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Liv Andrea Hauge Trio, Ville Blomster, Hubro ***

Gentle and ruminative what's here from the Liv Andrea Hauge Trio has lots of appeal - Hauge (b.1995) is Oslo-based, originally from Nordland, and is with bassist Georgia Wartel Collins and drummer August Glännestrand. Tracks have Norwegian titles, …

Published: 3 Feb 2024. Updated: 4 months.

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Gentle and ruminative what's here from the Liv Andrea Hauge Trio has lots of appeal - Hauge (b.1995) is Oslo-based, originally from Nordland, and is with bassist Georgia Wartel Collins and drummer August Glännestrand. Tracks have Norwegian titles, their English equivalents mean things like 'Spring' ('Vår' ) and certainly while there is a sense of renewal at times the bittersweet longing in the melodies is the one thing all the tracks have in common to a degree. It's quite a narrow focus, most of the tunes land in the same sort of terrain - a little 1970s Keith Jarrett-like certainly and a charming highly melodic sound that is definitely worth your time. 'Gullregn' is in the pick, a track that we have added to our current top tunes Spotify playlist which you can access here.

l-r in the photo: Georgia Wartel Collins, August Glännestrand, Liv Andrea Hauge

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Ben Allison, Steve Cardenas, Ted Nash, Tell the Birds I Said Hello: The Music of Herbie Nichols, Sonic Camera ****

l-r, above: Ted Nash, Ben Allison, Steve Cardenas Pianist-composer Herbie Nichols, who had a brief recording career as a leader in the 1950s and an equally brief life dying at the age of just 44 in 1963, may be best known for co-writing 'Lady …

Published: 2 Feb 2024. Updated: 4 months.

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l-r, above: Ted Nash, Ben Allison, Steve Cardenas

Pianist-composer Herbie Nichols, who had a brief recording career as a leader in the 1950s and an equally brief life dying at the age of just 44 in 1963, may be best known for co-writing 'Lady Sings the Blues' with Billie Holiday. But he has also had a big influence on some of today's most significant pianists including Vijay Iyer and Jason Moran - Iyer covered Nichols' 'Wildflower' on his album Accelerando for instance. And bassist Ben Allison has done as much as anyone going back decades with his long running Herbie Nichols Project to kindle the flames of this fine Blue Note artist. And here Allison presents a lovely spread of tunes of Nichols' in a really lively drummerless trio setting with guitarist Steve Cardenas and tenor saxophonist Ted Nash. Six of the tunes according to Allison's website ''had been sitting in storage since the 1950s, until a few years ago when they were discovered by a relative.'' Some find - as is this excellent album.