Celebrated and praised by critics and audiences alike as a torchbearer of Scandinavian jazz akin to the likes of Esbjörn Svensson and Tord Gustavsen, Danish pianist Søren Bebe proudly presents his trio’s seventh studio album.
Founded in 2007, the Søren Bebe Trio have cemented themselves as a cornerstone of European jazz with performances at leading festivals and venues in Hong Kong, South Korea, Morocco, Brazil, Poland, the USA and Denmark.
‘Here Now’ follows the critical acclaim of their 2019 release ‘Echoes’ and marks a new era for the trio, welcoming Norwegian drummer Knut Finsrud into the ensemble for the first time alongside bassist Kasper Tagel.
Seeking inspiration from his heroes of past and present including Tord Gustavsen, Espen Eriksen, Misha Alperin and Jan Johansson, Bebe explores narrative themes of slowing down and seeking presence and gratitude through delicate melodies and a folk-like simplicity.
Having recently moved to a small village in Denmark with his family surrounded by woods, lakes and farmland, the quiet, contemplative and spacious tone of ‘Here Now’ is reflective of Bebe’s newfound pace of life and surroundings. Introspective and melancholic in tone, Bebe’s compositions usher the listener through intricately woven chord progressions and familiar song-like structures with intensity and tranquility. Steadfast grooves decorated with rich percussion timbres dissolve into rubato passages of openness across 10 original compositions that are maturely confident in their subtlety.
Søren Bebe Piano
Kasper Tagel Bass
Knut Finsrud Drums
Produced by Søren Bebe
Recorded on 17 + 18 April 2023 by Thomas Vang at The V-Recording, Denmark
Mixed by August Wanngren at Virkeligheden, Copenhagen, Denmark
Mastered by Sofia von Hage and Thomas Eberger at Stockholm Mastering, Sweden
Artwork by Veselić & Veselić, Serbia
Available on CD, Vinyl, HD Download and Streaming
1 Here Now 3:29
2 Tangeri 4:44
3 Grateful 3:22
4 Winter 5:12
5 Misha 3:57
1 Be Well 4:16
2 Folksy (To Jan) 3:57
3 Day by Day 3:55
4 Summer 3:37
5 On and On 3:51
All songs composed by Søren Bebe