Espen Berg – Early Works: Acres of Blue (2022)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 50:43 minutes | 873 MB | Genre: Contemporary Jazz, Jazz
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © NXN Recordings – Naxos Norway
Acres of Blue is the second volume of solo piano albums by Norwegian pianist Espen Berg, an organic extension of the most beautiful, Noctilucent (Atterklang, 2012). This time Berg chose to present a mixture of original compositions, improvised pieces, and arrangements of pieces that reference the breadth of his musical vocabulary and his formative influences—romantic compositions of Frédéric Chopin, Ludwig Van Beethoven, Nordic pianists-composers as Esbjorn Svensson, Helge Lien and obviously, Keith Jarrett.All the compositions are rooted in a common key, D flat, which its fundamental tonality symbolizes for Berg the colors of blue and purple landscapes in music, reflecting the beloved Nordic natural scenery, often wrapped in soft variations of the color blue. The recording captures the great, bright acoustics of the concert hall at RDAM in Copenhagen, where Berg worked over two intense days in May 2013.
The album begins and ends with two contemplative improvisations, “Continuation” and “Inevitable” that mark the expansion of his first piano solo project and the new, diverse musical roads of the second project. Both pieces emphasize his highly personal aesthetic—assured and articulate abstraction, modest in its virtuous technique, rich and profound in its breadth of sound and emotionally intense even in its most spare segments. Berg avoids expansive, dramatic flights on the piano and opts for a more implicit manner of playing, exposing his elegant, captivating musical structures with patience, suspense, and irony.
1-1. Espen Berg – Continuation (03:59)
1-2. Espen Berg – Frédéric (04:59)
1-3. Espen Berg – Brooklyn (04:11)
1-4. Espen Berg – Hounds of Winter (03:01)
1-5. Espen Berg – Five Mile Shoes (05:23)
1-6. Espen Berg – Til Eline (04:08)
1-7. Espen Berg – Sprites of time (05:01)
1-8. Espen Berg – Acres of Blue (06:34)
1-9. Espen Berg – Nardis (03:43)
1-10. Espen Berg – Bokeh (06:12)
1-11. Espen Berg – Inevitable (03:27)