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Espen Berg, born June 30th 1983 in Hamar, is a Norwegian pianist, arranger and composer. He released his first solo album “Noctilucent” (AKLANG306) in 2012, which was awarded by All About Jazz for being one of the top ten albums of 2012. The sequel, “Acres of Blue” (AKLANG308), was released in 2014. Espen attained a master's degreen in Trondheim and graduated in 2008. He has travelled around the world with his trio Listen playing concerts in all parts of Norway, Cuba, Syria, Spain, France, Belgium, Sweden, Denmark, the Faroe Islands, Hungary, among other places. He has participated on several CDs, and worked with artists such as Trondheim Jazz Orchestra and Marius Neset, Per Jørgensen, Susanne Lundeng, Jovan Pavlovic, Amer Dahbar, Maher Mahmoud, Sissel Kyrkjebø, Darryl Tookes, among others

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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

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

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, ...

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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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Bølge

Label: Odin Records
Released: 2018
Track listing: Hounds Of Winter; Maetrix; XIII; Bølge; Tredje; Cadae; For Now; Bridges; Skoddefall; Climbing.

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Article: Album Review

Anders Lønne Grønseth: Multiverse

Read "Multiverse" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic


Built and fully realized in its moment of fruition, Norwegian saxophonist and bass clarinetist Anders Lønne Grønseth's Multiverse lays waste to the tired notion that music from the Scandinavian hinterlands has to bear the mark of chilly emotion. The musical flow and invention heard so immediately on Multiverse is a restless wonder, resulting in ...


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