Norwegian tenor and saxophonist who is most recognized for his numerous recordings with ECM Records, like Aftenland.
He grew up in Mysen where he used music as an escape for his tumultuous childhood.
He was appointed a Knight 1st Class of the Order of St. Olav in 1999.
He married his wife Vigdis when he was only twenty-one. Their child Anja is a vocalist and a composer.
He and musician Ronni Tekro were both born in Norway.