Erik Smith Trio with special guest Randy Ingram

Published on: 09 February 2020

Back in Oslo and right into a fantastic concert. Erik Smith and his trio with Randy Ingram as special guest on piano played at Herr Nilsen.

It was a lovely evening with fantastic music and amazing musicianship.

Erik Smith – drums, Frode Berg – bass, Bjørn Vidar Solli – guitar, Randy Ingram – piano!

One of our foremost drummers, Erik Smith, has put together a new trio with two of his absolute favorite musicians. And this evening we also have Randy Ingram on the piano!

Erik Smith is regarded as of Scandinavias most profiled drummers and has an in Norway unparalleled career. Since you age he has worked as session and tour musician in a broad spectrum of genres. The drummer from Hønefoss is internationally recognised musician, lecturer and clinician. He is most known from the bands Babylon Brothers, TOBB, Terje Gewelt Spindrift, Haakon Graf Trio, Jens Wendelboe Big Band, Lars Erik Gudim´s Orchestra and Spellemann prize winner Oslo Groove Company. –

Frode Berg is a virtuoso in many musical styles, he is also a regular bassist in the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra. He has collaborated with many jazz musicians. He is a member of the Helge Lien Trio, which garnered praise for its concerts all over the world as well as several Spellemann awards for their recordings. –

Bjørn Vidar Solli is the archetype of a pure jazz guitarist and composer. He draws his inspiration form his home Norway and also New York where he lived for a period. He is a member of the band SOLID !, Bugge Wesseltoft Organ Club, Hot Club De Norvege and many more. Bjørn Vidar has received numerous awards and accolades for his playing, including soloist awards in Belgium, Spain and at the Montreux jazz festival. He has released 6 albums with his own music and contributes to numerous others including with Petter Wettre, Jascha Hoffman, Andreas Dreyer and Emily Cavanagh. –ørn_Vidar_Solli

Randy Ingram (pianist/composer) has been hailed as “gifted” (Jazz Times) and “a formidable composer” (The San Francisco Chronicle). “A young pianist drawn to contemporary harmony and a sleek rhythmic sensibility… Astute, self-possessed” (The New York Times). “He’s got a crystalline sound, rich and wide open, and knows how to state a melody with spacious chords, veering into logical solos that wander into intriguing lands” (Jazz Weekly). –

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