Andreas Ulvo - piano Sigurd Hole - bass Jonas Howden Sjøvaag - drums, keys, electronics
NORCD is continuing its efforts to promote young performers within the ever-expanding genre called jazz. We are proud to be able to present this piano trio with a unique sound. The members of the Eple trio have been working together for many years, and have thus developed an unusual level of empathy in their interplay. These three musicians are operating at the interface between jazz, chamber music and folk music. The tradition established by Swedish musician Jan Johansson has, perhaps, been the primary inspiration for their music.
The fourth album of the Norwegian Eple Trio--pianist Andreas Ulvo, bassist Sigurd Hole and drummer Jonas H. Sjøvaag--marks an exciting new chapter in the trio ten years of work. The album was recorded in a remote studio in the vast forestry scenery of Sweden where evolution, its most extreme and barren forms challenges humanity, where the dimension of time has a different sense, where man adopts, conquers and surrenders to nature, in an endless universal cycle. Sjøvaag, who ...
With all the controversy over what jazz is--and, more to the point, what it isn't--proprietary ownership often seems more about seemingly insurmountable cultural concerns. It's difficult for those living in the relative hustle and bustle of North American cities to appreciate a different pace, a different vibe--the effect, for example, of winters where daylight diminishes to a few short hours in the south of a country, to the far north, where polar winter imposes darkness for upwards of four months. ...
Recorded at legendary Rainbow Studios in Oslo, Norway, Eple Trio's second album, The Widening Sphere of Influence is an apt title, revealing the evolution of the trio and the incorporation of new sonorities a year on from its fine debut, Made This(NORCD. 2007). That album announced the arrival of a trio distinctive for the subtlety and beauty of its playing and the sparseness of its arrangements. The blend of Norwegian folk sounds--waltz, lullaby and church influences--minimalist European classical tradition and ...
If there's a singular specific approach that Scandinavian musicians have brought to jazz, it's a temporal elasticity where time is often fluid, whether or not it's clearly defined. While rubato playing is nothing new, it's become a trademark through the playing of pianists like Bobo Stenson, Tord Gustavsen...and now, Andreas Ulvo and Eple Trio. As different as it is from Maria Kannegaard's Camel Walk (Jazzland, 2008) and Stenson's Cantando (ECM, 2008), Eple Trio shares the exploration of space, understatement and ...
"Another example of how Norwegian artists are stretching the
boundaries of the traditional piano trio past its breaking point into
completely new territory, The Widening Sphere of Influence is an
appropriate title for Eple Trio's imaginative musical expansionism.
Whether it's the delicately atmospheric, image-inducing "Buoy" or
more majestic "River Song," which bookend the disc with related
motifs, Eple Trio's blend of serenity and occasional bursts of
jagged intensity make for a unique and consistently compelling
listen." - John Kelman, All about jazz