Frode Gjerstad is one of the most important forces in Norwegian improvised and creative music today- and has been for the last 30 years. At a time when almost none one in Norway knew about what was happening in the more adventurous and experimental jazz circles around the world, Frode dove head-long into it. He invited heavyweights such as South African bass player Johnny Dyani, English drummer John Stevens and guitarist Derek Bailey, and American trumpeter Bobby Bradford to play and record with him. Being that Stavanger is Frode’s hometown he naturally became an important figure for all of the young players coming out of that city; not the least of which was Paal Nilssen-Love, who introduced me to Frode in 1995. Since that time I’ve done several recordings and tours with Frode, in various lineups.