While We Wait for a Brand New Day Oddgeir Berg Trio
- 1The Dream of Adam06:36
- 2Dancing Through the Storm06:14
- 3Lucky Be Happy02:38
- 4Happy Morning05:25
- 6Sunday Mood07:15
- 7Scenes from a Movie05:07
- 8Bring on the Night05:34
- 9Post Mortem07:10
Info for While We Wait for a Brand New Day
While we wait for a brand new day is the third part of The Oddgeir Berg Trio’s trilogy around the dark hours of the day. The album was recorded under immense pressure. With only three days left before Norway went into a lockdown, the trio headed to the studio and finished the album in an intense session. Remarkably, the tone of these nine new originals is hopeful and upbeat. If previous Oddgeir Berg Trio albums made you think of ECM, the new one carves out a more personal sound. Berg remembers the process as one of careful touches: “To me, it feels like an evolving landscape. I have quite a few synths and effect pedals in my locker, but I try not to overdo things.”
In conceptual terms, this is where the circle closes – now, you can put on Before Dawn and simply continue listening.
Oddgeir Berg Trio:
Oddgeir Berg, piano, keyboards
Karl-Joakim Wisløff, double bass
Lars Berntsen, drums
Oddgeir Berg Trio
Electroacoustic jazz with one leg in melancholy and the other in ecstasy
Jazz trios named after the piano player give certain expecations, be it Horace Silver and his tender "Que Pasa" or Esbjørn Svensson and his Northern sounds, clarity and intimacy are common to these, with a hint of tonal melancholy.
These characteristics also feature on "Before Dawn", the debut album from The Oddgeir Berg Trio, who are clearly familiar with a Scandinavian jazz tradition. Tunes such as "The Mermaid’s Dance" and "Springeren" summon images of bonfires by the sea lit to herald the summer solstice, and the inevitable turn of the season when Autumn arrives and buries its roots and turns with fine melodic lines into the silence of winter.
The trio has some other tricks up its sleeve though, most importantly an urgency for action, pace and adventure, best heard in "A.C.M" and "Slogro" with their rhythmic relocations and aggressive radiance. Here the Oslo based trio has more in common with Miles Davis’ Jack Johnson than Scandinavia’s Jan Johannson. The Jimi Hendrix rock sound of the doublebass and the propulsive drum sound energetically support Berg’s playing. Berg’s curiosity in experimenting with Wurlitzer\Rhodes and synthesizer sounds sneaks into the soundscape and lends a distinctive colour to the sound panorama.