By Harvey Siders
Apparently Marius Nordal thrives on facing challenges and luxuriating in the blessings. His third release for Origin finds him mostly staying within bar lines, extemporizing at will, happily and nostalgically. [read more at jazztimes.com]
OREGON JAZZ SOCIETY
By George Fendel
Marius Nordal is one of those virtuoso pianists who can spin you around in your chair and make you rue the day you ever started taking piano lessons. I know this to be true because I own his first two albums for Origin, and I’ve heard his Tatum-esque exploits on both. [read more at origin-records.com]
BERMAN MUSIC REVIEW
Ways of the Hand
By Butch Berman
In pianist Nordal - hearing his hip yet lush touch and amazing chops reminded me of first hearing such heavyweights as Erroll Garner, Phineas Newborn, and of course...Oscar, he's that deep - you have a musician that possesses a signature style that draws you in close and virtually takes you away. [read more]
KACU's All That Jazz / Jazz Sunday Night /
Ways of the Hand
By Dr. Cone Johnson
Two years ago, upon the release of his stunning first CD, Notoriety, we reveled in the mature genius of this most erudite and articulate man and musician (Boy, are we happy he elected to record, because he was ready!). Nordal's fascinating imagination and technique gave goose bumps and brought a tear to this jazz lover weary of all the current crepe hung to the future of jazz. [read more]
By Jason West
Oscar Peterson used to advise his students not to be afraid of the piano. Somehow, I don’t think it was piano they feared. Listening to Marius Nordal’s “Notoriety” can be just as intimidating. Nordal’s technical mastery of the piano is immediately apparent, and his arrangements---he’s worked primarily as a composer---are highly original. [read more]
By Dave Nathan
It's easy to classify a jazz performer as a journeyman when he/she isn't well-known, doesn't have a slew of CDs, awards, or other accouterments of fame. Perhaps that's OK now and then, but not in the case of Marius Nordal. [read more at allmusic.com]
By Jim Wilke
“Notoriety” is one of those CD’s that will provoke questions like ”Wow! Who is this? Where has he been? How come I haven’t heard of him before?” Marius Nordal is actally well known and highly respected among big band players and fans as an excellent and original arranger. As a matter of fact, he is somewhat notorious for his lip-withering big band charts…ask the brass players! [read more]
I am just now listening to your "Ways of the Hand." I think you're a complete nutcase genius. I've listened to "All the Things You Are" and "I Got Rhythm" now 4 times. Each time I learn something new. Whoa.
Marius -- you are one pretty sick puppy. Keep it up......please!
John Salmon-University of North Carolina
I love your teaching style..You go beyond the usual books about
what the notes are etc..and talk about how a scale or mode has
certain EMOTIVE values.. As musicians, this is what we are finally
concerned about.. You show how a 'palate' of notes can give rise
to exact feelings, images, cultural values.. Excellent!
You are truly an original thinker, a spiritual musician, and your attitude
about sharing is stellar! I respect that.. Thank you for all the inspiration.
Dave Austin-San Francisco
Whew, you always blow me away with your creativity. Where does your inspiration come from? On "Good Vibrations" I like how you kind of spliced the melody into both hands. Even through all the dissonance I hear the melody all the way through, which many cannot do! You should do a video series on how to play like "Marius Nordal."
Also, you did this roll thing at 1'-20" that was a true OMG moment for me. How is that even possible? I just had to ask. First I've never heard anyone do anything like that before. Second, I've tried to figure it out, and have failed. What technique were you using, and how did you even come up with something like that?
This CD of yours is so fun!
A quick comment on your blues-stride video lesson called "Crazy Bass Lines":
What a wonderful and intuitive intro into the magic of stride blues!
Being stretch-handicapped myself I always stayed away, but this approach in Sevenths rather than the impossible Tenths is reasonable compromise.
Time for me to move on to this more sophisticated style.
Please more of great ideas such as off beat interrupts and syncopations - THANKS!
Awesome! Amazing! Yours is the best interpretation of Kaputin's Opus 40, number 8 I've ever listend to.
Swing ! Swing! Swing!! ---Wow. Very relaxing music .
I wish I could play this like you.
ed the cosmic key to playing slash chords! Very enlightening, and so clearly explained. Much appreciated!
Have you ever thought about writing a book on all of this? I' m pretty sure it would become standard text in music schools.
If I fly to Seatle tomorrow, will you give me lessons?!