A critically acclaimed saxophonist, Ole Mathisen is an active performer on the New York and the international jazz scene. In addition, he steadily works as a studio musician, composer, arranger, and producer. Over the years he has been involved with classical, jazz, electronic, ethnic, and experimental music, and he draws heavily on his wealth of musical experience when composing. He is currently a member of the Jazz Studies Faculty at Columbia University.
....pointedly cosmopolitan post-bop collective,
Nate Chinen, The New York Times (NYNDK listing)
....one of the best modern-mainstream outings of 2004,
Glenn Astarita, Jazzreview.com (NYNDK review)
However the biggest surprise in the group and on the CD is the Norwegian saxophonist Ole Mathisen. Whether on tenor or soprano, Mathisen tears into the music and consistently steals solo honors; check out his stirring soprano playing on Theostopher,
Scott Yanow, All Music Guide (NYNDK review)
The saxophonist Ole Mathisen tears up the pieces; this is modern latin jazz at it's intelligent, driving best. Peter Watrous, Descarga.com (Afromantra review)
...Ole Mathisen takes his tenor saxophone into a riptide with jabbing phrases.
Jerry DÕSouza, All about Jazz (SYOTOS review)
Mathisen's Op-Ed is a revolution in motion and his solo is exciting and frightening in its revelations.
Brad Walseth, Jazzchicago.net (SYOTOS review)
Well, I'm very excited about this new recording 'cause every time I hear this guy play with someone I always go: Who is that sax player? You know, one of those things