bass).
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