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Mulelid, Kjetil Trio: Who Do You Love The Most? (Rune Grammofon)

The 3rd album from this young Norwegian piano trio led by composer Kjetil A Mulelid with double bassist Bjørn Marius Hegge and drummer Andreas Skår Winther, presenting ten lyrical compositions of strong melodies and solid and expressive rhythmic foundations, a thoughtfully beautiful and sophisticated album of exquisite modern jazz.

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UPC: 7033662022298

Label: Rune Grammofon
Catalog ID: RCD 2229CD
Squidco Product Code: 31778

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2022
Country: Norway
Packaging: Digipack
Recorded in Athletic Sound, in Halden, Norway, on June 21st, and 22nd, 2021, by Dag Erik Johansen.


Kjetil Andre Mulelid-piano

Bjorn Marius Hegge-double bass

Andreas Winther-drums

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"Kjetil Andre Mulelid has distinguished himself as an inventive artist, blending jazz, psalms, and improvised music. He grew up in the small village Hurdal, Akershus, and started playing classical piano at an early age. In 2010 he graduated from Jessheim high school where he had some really inspiring piano teachers who had introduced him to jazz etc: Ulrika Magdalena Lind, Morten Reppesgård and Jan Terje Augestad. Then he did one year at "Høgskolen i Staffeldstgate" in Oslo before he went to do a bachelor's degree in jazz performance at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology in Trondheim (NTNU, Jazzlinja). Here he really learned to use the piano as his own language with the great teachers Erling Aksdal, Vigleik Storaas, Espen Berg and Eyolf Dale. Later he has also graduated from the master's program at Rytmisk Musikkonservatorium in Copenhagen (DK) where he was guided by great musicians such as Kresten Osgood and Kasper Tranberg.

Mulelid has played concerts and frequently touring in Japan, the USA, and most of Europe, and he has played and worked/collaborated with many great musicians such as Arve Henriksen, Jason Moran, Barry Guy, Trygve Seim, Mats Eilertsen, Audun Kleive, Kirsti Huke, Ola Kvernberg, Eirik Hegdal, Sissel Vera Pettersen, Rob Waring, and Petter Vågan. Since 2015 he has been working as a freelance musician and a music educator.

He has also studied pedagogy studies and worked at highly respected music education schools. Former employers include NTNU Jazzlinja, Sund fhs., Trøndertun fhs., Trondheim Cathedral School and at Ole Vig High School."

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"Bandleader and composer Bjørn Marius Hegge is a bassist and key part of the new brood of Norwegian jazz musicians. Apart from leading his quintet Hegge, he is part of the Kjetil Mulelid Trio (Rune Grammofon) and has released a number of albums on the Particular Recordings Collective label (including solo, trio and group projects). He won the Norwegian Grammy (Spellemannsprisen) for his band Hegge's debut recording "Vi Är Ledsna Men Du Får Inte Längre Vara Barn" in 2017. He has a bachelor degree in performing arts from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU)."

-Bjorn Marius Hegge Website (

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"Andreas Skår Winther is a Norwegian drummer, born 10 April 1991. He is known for the groups Johan Lindvall Trio, Karl Bjorå's Aperture, Kjetil Mulelid Trio, Left Exit, Mr K, Megalodon Collective, Morgonrode, Spacemusic Ensemble."

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track listing:

1. Paul 4:35

2. Endless 5:02

3. The Road 4:47

4. Remembering 4:43

5. Point Of View 3:48

6. The Archetypal Man 5:10

7. For You I'll Do Anything 5:50

8. Imagine Your Front Door 1:30

9. Gospel 4:15

10. Morning Song 3:18
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"Who Do You Love The Most? is the young trio's third album in just over four years, and continues in the tradition of their two previous efforts; beautiful and evocative melodies, rich on harmonies, often rhythmically complex textures and a typically folk-like Scandinavian character with the occasional gospel feel. The album's 10 songs are all Mulelid originals, except for a gripping cover of Judee Sill's "The Archetypical Man". Two of the originals are the trio's versions of songs that first appeared on the pianist's much lauded solo piano album ("Piano") from last year. Kjetil André Mulelid (31) comes across as an exceptionally mature pianist and composer. The trio's 2017 debut Not Nearly Enough To Buy A House received wide international acclaim, with writers most typically mentioning Keith Jarrett and Bill Evans. The praise continued for 2019's follow-up What You Thought Was Home, with the Jazz Journal giving it a 5/5 rating and calling it "some of the most captivating music I´ve heard in quite some while". All About Jazz noted the maturity of the work, feeling like coming from three well-seasoned pros."-Rune Grammofon

"Who Do You Love The Most? is the third album in four years of the Norwegian trio of pianist-composer Kjetil André Mulelid and expands this young trio's aesthetics. The ten pieces, recorded at Athletic Sound in Halden in June 2021, offer lyrical and evocative melodies, often touched by Nordic melancholia, with rhythmically complex textures and an occasional gospel feel. Mulelid composed nine of the songs, two first appeared on his solo piano album, "Piano" (Rune Grammofon, 2021), and the only non-original piece is a cover of American singer-songwriter Judee Sill's "The Archetypical Man".

Mulelid is accompanied by the excellent rhythm section of double bass player Bjørn Marius Hegge and drummer Andreas Skår Winther, both, like Mulelid come from the fertile milieu at the Trondheim Conservatory of Music. This mature, working trio has developed close and organic dynamics that always stress the melodic flow of the pieces. Hegge and Winther know when to add subtle and sparse colors to Mulelid's piano musings, like on the opening "Paul", the gospel-ish "Remembering", "For You I'll Do Everything" from "Piano", or the touching, last song "New Morning". Hegge and Winther also know when to inject infectious driving patterns like "The Road" and "Gospel", both songs bring to mind the natural and breezy melodic drive of the Scandinavian quartet of Keith Jarrett, a clear inspiration on Mulelid. The beautiful cover of Sill's "The Archetypical Man" frames the original song from its religious images and frames it in the blues tradition.

But beyond all, it is the engaging elegance and the radiant, captivating beauty of Kjetil Mulelid playing throughout Who Do You Love The Most?."-Eyal Hareuveni

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