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Alec Haavik Friction Five: Ye Shanghai!

Alec Haavik (Tenor and Soprano Saxophone) presents a set of original compositions which meld the gritty sounds of rock-and-roll with improvisational jazz. His international band, based in Shanghai, China, offers a confluence of sound which is both raucous and pensive, joyous and solemn -- often within the same tune. The CD offers ballads like "Oxytocin in the Tundra," the unfolding story of Alec's son's birth, as well as danceable songs like "Cruise Control,"(click to download a free MP3) a funky celebration of the open road.

Alec Haavik Friction Five: Ye Shanghai!
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Going Home with the Saxophone

That's right! Alec has recorded his own version of you-know-who's big hit "Going Home". [please click below to hear a 30-second sample.]

"Going Home"

To hear the entire track, please buy the mp3 from Apple iTunes, or buy the CD from CD Baby. You can also hear samples of all the tracks and get more info about Alec Haavik Friction Five: "Ye Shanghai" on CD Baby.

Friction Five:
Alec Haavik –Saxophone (Tenor & Soprano)
Lawrence Ku – Guitar
Leonardo Susi – Percussion
Jin Yong Jun – Bass
Chris Trzcinski – Drums

With special guests:
Sinne Eeg – Vocals
Steinar Nickelsen – Hammond B-2 Organ, synthesizer
Nicholas Bouloukos – Piano, Fender Rhodes

Alec Haavik: Eye Opener
The CD Release of Alec Haavik Friction Five featuring Theo Croker on trumpet: "Eye Opener". Vinyl LP limited edition available now in Vienna, Austria. More information coming soon about how you can get your own copy.

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Alec Haavik: Rocks
Alec's first CD encapsulates the fiercely original New York City scene. The opening track, "Make It Happen," provides an evolution from 80's pop evolves into polytonal reggae into Miles Davis 70's fusion to Devo-style New Wave. Then there's "Ebay," inspired by Jimi Hendrix's "The Wind Cries Mary" and the atonal music of 20th Century composer, Anton Von Webern. There's still more musical surprises, brought to life by these astounding players.

Buy Alec Haavik: Rocks on iTunes.


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Alec's Discography