Andy Sheppard bought his first Saxophone at the age of nineteen after being introduced to the jazz music of John Coltrane. He has since established himself as one of Britain’s foremost tenor and soprano saxophonists. During the late eighties, the British Jazz Awards awarded him not only best newcomer but best instrumentalist, best album and best big band. Known as a serial collaborator, Andy Sheppard has worked with some of the biggest names in jazz and is in huge demand for both his composing and arranging skills and for his legendary live performances.
The jazz world is not short on piano trios, but it’s not every day one comes across a new trio with a personal musical language. The Norwegian Espen Eriksen Trio plays highly melodical and lyrical instrumentals with elements from Scandinavian folk and melancholia and shades of the deep woods. It's definitely jazz, but their less is more approach is in contrast to most of their contemporaries, with structures almost like pop songs and with a strong focus on melodies and short solos.