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Helge Lien | dropbox folder

Helge Lien Trio | dropbox folder

Live & Lien | dropbox folder

Lyden av Prøysen | dropbox folder

foto © Helge Lien
foto © Helge Lien
Stein til stein | dropbox folder

Thomas Agergaard new nordic quartet | dropbox folder

photo © Franscesco Saggio
photo © Franscesco Saggio

Reviews

  • Jazzinorge.no | Guzuguzu

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    «Guzuguzu»
    Helge Lien Trio
    Ozella/Musikklosen

    PLATE: Helge Lien Trios niende album er en åpenbaring av sterke låter og strålende formidling.

    Tre år er gått siden utgivelsen av fin-fine «Badgers and Other Beings», Helge Lien Trios åttende album, og det første med Per Oddvar Johansen som trommeslager. På aprilferske «Guzuguzu» består bandet stadig av pianist og komponist Lien, kontrabassist Frode Berg og nevnte Johansen, og nok en gang signerer de en formidabel leveranse der både hver enkelt melodi og albumets musikkdramaturgiske helhet bæres fram av kreativitet og ferdigheter på skyhøyt nivå. Continue reading →

  • Great reviews of YOU in Norwegian press

    Live & Lien’s new album YOU (Ozella Music) was released in Norway this autumn. It has received overwhelming reviews so far! here are some excerpts and links (in Norwegian). We’re really looking forward to the international release in February 2017! Continue reading →

  • Overwhelming reviews of the Arild Andersen concert

    On saturday the 15th of August I played at Oslo Jazz Festival with Arild Andersen Quartet, Tommy Smith (sax), Paolo Vinaccia (dr) and Arild on bass. We got some really good reviews in Norwegian media after the show. Roald Helgheim, one of the most active jazz critic in Norway, wrote in Dagsavisen that he thought this was the best concert of the festival! Here are links to the reviews:

    Dagsavisen (Roald Helgheim)
    Jazzinorge.no (Terje Mosnes)
    Tor Hammerø

    FOTO: Egil Austrheim/Oslo Jazzfestival
  • All about jazz | Badgers and other beings
    By  Jakob Baekgaard
    5 1/2 of 6 stars
    Published: 
    Since he signed to Dagobert Böhm’s Ozella Music, Norwegian pianist Helge Lien has reached a new artistic plateau with his trio. Hello Troll (Ozella, 2008) was an immediate success that showcased the group’s lyricism and tight interplay and the spacious beauty of Natsukashii (Ozella, 2010) added new colors to a wide musical vocabulary rooted in the Nordic aesthetic.

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  • Lyden av Prøysen | Hamar Arbeideblad (no)

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  • Jazz Journal (uk) – Badgers and other beings
  • Hamar Arbeiderblad (no) | Badgers and other beings

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  • Downbeat July 2014 | Badgers and other beings

    Norway’s Helge Lien Trio is a mirror back to America of what the jazz-piano trio has sounded like over the decades, full of rumination, romance but also some bite. The trio’s third release for Ozella suggests an underlying narrative that’s less “Stardust” and more roving star. “Mor” opens the set with something akin to what one might have heard from Keith Jarrett in the late 1970s—minus horns—with a dash of Esbjörn Svensson. Both “Joe” and the dream- like “Hvalen” avoid a swing feel for more of a danceable, free-flow rhythm, a mattress that the music tosses and turns on, full of chords and flowing gestures—restless without being pointless.

    Veterans all, composer-pianist Helge Lien, bassist Frode Berg and drummer Per Oddvar Johansen are clearly of one mind. There’s a patience to these tunes that coincides with an underlying, undefinable unease, the combination a subtle fascination. “Hoggormen” sports a deft left-hand chordal movement from Lien that keeps you listening for what’s coming next in this soft tumbler of a rocking funk tune that threat- ens to but never boils over. Solo spots throughout

    this CD—the poetic “Badger’s Lullaby” is a perfect example—keep us listening to everyone, again the accent being on a trio and not just one voice, the piano at its center.

    —John Ephland
    (four stars)

  • Dagsavisen (no) – review of Badgers and other beings

    Helge Lien Trio er den beste i sitt slag, og Badgers and Other Beings er bandets beste plate.

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  • Oppland Arbeiderblad (no) review of Badgers and other beings