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Eriksen, Espen Trio w/ Andy Sheppard: In The Mountains (Rune Grammofon)

The 1st live album from Norwegian pianist Espen Eriksen's Trio with bassist Lars Tormod Jenset and drummer Andreas Bye, joined by British saxophonist Andy Sheppard, for original compositions plus "Rosemary's Baby", captured at concerts from Oslo's Nasjonal Jazzscene in 2018 & 2020, a 2020 concert at Propeller Music Division in Oslo and a 2021 performance in Poznan, Poland.

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UPC: 7033662022274

Label: Rune Grammofon
Catalog ID: RCD 2227CD
Squidco Product Code: 31777

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2022
Country: Norway
Packaging: Digipack
Track 1, 2 and 4 recorded live in concert at Nasjonal jazzscene in Victoria, Oslo, Norway, in September, 2018, by Daniel Wold.

Track 3 and 5 recorded live in concert at Nasjonal jazzscene Victoria, Oslo, Norway, in August 2020, by Louise Lavoll and Simen Scharning.

Track 6 recorded live in concert at Propeller Music Division, in Oslo, Norway, in September, 2020, by Mike Hartung.

Track 7 recorded live in concert at Era Jazzu/Czas Komedy, Poznan, Poland, in November 2021, by Lukasz Kurzawski/Recart.


Espen Eriksen-piano

Lars Tormod Jenset-bass

Andreas Bye-drums

Andy Sheppard-saxophone

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Descriptions, Reviews, &c.

"After five successful studio albums in 12 years, here is Espen Erisken Trio's first live album, by popular demand. A popular concert attraction in Norway through Europe, Russia, and South East Asia, the trio have constantly been asked when they will release a concert recording. Five of the seven tracks were recorded live in concert at Oslo's Nasjonal Jazzscene in 2018 and 2020, one at a special one-off intimate concert at Propeller Music Division in Oslo in 2020, and one in Poznan, Poland, in 2021.

Six of the seven tracks are extended versions of Eriksen originals from four of the studio albums, adding instrumental vividness as well as dramatic and moving elements to the event. The seventh is a splendid cover of Krzysztof Komeda's iconic "Rosemary's Baby".-Rune Grammofon

Artist Biographies

"Espen Eriksen (piano) was born in Haugesund in 1974. He is best known today as leader of the Espen Eriksen Trio, which released its debut album on the renowned Rune Grammofon label last spring to rave reviews and favourable comparisons with the likes of Esbjørn Svensson and Tord Gustavsen. Eriksen contributed as pianist, songwriter and arranger on Christina Bjordal's international solo debut for Universal Music. His varied musical background ranges from playing the organ to the pop band Briskeby, and he has performed with such prestigious instrumentalists as Bendik Hofseth, Mats Eilertsen and Jarle Vespestad."

-Grappa (

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"Lars Tormod Jenset (born 17th January 1978 in Midsund in Møre og Romsdal) is a Norwegian jazz bassist. After joining Molde High School and Viken Folkehøgskole , he studied from around 2000 for five years at the Rhythmic Conservatory of Music in Copenhagen. From 2007 he has lived in Oslo and worked as a freelance teacher and artist. He has played in several bands, such as Hot N Spicy (former Pillow) together with Bjarke Falgren and Svein Erik Martinsen. From 2007 he has been in the Oslo band The Union with Ola Welo (saxophon), Tomas Heggdal (piano), and Martin Wister (drums). He has played bass in Bendik Giske Kvintett (with Gunnar Halle, Simon Toldam, Erik Nylander), Light Airborne (with Niels Lyhne Løkkegaard, Christoffer Møller and Morten Lund), Espen Eriksen Trio (with Andreas Bye) and Rodent (with Haukur Grøndal, Jarkko Hakala and Helgi Sv. Helgason). There have been more album releases with the different bands."

-Wikipedia (Translated by Google) (

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"Andreas Bye is a Norwegian jazz drummer, born 1975. He is known for groupsAnders Aarum Trio, Bugge & Friends, Espen Eriksen Trio, Knut Reiersrud Band, Kompen Quintet, Øystein Sevåg Global House Band, Sigurd Køhn Quartet, The Rainbow Band"

-Discogs (

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"An ECM recording artist, bandleader and composer, Andy Sheppard is one of Europe's leading saxophonists and one of a very few British musicians to have made a significant impact on the international jazz scene, playing and writing for settings from solo to big band and chamber orchestra. Sheppard has composed over 350 works that incorporate a strong and characteristic sense of lyricism alongside a very personal use of rhythms from Asia, Africa and South America.AndySheppardHorn1FinalX

Sheppard took up the saxophone at 19, highly motivated after encountering the music of John Coltrane, and three weeks after getting his first instrument was playing in public with the Bristol-based quartet Sphere. After a period in Paris where he worked with groups including performance art band Urban Sax, he returned to the UK in the mid-80's recording the album "Andy Sheppard" for Antilles/Island, with Steve Swallow as producer, the beginning of a long musical association that continues to this day. Since then Sheppard has recorded for labels including Blue Note, Verve, Label Bleu and Provocateur.

