“Flying start for Cortex” the title read last year when the band opened the jazz year with the album “Resection”, and it hasn´t slowed down since, every time the busy musicians have cleared their schedule for get on stage together. We´re talking about the band started by trumpet player Thomas Johansson in 2007, with Kristoffer Alberts (sax), Ola Høyer (bass) and Gard Nilssen (drums) still going strong on the album “Göteborg”. We won´t go into the medical aspect behind the name Cortex, but establish that musically the energy is present by 100 percent when the band with full throttle embark on titles like “Nicotine”, “Virus”, “Endorphin” and “Desibel”. With “Cerebrum” and “Hub” one makes certain reflections. Abundant energy, in the footprints of Don Cherry, Ornette Coleman and others. Saxophone, trumpet, drums and bass is a format that requires full presence, and it´s this ability to keep up steam that makes Cortex a live band in a class of its own.
Roald Helgheim, Dagsavisen