Piano trios come in all shapes and forms. The Swiss in recent years seemed to have taken over¬†the genre not that that trend was entirely a good thing¬†for reasons of sheer blandness apart from a few notable exceptions. One band that has not reached peak-bland and are not even Swiss, the Helge Lien trio from Norway display¬†a certain¬†zen and manage to project both bags of emotional resource and a sublime sense of group interplay that moves the genre on to click into a new cycle. While, with a broad sweep, they may recall EST who changed the face of the format for ever in the 1990s and 2000s the¬†Lien trio nevertheless take their improvisational road trips to new places entirely and sound quite different in some ways,¬†although the main point of comparison¬†on¬†Guzuguzu, the title of their¬†latest album, a Japanese onomatopoeic term for¬†‚Äėmoving slowly‚Äô, is the way¬†Frode Berg on bass like Dan Berglund formerly with EST and now with the Jan Lundgren quartet¬†manages to layer in cavernously deep reservoirs¬†of resonance to¬†provide that invisible magic that lifts everything to levels of perceptible insight and serenity. Per Oddvar Johansen on drums has never played better. Not everything soars, so I have deducted a couple of stars in the rating above, however ‚ÄėJasmine‚Äô is a folksy wonder where less is infinitely more. CD buyers are entitled to¬†a download link for a¬†bonus track which is worth bearing in mind especially as somehow¬†Guzuguzu leaves you wanting more in a good way although it is a frustrating listen given how opaque some of the improvisational expeditions become. My feeling is that the Lien trio still haven‚Äôt quite delivered their best work and yet that‚Äôs a huge cause for optimism as the best may well be, guessing wildly but with a degree of confidence, yet to come.¬†