Pick of the Week: Eple Trio / Eple Trio

Eple Trio, Universal Cycle: A gorgeous new album from the trio of pianist Andreas Ulvo, bassist Sigurd Hole and drummer Jonas Sjovaag. A prime example of how the best expressions of the Nordic Jazz style can craft dreamy soundscapes of beauty and still be active and engaging. The newest features guest spots by guitarist Evar Grydeland and trumpeter Mathias Eick. Eick’s contribution, in particular, sees him in top form, and the extra bit of texture his trumpet provides, interspersed between the piano trio tracks, is a welcome diversion.