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Helge Lien Trio: Badgers and Other Beings

Read "Badgers and Other Beings" reviewed by Neri Pollastri

Era qualche anno che non si parlava di Helge Lien, pianista norvegese piuttosto affermato ma poco noto da noi. Dopo l'approdo all'etichetta tedesca Ozella Music, che lo ha aiutato a imporsi con il suo trio prima con Hello Troll (2008), poi con Natsukashii (2011), eccolo dunque con questo nuovo Badgers and Other Beings, che vede l'ingresso ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Helge Lien Trio: Badgers and Other Beings

Read "Badgers and Other Beings" reviewed by Jakob Baekgaard

Since he signed to Dagobert Böhm's Ozella Music, Norwegian pianist Helge Lien has reached a new artistic plateau with his trio. Hello Troll (Ozella, 2008) was an immediate success that showcased the group's lyricism and tight interplay and the spacious beauty of Natsukashii (Ozella, 2010) added new colors to a wide musical vocabulary rooted in the ...

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Helge Lien Trio: Natsukashii

Read "Natsukashii" reviewed by John Kelman

So, what do you do when you've won, amongst other accolades, the 2008 DnBNor Musicians Award and a Norwegian Grammy Award for Best Jazz Album of 2009? Well, if you're Helge Lien and the album is Hello Troll (Ozella, 2008), you just keep on keepin' on--in this fine pianist's case, continuing to hone the trio that's ...

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Helge Lien Trio: Hello Troll

Read "Hello Troll" reviewed by John Kelman

It's nearly impossible to keep up with the Norwegian jazz scene. Considering the country's population is about one-quarter the size of New York City's Greater Metropolitan Area, the vibrancy, diversity and sheer amount of music coming out of this small country is astounding. Pianist Helge Lien and his trio may be unknown to most ...

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Helge Lien Trio: Asymmetrics

Read "Asymmetrics" reviewed by Matthew Wuethrich

The ominous cover art and brooding band photo on the cover of the Norwegian Helge Lien trio’s second DIW release, Asymmetrics, promises a stormy affair, but true to the title, the nine tracks surprise and deliver instead a restrained, at times even gentle mood without, however, sacrificing intensity. Pianist Lien, bassist Frode ...


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