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Oddgeir Berg

Electroacoustic jazz with one leg in melancholy and the other in ecstasy Jazz trios named after the piano player give certain expecations, be it Horace Silver and his tender "Que Pasa" or Esbjørn Svensson and his Northern sounds, clarity and intimacy are common to these, with a hint of tonal melancholy. These characteristics also feature on "Before Dawn", the debut album from The Oddgeir Berg Trio, who are clearly familiar with a Scandinavian jazz tradition. Tunes such as "The Mermaid’s Dance" and "Springeren" summon images of bonfires by the sea lit to herald the summer solstice, and the inevitable turn of the season when Autumn arrives and buries its roots and turns with fine melodic lines into the silence of winter

In The End Of The Night

Label: Ozella Music
Released: 2019
Track listing: Vagabond; American Dream; The Escape; List; Travellers; Way Home; Future Has Come; Lullaby For A.O.; Stars Aligned; In The End Of The Night.

ARTICLE: YEAR IN REVIEW

Dan McClenaghan's Best Releases of 2019

Read "Dan McClenaghan's Best Releases of 2019" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

The music keeps moving forward, evolving to higher levels. My search for the best jazz recordings of 2019 led me to these outstanding CDs. These are presented in the order in which I discovered them. Iro Haarla, Ulf Krokfors & Barry Altschul Around Again Tum Records Finnish pianist Iro Haarla ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Oddgeir Berg Trio: In The End Of The Night

Read "In The End Of The Night" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Oddgeir Berg Trio, out of Norway, came in with a compelling and fully-formed voice from the very beginning, with a particularly fine debut, Before Dawn (Ozella Music, 2018). Headed by pianist Berg, the group has wasted no time in releasing their sophomore effort, In The End of the Night. There is something to be said for ...

Before Dawn

Label: Ozella Music
Released: 2018
Track listing: Mermaid's Dance; Oldies; Here Comes The Toughest; Springeren; Waltzie; Slattesven; A.C.M.; Ganger; Slogro; Lullaby for S.O.; Postlude.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Oddgeir Berg: Before Dawn

Read "Before Dawn" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

The evolution of the piano trio has taken us from Art Tatum to Erroll Garner to Oscar Peterson to Bud Powell to Bill Evans--with Thelonious Monk in there veering off from Ellington and the stride tradition on his own separate branch. The newest piano trio offshoot is that of groups who add electronic embellishments to their ...


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