Simon Olderskog Albertsen – drums
Named JAZZ JAPAN’s biggest and most important discovery in the first half of 2016, the Norwegian jazz trio Espen Berg Trio released their second album, «Bølge» (Blue Gleam/Odin Records), in March 2018. This release has been marked by extensive touring in Japan, the Faroe Islands, Norway, Greece, Estonia, China and Spain. JAZZWISE (UK) writes that "«Bølge» is a mature statement from an artist whose personal style, concept and seemingly bottomless wellspring of ideas set him apart from his contemporaries."
The trio’s third album, Free to Play, is due out in September 2019 on Odin Records. London based editor Chris May writes that "the exquisite and enchanting Free To Play, the group’s third album – part in-the-moment soul, part through-composed formalism, part intimate collective-improvisation – is a deep-strata, 360-degree, access-all-areas, haute-couture, Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval blinder."