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Espen Berg Trio: Bølge

Read "Bølge" reviewed by Gareth Thompson

The highest wave ever measured by a fixed installation hit a Norwegian gas transporter in the North Sea. The wave was marked at 25.6 metres high. Award-winning pianist Espen Berg would probably approve such statistics, having named his trio's second album Bølge--the Norwegian name for wave. Berg is also keen to point out the many levels that 'wave' can be perceived from, including the mathematical. None of which should imply that Bølge needs logical analysis. But it is ...

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Espen Berg: Acres of Blue

Read "Acres of Blue" reviewed by Eyal Hareuveni

Acres of Blue is the second volume of solo piano albums by Norwegian pianist Espen Berg, an organic extension of the most beautiful, Noctilucent (Atterklang, 2012). This time Berg chose to present a mixture of original compositions, improvised pieces, and arrangements of pieces that reference the breadth of his musical vocabulary and his formative influences--romantic compositions of Frédéric Chopin, Ludwig Van Beethoven, Nordic pianists-composers as Esbjörn Svensson, Helge Lien and obviously, Keith Jarrett. All the compositions ...

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Espen Berg: Noctilucent

Read "Noctilucent" reviewed by Eyal Hareuveni

It is rare to encounter an artist whose debut already radiates such sheer beauty, but pianist/composer Espen Berg--who has collaborated with fellow Norwegians such as saxophonist Marius Neset and the Trondheim Jazz Orchestra--explains, in his liner notes, that he began to plan and experiment with his solo playing eight years ago. Over the years he has perfected a highly personal aesthetic, combining traditional folk elements with spontaneous improvised structures, both in a way that reflect his deepest emotions.


Flor de lis

The Rita Payés & Joan Chamorro Group perform Djavan's "Flor de lis" at the Jamboree Jazz Club in Barcelona in June 2016. Rita Payés: trombone and voice; Joan Chamorro: double bass; Andrea Motis: voice; Ignasi Terrace: piano; Josep Traver: guitar; Esteve Pi: drums.

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