Still only 28 years old, Kjetil Mulelid comes across as an exceptionally mature pianist and composer. His trio´s debut from 2017 received wide international acclaim, with writers most typically mentioning Keith Jarrett and Bill Evans. All About Jazz noted their conversational style and sometime gospel feel, Textura made a point out of their melodic sense and folk-like character while The Wire noted the grooves, rich harmonies and lyrical melodies and concluded about “just how magical this album is”.
“What You Thought Was Home” continues in this tradition, with eight new beguiling Mulelid compositions expertly balancing energetic, often rhytmically complex and harmonically rich music with beautiful and evocative melodies. It´s not all about Mulelid though, bassist Hegge (31) and drummer Winther (28) effortlessly conjure additional layers, tones and textures, incorporating a sense of calm; an unhurried yet constantly unfolding sound world which can be said to be distinctively Scandinavian, most typically heard in Hegge´s sole composition “Bruremarsj (Wedding March)”.
Kjetil André Mulelid grew up in the small village of Hurdal, and started playing the piano when he was nine, after hearing Chopin on the stereo. In highschool he had the good fortune of studying with some inspiring piano teachers. Later he did a bachelor degree in jazz performance at NTNU in Trondheim, again being blessed with top teachers, such as Erling Aksdal, Vigleik Storaas and Espen Berg. He is also a member of jazz quartet Wako. Bjørn Marius Hegge has been making waves on the Norwegian jazz scene lately, with his quintet´s debut album “Hegge” winning a Norwegian Grammy. He also has his own trio with pianist Oscar Grönberg and young drummer ace Hans Hulbækmo. Earlier this year he released a new album (“Ideas”) with Axel Dörner, Rudi Mahall, Håvard Wiik and Hans Hulbækmo. Andreas Skår Winther is, like the other two, a “product” of the fertile milieu of the jazz department at the Trondheim Conservatory of Music. His discography includes “Left Exit, Mr. K” with Michael Duch & Klaus Holm (Clean Feed) and Megalodon Collective (Gigafon).
1. What You Thought Was Home
2. Folk Song
3. Bruremarsj (Wedding March)
5. Far Away
6. A Cautionary Tale Against A Repetetive Life
7. Waltz For Ima
8. When Winter Turns Into Spring
Rune Grammofon RLP3208