what you thought was home

Kjetil Mulelid Trio - What You Thought Was Home

Genre: Jazz, Avantgarde Jazz

Label: rune grammofon

Release: 30.08.2019

Availabiliy: Vinyl, CD, Digital Streaming

Engineer: Dag Erik Johansen
Jo Ranheim
: Karl Klaseie

Still only 28 years old, Kjetil Mulelid comes across as an exceptionally

maturep ianist 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 rhythmically 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 high school 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 Eyolf Dale. 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 (Jazzland).

Some quotes:

"Impressing” - Lars Mossefinn, Dag og Tid (NO) 

"The performances are perfect in every respect" - Adam Baruch (IL)

"Offering listeners beautiful variations and nice moments" - Etherreal (FR)

"A collection of interesting, and very beautiful tunes" - Audun Vinger, DN (NO)

“Another Norwegian piano trio sounding absolute amazing” - SoulandJazz (UK) 

“We're totally digging the direction they're headed towards. Check.” - Nitestylez (DE)

"A beautiful discovery: a trio with great melodic charm" - Claude Loxhay, Jazzhalo (BE)

“The feeling of inspired freedom in between a great melodic framework.” - Vårt Land (NO)  

“I can tell you that a good feeling, is to listen to this album!" - Geir Rakvaag, Dagsavisen (NO) 
Mulelid treats themes and melodies in a new and elegant way" - Arild R. Andersen, Jazz i Norge (NO)

“The interplay of this trio, as well as the touching melodies testify to great mastery” - Plattentests (DE)

“Sound as if they could improvise freely together as easily as playing compositions.” - All About Jazz (INT)

“«What You Thought Was Home» is definitely one of this year's most central releases in Norway” - Lars Junge (NO)

“Kjetil Mulelid Trio is probably one of the most interesting acoustic jazz trios in Norway these days” - Stemmegaffel (NO)

“They sound like an incredible good constellation. The trio has huge potentials ahead of them in the future!” - Ivan Rod (DK)

“A classical piano trio but has its own ability to balance stoic tranquility and improvisational urge” - Deichmanske musikkblogg (NO)

“Maybe I'm just easy these days, but this album is so gorgeous and beautiful that it's difficult to critisies it." - Maren Ørstavik, Jazznytt (NO)

“This trio may not found yet a solid, concrete home but in their own special way have created a true musical haven.” -  Eyal Hareuveni (IL)

“However, while Kjetil Mulelid’s piano plays a starring role, and he plays with a maturity beyond his years, his rhythm section adds layers of magical music as well as textures and tones.” - Dereksmusicblog (UK) 

“This honed and beautiful music will give a comfortable tension, a great impact and will leave a new spiritual landscape to the inner surface of the audience” - Kiyoshi Kouyama (JP) 

© 2019 by Kjetil Mulelid