Kjetil Mulelid Trio-What You Thought Was Home. 

Label: Rune Grammofon. 

Prodigious describes twenty-eight year old Norwegian composer, bandleader and pianist Kjetil Mulelid, who graduated from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology’s jazz program in Trondheim in 2014. By then, he had already made his recording debut on Lauv’s album De Som Er Eldre Enn Voksne. Since then, Kjetil Mulelid has collaborated with Arve Henriksen, Eirik Hegdal, Kirsti Huke, Nils-Olav Johansen  and Ola Kvernberg, and has released albums as Kjemilie, Wako and the Kjetil Mulelid Trio who recently released their sophomore album What You Thought Was Home on  Rune Grammofon. This was the latest chapter in the Kjetil Mulelid story.

Having graduated from Norwegian University of Science and Technology’s jazz program in 2014, Kjetil Mulelid embarked upon a career as  a professional musician. Just a year later, his band Wako released their debut album The Good Story to plaudits and praise. They would release two more albums Modes For All Eternity  in 2017, and in 2018, Urolige sinn which showcased a talented band. However, by 2018, Kjetil Mulelid had founded another band.

This was Kjemilie, who released their critically acclaimed  debut album Hverdagene  in 2016. The following year 2017, Kjemilie returned with another album that found favour with critics, Bakkekontakt. It was one of a quartet of albums that showcased Kjetil Mulelid’s considerable skills.

Another was  Fieldfare’s eponymous album. However, the other was the Kjetil Mulelid Trio’s debut album Not Nearly Enough To Buy A House, which was released to widespread critical acclaim. Critics compared Kjetil Mulelid’s playing on Not Nearly Enough To Buy A House to legendary pianists Keith Jarrett and Bill Evans. On what was a captivating and melodic album that combined elements of jazz, folk and even gospel, Kjetil Mulelid came of age musically. Critics awaited the followup.

Now two years later, the  Kjetil Mulelid Trio return with What You Thought Was Home, which features eight new compositions. Just like on Nearly Enough To Buy A House the compositions captivate and showcase a truly talented and versatile Trio. Led by pianist Kjetil Mulelid and joined by bassist Bjørn Marius Hegge and drummer Andreas Winther this truly talented Trio play effortlessly on what are sometimes rhythmically complex compositions. They’re also very beautiful and melodic, which are best described as sometimes cinematic and evocative that paint pictures in the mind’s eye. The music is sometimes energetic and rich in harmonies. However, while Kjetil Mulelid’s piano plays a starring role, and he plays with a maturity beyond his years, his rhythm section add layers of magical music as well as textures and tones. Their playing veers between calm and energetic, but is always effortless, as the compositions gradually unfold, revealing their secrets on a carefully crafted album that is beguiling and constantly captivates and has a distinctive Scandinavian sound. It showcases the Kjetil Mulelid Trio at the peak of their powers as they reach new heights on What You Thought Was Home, which is career defining album from the prodigiously talented Norwegian bandleader, composer and pianist who has a bright future ahead of him.

Kjetil Mulelid Trio-What You Thought Was Home.

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