Natsukashii

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All Music Guide - Adam Greenberg
Pianist Helge Lien both exemplifies and breaks free from stereotypes of Scandinavian jazz on Natsukashii. While Scandinavian jazz has a tendency for darker scales and more experimental instrumentation, Lien opts for a straightforward piano trio and plenty of Western melodic elements. At the same time, he delves into more contemplative territory, akin to much of the Scandinavian piano scene -- when he wanders through the scales solo (as in much of "Bon Tempi") or with the rhythm section acting primarily as extra force (as in "E"), he takes time to explore ideas, circle in on motives, and add more emotion to his playing. At other times, Lien is happy to tinker with new ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Adam Greenberg
Pianist Helge Lien both exemplifies and breaks free from stereotypes of Scandinavian jazz on Natsukashii. While Scandinavian jazz has a tendency for darker scales and more experimental instrumentation, Lien opts for a straightforward piano trio and plenty of Western melodic elements. At the same time, he delves into more contemplative territory, akin to much of the Scandinavian piano scene -- when he wanders through the scales solo (as in much of "Bon Tempi") or with the rhythm section acting primarily as extra force (as in "E"), he takes time to explore ideas, circle in on motives, and add more emotion to his playing. At other times, Lien is happy to tinker with new musical ideas -- some mimicry of a shamisen in the way he approaches the keys in the title track, a dark milonga-like evolution in "Sceadu." The album is constantly searching within itself, and produces interesting, evocative results.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/9/2011
  • Label: Ozella Music
  • EAN: 4038952000362
  • Catalog Number: 36
  • Sales rank: 43,318

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Natsukashii (3:53)
  2. 2 Afrikapolka (5:01)
  3. 3 Bon Tempi (4:51)
  4. 4 E (6:19)
  5. 5 Sceadu (6:15)
  6. 6 Meles Meles (5:23)
  7. 7 Hymne (til Jarl Åsvik) (6:40)
  8. 8 Umbigada (2:22)
  9. 9 Small No Need (6:19)
  10. 10 Living In Different Lives (5:15)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Helge Lien Trio Primary Artist
Helge Lien Indexed Contributor, Piano
Frode Berg Bass
Knut Aalefjær Drums
Technical Credits
Dagobert Böhm Producer
Jan Erik Kongshaug Engineer, Mastering
Helge Lien Composer, Producer, Cover Photo
Carsten Mentzel Layout
Lars-Erik Vollebæk Photo Assistance
Kjell Kalleklev Management
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