Guardian (UK) - original
In The Country: Losing Stones, Collecting Bones
JOHN L. WALTERS
Morten Qvenild has already
made an impact on the Norwegian music scene as half of Susanna And The
Magical Orchestra and in Solveig Slettahjell's brilliant Slow Motion Quintet.
In The Country is the keyboard player's own trio, and this new collection
is an improvement on their overrated debut This Was The Pace Of My Heartbeat.
Qvenild has a great talent for musical atmosphere - he can create a distinctive
mood with very few notes and sounds, which is probably why he's such a
useful sideman. His melodies are spacious and memorable; his approach
to rhythm brings to mind a relaxed Esbjorn Svensson - with a pinch of
early Keith Jarrett. Yet Qvenild is not competing in the improvised piano
trio stakes: In The Country is more like a chilled nu-jazz orchestra in
miniature. There are guest appearances from guitarist Marc Ribot and singer
Stefan Sundstrom, who croons, "Everyone's going to die" on Everyone
Live Their Life - both moving and hilarious.
Published : 05.01.2007