Sheppard has been invited to compose for large and small ensembles in the areas of jazz and contemporary classical music. His big band writing includes work with the renowned UMO Orchestra (Finland), the Bergen Big Band (Norway) - initially for a joint commission from Cheltenham and Vossa Festivals - Voice of the North and Jambone (UK). Most recently in 2012, Sheppard was commissioned to write a new Big Band Suite for the Bergen Big Band, this brand new work entitled Bump 5250 was performed during the prestigious NattJazz Festival (Norway) in 2013. He wrote music for a collaboration with the classical saxophonist John Harle, and composed View from the Pyramids, a concerto for saxophone and piano for the Bournemouth Sinfonietta, which premiered at the 1998 Salisbury Festival with Joanna MacGregor as piano soloist. Other significant commissions include a solo performance piece for saxophone and electronics from the Maison de la Culture in Amiens which subsequently turned into his Nocturnal Tourist CD; Nothing moved but the wind - a work for the Kintamarni Saxophone Quartet; Strange Episode - a piece for tape oboe and percussion for New Noise; the multi-disciplinary Cityscapes - a collaboration with Joanna McGregor et al for the City of London Festival; Glossolalia - a choral work with saxophone, guitar and percussion soloists commissioned by Bigger Sky and the Norfolk & Norwich Festival with premiere in Norwich Cathedral and new big band and vocal work for the northern youth big band Jambone with youth choir, which premiered at the Gateshead International festival in 2012. Curiously, Sheppard has been commissioned to write music to commemorate two feats of UK engineering.

The first was a collaboration with renowned Northumbrian piper Kathryn Tickell to celebrate the opening of the andy3Gateshead Millennium Bridge. This landmark commission resulted in Music for a New Crossing, written for the Northen Sinfonia, pipes and saxophones, with premiere played live on the spectacular setting of the bridge itself. The second saw Andy commissioned by Brunel 200 to write a piece to mark the 200th anniversary of the birth of Isambard Kingdom Brunel, the engineer of the Clifton Suspension Bridge in Bristol. For this work, entitled The Living Bridge, Andy composed a fanfare using prepared electronics incorporating the sounds of the bridge and utilizing the talents of 200 local saxophonists in homage to his early work subsequently formed the basis of Saxophone Massive - a series of large-scale celebratory performances performed in the UK and abroad by saxophone choirs made up of players of all ages and abilities that can be tailored to suit indoor or outdoor performance venues. Saxophone Massive has played all over Europe and as part of the BT River of Music, the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad programme supported by the National Lottery and Paul Hamlyn Foundation, in July 2012 there was a special version of saxophone Massive at Somerset House in London. The Man Who Had All the Luck which ran at the Young Vic; dance (his trio Inclassificable devised the music for the award winning dance piece Modern Living, choreographed by Jonathan Lunn); radio and TV. His TV credits include original music commissioned by BBC's Omnibus for Ice dances Torvill and Dean; the Oscar nominated Channel 4 film, Syrup directed by Paul Unwin; a documentary series about Peter Sellers.andy4

Sheppard has been described as a serial collaborator, playing recording and developing new music with artists as varied as Brazilian percussionist Nana Vasconcelos, Indian violinist L.Shankar, English folk musician Kathryn Tickell, contemporary classical composer-performers John Harle and Joanna MacGregor, singer songwriter John Martyn, and a myriad of leading jazz figures, including the rare hat-trick of three of the seminal composers in contemporary Jazz - Carla Bley, George Russell and the late Gil Evans.

The first album for ECM with his own project Movements in Colour recorded in 2008 draws upon established and more recent relationships. The saxophonist plays regularly in duos with jazz guitarist John Parricelli and tabla player Kuljit Bhamra, and both are also members of his quartet in Dancing Man & Woman. It was while touring as a guest soloist with Ketil Bjørnstad's band that Sheppard eventually got to play with Eivind Aarset - "the perfect choice for the sound world that I was after." UK tours with Bjørnstad also brought Sheppard and Arild Andersen together, and while writing the music for Movements in Colour album, Sheppard reports that he was "hearing melodies on acoustic bass and knew that Arild's sound and lyricism would make them sing as well as provide essential energy."

Sheppard's current performing priority is Andy Sheppard Quartet/Surrounded by Sea, his third ECM album is a strongly atmospheric recording.

Extending the range of his widely-praised Trio Libero (ECM) project in 2012 with Michel Benita and Seb Rochford, Andy Sheppard adds Eivind Aarset (who made significant contributions to 2008's Movements In Colour) to the band. With Aarset's ambient drones and electronic textures as a backdrop, Sheppard and co seem to have even more space to explore. The music embraced includes new compositions, open improvisations, an Elvis Costello tune, and the Gaelic traditional ballad "Aoidh, Na Dean Cadal Idir"."

-Andy Sheppard Website (

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Track Listing:

1. 1974 08:42

2. Anthem 08:16

3. Suburban Folk Song 09:29

4. In The Mountains 09:26

5. Perfectly Unhappy 08:41

6. Dancing Demons 07:40

7. Rosemary's Baby 08:26

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