ESPEN ERIKSEN

Nu Jazz / Post-Fusion Contemporary / Jazz Related Improv/Composition • Norway
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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.

The trio released their debut “You Had Me at Goodbye” on Rune Grammofon in March 2010 to massive positive response from both Norwegian and international press. The album is still picked up and praised by music magazines worldwide, almost a year after its release, most recently in January when the song "Grinde" was included on the "Critics Choice CD" in the American jazz magazine Jazziz's summary of
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ESPEN ERIKSEN What Took You So Long album cover 3.50 | 1 ratings
What Took You So Long
Nu Jazz 2012
ESPEN ERIKSEN Espen Eriksen, Gunnar Halle ‎: Psalm album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Espen Eriksen, Gunnar Halle ‎: Psalm
Jazz Related Improv/Composition 2014
ESPEN ERIKSEN Never Ending January album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Never Ending January
Nu Jazz 2015
ESPEN ERIKSEN Espen Eriksen Trio with Andy Sheppard : Perfectly Unhappy album cover 3.98 | 2 ratings
Espen Eriksen Trio with Andy Sheppard : Perfectly Unhappy
Post-Fusion Contemporary 2018

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ESPEN ERIKSEN You Had Me at Goodbye album cover 4.50 | 1 ratings
You Had Me at Goodbye
Nu Jazz 2010

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ESPEN ERIKSEN What Took You So Long / You Had Me At Goodbye album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
What Took You So Long / You Had Me At Goodbye
Nu Jazz 2012

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ESPEN ERIKSEN Espen Eriksen Trio with Andy Sheppard : Perfectly Unhappy

Album · 2018 · Post-Fusion Contemporary
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For this latest release “Perfectly Unhappy” from Norwegian Espen Eriksen and his Trio, one of Britain’s most well saxophonists Andy Sheppard joins them bringing a change in texture to their current slightly minimal but still highly melodic sound that the Trio display within their compositions. Their first album release garnered extremely good praise and many great reviews for “You Had Me At Goodbye” with the following two albums “What Took You So Long” and “Never Ending January” keeping the standard right up there. If you have not heard of them before Espen Eriksen is the pianist, Lars Tormond Jenset, bass and Andreas Bye is the drummer with the Trio performing together since 2007 with this album being the ensemble’s fourth release. Andy Sheppard’s addition of saxophone in the album works beautifully bringing quite a bit of a fresh sound for the Trio and keeping things in an interesting manner but still keeping them well within the melodic style that they have become known for.

“Above The Horizon” opens with a beautiful piano and bass interchange before stating the composition’s theme before Andy Sheppard’s saxophone to joins on this lovely inward piece with the following “1974” having a beautiful contemplative sound where Espen’s piano is more prevalent. The melancholy and contemplation just keeps on coming with the album’s title ‘Perfectly Unhappy” with Andy’s saxophone and Espen’s brief solo providing a lovely wistfulness within the number. “Indian Summer” just keeps the dreamy spaced melody prevalent, where “Suburban Folk Song” has a slightly more intricate opening and all these melodies that are intertwined with space and beautiful timing just keep coming with “Naked Trees”, the following “Revisited” containing a delightful solo from Espen and the beautiful melancholic closing composition “Home”.

Lovely album and an absolute delight to have on with the compositions being in a similar realm to Mathias Eick’s of maintaining a strong melody and quite a lovely contemporary sound. One other note is Andy Sheppard plays quite a major part and is in the majority of all the compositions with that gorgeous deep tone that he resonates.

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idlero wrote:
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"You had me At Goodbye" (a very good album by the way) should be added to Discography

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