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3x3: Piano Trios: January 2020

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Geir Åge Johnsen/Fredrik Sahlander/Bernt Moen 1+1=3 Losen Records 2019 What exactly does this title signify? It isn't quite clear, seeing as there are three players here and each counts as a positive one in any equation. Small mystery and all, though, it's a fun session brimming with good humor and smarts. ...

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Losen Records' Winning Formula?

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No formula at all. The only thing that remains constant from release to release on Norwegian label Losen Records is the fact, that no album will sound anything like the last. Home to young talents, such as the Icelandic pianist Ingi Bjarni Skúlason or the Russian saxophone virtuoso Masha Art, as well as old hands along ...

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Atle Nymo: Solo for Trio

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While the reduction of instrumentation is a typical occurrence in the world of music--most commonly practiced for piano--the opposite is rarer. Norwegian woodwind virtuoso Atle Nymo seems to have this concept in mind on Solo for Trio--his debut album as a leader. Supported by ECM-associated Mats Eilertsen on bass and talented Slovakian drummer/percussionist Michaela Antalová, Nymo ...

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Per Mathisen: Sounds of 3 Edition 2

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The power of three indeed proved to be a magic charm for Per Mathisen on the first Sounds of 3 (Losen, 2016), so it's probably only natural that he'd revisit the format sooner or later. What's more of a surprise, perhaps, is how things change. Where that recording was a loud and brash slice of jazz-rock, ...

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5x3: Piano Trios: September 2019

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Well, some months are packed too full of these goodies to cover in batches of three. We can only hang on and try to keep up. Aki Rissanen Art in Motion Edition Records 2019 Past, present and future don't collide but smash together in one happy jumble ...

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Ingi Bjarni Skúlason: Tenging

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Icelandic composer and pianist Ingi Bjarni Skúlason lived in Gotheburg, Copenhagen and Oslo while studying his Masters degree in composition. It is in these European cities where he met and performed with the musicians heard on this record. Jakob Eri Myhre and Merje Kägu join on trumpet and guitar with Daniel Andersson and Tore Ljøkelsøy forming ...

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3x3: Piano Trios: August 2019

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Yoko Miwa Trio Keep Talkin' Ocean Blue Tear Music 2019 When Yoko Miwa and her trio-mates get to talking, it's no wonder they only want to keep going and going. Their playful bantering elevates everything on offer here, from a couple venerable standards through a handful of playful originals showing the ...

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Pokaz Trio: Kintsugi

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A melancholic wistfulness seems to wrap itself around every bar and each note of this trio date by the Ukrainian talents pianist Andrew Pokaz, bassist Vitaliy Fesenko and drummer Yakov Taruntsov. The three virtuosi forming the Pokaz Trio dig deep into the repertoire of Eastern European melodies and rhythms to create seven original pieces that make ...

3x3: Piano Trios: July 2019

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It must unofficially be the year of the piano trio or something. They just keep coming, and thankfully each new one is still stimulating and surprising. Shalosh Onwards and Upwards ACT Music 2019 The name means “three," simply enough, and Shalosh is all about embodying that ideal of ...

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Masha Art & LRK Trio: Anesthesia

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The fresh musical voice more formally known as Maria Artemenko seems ready to seize her saxophone and make a splash. Building on some solid study and orchestra performance, she offers a solid and eclectic surprise, for the first time stepping out internationally on her own. Equal credit must go to LRK Trio as well and, here, ...


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