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In the Country: Sounds and Sights

Read "In the Country: Sounds and Sights" reviewed by John Kelman

In the Country Sounds and Sights Rune Grammofon 2011 Since releasing its 2005 debut, This Was the Pace of My Heartbeat, Rune Grammofon's In the Country has, in the softest, gentlest way possible, evolved its purview and sound world, establishing itself as a piano trio like no other. Through two more recordings, 2006's Losing Stones, Collecting Bones and 2009's more ambitiously expansive Whiteout, this young Norwegian trio has gradually shifted its angle without deserting ...


Album Review

In The Country: Whiteout

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Terms like magnum opus can be dangerous, setting unrealistic expectations for the present and a precedent against which the future will always be measured. Whether or not this release represents a magnum opus is far too early to tell, but In The Country's Whiteout is certainly this Norwegian piano trio's most ambitious album to date, standing to supplant its debut, the marvelously understated This Was the Pace of My Heartbeat (Rune Grammofon, 2005), as its most compelling and evocative album ...


Album Review

In the Country: Losing Stones, Collecting Bones

Read "Losing Stones, Collecting Bones" reviewed by John Kelman

Leaving behind the staid piano trio tradition, In the Country broke new ground in 2005 with its Rune Grammofon debut, This Was the Pace of My Heartbeat. Unlike the more assertive Bad Plus and the generally more refined EST, this Norwegian trio managed to create a new paradigm for Grammofon's first self-described “jazz" record, one that was high on resonance and short on shtick. While the same could be said for EST's early days, they've become predictable lately--and in many ...


Album Review

In the Country: This Was the Pace of My Heartbeat

Read "This Was the Pace of My Heartbeat" reviewed by John Kelman

When Norwegian label Rune Grammofon announces (in the press release for the debut album by the piano trio In the Country) that “Rune Grammofon presents its first 'jazz' record," you know it's going to be a unique take on a well-worn tradition. No standards to be found here, and with an approach that intentionally steers away from emulating any kind of expected jazz tradition, This Was the Pace of My Heartbeat is nevertheless the most organic recording the label has ...


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