RCD2096 - Espen Eriksen Trio: You Had Me At Goodbye (CD)
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. This debut release from the Norwegian trio contains 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. It´s fair to place them in a tradition with Tord Gustavsen Trio and the late Esbjörn Svensson Trio, but without really sounding like any of them. A most welcome addition to our catalogue.
Fantastic sleeve by Kim Hiorthøy, the 6 page digipack being a piece of art in itself.