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Album Review

This Hubro disc of Ketil Bjørnstad's early solo piano music is no more and no less than a set of 21 preludes and an eight-part impressionistic piece entitled "Pianology." While this music is nowhere near as satisfying nor as evocative as his many recordings for ECM, it is nonetheless an introduction to the harmonic ideas that Bjørnstad would employ on recordings such as The Sea, The River, and even Night Song years later. That is more a curiosity and worthy of a single listen rather than many.

Biography

Born: 25 April 1952 in Oslo, Norway

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s

A classically trained jazz pianist with a bent toward avant-garde improvised music, Ketil Bjørnstad is a well-known musician and writer in Europe. With his cerebral, atmospheric style that belies a palpable inner passion and an inclination toward genre-crossing compositions, Bjørnstad helped develop and popularize the "European jazz" aesthetic. He is also a writer and poet and has published over 30 works beginning with his 1972 poetry collection Alone. Born in Oslo, Norway, Bjørnstad studied classical...
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