The Saturday morning listen: Three Elements, 'Earthness,' Edition

With exciting new UK pianist Noah Stoneman - marvellous this year on his debut Anyone's Quiet: Let It Rain To You - and lively drummer Luca Caruso on board, bass don Jasper Høiby is back here with his new piano trio 3 Elements and their debut …

Published: 21 Oct 2023. Updated: 6 months.

With exciting new UK pianist Noah Stoneman - marvellous this year on his debut Anyone's Quiet: Let It Rain To You - and lively drummer Luca Caruso on board, bass don Jasper Høiby is back here with his new piano trio 3 Elements and their debut Earthness out next month by covering Planet B's 'Earthness' from 'What It Means To Be Human' for this upcoming studio album. Issuing label Edition say as part of the project Høiby plans to use different personnel line-ups. What a start! The track has a certain swaggering grandeur to it - much longer than the sax-infused Planet B version - with Stoneman and Høiby finishing each other' sentences to the manner born that kicks off the weekend in optimum listening fashion.

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Tuva Halse Quintet, Two, Jazzland ***1/2

Like a lot of music issued under the banner of jazz these days what you get on Two only corresponds with some of your expectations and certainly lands a world away from swing rooted American jazz or furiously paced hard bop. It's unusual to have a …

Published: 20 Oct 2023. Updated: 6 months.

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Like a lot of music issued under the banner of jazz these days what you get on Two only corresponds with some of your expectations and certainly lands a world away from swing rooted American jazz or furiously paced hard bop. It's unusual to have a violinist as leader and Tuva Halse who is from Molde in Norway certainly impresses in that demanding role with the originality of her tunes often hymnal and dreamy and her fine playing often imbued with a strong percussive sense and intent on deftly florid breakaway passages. On trumpet Oscar Andreas Haug sounds a bit like Mathias Eick and as on an Eick record you get lots of bittersweet melancholia and some great tonal smears and detours ahead. The quintet is completed by pianist Benjamín Gísli Einarsson, bassist Gard Kronborg and drummer Øyvind Leite. Together the five conjure a certain turn down the lamp mood that has plenty of shivery pleasures to it - Halse is well worth discovering. Out today