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by Gareth Thompson
Any album recorded during the lockdown of 2020 will doubtless be scrutinised for cryptic references. As such, End Of Summer as a title might hint at something deeper (or darker) than mere seasonal flux. But amidst so much global turmoil, the Espen Eriksen Trio has held its nerve and created another poignant opus. Tranquility at the centre of chaos. As a Nordic pianist with a keen awareness of folk ballads and lullabies, Eriksen brings an innocent guile to ...read more
by John Kelman
When Rune Grammofon first introduced In the Country with This Was the Pace of My Heartbeat, it touted the young Norwegian trio's 2005 debut as the label's first jazz record." This is true, perhaps, using a broader definition that may rankle dogmatists more aligned with the American tradition; but over the course of the next seven years, In the Country distanced itself further, adopting a stronger predilection for song form. Rune's 2010 debut by the fledgling Espen Eriksen Trio, You ...read more