This Norwegian trio is based upon the uncommon line up Hammond B3 organ, piano and drums. We were all fascinated by the sound of these instruments, and thought it was too bad this lineup was not more common.
Capable of combining the groovy feel of the organtrio with the harmonic and melodic style of the piano trio, this should form the base for the perfect trio. Could make you wonder why this hasn’t been the most used trio lineup. But the answer came soon too us: Excess Luggage!
The music is based upon strong melodies played with an open mind, lots of energy and an well developed interplay between three musician that has knows each other for many years. The tunes is a mix of original compositions developed for this trio, and arrangements of well known standards.
One of the most important piano players in Norway. Has received two norwegian grammys for his releases with his own trio. Also works as a composer with bestillingsverk for the Vossajazz and Trondheim festivals. Has played on more than 20 other jazz records as a sideman with, among others, Karin Krog, NHØP, Terje Typdal, Warne Marsh and John Surman.
Was elected «Young Norwegian Jazz musician of the year» in 2002 with the trio «SOLID!» and got many gigs in Norway and Europe after this. «SOLID!» also won the Getxo competition in Spain in 2003. Recorded with Pål Thowsen, Jon Eberson and Sidsel Endresen in 2002. Toured with Trondheim Jazzorchestra and Pat Metheny in 2003.
Håkon Mjåset Johansen
Started early to establish himself as one of the leading Norwegian drummers. The trio “Urban Connection” was elected “ Young Norwegian Jazzmusician of the year” in 1998. They won a Grammy for their debut “Urban Connection” and was nominated for their second called“French Only”. Håkon has toured with Chick Corea and Trondheim Jazzorchestra in 2000-01, and played quartet with Michael Brecker on the Molde festival in 2003. He has also played with “Motif”, “Solid!” and “Come Shine”
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