With their captivating cinematic sound and a warm and intense presence, Little North bonds with their audience from the very first note. The sound of the band is way bigger than their classic piano trio constellation suggests. In a melting pot of modern minimalism and Nordic jazz tradition and with an intensity that draws threads to the jazz scene of New York, Little North has what it takes to add the next exciting chapter to the history of Scandinavian jazz.
Their compositions, consisting of straightforward melodies in complex arrangements, pay as much attention to the notes not played as the ones the listener hears. In typical Nordic jazz tradition the changes between major and minor moods create this special kind of melancholy only the Scandinavians are capable of. With the telepathic interplay of the three musicians Little North effortlessly moves between composition and improvisation as well as modern minimalism and Nordic tradition. This provides a dynamic that immediately bonds with their audience from the first note, taking them on a journey where everything is possible and everyone’s invited!
Benjamin Nørholm Jacobsen (b. 1992, piano), Martin Brunbjerg Rasmussen (b. 1993, upright bass) and Lasse Jacobsen (b 1992, drums) met whilst attending the conservatory in southern Denmark. Brought together by their mutual passion for the piano trio they now set out to not only broaden the boundaries of the concept, but also to take it to a new level.
Their 2020 album ‘Finding Seagulls’ has been warmly received by critics at home and abroad and has been ‘album of the week’ on Danish National Radio P8 Jazz. The album has received international airplay on UK Radio Jazz FM and Berlin Radio Flux FM, among others.
On the new release ‘Familiar Places’ the trio expands on their already well defined sound, inviting guests Viktor Spasov (SE) and Kasper Tranberg (DK). The energy and warmth of the guitar and raw expressive intention from the trumpet, adds new depths to their musical universe, while the strong sound of the trio makes a continuum. ‘Familiar Places’ present a wide range of emotions and sonic landscapes while continuously diving into the essence of Little North.
“Familiar Places” has received a wealth of praise from reviewers domestically and abroad, a two time feature on the cover of Spotify’s ‘State of Jazz’ playlist, album presentation on French national Radio, France Musique as well as ‘album of the week’ on Danish National Radio P8 Jazz. The album received a four star review in the April issue of DownBeat Magazine and the trio is playing a showcase at Jazzahead! 2022. Little North was elected as Denmark’s contribution to the prestigious jazz program “Nordic Jazz Comets” for 2022.
Benjamin Nørholm Jacobsen | piano Martin Brunbjerg Rasmussen | bass Lasse Jacobsen | drums 1. Denmark 2. Åska och Blixt3. Sultan4. Malleus 5. Gateway6. Arise7. Both SidesLittle North released 29th May, 2020 → Order From Bandcamp HereOne of the new waves in Nordic jazz...
Benjamin Nørholm Jacobsen | pianoLasse Jacobsen | drums Martin Brunbjerg Rasmussen | bass 1. Improv #12. Floating3. Sunyata4. Improv #25. Elna6. With Four Shadows7. Dissolving Points8. Swell9. Improv #310. Lullaby For A Day Fly11. Isolation SongWide Open released 27th...
Benjamin Nørholm Jacobsen pianoLasse Jacobsen drumsMartin Brunbjerg Rasmussen bass 1. Two & Three 2. Ode til skyer3. The Kite 4. And Daughter5. Horses 6. Enora7. Anna 8. Freyu9. Invoke 10. Cold Hawaii 11. The Kite – RepriseFinding Seagulls released 19th February...