A brief history of “the hippest and most original collective to interpret standard material” (Tor de Jazz, September 2016 - review of the band’s latest release “Norwegian Caravan”)
Come Shine met as music students, and started out in 1998 with this challenge:
“There must be some way for us to play these timeless standard tunes, being ourselves, with our musical history, inspired by the old heritage, but without becoming mere copyists.”
And they somehow figured it out. After their 1999 debut at the Vossa Jazz festival, Come Shine quickly became popular among a wide range of Norwegian music lovers for their unconventional versions of standard jazz tunes. The quartet released three best selling jazz records in 2001, 2002 and 2003 (available on Spotify) including a live recorded album with the Norwegian Radio Orchestra.
Piano player Erlend Skomsvoll is a skilled arranger with a uniquely creative approach, known for his successful collaborations with Chick Corea and Pat Metheny.
After 2004 the quartet took a long break. A brief reunion in 2010 to celebrate their university’s 100th anniversary, followed by a short appearance at the Oslo Opera House with the Norwegian Radio Orchestra in 2011, made Norway’s leading jazz journalist Terje Mosnes hail Come Shine as a “national treasure” and demand a new beginning for the quartet. After four days in Stockholm’s legendary Atlantis Studio in August 2013, the band’s first album in 11 years, ”Red and Gold” was released in 2014 (Jazzland recordings).
In November 2015 the symphonic album “Norwegian Caravan” was recorded, together with the Norwegian Radio Orchestra. The album was released with a grand concert at Oslo Jazz Festival in August 2016 (Lawo Classics).
In 2016–17 Come Shine tour mainly as a quartet, but also in collaboration with ensembles like Trondheim Jazz Orchestra and the Norwegian Radio Orchestra, or even with profiled guests artists such as blues guitarist Knut Reiersrud and jazz reciting poet Jan Erik Vold.