Frederik Villmow drums
Vigleik Storaas piano
Bjørn Marius Hegge bass
Catalogue No: LOS 261-2
Tracks 1, 2, 3 and 7 composed by Frederik Villmow
Track 4 by Oscar Levant
Track 5 by Jimmy Van Heusen
Track 6 by Jimmy McHugh
Recorded December 19, 2020 by Kyrre Laastad at Øra Studio, Trondheim, Norway
Mixed April 2021 by Frederik Villmow
Mastered April 2021 by Frode Berg at Your Sound Mastering, Spikkestad, Norway
Produced by Frederik Villmow
Cover design by design holtmann
Front cover photo by gunhild S andersen
Inside cover photo by Juliane Schütz
Supported by Faste & Flory Svendsen and Ingolf Dahls gave til musikklivet and Trondheim Kommune
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The piano trio is a classic format in jazz history and opens up for diﬀerent methods of approach.
On this recording I was happy to collaborate with two of the finest musicians on the Norwegian and European jazz scenes; pianist Vigleik Storaas and bassist Bjørn Marius Hegge.
They had previously worked together in different contexts, amongst them in Bjørn Marius’ own quintet, «Hegge». I had known and worked with Bjørn Marius and Vigleik for a couple of years during our time on the Trondheim jazz scene. Both are very interactive and intuitive in their playing.
The trio format leaves plenty of space for the individual musicians and the goal is to complete each other whilst spontaneously creating music together, as one organism.
My aim was to write tunes that would provide a basis for diﬀerent moods and atmospheres, leaving enough space for the individuals to interpret them in their own way.
‘December Waltz’ is a jazz-waltz with a trough-composed theme in a classic head-soloists-head form. «Open Landscape One» and «Open Landscape Two» are based on a short 8-bar sketch of a melody, filled out by an open trio improvisation. The idea here was to cross the line between melody and improvisation, between soloist and accompanists. To follow intuition to see where we would end up. «Slow Motion» is a ballad-type tune featuring Bjørn Marius on bass.
In addition to the original compositions, we selected some jazz standards.
Bjørn Marius brought «A Lovely Way to Spend an Evening» to the recording session. Vigleik contributed «Blame It On My Youth», and I chose one of my favourites, «Like Someone In Love».
The recording session was for me one of the few occasions during the Covid-19 pandemic to play with other musicians.
I am very thankful for the encouragement from Vigleik and Bjørn Marius during the recording process, as well as their open ears and contribution of ideas.
Frederik Villmow, May 2021