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ARTIST
TITLE
You Had Me At Goodbye
FORMAT
CD

LABEL
CATALOG #
RCD 2096CD RCD 2096CD
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RELEASE DATE
5/25/2010

This is the debut full-length release by the piano-led Espen Eriksen Trio. Espen Eriksen is a debutant on Rune Grammofon and as a recording artist in his own name. His musical background is varied, ranging from pop music to jazz and the church organ. He has played with top Norwegian jazz musicians such as Bendik Hofseth, Mats Eilertsen and Thomas Strønen and was for three years a pianist, arranger and composer for singer Christina Bjordal. Bassist Lars Tormod Jenset lived and worked as a musician in Copenhagen for seven years before relocating to Norway in 2007. He is also a member of Hot N Spicy, Bendik Giske Kvintett and Rodent. Andreas Bye is one of Norway´s most requested drummers in jazz and pop. He was a member of Bugge Wesseltoft's New Conception Of Jazz and has played with John Scofield, Joshua Redman, John Taylor, Dhafer Yousef, Nils Petter Molvær, Håkon Kornstad, and many others. The music of Espen Eriksen is lyrical and highly melodic, and in some ways, typically Scandinavian with its folk elements -- shades of the deep woods and touches of melancholia. In that respect, it's fair to say that he belongs to the same tradition as Tord Gustavsen and the late Esbjörn Svensson, but without really sounding like any of them. But it's also fair to say that the trio's less-is-more approach is in stark contrast to many of their contemporary piano trios, with structures almost like pop songs while focused on melodic content and short solos.