The jazz world is not short on piano trios, but it’s not every day one comes across a new trio with a personal musical language. The Norwegian 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 has released three records, all critically acclaimed by publications like BBC, The Independent and KulturSpiegel. Their third record, “Never Ending January”, was released in autumn 2015.
“Elegant, wistfully lyrical, and dominated by Eriksen’s pellucid piano filigrees, it’s an aural balm for the ears.” Record Collector