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Espen Berg

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Espen Berg (b. 1983) has been touring around the world since 2003, and has collaborated with artists such as Trondheim Jazzorkester, Marius Neset, Seamus Blake, Silje Nergaard, Mathias Eick, Hildegunn Øiseth, Daniel Herskedal, Mats Eilertsen and many more. He has played on 28 albums, of which 10 as a leader, and is frequently touring in Europe and Asia with Espen Berg Trio, which will be releasing its fourth album in May 2022. Espen was awarded Norway’s largest jazz scholarship «JazZtipendiatet» at Molde Int’l Jazz Festival 2016, which consists of a commissioned work for Trondheim Jazz Orchestra, premiering at Moldejazz in 2017

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Larry Goldings, Ingrid Laubrock, Zeno De Rossi, Espen Berg & More New Releases

Read "Larry Goldings, Ingrid Laubrock, Zeno De Rossi, Espen Berg & More New Releases" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu


Bookended between the many sides of Larry Goldings and Ingrid Laubrock, the playlist features two new releases by drummer Zeno De Rossi, the sophomore release of Zoh Amba and the compelling new albums by Espen Berg and Jacob Garchik. Happy Listening! PlaylistBen Allison “Mondo Jazz Theme (feat. Ted Nash & Pyeng Threadgill)" ...

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Article: Album Review

Johan Lindvall Trio: This Is Not About You

Read "This Is Not About You" reviewed by Chris May


If you ask a jazz fan to name the greatest piano trio albums ever made, the probability is that their top twenty choices will include Erroll Garner's Concert By The Sea (Columbia, 1955), Ahmad Jamal's But Not For Me (Argo, 1958), Bill Evans' Sunday At The Village Vanguard (Riverside, 1961), Keith Jarrett's Standards Vol. 2 (ECM, ...

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Article: Multiple Reviews

Fire And Ice: Two Nordic Contrasts

Read "Fire And Ice: Two Nordic Contrasts" reviewed by Gareth Thompson


The twin forces of ice and fire have long existed in Nordic mythology. In the twenty-first century, northern European music has offered stark contrasts too, with a scene as vibrant and compelling as any on earth. Labels such as Hubro, Odin, Rune Grammofon and Jazzland have brought us many artists with a common grounding in jazz ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Keith Jarrett & Vince Guaraldi

Read "Keith Jarrett & Vince Guaraldi" reviewed by Joe Dimino


During the penultimate episode of Neon Jazz during 2020, we continue to honor the voices of modern jazz. We start things off with a talented musician from Norway in Espen Berg. We also hear from Doug Carn of the 2020 Jazz is Dead series. We profile the busy and talented Kansas City saxophonist Rich Wheeler and ...

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Article: Live Review

Norwegian Digital Jazz Festival 2020, Part 2

Read "Norwegian Digital Jazz Festival 2020, Part 2" reviewed by Mark Sullivan


Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 Norwegian Digital Jazz Festival Sentralen Oslo, Norway November 24-December 1, 2020 November 24 Silje Nergaard Silje Nergaard is one of the new breed of jazz singers who writes most of her material—rather than singing jazz standards and songs from the ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Sting: An English (Jazz-)Man in New York - Part 1

Read "Sting: An English (Jazz-)Man in New York - Part 1" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu


From his early years as a bassist in the trad Phoenix Jazzmen, the straight-ahead Newcastle Big Band, and the fusion quintet Last Exit, to his collaborations with idols like Gil Evans and Miles Davis, jazz has been a constant in Sting's artistic path. This week, we feature music from his jazzier projects as a leader or ...

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Article: Album Review

Rymden: Space Sailors

Read "Space Sailors" reviewed by Gareth Thompson


Outer space and cosmic jazz have long been a match made beyond heaven. The latest act throwing their hat into Saturn's rings is the excellent Norwegian band Rymden, featuring keyboardist Bugge Wesseltoft. The trio has clearly boned up on Sun Ra and Lonnie Liston Smith, but rockier influences are present too from the likes of Hawkwind, ...

Album

Free to Play

Label: Odin Records
Released: 2019
Track listing: Monolitt; Skrivarneset; Kestrel; Camillas Sang; Gossipel; Episk-Aggressiv Syndrom; ‘Oumuamua; Meanwhile in Armenia; Furuberget

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Article: Album Review

Anders Lonne Gronseth: Theory Of Anything

Read "Theory Of Anything" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan


2018 saw the release of the eponymous debut of Norwegian reedman Anders Lonne Gronseth's quintet, Multiverse (Pling Music). 2019 opened the door to Theory Of Anything, music recorded by the group at the same session. The sound is Nordic cool and patient in its unfolding, with Gronseth's compositions leaving the doors wide open to spontaneity and ...


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