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Espen Eriksen

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In The Mountains

Label: Rune Grammofon
Released: 2022
Track listing: 1974; Anthem; Suburban Folk Song; In The Mountains; Perfectly Unhappy; Dancing Demons; Rosemary’s Baby.

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Article: Album Review

Szun Waves: Earth Patterns

Read "Earth Patterns" reviewed by Gareth Thompson


The second Szun Waves album, New Hymn To Freedom (The Leaf Label, 2018), was a critical smash that united fans of Radiohead and Pharoah Sanders alike. Media types drowned in a torrent of adjectives such as gleaming, sparkling and rippling, as if the combo of brass and electronics could produce anything else. Unless, of course, it ...

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Article: Album Review

Espen Eriksen Trio featuring Andy Sheppard: In The Mountains

Read "In The Mountains" reviewed by John Eyles


Formed in 2007, with personnel which has remained unchanged since, the Espen Eriksen Trio released its first Rune Grammofon album, You Had Me At Goodbye, in 2010. Since then, they have regularly released albums on the label, the most recent being End of Summer (2020). Prior to the current release, their only album which did not ...

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Article: Album Review

Espen Eriksen Trio featuring Andy Sheppard: In The Mountains

Read "In The Mountains" reviewed by Gareth Thompson


Espen Eriksen uncorks a surprise at the end of this remarkable live album. For the closing cut, his trio takes on Krzysztof Komeda's theme tune for the 1968 urban horror flick Rosemary's Baby. To begin with, gothic piano hammerings and eerie bass scrapings replace Komeda's spooked female “la-la" vocals. Yet by the end, Eriksen's keyboard genius ...

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Article: Album Review

Bugge Wesseltoft: Be Am

Read "Be Am" reviewed by Gareth Thompson


In a 2008 interview, Bugge Wesseltoft spoke of his despair at seeing civilians suffer throughout history, unable to protect their families and children from wars. He also noted that watching such events unfold from the safety of his Norwegian homeland was painful. Wesseltoft had recently released his superb album IM (Jazzland Recordings, 2007) which found him ...

Album

A Fine Line

Label: daWorks
Released: 2021

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Article: Album Review

Abdullah Ibrahim: Solotude

Read "Solotude" reviewed by Gareth Thompson


Abdullah Ibrahim once told a seminar at his M7 Academy in Cape Town, “The devil lives on the stage. This is where the ego comes out." On the strength of Solotude, recorded live on his eighty-sixth birthday, Ibrahim has crushed such personal demons and now lets angels guide his performing. One takes his point though, given ...

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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 ...

Album

End Of Summer

Label: Rune Grammofon
Released: 2020
Track listing: Where The River Runs; Back To Base; Dancing Demons; End Of Summer; Transparent Darkness; A Long Way From Home; Reminiscence.


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