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ARTIST
TITLE
Steps
FORMAT
CD

LABEL
CATALOG #
OSP 006CD OSP 006CD
GENRE
RELEASE DATE
4/28/2015

Norwegian pianist Kjetil Husebø's Steps marks a drastic shift from the album that precedes it, Morphing Between Spaces and Phases (OSP 005LP), released in 2014 under his Skyggespill alias. Steps also diverges from Husebø's other earlier albums (Contradictions (OSP 002CD, 2012) and Sources (OSP 003CD, 2013)), on which he combined the utterly complex sound universe of the grand piano with live sampling and electronic wizardry, and from his 2010 album as Optical Substance, Adaptation (OSP 001CD), on which the music is composed, programmed, and produced in collaboration with several guest musicians. Although Steps is Husebø's third piano album, it is his first entirely acoustic endeavor, distinguished by its exclusion of any components of composed, electronic music. The music on Steps was improvised and recorded in a short session at RainbowStudio, Oslo, in December 2014. Alone with a Steinway model D grand piano, Husebø explores his personal, melodic, abstract, rhythmical, playful, meditative music as he has never done before, situating his musical landscape between jazz, contemporary music, classical, and folk music. Engineered and mixed by the legendary Jan Erik Kongshaug as master of ceremony.