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Oddgeir Berg Trio: In The End Of The Night

Read "In The End Of The Night" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Oddgeir Berg Trio, out of Norway, came in with a compelling and fully-formed voice from the very beginning, with a particularly fine debut, Before Dawn (Ozella Music, 2018). Headed by pianist Berg, the group has wasted no time in releasing their sophomore effort, In The End of the Night. There is something to be said for the art of being prolific, an album or two a year--something the current state of the music/recording business and diminishing CD sales seems to ...

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Coffee and Croissants with Oddgier Berg

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In this episode, special guest pianist Oddgeir Berg talks about his trio's album Before Dawn [Ozella Music] and the strength and depth of the Finnish jazz scene. The playlist includes lots of new music from artists like Cloudmakers 5 through to Nat Birchall. Playlist Cloudmakers 5 “The Past Is Another Country" from Chinese Butterfly (Whirlwind) 2:07 Cody Carpenter “Face the Future" from Cody Carpenter's Interdependence (Blue Canoe Records) 12:37 Brenda Navarrete “Anana Oye" from Mi Munda (Alma ...

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Oddgeir Berg: Before Dawn

Read "Before Dawn" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

The evolution of the piano trio has taken us from Art Tatum to Erroll Garner to Oscar Peterson to Bud Powell to Bill Evans--with Thelonious Monk in there veering off from Ellington and the stride tradition on his own separate branch. The newest piano trio offshoot is that of groups who add electronic embellishments to their sounds, either live or sprinkled on via post recording spicings--the Swedish group the Esbjorn Svensson Trio (e.s.t.) is perhaps the highest profile example of ...


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