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Modern Nordic Jazz Trio

Human Being Human

With the jazz piano tradition at its core, Human Being Human’s sound is full of surprises and
possibility. Passages of timeless openness, energetic, virtuosic improvisation and propulsive syncopated riffs rub shoulders with influences that span Bach counterpoints, electronica and ambient music. Thoughtful, intricate compositions serve as the vessel through which the ensemble can explore their collective musicality.

Danish group Human Being Human are a piano trio with a name that is a question as much as a statement, in which bassist-composer Torben Bjørnskov gently asks just what being human entails.

Out June 17th on April Records, Equals brings together three players who musically ponder our need to share love and be good.

The three musicians’ distinctly different backgrounds, ages, and musical identities contribute to Equals incredibly rich sound; Bjørnskov comes from the tradition of melodic Danish upright bassists, pianist Esben Tjalve is a modern player now based on London’s burgeoning jazz scene whilst drummer Frederik Bülow belongs to the new Nordic jazz generation, complete with rhythmic trickery and crossover grooves. What unites them is their mutual respect for the melodic and melancholic tone associated with Scandinavian jazz.

Line up
Frederik Bülow | drums
Esben Tjalve | piano
Torben Bjørnskov | bass & compositions

Combining some of the best elements of European and Scandinavian jazz, the title track, along with ‘Continuation Day’, provide yet further evidence that Human Being Human is one of the most exciting trios to come out of Denmark in the last decade. I for one look forward to hearing more from the trio in the years ahead. 4/5 UKVIBES MIKE GATES 2023

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