Line-up: ESPEN ERIKSEN piano; LARS TORMOD JENSET bass; ANDREAS BYE drums
‘The title piece, just short of four minutes, is a gem of a tune. Eriksen's music is often described as minimalist but really it is about purity of expression.’ BBC Music (UK)
‘Impeccably performed, full of crisp, beguiling melodies and improvisations that are thoughtful without neglecting feeling’ Jazz Journal (UK)
Espen Eriksen Trio was formed in 2007 and has released five critically acclaimed records on the label Rune Grammofon. The trio’s music relies on highly melodic and lyrical instrumentals and a “less is more” approach and is often credited for its unique voice within today’s jazz scene by the international press. To quote BBC in their review of the trio’s second album “A wonderfully plaintive jazz record, abandoned to the lost art of melodic minimalism, stripped back and beautifully near bare. No smoke and mirrors, just the graceful chemistry of superb musicians at the top of their game”.
Their latest album, End Of Summer released in 2020, was recorded during lockdown and is a collection of captivating and lyrical songs – often melancholic and uplifting at the same time.