Large Unit


Thomas Johansson (NO) – cornet and flugelhorn
Mats Äleklint (SE) – trombone 
Julie Kjær (DK) – alto saxophone and flute
Klaus Holm (NO) – alto and baritone saxophone
Per Åke Holmlander (SE) – tuba
Ketil Gutvik (NO) – electric guitar
Tommi Keranen (FIN) – electronics
Jon Rune Strøm (NO) – double and electric bass
Christian Meaas Svendsen (NO) – double and electric bass
Andreas Wildhagen (NO) – drums and percussion
Paal Nilssen-Love (NO) – drums and percussion
Christian Obermayer (NO) – live sound


Paal Nilssen-Love has been one of the world’s most prolific and active musicians that came out of Norway for the last 20 years. With thousands of gigs and hundreds of recordings the drummer is known for bands like The Thing, OffOnOff, Ballister, Hairy Bones, Chicago Tentet, and Original Silence, as well as collaborations with musicians like Arto Lindsay, Otomo Yoshihide, Akira Sakata, Ken Vandermark, Jim O’Rourke, Peter Brötzmann, Thurston Moore, Michiyo Yagi and many others.
In 2013 Nilssen-Love decided it was time to start his own big band ensemble. Consisting of mostly younger Norwegian musicians, Large Unit manifests as an intense powerhouse force on stage, but also veers into more subtle and textural passages. The group also includes members from Finland, Sweden and Denmark. In other words: Nordic music at its most powerful.
Traces of Nilssen-Love’s experience from groups like Peter Brötzmann Chicago Tentet, Ken Vandermark’s Territory Band and Frode Gjerstad’s Circulasione Totale Orchestra are evident, but there is no doubt that with Large Unit Nilssen-Love aims to create a group with a sound of its own.
Large Unit burst into life at the Molde Jazzfestival in 2013 and has since then toured Norway and played festivals all over Europe. In the autumn of 2014 Large Unit unleashed its full load with the massive debut album”Erta Ale” – which was released in four different formats totalling more than two hours worth of music – a bold move for a debut release, but the album was met with positive reviews throughout the music scene.

”Erta Ale” is a combination of live and studio recordings of the pieces Large Unit has played live in the 12 months preceeding its release. All compositions are by Nilssen-Love, but the musicians are given great freedom to flavours music in their own way. The band is stripped down to single players, duos etc and at times split into several groups, but the power of the whole group is felt the strongest with all musicians in full blast.

Akira Sakata, Johan Berthling, Paal Nilssen-Love
"Erta Ale"
- 4LP box with individual covers, bonus CD, flexi disc, insert and liner notes
- 3CD box with individual covers, bonus CD, liner notes and photo booklet
- 3MC box which also includes a recording from the very first show on the spring tour 2014 at Sturlahuset in Drammen

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Large Unit
"First Blow"

Paal Nilssen-Love Large Unit was established summer of 2013 and consists of Norway´s younger generation of improvising musicians. First release is “First Blow”, a live recording from Molde Jazzfestival 2013. Vinyl 12” EP and CD. Jon Rune Strøm – bass / Andreas Wildhagen – drums / Paal Nilssen-Love – drums / Mats Äleklint - trombone / Christian Meaas Svendsen - bass / Klaus Holm – alto and baritone saxophone, Bb clarinet / Kasper Værnes – alto saxophone / Thomas Johansson – trumpet / Børre Mølstad – tuba / Ketil Gutvik – guitar / Lasse Marhaug – electronics


Atomic School Days


Butcher/Nilssen-Love Duo



Frode Gjerstad Trio

Gustafsson/Nilsson-Love Duo

Marhaug/Nilssen-Love Duo


Peter Brötzmann Chicago Tentet

School Days

Scorch Trio


Sten Sandell Trio

Territory Band

The Thing

Townhouse Orchestra

Two Bands and a Legend

Vandermark/Nilssen-Love Duo

Yagi/Brötzmann/Nilssen-Love Trio