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How to master "The Art Of The Trio" perfectly. Until now we’ve only known it from Brad Mehldau, Bill Evans and E.S.T. Now, with the Norwegian Helge Lien Trio, a new formation is on the way to adding new exciting soundscapes to the piano trio. Perfectly in tune with each other, this trio has presented us with Hello Troll, an album that paints lyrical- impressionistic moodscapes, and whose appeal is practically irresistable. A little nation with a big jazz tradition is the land of fjords and trolls. Fascinating new artists and acts sporting a huge zest for playing and an irrepressible urge for experimentation keep pushing out of Norway to conquer the rest of the jazz world

The Quiet Cormorant

Label: Losen Records
Released: 2020
Track listing: The Quiet Cormorant; Waltz for Hire; Brown House (by the Sea); The Njalla Suite; Island Movies; Love, Peace & Currywurst; The Still; Sørvær Major Manor; A Ballad in Popular Keys; Sunshine - After Fog; Current Tides; Where Did You Go?; Around & About the Roundabout.

ARTICLE: MULTIPLE REVIEWS

International Flavors

Read "International Flavors" reviewed by Geno Thackara

It's a tour through several spots around the globe with this batch--sometimes a leisurely tour, sometimes a whirlwind, but with each stop offering a wealth of lovely sounds and tones. Gilfema Three Sounderscore 2020 Lionel Loueke, Massimo Biolcati and Ferenc Nemeth have an impressive number of musical endeavors and ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEW

Norwegian Road Trip, Part 4: Oslo and an Interview with Jan Erik Kongshaug

Read "Norwegian Road Trip, Part 4: Oslo and an Interview with Jan Erik Kongshaug" reviewed by John Kelman

Author's Note: Jan Erik Kongshaug, owner and recording engineer at Rainbow Studios, Oslo, passed away on November 5, 2019. Beyond his best-known work on hundreds of recordings for the lauded ECM Records label in collaboration with label head/producer Manfred Eicher, Kongshaug's studio and engineering, mixing and mastering work has garnered significant international acclaim. Still, Rainbow continues ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEW

Baku Jazz Festival 2018

Read "Baku Jazz Festival 2018" reviewed by Ian Patterson

Baku Jazz Festival Baku, Azerbaijan October 25-28, 2018 Stormy winds that you had to lean into to walk along the pavements had ripped the giant poster of the Baku Jazz Festival clean off the exterior wall of the Rotunda Jazz Club. Not for nothing is Baku nicknamed The City of ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Sigurd Hole: Elvesang

Read "Elvesang" reviewed by John Kelman

Sigurd Hole has already built a strong reputation, in his native Norway, for his work with Eple Trio on albums including The Widening Sphere of Influence (NORCD, 2008), in addition to the trio's collaborations with NORCD label head/saxophonist/goat horn master Karl Seglem on albums like NORSKjazz.no (NORCD, 2012). The double bassist has also collaborated with guitarist ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Maciej Obara Quartet: Dominik Wania/Ole Morten Vågan/Gard Nilssen: Unloved

Read "Unloved" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

A distinct vernacular, unabashedly quixotic lyricism and an authoritative style of playing are among the notable characteristics that define Maciej Obara. The Polish saxophonist and composer had performed with Tomasz Stańko in the trumpeter's “New Balladyna Quartet" project and he has recorded with John Lindberg, Ralph Alessi, Mark Helias and Nasheet Waits. Obara was also on ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEW

Nutshell e Nattjazz 2016

Read "Nutshell e Nattjazz 2016" reviewed by Luca Vitali

Visitare Bergen in maggio è sempre un terno al lotto: il clima, spesso piovoso, condiziona l'umore, ma quando è il sole ad accoglierti, l'incanto è assicurato. È da qualche anno che mancavo da Bergen e non facevo visita all'USF (United Sardine Factory), antica fabbrica di sardine convertita in tempio della cultura di quella città, e come ...

Badgers and Other Beings

Label: Ozella Music
Released: 2015
Track listing: Mor; Joe; Hoggormen; Hvalen; Folkmost; Early Bird; Knut; Calypso in Five; The New Black; Badger's Lullaby.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Various Artists: The Magic & The Mystery Of The Piano Trio: Ballads & Lullabies

Read "The Magic & The Mystery Of The Piano Trio: Ballads & Lullabies" reviewed by John Ephland

It's rare that a collection of songs that stay the course with a theme from track to track can hold interest. Especially when the tunes are so spare in execution, essentially simple love songs, performed by a collection of trios who maintain distinct musical personalities. Such is the case with The Magic And The Mystery.


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