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Espen Eriksen Trio

The jazz world is not short on piano trios, but it´s not every day that one comes across a new trio with a personal musical language. Espen Eriksen Trio plays highly melodical and lyrical instrumentals with elements from Scandinavian folk and melancholia and shades of the deep woods. It´s definitely jazz, but their less is more approach is in contrast to most of their contemporaries, with structures almost like pop songs and with a strong focus on melodies and short solos. It´s fair to place them in a tradition with Tord Gustavsen Trio and the late Esbjörn Svensson Trio, but without really sounding like any of them.

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Espen Eriksen Trio: End Of Summer

Read "End Of Summer" reviewed by Gareth Thompson

Any album recorded during the lockdown of 2020 will doubtless be scrutinised for cryptic references. As such, End Of Summer as a title might hint at something deeper (or darker) than mere seasonal flux. But amidst so much global turmoil, the Espen Eriksen Trio has held its nerve and created another poignant opus. Tranquility at the ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Espen Eriksen Trio with Andy Sheppard: Perfectly Unhappy

Read "Perfectly Unhappy" reviewed by John Eyles

The Norwegian Espen Eriksen Trio was formed in 2007 and its personnel has remained unchanged ever since, across three previous album releases on Rune Grammofon. Such stability has allowed pianist Espen Eriksen, bassist Lars Tormod Jenset and drummer Andreas Bye to bond together and develop the particular chemistry that a successful trio needs, without having to ...

What Took You So Long

Label: Rune Grammofon
Released: 2012
Track listing: All Good Things; Third Stop; On the Sea; Fall; We Don't Need Another Hero; Passing By; Could It Be Magic; Dusk of Dawn; Komeda; Oslo.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Espen Eriksen Trio: What Took You So Long

Read "What Took You So Long" reviewed by John Kelman

When Rune Grammofon first introduced In the Country with This Was the Pace of My Heartbeat, it touted the young Norwegian trio's 2005 debut as the label's first “jazz record." This is true, perhaps, using a broader definition that may rankle dogmatists more aligned with the American tradition; but over the course of the next seven ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEW

Norwegian Road Trip, Part 6: Molde Jazz, Days 3-4

Read "Norwegian Road Trip, Part 6: Molde Jazz, Days 3-4" reviewed by John Kelman

Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 | Part 5 | Part 6 | Part 7 [Editors Note: From July 6 to July 26, 2010, All About Jazz Managing Editor John Kelman will travel throughout Norway to cover both the Kongsberg Jazz Festival (also participating in Silver City Sounds) and Molde ...

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Espen Eriksen Trio: You Had Me At Goodbye

Read "You Had Me At Goodbye" reviewed by John Kelman

When Rune Grammofon released In the Country's outstanding 2005 debut, This Was the Pace of My Heartbeat, it was promoted as the Norwegian label's “first jazz record." Still, that piano trio's eminently beautiful music retained the skewed edges so definitive of the label, while subsequent releases, including 2009's ambitious Whiteout, have aligned even more closely with ...


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