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Eple Trio: Universal Cycle

Read "Universal Cycle" reviewed by Eyal Hareuveni

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 ...

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Eple Trio: In the Clearing / In the Cavern

Read "In the Clearing / In the Cavern" reviewed by John Kelman

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. ...

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Eple Trio: The Widening Sphere of Influence

Read "The Widening Sphere of Influence" reviewed by Ian Patterson

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 ...

ALBUM REVIEW

Eple Trio: The Widening Sphere of Influence

Read "The Widening Sphere of Influence" reviewed by John Kelman

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 ...


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